Sports Med Faculty


Jeffrey Lai, MD
Fellowship Director

Dr. Lai is board certified in both family and sports medicine and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist in Long Beach, California. His clinical focus includes general medical care of athletes at all levels, general musculoskeletal care of all patients, sports physicals, sports concussions, and musculoskeletal procedures especially involving ultrasound guidance for joint and soft tissue injections.

Dr. Lai grew up in the South Bay and moved up north to attend college at Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction in Industrial Engineering. He worked in Silicon Valley in the software industry for a number of years, and then attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Thereafter, he returned to Southern California and finished residency training in family medicine at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he served as Academic Chief Resident.

After residency training, Dr. Lai joined the MemorialCare Medical Group to became a full-time faculty physician at Long Beach Memorial, where he helps supervise and train residents and medical students. He is the faculty advisor for the Sports Medicine Area of Concentration (AOC), and in 2014, he became the inaugural fellow at the Long Beach Memorial Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Lai serves as the Head Team Physician for nearby California State University, Long Beach, and oversees the medical needs for over 400 NCAA Division I athletes. He is a volunteer team physician for Cypress College, and has provided sideline sports medicine coverage for numerous local schools including Cabrillo HS, St. Anthony HS, Los Alamitos HS, and Marina HS. He is a proud volunteer team physician for the Long Beach State Rugby club. He has participated in medical coverage at the Disney Half Marathon, the Tour of Long Beach, the FIVB World Series of Volleyball, amateur boxing shows, and the UC Irvine Zot Trot Triathlon.

His outside interests include running, cycling, auto racing, and listening to Vin Scully broadcasts of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. He has run the New York Marathon (2006) and the Los Angeles Marathon (2015), and is a “legacy” runner of the Long Beach Half Marathon.

Christopher Kroner, MD, MPH
Associate Fellowship Director 

After spending his college years at UC Davis and medical school in New Orleans at Tulane, Dr. Kroner was happy to return to Southern California to complete his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He spent the first part of his career in the family medicine department at UC Irvine where he helped to develop a sports medicine service and coordinated sports medicine rotations for residents and students.  He moved to Long Beach Memorial to be able to work in his own community and to join a group of motivated faculty and residents dedicated to caring for the broad range of patients that live in our community

He has worked on the medical staff for the Anaheim Ducks and USA Water Polo, traveling internationally with each, and helps coordinate and supervise medical coverage for runDisney events at Disneyland.  He has helped care for student athletes at high schools and colleges from Torrance to Santa Ana, and has advised on medical care protocols for several high schools around Orange County.  He has covered many other community events from small local races to large nationally televised extreme sports competitions.

He has a particular interest in bedside ultrasound and the clinical practice opportunities that it provides.  He completed a “mini-fellowship” in bedside ultrasound at the UC Irvine ER and now enjoys teaching musculoskeletal and body ultrasound to residents and medical students.

He enjoys experiencing new things and had many jobs before getting into medicine.  He has worked in everything from food service to construction and was a substitute teacher.  He was a firefighter in the US Forest Service and worked for his college’s police department providing event security on campus.  His newest and most exciting experience is raising two children with his wife and growing into their home in Long Beach.

David Kruse, MD
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Dr. Kruse holds two board certifications, sports medicine and family medicine, and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist. Dr. Kruse’s clinical expertise includes non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine, general musculoskeletal care, sports concussion, general medical needs of the athlete, and musculoskeletal procedures including joint and tissue injections. Dr. Kruse also has special insight into the care of the injured gymnast or dancer.

Dr. Kruse grew up in Florida but followed his personal sports aspirations to the University of California, Berkeley, via a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics. While competing for Berkeley, he was a 3-time captain, 6-time All-American, UC Berkeley Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Pac 10 Medal Recipient, and won an NCAA Team Championship. He continued his gymnastics career after college, competing full-time internationally as a 4-time member of the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team.

After retiring from gymnastics, Dr. Kruse attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and thereafter completed a residency in family medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Kruse completed fellowship training in sports medicine at the University of Notre Dame.

Before joining the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Dr. Kruse practiced for 4 years at the University of California Irvine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine. He maintains a Volunteer Faculty position with UC Irvine in order to continue his active sports medicine teaching for medical students and residents. Dr. Kruse also serves as a resource for the community and provides many local lectures to various schools and community groups on a wide range of sports medicine topics. He also has multiple peer-reviewed journal and textbook publications on a wide range of sports medicine topics.

Dr. Kruse currently serves as USA Gymnastics Men’s National Team Physician. He is also a Team Physician for the University of California Irvine and Godinez Fundamental High School, and assists with coverage for Crean Lutheran High School. In addition, Dr. Kruse provides sports concussion consultation and care for Servite High School, Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Corona Del Mar High School, and multiple other local sports programs.

Dr. Kruse is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has chaired multiple committees with the AMSSM and is part of the Program Planning Committee for the AMSSM Annual Meeting.

Dr. Kruse’s outside interests include spending time with his wife Mindi and their two children, Alex and Lyla. He also enjoys yoga, surfing, playing guitar, and catching up on all sports by watching SportsCenter.

Michael A. Pahl, MD
Dr. Pahl is a Southern California native. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Chapman University. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He did a research fellowship and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and went on to serve as chief resident. During his time there he trained under world-renowned surgeons of the prestigious Rothman Institute.

After completing his residency, Dr. Pahl received fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine and the Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group. Following his fellowship training Dr. Pahl was invited to join the Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group.

Dr. Pahl specializes in treatment of complex shoulder pathology as well as knee and Sports Medicine injuries, and orthopaedic trauma. He performs arthroscopic, reconstructive, and replacement surgery of the shoulder and knee. He also focuses on conservative and preventative treatments of shoulder, knee and sports injuries, and is trained in the treatment of orthopaedic trauma including operative and non-operative fracture management.

Dr. Pahl has extensive experience caring for sports teams and working with athletes. He has worked with a wide variety of athletes during his training including working with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball, Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, WWE professional wrestling, and the Philadelphia Passion of the LFL. He has also cared for several different local high school teams. He currently serves as head team physician for Long Beach State University and works with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).

He is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Pahl primarily sees patients at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach and operates out of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and The Surgery Center of Long Beach. He also sees patients part time at Prompt Care in Huntington Beach to allow for easier access for Orange County patients.

In his free time Dr. Pahl enjoys spending time with his family and participating in water sports including surfing, swimming, SCUBA diving, and sailing.

Kenneth Y. Huh, MD
kenneth huhKenneth Huh, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Miller Childrens Hospital Long Beach with a focus in sports medicine, trauma, hip reconstruction and foot deformities.

He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Huh completed his general orthopedic surgery internship and residency at the University of Southern California.

He later traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to complete his fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Starship Childrens Hospital. During his time at Starship Childrens Hospital, he presented on numerous orthopedic matters, including Congenital Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy and Calcaneal Gait.

Dr. Huh also completed a second fellowship in sports medicine with the Sports Orthopedics and Rehab (SOAR) Medical Group after co-authoring various publications for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics.

His clinical interest is primarily in pediatric sports medicine and he is currently the head physician for two local high school sports teams.