Dr Branson works full time in Sport and Exercise Medicine and has a particular interest in biological interventions for joint and tendon problems.
Dr Branson qualified in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1995. Following this he worked in General Practice in London and achieved Honours in the MRCGP General Practice exam. He then completed a Master’s degree in General Practice at Kings College London achieving Distinction and published his research in the prestigious British Medical Journal.
Dr Branson realised early in his career that exercise is essential to health and wellbeing and moved to Melbourne in 2003 to pursue a full time career in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine and carried out research into hamstring injuries in Australian Rules Football. He then joined the Australasian College of Sports Physicians specialist training program, successfully completing the fellowship exam in 2012 and is currently a Sport and Exercise Physician.
He has worked with a variety of professional sporting teams and organisations at local, national and international level and is currently the Melbourne based game day doctor for Sydney Swans AFL.
Dr Branson has contributed to team success with clubs he has worked with including successful grand final campaigns with Collingwood in 2010, Melbourne Storm in 2009 and 2012 and a successful Australian Paralympics Team campaign in Beijing 2008.
Dr Branson has also worked with the A League, national junior and international visiting soccer teams. He has also worked in many multisport events including the Commonwealth Games, University Games and Triathlon events and also in endurance mountain bike racing, being the event doctor for the Kona 24-hour mountain bike race from 2003 to 2007.
In 2011 Dr Branson completed a fellowship year at Sydney Sports Medicine Centre and New South Wales Institute of Sport where he further developed his interest in biological interventions for joint and tendon problems.
Having worked in a variety of sports at the elite level Dr Branson aims to bring this level of care and understanding to elite, non-elite and sedentary individuals alike. His goal is to allow people to continue to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout life regardless of age.
His current research interests include interventional therapies for tendon problems.
When not working Dr Branson enjoys spending time cycling and trying to keep up with his cycling friends on Beach Road. He has previously competed in mountain bike endurance events, criterium races, and has completed ‘Around the Bay in a Day’ and the ‘Alpine Classic’ on a few occasions. He has a wife and two young daughters and now balances his passion for sport with his family life and love of good food.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Medical Officer – Sydney Swans Football Club (2016)
- Chief Medical Officer – Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club (2011-2014)
- Team Doctor – Collingwood Football Club (2006-2010)
- Team Doctor – Melbourne University Blues Australian Rules Football Club (2004-2005)
- International Liaison Doctor – Football Federation Australia (2008-2009)
- Team Doctor – Australian Paralympic Team (Beijing 2008)
- Medical Officer – Masters Games, Alice Springs (2008)
- Team Doctor – NBL Australian All-stars Team, China (2008)
- Team Doctor – Australian Under 17s National Soccer Team, Indonesia (2008)
- Medical Officer – Super Sprint Triathlon Summer Series, Melbourne (2008)
- Event Doctor – Kona 24-hour Mountain Bike Endurance (2003–2007)
- Event Doctor – Track Cycling Events, Vodafone Arena (2007-2008)
- Chief Medical Officer Australian Team – World University Games, Bangkok (2007)
- Team Doctor – Australian under 18s National Soccer, USA Trip (2007)
- Medical Officer Australian Youth Olympics (2007)
- Sports Medical Officer – World Swimming Championships, Melbourne (2007)
- Medical Officer – Australian National University Games (2004-2006)
- Senior Medical Officer – Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006)
- Expedition Doctor – Oxfam Cycle China Challenge (2004)