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The Medical Advisory Board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor. The Board has the power and the duty to prepare and submit to the Athletic Commission for approval, regulations and standards for the physical examination of athletes licensed by the Commission. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Commission and, as needed, prepares and submits to the Commission for approval such additional regulations and standards that safeguard the physical welfare of professional boxers. Additionally, it may recommend to the Commission qualified physicians for the purpose of conducting physical examinations of professional boxers. The Board also advises the Commission on any study that will, in its opinion, promote the safety of boxing and wrestling.
NYSAC Medical Advisory Board Members
R. Maxwell Alley, MD
Dr. Alley received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his MD degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Albany, NY specializing in Sports Medicine.
David C. Angelillo, DO
Dr. Angelillo is an orthopaedic surgeon and is currently the director of Long Island Orthopedic and Spine Specialists, a multispecialty orthopaedic surgery group in Patchogue, New York. His particular area of expertise is sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He specializes in the treatment of athletic injuries and throughout his career has cared for athletes and sports teams at the high school, collegiate (NCAA), and professional levels. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.
Anthony G. Curreri, MD
Dr. Curreri is board certified in Ophthalmology. He worked for fifteen years as a professional ringside physician and continues to see professional boxers in his private practice. He is Chairman Emeritus of Cabrini Medical Center.
James J. Kinderknecht, MD
Dr. Kindernecht is a board-certified family physician with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is the program director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He serves as a team physician for the New York Giants, New York Mets, and St. John's University.
Laszlo Mechtler, MD, FAAN
Dr. Mechtler is board certified in Neurology, Headache Medicine and Neuroimaging. He is the Director of the Dent Headache Center and Co-Director of the Dent Concussion Center. His training includes institutions such as MD Anderson and the State University New York at Buffalo. He is currently the Medical Director of the DENT Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, NY, Professor of Neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and also serves as the President of the American Society of Neuroimaging. He has authored in numerous publications including on the topic of TBI and was the Editor of the 2014 edition of Neurology Clinics. He is the consulting physician for professional and semi-pro sports teams in Western New York to include the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres. He currently is participating in numerous clinical trials which include neuroimaging research for traumatic brain injury in collaboration with The University of Buffalo.
Charles P. Melone, Jr., MD
Dr. Melone specializes in sports injuries to the hand & wrist, arthritis of the hand & wrist, wrist fractures, fracture-dislocations, scleroderma, microsurgery and carpal tunnel syndrome. Over the past 40 years in practice, Dr. Melone has gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable hand surgeons in the United States. He is Director of the Division of Hand Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also received the Distinguished Service Citation from New York University Medical School in 1999.
Ambika Nayar, MD
Dr. Nayar is a native New Yorker and graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 1996 and continued her training at NYU through residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology, which she completed in 2002. She has remained at NYU since then as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She practices general cardiology at NYU and is a full-time echocardiographer at Bellevue Hospital. She served as a consulting physician at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases from 2004 -2008 and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Echocardiography.
James M. Noble, MD
Dr. Noble is assistant professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center with the Taub Institute for Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University. He received his medical degree from Emory University, trained in neurology residency and dementia fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, and received a master’s of science in epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University through the NIH supported neuroepidemiology training program at Columbia University. His clinical practice focuses on neurodegenerative forms of dementia including Alzheimer disease and related disorders. He leads several research projects including collegiate sports-related concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, neurological health literacy, and systemic inflammatory markers as potential novel Alzheimer risk factors. He is board certified in neurology, behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, and public health.