Great Wall of China

“Without Dr. B there, I probably would have lost my confidence, I might have still attempted it, but I don’t know if I would’ve been successful.”

Here is a 9:43 video clip of Danny Way’s injury and eventual jump over the Great Wall in China. When the injury takes place at the 3:40 mark Dr. Weeks is the one in the yellow shirt tending the ankle and later he is in the hotel room with Danny.

Danny Way, Professional Skateboarder

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In 2005, Weeks found himself in Beijing working as medical director for skateboarder Danny Way’s ambitious jump of the Great Wall. His presence came in handy the night before the jump, when Way did a practice run that went horribly wrong.

“He landed short and was cart wheeling down this ramp in midair,” Weeks remembers. “We knew something bad had happened. He looked like a rag doll.”

Way’s ankle had swollen up like a balloon, but when Weeks asked Way if he wanted to go to the hospital to get it X-rayed, Way replied, “No, because I’m jumping anyway. If I have to go over that wall in a wheelchair, then I’m going over the wall.”

Knowing his patient wasn’t about to give up on his challenge which had required months of negotiation with the Chinese government and was expected to draw a TV audience of 120 million Weeks numbed and stabilized the ankle for the jump, which Way executed, breaking a world record in the process.

“Without Dr. B there, I probably would’ve lost my confidence,” Way says. “I might have still attempted it, but I don’t know if I would’ve been successful.” 

Above text courtesy of San Diego Magazine a Curtco Media Publication. “Rock Doc” by Julia Beeson Polloreno and Maya Kroth, August 2008

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Dr Weeks Transforms Musician Travis Barker’s Life After Treatment

Musician Travis Barker began suffering from an infection in his throat and he was having trouble breathing and could feel a lump in his throat. It was to the point that he looked in the mirror and tried sticking his finger down his throat to investigate what it was. He said it was miserable, that he could not swallow and felt his throat was closing up. Dr Weeks recalls Travis having stomach issues and burning in the throat due to chronic reflux. He was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus — a condition where the cells in the esophagus, the swallowing tube that connects the mouth and the stomach, are damaged by repeated exposure to stomach acid. The condition can cause esophageal cells to start changing to premalignant or precancerous cells due to continuous acid exposure.

Dr. Weeks treated Travis’s Barrett’s Esophagus and also removed his chronically infected tonsils. He also advised him to make some critical changes in his lifestyle. He told Travis that he had to stop smoking marijuana, and ironically, Travis explained that while Dr Weeks was telling him this over the phone, he literally had a joint in his hand and asked “you mean like now”. He also needed to stop drinking coffee, and start eating healthier and reducing stress. Travis credits his unbelievable transformation to Dr Weeks’ treatment and advice and says that the way he gets high now is by running, boxing, and doing his recordings. At 44, Barker says he is healthier, happier and in even better shape than when he was 20 years old.


OTOLARYNGOLOGIST Brian Weeks is known among his peers as a pioneer in the treatment of chronic sinusitis, but the pro surfers, skateboarders and rock musicians who rely on him to stay healthy just call him “Dr. B.”
Before he was a top ear, nose and throat physician at Alvarado Hospital, Weeks, was an avid surfer and sometime roadie for a little garage band his friends started. They were called Blink-182. Fame hasn’t faded the band’s loyalty to Weeks, who still cares for Tom DeLonge’s multimillion-dollar vocal cords and has become known as the go-to guy in San Diego for the likes of U2, Aerosmith and P.O.D., along with pro surfers and extreme-sports athletes. He’s done medical exams backstage at rock venues, on rickety paddleboats off the coast of Mexico even at the foot of the Great Wall of China.
Dane Reynolds, Professional Surfer
Dr. Brian fixed my nose and sinuses, and now I breathe so well. My surfing has improved and I am not getting sick anymore. I am super stoked to feel good again - Dane Reynolds, Professional Surfer
Pierre-Luc Gagnon – Prof Skateboarder, Multiple X-Games Gold Medalist
Dr. B has been there for me so many times. He keeps me healthy and feeling good, and always knows how to take care of me when I do get sick. He has also put me back together rampside during mega ramp and vert events, and fixed me up in emergencies. I am stoked he is my doctor.
Tom Delonge – Blink 182 / Angels and Airwaves
Dr. Brian Weeks has been my doctor and my friend for many years. without his help, I would not be able to perform night after night and handle the long, tiring hours of touring and recording that we do. I appreciate his knowledge and expertise, and I feel lucky to have him taking care of me.
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