Brian Joseph Krabak M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.M.

Brian Joseph Krabak M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.M.


Dr. Krabak is a sports medicine physician, specializing in running medicine, who focuses on the prevention, treatment of sports-related injuries, and…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Dr Krabak is passionate about helping patients regain active lifestyles and seeks to support amateur to professional athletes of all ages on a local to international level. He believes in treating the athlete as a whole, focusing on his or her specific goals.

Personal Interests

He has competed in more than 30 endurance events, including 24-hour and 36-hour adventure races; XTERRA and TransRockies 250-mile Mountain Bike Race; and marathons and triathlons from Olympic to Ironman distances.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Krabak's clinical interest is in the prevention, treatment and sports performance enhancement of sports related injuries in youth and adult athletes of all levels.

Sports Medicine clinical experience includes:

  • Olympic Games 

            Physician - 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
            Physician - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
            Physician - 2004 Athens Olympics Games
            Physician - 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games
            Physician - 1996 Paralympics Games

  • Professional/Elite Sports

            National Team Physician - USA Swimming
            Team Physician - Baltimore Orioles
            Team Physician - Hagerstown Sun (NY Mets)
            Team Physician - Baltimore Bay Runners (IBL-Basketball)

  • Collegiate Sports

            Physician - University of Washington Athletics
            Physician - Seattle University Athletics
            Physician - Johns Hopkins Athletics (Football, Lacrosse, Soccer)
            Team Consultant - Stevenson University

  • Ultra-Marathon/Marathons

            Medical Director - RacingThePlanet (China,Chile,Egypt,Antarctica)
            Medical Director - Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon
            Co-Medical Director - Baltimore Marathon
            Co-Medical Director - Med-City Marathon 
            Physician - Seattle Marathon
            Physician - Boston Marathon
            Physician - Twin Cities Marathon

  • High School

            Physician, Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
            Track & Field Physician, Loch Raven High School (MD)

Research Interests

Dr Krabak's research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of overuse injuries and medical illnesses in athletes:

1. Ultramarathon Runners: Current  research includes assessing hyponatremia in ultramarathon runners, association of footstrike patterns and injuries in ultramarathon runners. Published paper on injury and illness rates in mulitday ultramarathon runners.

2. Swimmers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in competitive age group and collegiate swimmers, focusing on joint mobility and strength.

3. Ballet Dancers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in ballet dancer including hypermobility and strength.


John Hopkins/Carey Business SchoolMedical education2003
S.U.N.Y. @ BuffaloMedical education1993
John Hopkins University /Sinai Hospital of BaltimoreInternship
Mayo ClinicFellowship
Tufts-New England Medical CenterResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabSports Medicine2008
American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1998
Dr. Krabak is a sports medicine physician, specializing in running medicine, who focuses on the prevention, treatment of sports-related injuries, and sports performance enhancement in youth and adult recreational to professional athletes.

He obtained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and earned his medical degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo. He complete an internship at the Johns Hopkins-Sinai Hospital Internal Medicine program and his PM&R residency at Tufts University where he was chief resident. Dr Krabak obtained specialty training in sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic and was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Medicine prior to joining the University of Washington.

Dr Krabak has extensive sports medicine experience including:
  • Olympic Games: 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2010 Vancouver Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2002 Salt Lake Games
  • Professional Sports: Baltimore Orioles, Hagerstown Sun (NY Mets)
  • Collegiate Sports: University of Washington, Seattle University, Johns Hopkins University
  • National Team Physician: USA Swimming
  • Medical Director: RacingThePlanet 4 Deserts Ultramarathons, Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon, Baltimore Marathon, Med-City Marathon
  • Physician: Seattle Marathon, Boston Marathon

He has a particular interest in endurance athletes (runners, swimmers, triathletes, cyclists and adventure racers), dance related injuries and baseball injuries. As a competitive athlete participating in multi-day adventure races, mountain bike races and Ironman triathlons, he understands the importance of balancing fitness and preventing injury.

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