Anna Tanner

Vice President of Medical Services, Veritas Collaborative

Dr. Anna Tanner is a board-certified pediatrician with almost 20 years of experience providing care for children, adolescents, and young adults.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Williams College, Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University. She then joined the faculty at Vanderbilt, working as a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Upon moving to Georgia, Dr. Tanner started the Teen Center at Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2000. As she saw increasing numbers of patients and families affected by eating disorders, she became involved in local advocacy and eating disorders education efforts.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Tanner has been appointed a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and holds the designation of Fellow in the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She serves as Medical Liaison on the Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, sits on the Advisory Council for the Eating Disorder Information Network (EDIN), and is also on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Manna Fund.

Dr. Tanner serves on the AED Medical Standards Committee. She has also been listed as a “Top Doctor” by Atlanta magazine every year from 2013 to 2020 and was named a “Mom-Approved Doctor” by Atlanta Parent Magazine in 2015 and 2016.

Presentation Helping Young Athletes Return to Play During the Recovery Process

Young athletes face unique pressures to perform, which can result in extreme physical and nutritional stressors. Moreover, competition for the ideal athletic form can increase risk for eating disorders. This session will present these issues through unique case scenarios that our athletes experience. An understanding of the medical complications of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) will be reviewed as well as the initial evaluation and competition recommendations. Levels of risk assessment will be discussed along with a clinical decision tree on safely returning athletes to play nutritionally and medically. Discussion will include a review of the current International Olympic Committee (IOC) position statement and the recommended use of contracts to return a competitive athlete to sport.