Mark Anthony Harrast M.D.

Mark Anthony Harrast M.D.

Bio

Dr. Harrast is a sports medicine physician and medical director of the Seattle Marathon. His clinical expertise is diagnosing and treating sports-related…

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Patient Care Philosophy

"I like my patients to be active participants in their health care.  We work together as a team to restore and maximize function lost through injury or illness. Spending the time to talk with and educate my patients is very important, particularly in that first encounter, so that they understand the issues well and can continue to be active participants in the healing process."

Personal Interests

He is an accomplished competitive endurance athlete training for and racing in triathlons and marathons.  He has  raced >10 marathons with a personal best of 2:46; four Ironman triathlons in the US, Canada, and Brazil, finishing in the 10-hour range; and numerous Olympic-distance triathlons and road races nationally and internationally.

Clinical Interests

Overuse injuries and illnesses in runners and triathletes. Athletes with back pain--more specifically, the adolescent athlete with back pain/spondylolysis.

Research Interests

The prevention and rehabilitation strategies of overuse injuries in endurance athletes; muscle imbalance and activation patterns as a source of musculoskeletal injury; safety and medical preparedness for marathon event coverage; and fluid balance and electrolyte disturbances in endurance athletes.

Education

  • InstitutionCredentialYear
  • Northwestern Univ. Medical SchoolMedical education1996
  • University of ChicagoOther Education1992
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Denver)Internship
  • Univ. of Michigan SOMFellowship
  • UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineResidency

Board Certifications

  • CertificationSpecialtyYear
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation2011
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabSports Medicine2008
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPain Medicine2005
Dr. Harrast is a sports medicine physician and medical director of the Seattle Marathon. His clinical expertise is diagnosing and treating sports-related injuries and illnesses in endurance athletes, runners and triathletes. He also has a focus on injury prevention and wellness, and enjoys treating athletes and active people throughout the age spectrum.

He works closely with many rehabilitation professionals, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, massage therapists, and nutritionists to individualize the treatment plan of care for each of his patients, depending on the significance and severity of the injury or illness.

A competitive Ironman triathlete himself, Dr. Harrast understands first-hand the benefits of physical activity and the desire to stay active. Therefore, a focus of each patient encounter is to return his patients to sport or activity quickly, safely, and better educated to prevent future injury. Complementing his clinical work at UW Medicine, he speaks internationally on medical issues and injuries related to marathon and triathlon training and racing.

He joined the faculty of the UW Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2001. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University. He was elected chief resident during his residency at UW and was honored with the “Outstanding Resident Award” at graduation. Prior to returning to Seattle, he completed a fellowship in sports and spine medicine at the University of Michigan.

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