TOPS Founders

Paul Steingard, D.O., FACOFP

Dr. Paul Steingard is a Phoenix osteopathic physician who is board certified in family Dr. Paul Steingardpractice and sports medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of The American College of Sports Medicine. He founded TOPS in 1992. He spent 23 years as the team physician for the Phoenix Suns and is now Team Physician Emeritus. He credits his work with the Phoenix Suns for the success he has had in bringing credibility to the world of sports medicine.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Steingard has performed more than 100,000 physicals, taking care of student athletes at the high school and college levels. He has also been team physician of the Phoenix Roadrunners Hockey Team, for Grand Canyon University, Phoenix College and numerous Phoenix area high schools. He was also team physician for Kenya in the 1984 Olympics.

Dr. Steingard completed his undergraduate work at Penn State University and attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his D.O. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the local Distinguished Arizonan award by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the HON KACHINA award given for volunteerism and charity work, the Irv Vinnik Distinguished Service Award given by the Society of Physicians of the National Basketball Association and was named 2005 AOMA Physician of the Year. He has published numerous scientific articles and authored 45 articles for his sports medicine column in the Arizona Republic.

He serves on the boards of a number of sports related organizations including the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He is Vice President of the Grand Canyon State Games and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Midwestern University.

William J. Rappoport, M.D., FACC

Dr. William J. Rappoport is a Phoenix cardiologist who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is recognized for his non-invasive and interventional expertise. He has been in private practice for nearly 40 years in Denver and Phoenix. He joined the Arizona Heart Institute in November, 2003. During his many years of private practice in Phoenix, he has held the position of Chief of Cardiology and medical director of the CCU and the Cardiovascular Lab at Phoenix Baptist Hospital for nearly 30 years. He was also responsible for cardiology training of the Family Practice residents.

A fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians, Dr. Rappoport is also a member of the American and Arizona Heart Associations, the Arizona Medical Association, and the Maricopa County Medical Society. Dr. Rappoport holds an undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. His postgraduate training included internship and medical residences at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and the University of Colorado Medical Center.

During his fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Colorado Medical Center, Dr. Rappoport trained with Dr. S. Gilbert Blount, Jr., internationally renowned for his expertise in Rheumatic and Congenital Heart Disease. Following completion of his training and service in the military, Dr. Rappoport practice in Denver, where he was responsible for residency training in Cardiology and co-director of the CCU and Cardiovascular Lab at St. Joseph Hospital as well as an associate professor in Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.