A Williams College double major bachelor’s degree recipient, Erol Onel completed his doctor of medicine degree in 1992 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has since accumulated nearly 20 years in urology-based research. When he isn’t working, Erol Onel enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox only had one minor league affiliate advance to the playoffs in 2017, but that team made the most of the opportunity. The Greenville Drive, Boston’s Class-A affiliate, finished its regular season with a franchise-record 79 wins and continued that success into the playoffs as it won its first ever Southern Atlantic Championship. The team previously lost in the league finals in 2009 and 2010, but defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-3 in game four of the best-of-five series to secure the 2017 championship.
More than 50 players dressed for the drive throughout the season, including numerous high-potential prospects who could one day star for the Red Sox. One of the major contributors in the playoffs was second baseman Brett Netzer, a 2017 MLB amateur draft third-round pick who recorded a .429 batting average and eight runs batted in (RBI) in 28 post-season at-bats. Bobby Dalbec, meanwhile, recorded one RBI in the series-clinching game as well as a three-run home run in the previous round. He finished the season with 13 home runs and a .246 batting average in 78 games.
Drawing on over 17 years of experience in the medical field with specialized training in urology, Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, where he provides scientific leadership to its pain management division. Outside of his professional obligations, Dr. Erol Onel is an avid fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Boston Red Sox.
A storied franchise that has won eight world championships, the Red Sox boast an impressive alumni group. Ten players have hit over 200 homeruns while playing for the team. The top three Red Sox homerun leaders are:
1. Ted Williams – A two-time MVP and 19-time All Star, Williams hit 521 homeruns in 2,292 games for the Red Sox. He also leads the franchise in runs batted in (RBI) with 1,839.
2. David Ortiz – A native of the Dominican Republic, Ortiz played six seasons with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Red Sox in 2003. In 14 seasons with the team, “Big Papi,” as he is affectionately referred to among fans, hit 483 homeruns and recorded 1,530 RBI. He was named World Series MVP in 2013.
3. Carl Yastrzemski – An 18-time All Star and seven-time Gold Glove recipient, Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the Red Sox. The New York native retired in 1983 with 452 homeruns and 1,844 RBI in 3,308 games.
American Urological Association
The vice president of Heron Therapeutics in California, Erol Onel provides scientific leadership to a team seeking approval for a long-acting non-opioid drug. Erol Onel belongs to numerous organizations, including the American Urological Association (AUA).
The AUA, an organization dedicated to advocating for the urology specialty, recently released the results of a study that examined how urinary functions and sexual health are affected by cycling. The study was presented at the organization’s annual meeting in May of 2017.
The study examined close to 4,000 men. Of these, 63 percent regularly cycled without swimming or running, while the other 37 percent swam or ran without cycling.
Based on the results of the study, cyclists did not experience a decrease in erectile function when compared to non-cyclists. Cyclists also did not experience more urinary tract symptoms and had a higher Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) score, on average, than their non-cycling counterparts. However, a higher percentage of cyclists did experience perineal numbness.
As a vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Dr. Erol Onel oversees the La Jolla, California-based company’s pain franchise. An alumnus of Williams College, Dr. Erol Onel was a founding member of the institution’s fencing team while studying there in the 1980s. The most talented fencers tend to develop a number of key habits that put them ahead of the pack, including the following.
1. A commitment to improving their physical abilities beyond basic fencing techniques. Fencing requires a surprising amount of athleticism and strong conditioning, which can make the difference when facing an equally skilled opponent.
2. A dedication to practicing the same stances and techniques repeatedly until they can be executed perfectly every time.
3. As a sport built on noble origins, respect for one’s self and all opponents set the best fencers apart.
4. Knowledge of the benefits of good nutrition, especially when combined with an exercise regimen, helps the best fencers to keep their bodies in peak condition.