Dr. Kruse holds two board certifications, sports medicine and family medicine,
and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist. Dr. Kruse’s
clinical expertise includes non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine,
general musculoskeletal care, sports concussion, general medical needs
of the athlete, and musculoskeletal procedures including joint and tissue
injections. Dr. Kruse also has special insight into the care of the injured
gymnast or dancer.
Dr. Kruse grew up in Florida but followed his personal sports aspirations
to the University of California, Berkeley, via a full athletic scholarship
for gymnastics. While competing for Berkeley, he was a 3-time captain,
6-time All-American, UC Berkeley Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Pac
10 Medal Recipient, and won an NCAA Team Championship. He continued his
gymnastics career after college, competing full-time internationally as
a 4-time member of the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team.
After retiring from gymnastics, Dr. Kruse attended medical school at the
University of California, San Diego and thereafter completed a residency
in family medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Following residency,
Dr. Kruse completed fellowship training in sports medicine at the University
of Notre Dame.
Before joining the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Dr. Kruse practiced
for 4 years at the University of California Irvine as an Assistant Clinical
Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine.
He maintains a Volunteer Faculty position with UC Irvine in order to continue
his active sports medicine teaching for medical students and residents.
Dr. Kruse also serves as a resource for the community and provides many
local lectures to various schools and community groups on a wide range
of sports medicine topics. He also has multiple peer-reviewed journal
and textbook publications on a wide range of sports medicine topics.
Dr. Kruse currently serves as USA Gymnastics Men’s National Team
Physician and as a Team Physician for the FAST swim club. He is also a
Team Physician for the University of California Irvine and Godinez Fundamental
High School, and assists with coverage for Crean Lutheran High School.
In addition, Dr. Kruse helps with medical coverage for USA Water Polo
both locally and internationally and provides sports concussion consultation
and care for Servite High School, Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College,
Corona Del Mar High School, and the Orange County Department of Education.
Dr. Kruse is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians,
the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American
College of Sports Medicine, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in
Medicine. He currently chairs multiple committees with the AMSSM and is
part of the Program Planning Committee for the 2012 AMSSM Annual Meeting
in Atlanta this year.
Dr. Kruse’s outside interests include spending time with his wife
Mindi and their two children, Alex and Lyla. He also enjoys yoga, surfing,
playing guitar, and catching up on all sports by watching SportsCenter.