About Sports Medicine Consultants

SMC is a company with over 30 years of experience and proven success when working with event directors on the medical management, marketing, and volunteer recruitment for large scale athletic events. Sports Medicine Consultants can assist race directors with both long and short term medical planning, problem solving, regulatory compliance, and new strategy implementation.

All programs are designed to ensure a safe, enjoyable event for your athletes, spectators and volunteers. In many cases, we can assist with sponsorship packages that will support your medical program, allowing the medical aspect of your operation to now become a revenue producing part of your event. We have the knowledge and the tools to ensure that your event will meet and surpass the expectations of today's health care industry.

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John Cianca, M.D.


John Cianca, MD

John Cianca, M.D. has been the Medical Director for the Houston Marathon since 1998. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the marathon. He is a founder and past president of the American Road Race Medical Society.

Dr. Cianca has written on medical coverage of marathons and road races. He has spoken to numerous and varied audiences regarding the biomechanical and medical aspects of running, including medical coverage of road races. He is also one of the original members of the American College of Sports Medicine’s special interest group on endurance sports. As a result of his involvement in the marathon, Dr. Cianca and his colleague Dr. Joseph Chorley have become experts in the area of hydration and hyponatremia.

He is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is fellowship trained in musculoskeletal injury. Biomechanics and motion analysis are his areas of special interest. He has been working with runners since the early 1990’s.  He prefers to teach athletes how to avoid injury rather than simply treating their symptoms. Given this, he encourages runners to look critically at their training methods and running goals.

After serving as fulltime faculty with the Baylor College of Medicine Department of PM&R for 11 years, he began a solo practice in July 2004. He has his office in the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Clinic in Greenway Plaza in Houston, Texas, where he is the Medical Director. He remains an adjunct Associate Professor in PM&R with Baylor. Dr. Cianca is also a board certified acupuncturist. He combines the use of Eastern medicine with his traditional practice in sports and musculoskeletal medicine.

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