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Dr. Robert Huizenga, MD | Expert
Huizenga grew up in Rochester, New York, and he was valedictorian and an all-county athlete in football, wrestling and track at Penfield High. At the University of Michigan, he received honors in math and biology and was an NCAA All-American wrestler. While at Harvard Medical School, Dr. H was an immunology major and all-star rugby player. He did his medical residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, focusing on internal medicine and sports medicine, and was appointed Chief Medical Resident. He entered a pulmonary fellowship before leaving to serve as the team physician for the Los Angeles Raiders. Dr. H was also the national medical correspondent for "Breakaway" (FOX) and later for "The Home Show" (ABC).
After serving for eight years as LA Raiders team physician and four years as president and president-elect for the NFL Physician's Society, Dr. H wrote his first book, "You're OK, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets about Pro-Football's Most Outrageous Team," which provoked a national debate on anabolic steroids and other ergogenic (sport-enhancing) aids over a decade before the Senate "steroid" hearings. He continues to be active in the world of professional sports and was called in 2009 as an expert witness by the House Judiciary Committee looking into repetitive brain injuries (CTE) in football players.
Huizenga has repeatedly been interviewed as a health expert on NBC, CBS and ABC Evening News, "Nightline" and "Larry King Live," as well in the "New York Times," "Los Angeles Times" and other national print media. He has also been called as a medical expert in multiple high-profile legal cases, including both the criminal and civil O.J. Simpson trials. He has recurring roles as writer, correspondent and advisor on numerous TV shows and movies, including most recently "The Biggest Loser," "Extreme Makeover," "Work Out," "Thinervention," "American Gladiators," "Student Body," "Dance Your Ass Off," "Fourth and Long," "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best," "Shedding for the Wedding," "Love Handles," "Dale Con Ganas" and "Into the Wild."
In 2008, Huizenga authored "Where Did All the Fat Go? The Wow! Prescription to Reach Your Ideal Weight and Stay There," about the radical exercise-centric obesity treatment he first pioneered in over 600 overweight applicants to NBC's "The Biggest Loser," resulting in over 15 published medical abstracts or articles. Huizenga lectures throughout the world and runs The Clinic by Dr. H, a state of the art, multi-disciplinary fat loss facility in Southern California.
Huizenga has deep sports and science-writer roots. His father, John Robert Huizenga, was an all-star basketball and baseball player before serving as a member of the Manhattan Project and later receiving the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (the U.S. Nobel prize) for nuclear physics for his nuclear fusion research (including co-discovery of Einsteinium and Fermium, element numbers 99 and 100).