William Roberts, MD, MS

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

William Roberts

Contact Info


Office Address:
University of Minnesota
516 Delaware St. SE
6-240 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MD, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Smiley’s Family Medicine Residency (now University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency)

MS, University of Minnesota


William Roberts, MD, MS, is faculty in the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency, the University of Minnesota Program in Sports Medicine, and is the Director of Faculty Affairs for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He is part of the Medical School Master Mentor Program.

Roberts is past editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports; past president of the American College of Sports Medicine; a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; a founding member of the International Institute of Race Medicine (formerly American Road Race Medical Society); medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon; and chair of the Minnesota State High School League Sports Medical Advisory Committee.


Ice hockey, marathon injury, heat stroke, youth sports participation



Note: Ten recent publications are listed.

Drezner JA, O’Connor FG, Harmon KG, ...Roberts WO. AMSSM position statement on cardiovascular preparticipation screening in athletes: current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations and future directions [published online ahead of print Sep 22, 2016]. Br J Sports Med.

Armstrong LE, Kavouras SA, Walsh NP, Roberts WO. Diagnosing dehydration? Blend evidence with clinical observations. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2016;19(6):434-8.

Roberts WO, Glover L. Preparticipation physical evaluations. Minnesota Healthcare News. 2016;14(8):12-3.

Hoffman MD, Hew-Butler T, Roberts WO, Rogers IR, Rosner MH. Is postevent intravenous hydration an appropriate service at endurance competitions? Wilderness Environ Med. 2016;27(1):7-9.

Roberts WO. Preparticipation cardiovascular screening—finding the middle ground. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016;15(2):61-3.

Roberts WO, Dorman JC, Bergeron MF. Recurrent heat stroke in a runner: race simulation testing for return-to-activity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016;48(5):785-9

Sedgwick PE, Wortley GC, Wright JM, Asplund C, Roberts WO, Usman S. Medical clearance for desert and land sports, adventure, and endurance events. Clin J Sport Med. 2015;25(5):418-24.

Asif IM, Roberts WO, Fredericson M, Froelicher V. The Cardiovascular Preparticipation Evaluation (PPE) for the primary care and sports medicine physician, part II. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015;14(4):333.

Hew-Butler T, Rosner MH, Fowkes-Godek S, …Roberts WO, et al. Statement of the third international exercise-associated hyponatremia consensus development conference, Carlsbad, California, 2015. Clin J Sport Med. 2015;25(4):303-20.

Asif IM, Roberts WO, Fredericson M, Froelicher V. The Cardiovascular Preparticipation Evaluation (PPE) for the primary care and sports medicine physician, part I. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015;14(3):246-8.



  • Family medicine, Sports medicine, Non-surgical orthopaedics, running injuries, concussion head injuries, marathon related medical problems and heat stroke