Last updated on: 7/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Shannon Sovndal, MD Biography

Title:
Emergency Medicine Physician at Boulder Community Hospital and former doctor of the Slipstream cycling team
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Athletes these days are often put through the ringer by the drug testing agencies. Their lives are disrupted frequently, even if they never test positive. Since a positive test will likely ruin an athlete’s career, there should be no doubt when delivering a positive test verdict. I have long been a fan of cycling, and am sorry to continually read about new doping scandals. I never thought I’d need my medical degree just to figure out the technology behind the latest and greatest doping techniques.”

“The Hamilton Case: A Doctor Explains Blood Doping,” VeloNews, Sep. 28, 2004

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:
  • Emergency Medicine Physician at Boulder Community Hospital, Colorado
  • Former Team Doctor, Slipstream cycling team
  • Medical Director, American Medical Response (AMR), Colorado
  • Physician, General Center For Clinical Research, University of Colorado
  • Former Team Doctor, Slipstream cycling team
  • Founder, Thrive HFM.com
  • Former Resident Doctor, Stanford University Hospital
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member, American College of Emergency Medicine
  • Winner, California/Nevada District Road Cycling Championship
Education:
  • Resident Doctor, Stanford University Hospital
  • MD, Columbia University
Other:
  • None found