Dick Knight - President
Dick Knight served as the Captain of the University of Washington Huskies Men’s Tennis team for three years and was selected to the All American team in 1970. He was inducted to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1985. As a professional tennis player, he was ranked in the top 60 in the U.S. for five years and ranked number one in the Pacific Northwest for four years. His career highlights include playing at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open, where he lost to Arthur Ashe, the eventual tournament champion.
After obtaining a degree in Economics at the University of Washington and attending law school at the University of Oregon, in 1973 he became the head tennis professional when PRO Sports Club (then known as the SuperSonics Racquet Club) opened its six tennis courts. In 1983, Dick Knight and Dr. Mark Dedomenico founded Professional Recreation Organization, Inc. to purchase the SuperSonics Racquet Club and transform the facilities into PRO Sports Club. He has served as the President of PRO Sports Club since then.
“What keeps me here (and why I haven’t retired yet) is that we’re affecting peoples’ lives in such a positive way. We essentially have a city of people and I come to work every day just thinking how can I make somebody’s life better today. That’s very rewarding.”
Dr. Mark Dedomenico - CEO & Owner
Dr. Mark Dedomenico, a former cardiovascular surgeon, played a key role in developing the procedure known as Coronary Bypass Surgery along with Dr. Lester Sauvage. Working together as two of the initial founders of the Hope Heart Institute, they also created some of the most significant developments in heart surgery. These included the creation of artificial heart valves and Bionit arterial grafts used to replace damaged or atherosclerotic arteries. Dr. Dedomenico’s work has also taken him into the areas of genetics, nutrition, exercise physiology, and behavior modification.
In 1992, Dr. Dedomenico began a new research project devoted to the treatment of early stage metabolic disease to prevent individuals from later needing cardiovascular surgery or medications to control hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. The research led to the creation of the 20/20 LifeStyles program. In 2002, 20/20 LifeStyles was selected as a credentialed provider of Microsoft’s weight-management program.
Dr. Dedomenico’s research and work with 20/20 LifeStyles remains ongoing and prevalent. He has formulated successful long term treatment methods of obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, binge eating disorders and arthritis. Additionally, Dr. Dedomenico is currently involved in a major osteoarthritis research project in conjunction with Colorado State University. He is devising new methods to control, prevent and stop the disorder.
In addition to his experience as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Dedomenico spent many years overseeing one of the country’s largest and most respected privately-held companies, Golden Grain Macaroni Company, the producer of many well-loved consumer products, including Rice-a-Roni, Mission and Golden Grain pasta, Ghirardelli chocolates, and Vernell candies.
Dr. Gordon Cohen - Chief Medical Officer
Gordon Cohen MD, PhD, MBA, is the Chief Medical Officer at PRO Sports Club. He is also a Professor of Practice in the Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University. Until March 2016, Dr. Cohen was Professor and Vice-Chair of Surgery, the Julien I.E. Hoffman Endowed Chair of Cardiac Surgery, and the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Cohen was the Chief of Strategic Program Development for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Prior to his tenure at UCSF, Dr. Cohen was Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of the cardiac transplant program at Seattle Children's Hospital. He was also co-Director of Seattle Children's Heart Center. He was a Professor in the Department of Surgery and was the Associate Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Washington. Prior to that, Dr. Cohen was a Cardiothoracic Surgeon Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a Senior Lecturer at the University College London.
Dr. Cohen is also the Co-Founder and previous Chief Medical Officer of 98point6, a Seattle based early-stage technology health care company working on the next generation of primary care. He currently serves as a member of their Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Cohen was also a consultant to the NCAA as a member of their sudden cardiac death committee.
Dr. Cohen's clinical interests include complex neonatal repairs, pediatric heart, heart-lung and lung transplantation, mechanical cardiac assist, and heart failure. Dr. Cohen received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and earned a PhD in pharmacology from UCLA in 1996. His PhD advisor, Dr. Louis Ignarro, received the Nobel Prize in 1998. Dr. Cohen received his MBA from the University of Tennessee, School of Business. He completed residencies in Cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and in general surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the highly prestigious American Surgical Association, as well as numerous other professional societies. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Cohen was named to the list of the US News & World Report "Top Doctors", which denotes the top one percent of physicians in the nation practicing a given specialty.
Dr. Cohen recently joined KIRO Radio for a weekly segment, "Paging Dr. Cohen". Follow his segment and additional health and wellness tips on Twitter @PagingDrCohen.