Neurological spine surgeon Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr., the CEO and founding director of the DISC Sports and Spine Center in Del Rey, has joined the 47-member medical staff that will support the 200-plus Team USA athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada this month.

Bray, who was selected through a partnership between DISC and the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the only Los Angeles-based physician to serve on the Olympic medical staff, according DISC officials. DISC is an official medical services provider to the U.S. Olympic Team.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to further my involvement with the USOC and the Team USA athletes in support of their medical care during the Winter Games,” said Bray. “My number one priority is to the athletes, keeping them healthy during the games and attending to their needs.”

He added, “This experience will also provide invaluable insight into the overall structure of the care for U.S. Olympic athletes as we build this next generation of sports medicine to ensure our American athletes have every possible resource available for them to live their dreams.”

The partnership will allow Team USA athletes to have access to a wide-array of distinguished sports medicine specialists at DISC who can provide wide-ranging care, in a coordinated manner, he said.

Bray will serve as the head team doctor for the luge, bobsled and skeleton events and will provide support for the alpine sports.