Brian J Krabak, M.D., M.B.A.

Clinical Associate Professor

Brian Krabak, MD

Specialty: Sports Medicine, Spine

College: BSEE, Cornell University, Ithaca NY (1985-1989)

Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Buffalo NY (1989-1993)

Internship: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore-Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD, (1993-1994)

Residency: New England Medical Center Hospitals, Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts (1994-1997)

Fellowship: PM&R Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota (1997-1998) Faculty: Assistant Professor of PM&R and Orthopedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland (1998-2007)

Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

In the News

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Regaining an Active Life


Active lifestyles range from hard-driving athletes to parents playing ball with their kids. When injury or illness takes away the ability to pursue those activities, it affects both physical and emotional health. The UW Medicine Sports and Spine Physicians team is dedicated to restoring maximum function so their patients can be fit for life.

Treating Meniscus Tears


After telemark skier Andrew Etringer heard a telltale pop in his knee, he visited sports medicine specialist Dr. Brian J. Krabak. A brace and strengthening exercises were the right course of action for Andrew's bruised meniscus. Competitive tennis player Adam Rogers needed surgery to treat the acute meniscus tear in his knee.

About Dr. Krabak

Dr. Krabak is a sports medicine physician in the Departments of Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He 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, 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), concussions 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.

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.

Scope Of Care
Dr. Krabak focuses on the prevention, treatment and sports performance enhancement of sports related injuries in youth and adult athletes. Dr. Krabak works closely with the patient, therapists, athletic trainers and coaches to develop a comprehensive program to return athletes to competitive status as quickly as possible. Dr. Krabak has a particular interest in endurance athletes (swimmers, runners, triathletes, cyclists and adventure racers), concussions and baseball injuries.

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.

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Honors/Awards:

  • 2013 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 Best Doctor, Washington State
  • 2011 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 Marquis, Who's Who in America
  • 2011 University of Washington TLC Award
  • 2008 USA Swimming, High Performance Award-Sports Medicine and Science
  • 2004 Education Research Fund Best Research Paper Award: Fish DE, Krabak BJ, Johnson-Greene DJ and deLateur BJ. Optimal Resistance Training: Comparison of the DeLorme and Oxford Techniques. Am J Phys Med Rehabil Dec 2003 82(12): 903-9
  • 2001 Golden Goniometer Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins-Sinai Hospital PM&R Residency
  • 1996, 1997 American Medical Association / Glaxo-Wellcome Achievement and Leadership Award
  • 1997 Chief Resident, Department of PM&R, New England Medical Center Hospitals

Memberships:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • USA Swimming High Performance Sports Medicine Network

Clinical Expertise

Diagnosis

  • Non-operative sports and musculoskeletal injuries in athletes and active individuals,
  • Specialization in endurance athletes including runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes

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)
    • 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)

Scientific Publications (PubMed Listing)

  • Krabak BJ, Waite B, Schiff MA Study of injury and illness rates in multiday ultramarathon runners. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 2011 Dec; 43; 12; 2314-20
  • Krabak BJ, Kanarek SL Cervical spine pain in the competitive athlete. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2011 Aug; 22; 3; 459-71, viii
  • Jinguji TM, Krabak BJ, Satchell EK Epidemiology of youth sports concussion. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2011 Nov; 22; 4; 565-75, vii
  • Singh V, Krabak BJ Chronic knee synovitis in an adolescent dancer. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2010 Jun; 2; 6; 573-5
  • Middleton K, Krabak BJ, Coppel DB The influence of pediatric autonomic dysfunction on recovery after concussion. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2010 Nov; 20; 6; 491-2
  • Waite BL, Krabak BJ Examination and treatment of pediatric injuries of the hip and pelvis. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2008 May; 19; 2; 305-18, ix
  • Krabak B, Kennedy DJ Functional rehabilitation of lumbar spine injuries in the athlete. Sports medicine and arthroscopy review 2008 Mar; 16; 1; 47-54
  • Krabak BJ, Alexander E, Henning T Shoulder and elbow injuries in the adolescent athlete. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2008 May; 19; 2; 271-85, viii
  • Moore W, Krabak BJ Chronic lateral knee pain in a cyclist: popliteal artery entrapment. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2007 Sep; 17; 5; 401-3
  • Bindal M, Krabak B Acute bacterial sacroiliitis in an adult: a case report and review of the literature. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2007 Oct; 88; 10; 1357-9
  • Krabak BJ, Sugar R, McFarland EG Practical nonoperative management of rotator cuff injuries. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2003 Mar; 13; 2; 102-5
  • Krabak BJ, Laskowski ER, Smith J, Stuart MJ, Wong GY Neurophysiologic influences on hamstring flexibility: a pilot study. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2001 Oct; 11; 4; 241-6

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Research Interests

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

  1. Ultramarathon Runners: Published paper on injury and illness rates in mulitday ultramarathon runners. Current  research includes analyzing biochemical markers affecting hydration and analyzing cardiac markers in multi-day ultramarathon runners.
  2. Swimmers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in competitive age group and collegiate swimmers, focusing on joint mobility and strength. Developing a screening tool with USA Swimming to assist in the evaluation of swimmers.
  3. Gymnasts: Currently studying predictors of injuries in competitive collegiate gymnasts, focusing on joint mobility and strength. 
  4. Ballet Dancers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in ballet dancer including hypermobility and strength.

Dr. Krabak has several research interests relating to the endurance athlete and musculoskeletal (MSK) education of residents.

He is currently involved in a multi-university study of ultra-endurance runners focusing on the epidemiologic, physiologic and psychologic impact of long distance running.

He has completed several studies of the MSK training of PM&R residents and is developing educational tools to improve the MSK training of residents and medical students

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call:

Mondays at Seattle Children’s:  (206) 987-2109

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays at the Bone and Joint Center: (206) 520-5000 or Toll Free (877) 520-5000

Fridays at the Sports Medicine Clinic: 206-520-5000 or Toll Free 877-520-5000

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Seattle Children's Hospital

W-7706 - Orthopedics Administration
4800 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 987-2109

UW Medicine Sports and Spine Physicians at UWMC

UW Medical Center-Roosevelt II
4245 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 520-5000 or toll free (877) 520-5000

Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd NE
Box 354060

Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 520-5000 or toll free (877) 520-5000
Fax: (206) 543-6573
Email: sportsmd@u.washington.edu