Brandee L. Waite, M.D.

Director, UC Davis Health Sports Medicine

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Sports Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Locations and Contact

Cannery Building

Sports Medicine
3301 C St
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-6805

Clinic Fax: 916-734-6806

UC Davis Medical Group - Folsom

UC Davis Medical Group - Folsom
251 Turn Pike Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My goal is to help my patients move better through their recreation, their sports, their lives... without joint pain. While I care for many athletes, I'm equally passionate about helping non-athletes achieve their best possible sense of physical comfort and remain engaged in the activities that bring them joy.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Waite’s clinical focus is sports medicine, specializing in non-surgical treatment of joint, muscle and nerve problems in order to help people perform better in sports and daily life activities. She creates personalized strategies for relevant therapeutic exercise and lifestyle modifications, using both basic and advanced injection techniques when needed. Dr. Waite has treated a wide range of elite athletes participating in professional leagues, national teams and extreme-endurance competitions. She also cares for “weekend warrior” level athletes and non-athletes with joint, muscle and nerve issues that prevent them from reaching daily activity goals.

Dr. Waite currently serves as an official team physician for the Sacramento Republic FC professional men's soccer team and for UC Davis and American River College collegiate sports teams. She has previously served as a team physician for the U.S. national track and field program, for Sacramento’s professional men's and women’s basketball teams, and also for the Sacramento Ballet. She has directed multiple marathons and ultra-marathons including the California International Marathon and Racing The Planet, an organization that sponsors ultra-running races in remote wildnerness locations around the world, including Antarctica, the Sahara desert, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, the Gobi desert in China, and many other sites.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Waite’s research focuses on musculoskeletal medicine. Specific topic areas include knee osteoarthritis treatments, anti-inflammatory treatments and prevention. She has published a book on injury treatment and prevention for runners in addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles on a wide range of topics. She has presented at national meetings for organizations such as the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Waite is the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at UC Davis Health and is the Section Chief for Non-surgical Sports Medicine. She serves as the leader for Preventive Medicine implementation in the curriculum for the School of Medicine. Dr. Waite also has been a national speaker on topics of leadership and promotion in academic medicine.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Sports Medicine Program
UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.A., Human Biology with Honors, Stanford University, Stanford CA 1995

Medical School

M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 2000


Primary Care and Surgical Specialties, Arrowhead Medical Center, Colton CA 2000-2001


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Resident Physician/Senior Chief Resident), Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford CA 2001-2004


Sports Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD 2004-2005

Best Doctors in Sacramento, Sacramento Magazine 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2020

Outstanding Achievement Award, UC Davis Health Status of Women at Davis Administrative Advisory Committee, 2020

1st African American Female Professor, UC Davis Women in Medicine and Health Sciences, 2019

Invited Keynote Speaker - Lincoln Memorial Obesity Awareness March (requested to fill in for former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher), 2005

Waite B, Saunders J. Cartilage and Joint Injuries and Conditions. Harrast M and Finoff J (Eds). SPORTS MEDICINE: Study Guide and Review for Boards, Springer/Demos Medical Publishing, New York NY.  2021 (Initial edition Nov 2011).

Zondi PC, Austin AV. A question of colour: systemic racism in sports and exercise medicine. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Dec 17:bjsports-2020-103351. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2020-103351. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33334726.

Warrick A, Faustin M, Waite B. Comparison of Female Athlete Triad (Triad) and RED-S: A Review of Low Energy Availability, Multidisciplinary Awareness, Screening Tools and Education. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2020 Oct 23; 8:373-384. doi:10.1007/s40141-020-00296-y.

Ganjaei K, Ray J, Waite B, Burnham K. The Fascial System in Musculskeletal Function and Myofascial Pain. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2020 Oct 19;8:364-372. doi:10.1007/s40141-020-00302-3.

Currey J, Sheng D, Neph Speciale A, Cinquini C, Cuza J, Waite BL. Performing Arts Medicine. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2020 Nov;31(4):609-632. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2020.08.001. Epub 2020 Sep 8. PMID:32981582.

Waite B, Casazza G, Sumner S. Therapeutic Exercise in Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopedic Surgery, Chapman M and James M (Eds), Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers. 2019.

Warrick A, Currey J, Waite B. Ultramarathon Comprehensive Injury Prevention. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2019 Jul 4;7(12):186-194. doi:10.1007/s40141-0199-00233-8.

Krabak B, Lipman G, Waite B (eds). The Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment, Skyhorse Publishing. 2017.

Waite B, Toedebusch B. Musculoskeletal Injuries: Muscle, Tendon, Ligament and Joint. In Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment, Krabak M, Lipman G and Waite B (Eds), Skyhorse Publishing. 2017.

Lipman GS, Krabak BJ, Waite BL, Logan SB, Menon A, Chan GK. A prospective cohort study of acute kidney injury in multi-stage ultramarathon runners: the Biochemistry in Endurance Runner Study (BIERS). Res Sports Med. 2014;22(2):185-92. doi:10.1080/15438627.2014.881824. PMID:24650338.

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