The head physician for the Penn State football team since 1992 will leave that post on Thursday, the university's assistant athletic director of football said Wednesday.
Wayne Sebastianelli, the Kalenak professor of orthopedics for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, will remain director of athletic medicine for Penn State and continue to provide care to student-athletes, and oversee all sports medical services for the university, Jeff Nelson said in a statement.
Peter Seidenberg has been named his replacement as team physician, Nelson said. Seidenberg is an associate professor of orthopedics and a primary care sports medicine physician for Penn State Hershey's orthopedic practice in State College. Scott Lynch, associate professor of orthopedics and director of orthopedic sports medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, will serve as the football program's orthopedic consultant.
The change in physicians was made after a review of procedures and personnel by head coach Bill O'Brien and is part of an ongoing reorganization of the football staff, Nelson said.
Sebastianelli was also the director of athletic medicine, team physician and orthopedic surgeon for the Nittany Lions football program, as well as men's and women's basketball, fencing, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, cross-country and track, volleyball, cheerleading and dance teams, according to the Penn State athletics website. It wasn't clear whether he'd remain with the other teams.
Sebastianelli was most visible at football news conferences, answering questions about players' injuries.