The Atlanta Braves announced several changes to their medical staff today, as Dr. Gary M. Lourie has been named as the club's Head Team Physician, while Bradford Scott has been promoted to Head Sports Performance Coach and Jordan Wolf has been named as Performance Therapist.
"We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing the best possible medical care for our players and staff," Braves general manager John Coppolella said. "Gary Lourie will lead this group and we are excited about what he brings as a doctor, leader, and longtime member of the Braves family."
Lourie, who has worked with the Braves medical staff since 2000 as an Associate Physician, is a Partner with the Hand and Upper Extremity Center of Georgia. He also serves as the Hand Surgeon Consultant for Georgia Tech athletics as well as the Head Orthopedic Team Physician for the Yellow Jackets baseball team.
"I am honored to assume this position as Head Team Physician with the Atlanta Braves and to continue my longtime association with this franchise," Lourie said. "Our staff of dedicated, experienced physicians, some of whom have been affiliated with the Braves for many years, will work to assure that this great baseball organization has the finest medical care for players and staff."
The staff includes returning physicians Marvin Royster, Tim Griffith, Jeff Hoadley and Brooks Lide, who will be joined by new members of the medical team including physicians John Xerogeanes, Spero Karas, Kyle Hammond, Ken Mautner, Lee Kneer, Jeff Webb and Jonathan Kim.
Scott joined the Braves prior to the 2016 season as the Braves' Performance Therapist. He came to Atlanta from the University of Portland, where he had served as the Director of Athletic Performance since September 2007. Before his time at Portland, Scott spent a year at the University of Southern California as the Head Strength, Speed and Conditioning Coach for the men's and women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball programs.
Wolf joins the Braves from the San Diego Padres, where he served as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator since 2013. A 2009 graduate of Arizona State University, Wolf worked as a minor league Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks system from 2009 to 2012.