RNF Medical Advisory Board

Medical Advisory Board

The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Medical Advisory Board is a group of eminent medical and dance professionals offering international experience with professional and student dancers through research, training and education, or clinical practice. Members of the Medical Advisory Board review and advise on the medical and scientific content included in the Medical Website, informed by knowledge of current research and best practice in dance medicine and science, and provide ongoing advice and knowledge to shape the development and future directions of the Medical Website.


Members of the Medical Advisory Board


Carlo Bagutti, MD
Consultant Physician, Prix de Lausanne
Specialist in sports medicine and general medicine, Swiss Medicine Association
Lausanne, Switzerland


Dr Carlo Bagutti is from Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Graduated from the Lausanne Faculty of Medicine, Dr Carlo Bagutti is specialized in internal general medicine (FMH), sports medicine (SSMS), manual medicine (SAMM) and underwater and hyperbaric medicine (SUHMS). He is member of the Athlete Entourage Commission of the International Olympic Committee. Dr Bagutti is in charge of the Swiss Athletics Federation and several volleyball, rowing and swimming teams. He is heading the Sport Medicine Department of the medical and surgical multidisciplinary center named Vidymed in Lausanne where other sport specialists (sport physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors, and osteopaths) work in conjunction with a sport nutritionist, a sport psychologist, several physiotherapists and physical therapists.

Since 1996 he has been the consulting physician to the Prix de Lausanne. The health policy he has developed supports the belief that optimal performance as a professional ballet dancer requires good physical and psychological health. These concepts are integral part of the competition’s rules and regulations and are taken up by the dance partner schools and the professional dance partner companies of the Prix de Lausanne.

Dr Bagutti is also the medical physician is in charge for several dance companies and dance schools in Switzerland and the primary medical caregiver for freelance professional dancers. He has has participated as an organizer or speaker in numerous conferences, seminars and workshops on dancers health promotion. He is member of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Board of Trustees where he is in charge for the medical, scientific and humanitarian developments.


Jasmine Challis, BSc (Hons) Nutr RD
Registered Dietician and Nutritionist
London, United Kingdom

Jasmine has an Honours Degree in Nutrition and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. She has qualifications in teaching young people and adults and has undertaken training in group work and increasing motivation. She is registered as a dietitian with the Health Professions Council. Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition) and is on to the Register of Sports & Exercise Nutritionists. She has a particular interest in dance but has worked with athletes from a variety of backgrounds. She has worked with dance students and professionals for more than 15 years. She has given group talks and individual advice to professional dance schools and companies. Jasmine is on the Medical Advisory Panel for Dance UK and has been involved in Dance UK Roadshows giving talks/workshops on ‘Nutri¬tion and Dance Performance’ and on ‘Eating Disorders’ and  has run courses on these topics for dance teachers. She was the nutrition consultant for the Dance UK Information Sheet on Food and Nutrition for Dancers. Away from dance she continues working with patients & clients both with disordered eating and other medical problems. Her experience with patients with eating disorders is extensive and her work currently includes being part of a team with a number of consultant psychiatrists in central London and also in Reading.  Jasmine was part of the original team running a course on managing eating disorders for qualified dietitians. She was a Council Member (Director) of the British Dietetic Association (board of directors) for over 5 years. Jasmine has worked both with coaches and athletes, and has advised at national level training camps.


James Garrick, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Centers for Sports Medicine, St. Francis Memorial Hospital
California, United States of America

Photo and biography coming soon. 


Lyle J. Micheli, MD
Director of the Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, MA, United States of America

Lyle J. Micheli, M.D., is director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and in 2005, was named the O’Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. He is currently the Secretary General for the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).
He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1962 and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1966. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Micheli was a keen athlete, competing in rugby, gridiron football, and boxing.
In 1998, Dr. Micheli was elected to the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), where he previously served on the Education Commission since 1990 and as its chairperson from 1995 to 1998. In 2002, Dr. Micheli was elected Vice-President of FIMS and was recently elected to the seat of Secretary General of FIMS in 2010. Since 2005, Dr. Micheli has been invited by the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission to the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to co-chair and assist in the writing of an IOC Consensus Statement, their latest being “International Olympic Committee consensus statement on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport.” Dr. Micheli was the recipient of the 2011 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in San Diego, CA in July 2011. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine. It is one of the top awards the Society presents each year. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine (president 1989-1990), having also served on the board of this organization and as Vice-President of Medicine. Since 1988, Dr. Micheli has represented the American College of Sports Medicine in the selection process of the Sport Science Award of the International Olympic Committee President. He served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1991 - 2004.

