Former Pro Athletes, Olympic Gold Medalist, and Esteemed Academicians Comprise Wimbledon Health Partners’ New Advisory Board

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Multi-disciplinary Board to focus on the failure of American health and sports institutions to take the necessary actions to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.

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Bringing this group together will heighten awareness of the work Wimbledon Health Partners is doing to collect the necessary data to support the need for widespread cardiovascular testing.

Wimbledon Health Partners, the industry leader in on-site diagnostic testing for physicians and athletic programs, announces the appointment of a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board to greatly expand the company’s efforts in providing preventative cardiovascular testing for young athletes nationwide.

The esteemed Board consists of scholars, physicians, and former pro athletes who are passionate about bringing Wimbledon Health Partners’ level of preventative care to the students and young athletes they are involved with as well as to schools on a larger scale.

Dr. Nada Abdel A’al is a general pediatrician and former head of the family and pediatric internal medicine group at Yale University who also works in medical management in the healthcare industry.

Stan Brock is a television sports anchor, former NFL offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints, and former head football coach for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Ron Brown is a former NFL wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders and a 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meters relay.

Dr. Michael Tremblay is a family medicine and sports medicine physician, assistant clinical professor at Tufts Medical School, and fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Peter Treyz is a former college athlete and clinical researcher focused on the oral connection to cardiac issues.

Paula Webster, P.T. is a licensed practicing physical therapist and director of three outpatient orthopedic clinics in Connecticut with more than 25 years of experience working with athletes, adolescents, and young adults.

The Advisory Board, which held its inaugural meeting on April 13th, strongly believes not enough is being done today to protect the health and safety of young athletes and agrees that pre-participation physical evaluations are not effective in their current form. Reviewing and recommending testing protocols to help save more young lives is a main focus for the group.

Board members also discussed the grossly underreported data regarding vascular conditions and sudden cardiac arrest affecting active students aged 13-25. All acknowledged that the prevalence of undiagnosed cardiovascular conditions in young athletes is higher than indicated and plan to make data collection for analysis a top priority. On a 60 Minutes Sports program that aired on April 5th, the father of Cody Stephens, who died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2012, expressed his anger that his son’s cause of death had been reported as being due to natural causes and had not been deemed newsworthy by a local station. Rita Helgeson buried her son Andrew in 2005 after he died of sudden cardiac arrest and shares the same grief. “How does a healthy individual just drop dead? That’s 18 years old, and then they put natural on the autopsy report? It’s not natural for an 18 year old to die like that,” she stressed during the broadcast.

Dr. Yvette Bailey, Radiology Medical Director at Wimbledon Health Partners, spearheads the Board and is encouraged by the group’s participation and their passion for preventative testing. “Each member has a specific focus in terms of sports medicine or athletics, and touches the young kids we are trying to save in some way. Bringing this group together will heighten awareness of the work Wimbledon Health Partners is doing to collect the necessary data to support the need for widespread cardiovascular testing,” she states.

About Wimbledon Health Partners:

Wimbledon Health Partners formed in 2013 to meet the need for on-site diagnostic testing at physicians’ offices. The industry leader, Wimbledon Health Partners provides physicians with state-of-the-art, in-office testing to detect circulatory conditions and cardiac abnormalities using vascular ultrasound and echocardiography.

About Wimbledon Athletics:

Wimbledon Athletics, the newest division of Wimbledon Health Partners, is pioneering the way for high schools, colleges, universities, and sports facilities to test students for vascular conditions and for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities to help minimize sudden cardiac death among young athletes.

For more information on how your school can partner with Wimbledon Health Partners, visit or call us at (855) 200-8262.

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