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MGH Sports Medicine Service teams up with Women's World Cup Soccer

BOSTON - September 25, 2003 - Thomas Gill, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Sports Medicine Service, gets the nod as medical director for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament at Gillette Stadium this weekend. Gill, an orthopaedic surgeon, and his medical team will oversee all medical operations for the national and international delegations at this fourth edition of the tournament - the delegations include athletes, coaches and dignitaries.

The supercharged event features 56 current and former Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) players, as well as some of the best women's soccer players in the world. Boston is one of six cities throughout the United States to host the games.

The MGH Sports Medicine Service specializes in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injured athletes: recreational, amateur, professional and elite. As women's sports continue to attract players at every level, the MGH Sports Medicine Service is actively studying ways to optimize the treatment of women's injuries.

Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $350 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, cutaneous biology, neurodegenerative disorders, transplantation biology and photomedicine. In 1994, the MGH joined with Brigham and Women's Hospital to form Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery system comprising the two academic medical centers, specialty and community hospitals, a network of physician groups and nonacute and home health services.

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