W. Douglas Hiller, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, WA and Clinical Professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. Dr. Hiller has been involved with Ironman Triathlon for nearly 40 years, having previously served as Medical Director, Chief Physician, and Research Coordinator for the Ironman World Championship at Kona, HI. His service also includes Triathlon Medical Director at three Olympic and two Paralympic games. A pioneer in triathlete medical care, Dr. Hiller’s work and research includes landmark publications on hyponatremia, electrolyte imbalance, and injury during ultra-endurance competition. Dr. Hiller is a member of the World Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Christopher P. Connolly, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Exercise Physiology & Performance Laboratory within the College of Education at Washington State University. Dr. Connolly’s research focuses primarily on ultra-endurance triathlon performance and medical care. He has worked extensively with past medical and performance data for elite triathletes, including examinations into serious injury occurrences. Prior work has focused on women’s health and prenatal/postpartum exercise behaviors and activity device validation. He is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine at national / international and regional levels.
Stephanie Cho, B.S., is a graduate student and intercollegiate athlete at Washington State University. Stephanie’s extensive experience in medical data security and research administration provide her with the expertise to manage day-to-day database operations. Her primary research interests center on performance and physiologic trends of repeat ultra-endurance competitors over multiple years. Future aspirations include a career in orthopedic medicine and continuation of her research.