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Chris Troyanos
Chris Troyanos, ATC
SMC Founder & Executive Director
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Northeastern University:  

1979 B.S. – Sports Medicine & Education

Medical Coordinator:

Boston Marathon, 1977 – present

Director of Sports Medicine:

Babson College, 1979-2006 

Associate Director, Corporate Relations: Boston Children's Hospital, 2007-2010

Sports Medicine Consultants:

Owner/Director, 1996 - present 

In the News:

Carrying Memories, Marathon Medical Team Prepares for Record Crowd  Martha Bebinger, WBUR

"...Troyanos, medical coordinator for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), looks out at a sea of faces, many of whom he's worked with for years. This is the first time Troyanos has spoken publicly about the bombings that tested years of preparation.


'We're obviously facing some new challenges,' he continues. 'That's OK. This team always meets them, and you've become, in my opinion and in the opinion of many, the best marathon medical team in the world.'"  (Full story.)


Chris Troyanos began his career as Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at Babson College in 1979. His athletes affectionately referred to him simply as 'Doc' – in large part due to his no nonsense approach to treatment and concern for the whole athlete.

Boston Marathon Race Medicine:

From 1977 to 1995, Chris coordinated the athletic training component of the Boston Marathon's medical tent. In 1996, he was asked to coordinate the entire medical program – leading a team of more than 1300 medical professionals and volunteers. 


His attention to detail combined with big-picture thinking improved efficiency, quality, and timeliness of patient care, ensured that the right equipment was available when and where it is needed, and the number of supplies and staff on-hand matched the expected volume of participants – with contingencies built in for variables such as weather, and unexpected emergencies.

Teamwork & Communication:

Chris has developed a vast network of top tier medical professionals, athletic trainers, first responders, and volunteers, who work together to prepare for and care for athletes on race day.


He has established consistent medical protocols, pre-event training, and communication with all local resources – hospitals, EMS, law enforcement, and emergency management authorities – to ensure that every athlete and patient receives the best possible care, in a timely manner.


Mass Casualty Preparedness:

As a leader, Chris is known to be steady, decisive, and forward-thinking – skills that were never more important than in 2013, when he and his team found themselves at 'ground zero' in the midst of marathon bombings.


His team kicked into action, working in tandem with first-responders and others, treating athletes and spectators alike. Communication, safety, and medical protocols already set in place allowed his team to respond quickly and cohesively in providing emergency triage and critical care, despite the ensuing chaos.

Keynote Addresses & Speaking Engagements:

Chris is frequently called on to discuss best practices and emergency preparedness for events of all shapes and sizes. He is thoughtful and intentional in balancing 'information' with 'inspiration' – gauging the information and material presented based on his audience. 


Best Practices & Shared Learning:

Chris' commitment to innovation and shared learning prompted him to launch The International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM) – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving race medicine around the world.

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