North Shore University Hospital honors famed Olympic anti-doping doctor

Gary I. Wadler, MD, one of the driving forces behind the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a longtime physician at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital, now has a dialysis unit named in his honor.

With hospital administrators and colleagues in attendance, the Gary I. Wadler, M.D. and Nancy R. Wadler, Esq. Dialysis Unit was dedicated last month on the sixth floor of the Monti Pavilion at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH).

“We are very proud to recognize the Wadlers’ enormous contributions to North Shore University Hospital,” said NSUH Executive Director Alessandro Bellucci, MD. “In response to a patient’s life or death situation in 1971, Gary spearheaded the beginning of the hospital’s inpatient dialysis unit. The nephrology program was later expanded to include a major outpatient dialysis center (now called the Julia and Israel Waldbaum Dialysis Center in Great Neck), which cares for more than 200 patients with end-stage kidney disease.”

Dr. Wadler, an internist with special expertise in exercise science and sports medicine, received the International Olympic Committee President’s Prize for his groundbreaking 1989 book, Drugs and the Athlete. He served as chairman of the Prohibited List Committee after the World Anti-Doping Agency was founded in 1999.

“Dr. Wadler’s influence on the effort for clean sport has been enormous. He has been an instrumental leader in the early effort to establish independent anti-doping organizations separate from sport, which is now recognized as the gold-standard model,” said Travis T. Tygart, US Anti-Doping Agency CEO. “He has been a true pioneer in this regard.”

An influential figure in sport, Dr. Wadler has served as a vice president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, was founding chairman of the Nassau County Sports Commission and the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and currently serves as chairman of the College Council at SUNY Old Westbury. Dr. Wadler also worked closely with the US Open Tennis Championships for more than a decade.

Dr. Wadler is a Cornell University Medical College graduate, performed his post-graduate work at The New York Hospital and was chief resident in medicine at North Shore University Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American College of Sports Medicine where he served as a trustee and chairman of the College’s communication and Public Information Committee. Dr. Wadler was also chairman of the American Ballet Theatre’s Curriculum Medical Advisory Board, where he created and oversaw the development of the medical guidelines for the health and sound training of ballet dancers across the United States. 

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