Dr. Micheli has been the Attending Physician for the Boston Ballet since 1977 and is Medical Consultant to the Boston Ballet School. In 1984, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the United States Rugby Football Foundation, and he remains an active member of a variety of local, national and international initiatives dedicated to the advancement of sports medicine, sports science, and sports injury prevention. In 2001, Dr. Micheli was elected Chairman of the USA Rugby Medical and Risk Management Committee. In 2002, Dr. Micheli was elected to the Advisory Board of the Bay State Games.

He is the author of over 300 scientific articles and reviews related to sports injuries, particularly in children, scoliosis and other disorders of the spine, and medical problems of dancers. His present research activities are focused on the prevention of sports injuries in children, including assessment of risk factors and injury occurrence, as well as assessment of dysfunctions of the shoulder in children and young adults. The sports that particularly interest him are rowing, ballet, distance running, and rugby football.

Dr. Micheli has edited and authored several major books and textbooks including the most recent four-volume Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. His other publications include The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach, The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee, The Sports Medicine Bible for Young Athletes, The Sports Medicine Bible and numerous issues of Clinics in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Micheli first played rugby as an undergraduate and medical student at Harvard University. He subsequently played prop for Boston Rugby Club, Cleveland Blues, RFC, Washington Rugby Club, and as a player coach for the Mystic Rugby Club.


Marika Molnar, PT, LAc
President and Founder, Westside Dance Physical Therapy
New York City, New York, United States of America

Marika is a graduate of Columbia University, where she obtained her graduate certificate in physical therapy. She also holds a masters degree in dance education
from New York University, a certificate in nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds a masters in acupuncture from Tristate College of Acupuncture.

In 1980 Ms Molnar was the first physical therapist to be hired on-site at a professional ballet company to care for the dancers of the New York City Ballet. She is
presently the director of physical therapy services to the New York City Ballet and also director of physical therapy services to the School of American Ballet in
New York. Ms Molnar is active professionally in a number of endeavors. These activities include clinical advisor to PhysicalMind Institute, rehabilitation editor of
the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and member of the Development Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Her previous IADMS committee work includes being a board member from 1994-1999, president from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Education committee from 2001-

Ms Molnar has lectured nationally and internationally for the past 28 years and has published in peer reviewed publications and also book publications related to
rehabilitation of dance injuries.


Luana Poggini, MD, PhD
Orthopaedist and Consultant Physician, Accademia Nazionale di Danza
Rome, Italy

Dr. Poggini is an orthopaedist and physiatrist, with a degree from the University of Rome (Italy) "La Sapienza”; as a former dancer, she also holds a PhD in Classical and Modern dance Education, from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (AND) in Rome.

She began teaching "Anatomy and Physiology of Movement" at the Dance Academy in 1983 and, in 1989, she was appointed by the Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific Research as a tenured Full Professor at the AND. Since January 2005 she has also taught  “Prevention of Dance Related Injuries” for the PhD degree in dance education at the AND.
In 2002, she became Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner for Rehabilitation and she worked as Polestar Pilates Educator for Polestar Italy from 2003 to 2009.

Since 2010 she has also taught “Anatomy for Yoga” in several Yoga schools in Rome.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 1999, she served as IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine & Science) Board Member until 2007; she is still serving IADMS as reviewer for the Abstracts of the IADMS Conferences and, as Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

She is also Member of the Advisory Board of the Association Danse Médecine Recherche.
In her private practice as an orthopaedist in Rome, Dr. Poggini serves as consultant and responsible physician for many dance school and professional dancers in Italy. Her research activity in dance medicine began in 1982 at the Department of Orthopaedics of the University of Rome, with Prof. L. Perugia, and continues to this day, focusing on the prevention of dance injuries.


