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David W. Kruse , M.D.Board Certified Primary Care Sports Medicine

Dr. Kruse holds two board certifications, sports medicine and family medicine, and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist. Dr. Kruse’s clinical expertise includes non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine, general musculoskeletal care, sports concussion, general medical needs of the athlete, and musculoskeletal procedures including joint and tissue injections. Dr. Kruse also has special insight into the care of the injured gymnast or dancer. Dr. Kruse grew up in Florida but followed his personal sports aspirations to the University of California, Berkeley, via a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics. While competing for Berkeley, he was a 3-time captain, 6-time All-American, UC Berkeley Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Pac 10 Medal Recipient, and won an NCAA Team Championship.

He continued his gymnastics career after college, competing full-time internationally as a 4-time member of the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team. After retiring from gymnastics, Dr. Kruse attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and thereafter completed a residency in family medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Kruse completed fellowship training in sports medicine at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Dr. Kruse practiced for 4 years at the University of California Irvine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine. He maintains a Volunteer Faculty position with UC Irvine to continue his active sports medicine teaching for medical students and residents. Dr. Kruse also serves as an Associate Faculty for Long Beach Memorial Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and as a resource for the community and provides many local lectures to various schools and community groups on a wide range of sports medicine topics. He also has multiple peer-reviewed journal and textbook publications on variable sports medicine topics.

Dr. Kruse currently serves as USA Gymnastics Medical Director and Team Physician and has been a Team Physician at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. He is also a Team Physician for Biola University and Mater Dei High School. In addition, Dr. Kruse provides sports concussion consultation and care for many local schools and sports programs.

Dr. Kruse also holds multiple leadership positions with national biotechnology companies and supports a local non-profit organization as the Medical Director for the MedFit Training and Education Center.

Dr. Kruse is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Kruse’s outside interests include spending time with his wife Mindi and their two children, Alex, and Lyla. He also enjoys yoga, surfing, playing guitar, and catching up on all sports.

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  • Medical Education
    University of California, San Diego (Medical Doctor)
  • Internship
    Long Beach Medical Center (Family Practice)
  • Fellowship
    University of Notre Dame Memorial Sports Medicine Institute
  • Sports Medicine
  • Non-operative orthopedics
  • Gymnastics Medicine
  • Dance Medicine
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection Care
  • Sports Concussion
  • 2010 Gold Humanism Honor Society, UC Irvine Chapter, Irvine, CA
  • 2009 UCI NP Guest Lecturer of the Year, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • 2008 Best Presentation, 2-Minute Drill , AMSSM Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2006 AAFP Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, AAFP Assembly, Washington D.C.
  • 2006 AMSSM Resident Scholarship Award, AMSSM Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
  • 1997 NCAA National Team Championship, UC Berkeley Men’s Gymnastics Team
  • 1997 PAC 10 Medal Winner, UC Berkeley
  • 1997 Male Student-Athlete of the Year, UC Berkeley
  • 1997 Nissen Award Finalist, NCAA Men’s Gymnastics
  • 96-97 6-time NCAA All-American , NCAA Men’s Gymnastics
  • 95-00 4-time Member – Men’s Gymnastics, USA Senior National Team
  • 93-97 4-time Varsity Letterman – Men’s Gymnastics, U.C. Berkeley