HEAT's Selesnick Elected NBA Physician of the Year

Miami HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick was elected the 2002-03 Physician of the Year by the National Basketball Trainers Association (NBTA) at the recently completed Chicago Pre-Draft Camp. Selesnick is the second physician to capture the annual award, following Dr. John Hefferon, the inaugural winner.

Selenick is being recognized nationally for his expertise in sports medicine and his willingness to go above and beyond in the care and services for the athletes of the Miami HEAT and their opponents. He was also recently named an honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) for all his work and efforts in educating student trainers.

This current honor is just one of many accolades in the career of Dr. Selesnick, who has been selected on three occasions as a team physician for the NBA All-Star Game (1990 in Miami, 2000 in Oakland and 2001 in Washington). He was also a member of the five-person medical staff for the USA Basketball 2000 Men’s Senior National Team which captured Olympic gold in Australia at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000 he was also honored as the top medical professional for the Ericcson ATP tour.

An orthopedic surgeon and past president of the National Basketball Association Team Physicians Society, Dr. Selesnick has been with the HEAT since its inaugural season in 1988-89. He was also a team physician for the gold medal winning 1999 USA Basketball Pre-Olympic Tournament of the Americas Team that competed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the bronze medal winning 1998 USA Men’s World Championship Team that played in Athens, Greece.

In addition to serving as team physician for the HEAT, Dr. Selesnick also serves as the team physician for Miami Dade Community College, the Miami Jai Alai and Dania Jai Alai. Dr. Selesnick previously was the team physician for the WNBA’s Miami SOL (2000-02), Miami Marlins minor league baseball team (1985-88), the USBL Miami Tropics basketball team (1988), the Ericcson International Players Tennis Championships as well as the Doral Golf Tournament. The director of the Miami Sports Medicine Fellowship, co-sponsored by HealthSouth Doctors’ Hospital, Dr. Selesnick is a graduate of the six years “Honors Program in Medical Education” at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.