John Cianca, MD, Past President
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.