Ross Alumnus Selected to be Olympic Physician for Vancouver Games


North Brunswick, NJ–January  26, 2010—The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has chosen Dr. Michael Van Vliet ’06 as one of the select physicians serving Olympic athletes from around the world, all of whom will soon travel to Vancouver to compete.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to work as an Olympic physician,” said Dr. Van Vliet. “It’s taken me 10 years to realize this goal.”

Born and raised in Castlegar, British Columbia, Dr. Van Vliet first contemplated becoming an Olympic physician in 2000 during the Sydney Olympic Games. When he learned that this year’s Winter Olympics would be held in Vancouver, he immediately volunteered his services; however, it took over a year to find out that he had been selected.

“This was such a priority for me that I cleared my schedule over a year ago and kept it clear in the hope that this would happen,” he said. “One of the things that motivated me was the fact that the physicians I’ll be working with are some of the best in the world. It will be an invaluable learning experience.”

The Olympic physicians will provide comprehensive healthcare and medical services, including 24-hour emergency medicine, primary care, and sports medicine for athletes and their families.

“I’ll be part of the team taking care of the athletes in Whistler, which includes all the ski, luge, bobsled, and biathlon events,” Dr. Van Vliet explained. “We will provide on-site emergency care while the events are taking place, so we’ll be at all of the venues.”

He concluded, “Because Ross University provided me with the opportunity to become a physician, I am now able to fulfill another lifelong dream—becoming an Olympic physician. Without Ross, neither of these dreams would have been possible.”

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world and has clinical education centers in Miami, FL, Saginaw, MI, and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

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