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Trio from Copley on Medical Team for World Snowboarding Championships

March 7, 2016

Copley Specialists Providing Medical Care for International Athletes Competing in China

Morrisville, VT – Mansfield Orthopaedics sports medicine specialists Bryan Huber, MD and Nella Wennberg, PA and Copley Hospital Emergency Medicine specialist Adam Putnam, MD are serving on the Medical Team for the U.S. Snowboarding Team at the 2016 World Championships of Snowboarding in Yabuli, China. The trio are volunteering to care for America’s top freestyle snowboarders March 9-16. As members of the Medical Team, they will also provide care for any international athlete requesting assistance.

Yabuli is the largest and most well-known winter sports area in China. It is in located in the northeastern region, about a 3-hour drive from the city of Harbin.

The World Championships of Snowboarding (#WCS) is organized by TTR Pro Snowboarding and the World Snowboard Federation. The competition is focused on Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air. Three hundred riders, representing 43 nations are expected to compete. The WCS is held every four years.

Bryan Huber, MD is an attending orthopaedic surgeon and Chief of Surgery at Copley Hospital and Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services. He has a clinical and scientific interest in: cartilage restoration, meniscal repair, and transplantation; knee ligament anatomic reconstruction; customized partial and total knee replacement; minimally-invasive hip replacement, modified anterior approach, and surgical and nonsurgical treatment of middle aged athletes. Dr. Huber currently serves as the President of Vermont Orthopedic Society, Medical Director for Burton Global Snowboard team, Team Physician for U.S. Snowboarding, and Medical Director of Stowe Ski Patrol. Dr. Huber is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Nella Wennberg has been part of the Mansfield Orthopaedics team since 2001. Nella cares for patients with a variety of orthopaedic issues in the outpatient clinic as well as in the Operating Room. She holds a Master of Health Professions from Northeastern University and was honored with the Dr. Eli Jacobs Award for Medical Ethics. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. She had worked as a PA at Faulkner Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Massachusetts before specializing in orthopaedics with Sullivan Orthopedics. She has taught at the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Northeastern University for their Physician Assistant Programs. Wennberg regularly provides orthopaedic and medical care in impoverished areas of the world, most recently in Haiti and in Honduras.

Adam Putnam, MD specializes in emergency medicine and trauma, serving in Copley Hospital’s Emergency Department. He joined Copley Hospital in 2011 and quickly combined his passions for outdoor sports and emergency medicine by serving with the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol. He earned his BA in History at the University of Massachusetts, and went on to become an EMT and work as a wilderness guide. During a trip to Costa Rica, he met a group of physicians that traveled internationally providing emergency care. This inspired him to return to school to pursue a medical degree in Emergency Medicine. He graduated from the Medical School of Temple University in PA and completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in PA, a Level 1 Trauma Center, before joining Copley Hospital.

The trio left Monday, March 7 and will arrive in Yabuli on Tuesday, March 8.