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Santa Clara Team Physicians


Dr. Joe Donahue, M.D. - Orthopedics: Dr. Donahue has been a team physician with Santa Clara since 2004. He is an orthopedic surgeon at SOAR Clinic in Redwood City and has served as team physician for the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University as well as an orthopedic consultant for the San Francisco Giants. Dr. Donahue graduated from Stanford University and Columbia University Medical School. He completed his residency at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Donahue is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Dillingham, M.D. - Orthopedics: Dr. Dillingham has been the team physician at Santa Clara since 1980. He is one of the founders and managing partner of Sports Orthopedic And Rehabilitation (SOAR) Clinic in Redwood City. Dr. Dillingham also serves as an orthopedic team physician for the San Francisco Giants and was team physician for the San Francisco 49ers from 1983 - 2007, Stanford University, and a number of local Bay Area schools.

A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, Dr. Dillingham is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery as well as the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is co-director of the SOAR/Stanford Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is an adjunct clinical professor at Stanford in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Dillingham has served as President, Vice President, and Executive Committee member of the National Football League Physician Society. He has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the World Football League and also sat on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the National Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Dillingham was the first orthopedic surgeon in the United States to test and utilize fiber optic laser techniques for arthroscopic procedures and is recognized internationally for contributions in orthopedic laser surgery and thermally assisted surgery. He has also conducted extensive research and published articles in the areas of laser and radiofrequency surgeries and peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes.

Dr. Jeffrey Saal, M.D. - Physiatry, Internal Medicine: Dr. Saal is a partner in the Physiatry Medical Group practice and is a co-founder of Sports, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates (SOAR). He has served as team physician at Santa Clara since 1981.

Dr. Saal completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York and went on to Tulane University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Dr. Saal completed two residency programs, one in Internal Medicine at Boston University, and a second residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford. Dr. Saal holds board certifications in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a former Associate Clinical Professor at Stanford University, and the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Saal is a founding member and Past President of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and is one of a few select members of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS). Additionally, Dr. Saal founded the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR) which emphasizes non-surgical and minimally invasive approaches to the practice of musculoskeletal medicine. He, along with his brother Joel co-developed the IDET technology and procedure for treating degenerative painful discs. Dr. Saal's research work and publications have revolutionized the care of painful spinal disorders.

Dr. Gordon Brody, M.D. - Hand Surgery: Dr. Brody is part of the physician team at SOAR and works with Bronco athletes with upper extremity injuries. He also serves as a consultant in hand surgery for the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks, as well as other college and professional teams in the Bay Area. Dr. Brody graduated from Duke University and Duke Medical School. He completed his training in orthopedic surgery at the Cornell Medical Center Hospital for Special Surgery and completed a hand fellowship at the Ralph K. Davies Medical Center in San Francisco. Prior to joining SOAR, Dr. Brody was Chief of the Hand Clinic at Stanford University Medical School for 5 years. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery with an added qualification in surgery of the hand by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Ken Akizuki, M.D. - Orthopedics: Dr. Akizuki is a graduate of the University of California and The George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition to his work with Bronco Athletics, Dr. Akizuki is the primary orthopedic team physician for the San Francisco Giants and team physician for the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, and a number of other local colleges. Dr. Akizuki is also a current member of the NCAA Health and Safety Committee and was awarded recognition by the National Athletic Trainers Association at their annual Far West meeting in 2004. He is a regular lecturer at the University of California, San Jose State University, and has presented at the Far West Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting, Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meeting.

Dr. Jana Crain, M.D. - Radiology: Dr. Crain is the Santa Clara Broncos team radiologist and a staff radiologist at California Advanced Imaging Medical Associates. She graduated from Magna Cum Laude from Ouachita Baptist University and University of Arkansas Medical School. She also completed her residency from University of Arkansas Medical School in internal medicine/pediatrics and diagnostic radiology. Dr. Crain is board certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology. She has given a number of presentations on MRI and sports injuries. Dr. Crain regularly consults with the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Indians as well as the United States Ski Team.

Dr. Anthony J. Saglimbeni, M.D. - Internal Medicine:  Anthony J. Saglimbeni, MD is a native of San Jose. Anthony completed his undergraduate college education at UCLA. Following his graduation, he attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, received his M.D., and returned to California to complete his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UC Irvine. He continued his training by completing a sports medicine fellowship at UC San Diego. Dr. Saglimbeni practices pediatrics, internal medicine and his favorite field of medicine, primary care sports medicine. He also serves as a physician for the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Giants, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Presentation High School. He additionally works at Apple Inc.'s On-Site Wellness Program, Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation (SOAR), and West Valley College Student Health Center.

Dr. Jonah Mullens, DPM - Dr. Mullens is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and the California School of Podiatric Medicine.  He completed his surgical residency at Kaiser Sacramento and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego as well as podiatric fellowships at the University of Califnornia San Diego Medical Center and Meir Hospital in Israel.

Dr. Mullens is a regular lecturer on lower extremity examination and pathology at Stanford Medical School and has given a number of presentations on diabetic foot education. Outside of SOAR, he has volunteered for the Extremity Project in Vietnam, a medical mission in the Grenadines, and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco providing treatment for a variety of foot and lower leg conditions.

Dr. Bruce Lehnert, DPM – Podiatry: Dr. Lehnert is a graduate of the University of New York at Buffalo and California College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his surgical residence at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, as well as a fellowship in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle surgery at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Lehnert has been an Adjunct Professor at several esteemed universities including Stanford University School of Medicine, Temple University, and California School of Podiatric Medicine. He is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of International Extremity Project (IEP). IEP provides support for humanitarian projects and supplies medical assistance to the people of Vietnam through various medical missions.

Dr. Christopher Bonzon, M.D. – Physiatry/Spine Specialist: Dr. Christopher Bonzon received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina. He then completed postgraduate fellowship training in interventional sports and spine medicine as well as diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound before completing additional fellowship training in spine and sports musculoskeletal medicine with his current group. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has presented nationally and locally regarding diagnostic and treatment strategies for neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction. Dr. Bonzon has co-authored and performed research for published book chapters on interventional ultrasound techniques for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. He has conducted research on the return of amputees to physically demanding jobs.

SOAR Orthopedic Fellows:

Dr. Bryan Conti, MD
Dr. Michael Bogatch, MD
Dr. Neal Berger, MD