Dr. Hiller Chosen as Head Medical Director at ITU World Triathlon in Yokohama
Posted on Monday, October 01, 2012

NHCH Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Doug Hiller served as Head Medical Doctor at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series (WTS) competition in Yokohama, Japan, September 29 to 30. The Yokohama competition represents the final stop before the October 14-22 Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand, where he also participated in the ITU Medical and Antidoping Committee meetings.

Dr. Hiller stressed the emotional significance of Yokohama, a large Japanese port city in the vicinity of the tragic 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. “It's a big deal for the Japanese people to host a major international athletic event so close to where they had the disaster,” he observed. “It was uplifting for the entire country.”

Japan was represented by a potent triathlon talent pool, featuring 2012 women's Olympians Juri Ide, Ai Ueda, and Mariko Adachi, that promises to dazzle the home crowd. The men's competition also raised the excitement level. With ITU point leader Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain sitting out the race, winner of the Olympic silver medal Javier Gomez and Finn Sven Riederer can seize the opportunity to put heightened pressure on Brownlee and second-ranking Alexander Bryukhankov of Russia.

“Since Yokohama is part of the ITU World Championship series, the points runners earn there are counted as World Triathlon Series points,” Dr. Hiller noted. The ITU series of eight events in eight countries culminated in crowning of the top male and female point earners at the Grand Triathlon Final in Auckland, New Zealand. The triathlon was introduced as an Olympic event during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, after which the ITU elevated the sport to a top-tier series in 2009.

Dr. Hiller, who returned to the Big Island in 2010 after a two-year medical practice in Lander, Wyoming, is a familiar face in the local medical and sports communities. He served as long-time Medical Volunteer for the Kona Ironman World Championship, which he calls “the mother of all triathlons,” and also has been Medical Director and Chief Physician.

An accomplished triathlon competitor, Dr. Hiller's appointment to the Head Medical Doctor's post follows on the heels of his career-long active support for the sport's world competitions.  These activities include service as Triathlon Chief Medical Officer at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and co-establishing the ITU Medical Committee, a body that he chaired for 20 years. Dr. Hiller was also U.S. Representative to more than 15 ITU World Championship Triathlon events around the globe.

In addition to providing orthopedic services, Dr. Hiller specializes in foot and ankle care, sports medicine, and fracture care. His practice is located at North Hawaii Community Hospital in the Lucy Henriques Medical Center, 67-1123 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI. PH: (808) 881-4638.