Rachel Rist, MA
Director of Dance
Tring Park School for Performing Arts
Herfordshire, United Kingdom

Rachel is the Director of Dance at Tring Park School for Performing Arts (formerly Arts Educational School), Hertfordshire. She has a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts, and is a published author of a first book, ‘The Injured Dancer’ (1986) and a second book ‘Anatomy and Kinesiology for Ballet Teachers’ (1996) and regular feature writer of many articles for dance magazines. She is the Past President of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, (President 2003 – 2005) and was the Chair of the Education Committee (2007 – 2009). She has twice hosted the annual IADMS conference in 1997 and 1999.  Rachel was the Chair of the Faculty of Education for the Royal Academy of Dance, and a member of the Executive Committee. She has worked extensively with Dance U.K, as a member of the Editorial Board for the ‘Fit to Dance?’ reports, 1 and 2 and on the editorial board for the ‘Dance Teaching Essentials’ book. Rachel is on the Editorial Board of the magazine ‘Dancing Times’.

She is on the Steering Committee for the Music and Dance Scheme’s ‘Excellent’ projects and Vice Chair of the Council for Professional Dance Schools. Rachel is also the founder developer of a new qualification with Trinity International Examinations board on Safe Dance Practice.

She was external examiner for the dance degree course at Middlesex University and marked anatomy exams for the Royal Academy of Dance. She was external examiner for the MSc in Dance Science at Laban/Trinity. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally on Dance Medicine and Training.

David Weiss, MD
Attending Physician, Tisch Hospital - NYU Langone Medical Center
New York City, New York, United States of America

David S. Weiss, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice in New York City, specializing in dance medicine.  He is Associate Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and is Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University School of Medicine.  Dr. Weiss is Orthopaedist to Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Hispanico, The Juilliard School and, for their New York engagements, Cirque du Soleil.  He served as Orthopaedist for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1999 to 2011, when the company disbanded.  Dr. Weiss has served as Orthopaedist for over 40 Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions, including The Will Rogers Follies, Guys & Dolls, Miss Saigon, Cats, The Who’s Tommy, Grease, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Shrek The Musical, 9 to 5 The Musical, Riverdance on Broadway, Wicked, War Horse, The Book of Mormon, and Spider-man, Turn Off the Dark.  He is orthopaedic consultant to numerous other dance companies, university dance departments, dance schools and theatrical productions.  In all of these capacities, he works closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers and acupuncturists who specialize in performing arts medicine.  Dr. Weiss is a charter member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and has served on the Board of Directors (1996-2005), and as President (2001-2003), Vice-President (1999-2001), Acting Treasurer (2001), Past President (2003-2005); he presently serves on the Annual Meeting Program Committee.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.  Dr. Weiss is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dance Research Foundation, publisher of Ballet Review.  He lectures frequently on dance medicine, nationally and internationally.  Dr. Weiss was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1976, received his BA degree summa cum laude with high honors in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Brandeis University in 1977, and received his MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1981.  For more information, please see www.WeissMD.info.


Roger Wolman, MD (Research), FRCP FFSEM
Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science
London, United Kingdom

Dr Wolman has been involved with Dance Medicine since the late 1980’s when he conducted research on the Female athlete triad in Dancers. Since 1993 he has run weekly Dance Medicine clinics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He has worked with many Dance Schools and Companies including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Central School of Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Riverdance. His current areas of research include Vitamin D deficiency in Dancers and Bone stress injuries.


Prof Matthew Wyon PhD CSCS
School of Sport Performing Arts and Leisure
University of Wolverhampton
Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Matthew Wyon, PhD, is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK where he works in both the Sport and Dance Departments, and a Visiting Professor in Health at ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts, The Netherlands.  At Wolverhampton he is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for dance science and medicine doctoral candidates who have all presented at IADMS in recent years.  He sits on the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK and is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, UK.  Dr. Wyon is a past chair of the IADMS Research Committee and also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA) and is the exercise physiologist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.  He has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and fitness trainer.  He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in dance medicine and science, as well as presenting at the last eleven IADMS annual meetings.