Last updated on: 7/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Gary Gaffney, MD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“If the MLB wishes to maintain an image as a fair and regulated sport — a sport that protects the ethical integrity of the games and the health of the players — it will correct the PED [performance enhancing drugs] problem. If the MLB doesn’t clean up the PED issues, then baseball becomes a popular entertainment-sport. I have no arguments either way, as long as baseball is overt about which philosophy it chooses: ethical sports league, or revenue-seeking entertainment venue. And as long as everyone is honest about the consequences of the choice.

The fact of the matter is that PED use enhances performance. Thus, all performance records in the ‘steroid era’ need to be re-examined in light of possible contamination. That isn’t a new revelation; performances change in sports based on better equipment, better training, and different physical plants.”

“Interview with Steroid Nation Author Gary Gaffney,” All on the Field Sports Blog, Nov. 28, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Author, Steroid Nation blog
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University
Education:
  • MD, University of Iowa
  • BS, University of Iowa
Other:
  • None found