Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACP, FACSM, FACPM, FCP

Brief Biographical Sketch


Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine - NYU School of Medicine

Senior Attending Physician, North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, NY)

M.D., Cornell University Medical College

Post Graduate Training - The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology

Private Practice - Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine (Manhasset, NY)

Drugs in Sports Related Highlights

Recipient International Olympic Committee President’s Prize (Samaranch Award) (1993)

Author of text, Drugs and the Athlete, FA Davis Co., (1989)

Medical Advisor, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), (1999-present)

Accompanied ONDCP Director, Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey to Lausanne, Montreal, and Sydney and advised in policy development (WADA)


Advisor White House Position Paper: “Enhancing U.S. and International Efforts to Combat Drug Use and Doping in Sport”, (1999)


World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Prohibited List and Methods Committee, (2000-present)

Health, Medicine and Research Committee, (2000-03)
Therapeutic Use Exemptions Sub-Committee, (2000-03)
Co-Director - Banbury Conference on Genetic Enhancement and Doping (Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory), (2002)

Working Group on Anti-Doping Costs, (2006)

Member, Technical Advisory Group, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University’s National Commission on Sports and Substance Abuse (major contributor to September 2000 report: Winning at Any Cost: Doping in Olympic Sports), (1999-2000) 

Consultant, Blue Shield and Blue Cross of America (Dietary Supplements), (2000-2001)

Substance Abuse Advisor, National Basketball Association (NBA), (2000-06)


Testimony, House Committee on Government Reform, Performance Enhancing Drugs in the National Football League, (2005)


Testimony, House Committee on Government Reform, Performance Enhancing Drugs in Major League Baseball, (2005)


Testimony, Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Olympic Competition. United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, (1999)

Testimony on Dietary Supplements before White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, (2001)

Testimony before NY State Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection (Dietary Supplements), (2003)

Participant, National Institute of Drug Abuse Technical Review Panel on Anabolic Steroids, (1989)

Contributor, Department of Health and Human Services’ Report on Adolescent Steroid Abuse, (1991)

Conferee, Department of Justice’s Conference on the Impact of National Steroid Control Legislation in the United States, (1995)

United States Representative, WHO international meetings on research initiatives and education and prevention strategies in drugs and sport, (1993-94)

Expert Witness, Department of Justice, anabolic steroid prosecutions, (1991-present)

Member of Anti-Doping Tennis Tribunals, (2004-06)

Representative Lectures, Articles and Chapters

Safe and Fair Play in Elite Sport
Drugs, Gender and Sport (Brown University)
Illegal Substances and Drug Testing (Emory University & USA Track and  Field)
Scope of Doping Substances in Athletics - Risks and Consequences
Drug Testing in Women’s Sports
Sports Organizations (Handbook of Drug Abuse Prevention)
The Coach and Athlete Drug Abuse (Olympic Coach)
The Mind, the Emotions and the Body’s Role in Victory
Doping in Sport: From Strychnine to Genetic Enhancement: It’s a Moving Target  (Duke Law School)
Future and Designer Drugs (Chapter in Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise)
Steroids: Where Do We Go From Here? (Associated Press Sports Editors Annual Meeting)
Steroid Abuse: Growing Problem for Adolescents and a Hidden Problem for Adults (Am Psychiatric Association)
Anabolic Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Drugs: “A Silent Epidemic”
Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Media
(Columbia School of Journalism)
Lessons from the THG Experience: “Supplements. Doping and Public Policy (Am. College of Sports Medicine)
The Problem of Doping in Sport – Bigger, Faster Stronger: Genetic Enhancement and Athletics (Am. Assoc for Advancement of Science)
Dietary Supplements in Elite Sports – A Continuing Crisis (NYU School of Medicine)
The History of Doping in Sports (Am Society of Gene Therapy; World Anti-Doping Agency)
Dietary Supplements and the National Basketball Association (NBA Team Physician Meeting)
Blood Doping and Steroids – Professional Ethics in Representing Amateur and Professional Athletes – (Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the NY State Bar Association)
Doping and the Law (Loyola Law School)
Welcome to the Pharmacology Olympics
Doping and Ethics in Sports (The World Scholar- Athlete Games, Univ. Rhode Island)
Supplements – A Continuing Olympic Crisis (Sports Conference of the Americas)
Recreational Drugs - (Manual of Sports Medicine)
Time to Revisit DSHEA – (NIH Office of Dietary Supplements)
Endocrinologist and Performance Enhancing Drugs (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists)
Doping in Sports: Steroids and Supplements (World Almanac 2005)

Big Muscle=Big Money. What Can and Should be Done to Control the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Sports World (Duke Law School)

Drug Testing in the Future: Current and Emerging Challenges (American Bar Association)


Women’s Sports Foundation

Board of Stewards (1999-present)
Past Trustee, Vice President and Executive Committee member (1993-99)
Recipient of WSF President’s Prize (1993)



American College of Sports Medicine

Trustee (1993-96)
Past Chairman of Health and Science Policy Committee

Chairman, Public Information and Communication Committee, (2006-   present)


Nassau County Sports Commission (New York), Chairman and President, (1992- present)

NYC 2012 Olympic Bid Board of Directors, (2000-05)


American Ballet Theatre, Medical Advisory Board, Chairman (2006- )


State University of New York at Old Westbury, Chairman of College Council (2006- present)


Chairman, Advisory Board, Taylor Hooton Foundation (2005-present)



Official Tournament Physician, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, (1980-91)
Founding Member of United Sates Tennis Association Sports Sciences Committee, (1989-93)
Founding Chairman of Health and Science Committee of the Women’s Tennis Association, (1986-87)
Contributing Editor, Inside Women’s Tennis, (1985-87)

Member of Anti-Doping Tennis Tribunals, (2004-06)


Network Broadcast:  NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNNFN, NPR, MSNBC, ESPN, BBC and other international TV and radio

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