About the Athletic Commission


The New York State Athletic Commission is mandated pursuant to Article 41 of the General Business Law of the State of New York, together with the implementing regulations set forth in 19 NYCRR §§ 206-214, to accomplish the following activities with respect to professional boxing, professional mixed martial arts, and other combative sports matches and exhibitions, as well as professional wrestling exhibitions:

  • Review, grant and administer all licenses involved with the Commission's activities, and administratively enforce the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to combative sports and professional wrestling in the State of New York. 
  • Evaluate and enhance the role and work of the Commission by periodically reviewing its rules and activities and recommending changes to law and rule from time to time as deemed necessary and appropriate for the improved regulation and betterment of the sports and activities within the jurisdiction of the Commission.
  • Establish and maintain standards, procedures and protocols in consultation with the Medical Advisory Board demonstrating the Commission's commitment to health and safety within the sports and activities it oversees.
  • Promote integrity, fairness and honest competition in boxing, mixed martial arts and other combative sports, and advance combative sports and professional wrestling through regulation with innovative ideas to ensure that New York State continues to host many great sporting events in accordance with the public policy goals of the State of New York.


Kim Sumbler, Executive Director

Kim Sumbler was appointed Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission. Before joining the Commission, Sumbler had been successfully regulating both amateur and professional combative sports for the Seneca Nation of Indians Athletic Commission. Her experience includes regulating MMA and Boxing on Seneca Nation Territories since the Commission's inception in 2008.

Kim assisted the SNI Department of Justice in developing the SNIAC Rules & Regulations Regarding Unarmed Combat Sports by which the Commission is currently governed. Since that time, she has developed the entire combative sports program including, written department standard operating procedures and related policies, and created all documents, forms and reports necessary to successfully regulate combative sports events within the guidelines of Federally mandated policies.

Sumbler has also been an active member of the Association of Boxing Commissions since 2008 where she was formerly a member of the Tribal Affairs Committee (TAC). As a TAC member, she travelled individually as well as with a team of other committee members to Native American Tribes throughout the United States to assist with initial development of responsible regulatory bodies which includes appropriate regulation of combative sports with an emphasis on the safety of the participants, and maintaining the integrity of the sport. Leading a Commission that predominantly regulates MMA combined with an extensive experiences working with the Tribal Affairs Committee

Kim has had ample opportunity to cultivate and secure strong relationships with over one hundred qualified MMA officials licensed through the ABC. Over the years, she has continually fostered those relationships and has successfully built a generous pool of trusted officiating staff that consistently demonstrate professionalism and produce the highest quality work.

Sumbler holds a General Arts and Sciences Degree from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Law and Security Administration Degree also from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology. She also has had numerous trainings in areas such as Incident Command from the NYC Office of Emergency Management, Code Enforcement and Leadership development from various colleges around the country. She is also member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Safety Council, and the Tribal Affairs Committee.


Donald Patterson, Commissioner

Since 2001, Mr. Patterson has served as Boxing Coordinator for the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, where he developed and implemented an amateur boxing program for local youth in Buffalo. He also trains and coaches individual boxers and provides training for USA Boxing coaches and officials. He was a boxer from 1987 to 1992, training, competing and representing the United States on national and international levels. He is the Vice President of USA Boxing Niagara District Local Boxing Committee (LBC), President of the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. Buffalo Franchise and a National Board Member of Golden Gloves of America, Inc.

In 2007, he coached the USA Boxing Team in the Golden Belt Tournament in Bucharest, Romania. As a boxer, he was a Silver and Bronze medalist in the 1989 and 1990 Empire State Games, respectively. He served twice as a representative for the United States Amateur Boxing Team Scandinavian Tour, and represented the Syracuse Friends of Boxing Team versus Finland.

Mr. Patterson is the Director of the Upward Bound Program at Buffalo State College. He previously worked as a counselor at Canisius College's Academic Talent Search Program, a Child Care Worker at Gateway Longview Youth and Family Service in Williamsville, a School Site Coordinator/Counselor at the University at Buffalo - Liberty Partnership (UB-LPP), a Mental Health Specialist at Baker Victory Services Juvenile Group Homes in Lackawanna, and a Recruiter for Buffalo State College. Mr. Patterson holds a B.A. from Buffalo State College.


Philip Stieg, Ph.D., M.D., Commissioner

Dr. Philip Stieg is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with expertise in cerebrovascular disorders and skull base surgery. He is the Chairman and founder of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, the leading neuroscience patient care center in New York City. In 2010 Dr. Stieg launched the Weill Cornell Surgical Innovations Lab, the first global multimedia neurosurgical teaching facility in the world.

Dr. Stieg is a widely published author and internationally known lecturer, and has been named by Castle Connolly Medical as one of the nation’s Top Doctors for 16 years in a row. Dr. Stieg is frequently featured in the media for his expertise and commentary on breaking news in healthcare, and he was the creator and host of the successful NPR radio show “How to Save Your Life.” Dr. Stieg is also one of the editors of the definitive textbook on AVMs, Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations. He is currently the president of the Brain Tumor Foundation, and president of the New York board of the American Heart Association. He is also a past Chairman of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) and former President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons in addition to serving as an advisor to the Defense Department on brain injury. Dr. Stieg is board-certified in Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Stieg received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1974), his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Union University (1980), and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Parkland Memorial Hospital) with Drs. Duke Samson and Hunt Batjer after completing a fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Stieg joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Boston in 1989, after completing his postgraduate training.

Dr. Stieg’s research interests include cerebral protection as well as restorative function. He is also interested in neural transplantation and neuronal regeneration after stroke. His initial studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of injury in the central nervous system after trauma. His laboratory was one of the first to develop and characterize primary cultures of astroglial cells. Dr. Stieg’s expertise in cerebrovascular disorders combines with his research interests in stem cell biology and cerebral transplantation for restoring neurological function. Dr. Stieg has implemented a multifaceted approach to the management of neurosurgical disorders such as carotid artery disease, vascular malformations, aneurysms, epilepsy, brain tumors, trauma, pediatric disorders, spinal cord problems, and functional diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.


Hon. Edwin Torres, Esq., Commissioner

Commissioner Edwin Torres was nominated to sit on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor David A. Paterson on June 4, 2008 and confirmed on August 8, 2008 by the New York State Senate.  He is a lifelong boxing enthusiast and was chosen for his legal acumen and his ability to apply his judicial skills in disputed matters that come before the Commission.

Commissioner Torres is also the author of three crime novels and two screenplays including Carlito’s Way. In 1959, after graduating from CUNY’s City College and receiving his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Commissioner Torres became the first Puerto Rican prosecutor in the homicide division for Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan.

In 1977, Commissioner Torres was named a judge in the City’s Criminal Court; and in 1979, he was elected to the State Supreme Court. After being reelected in 1993, he was honored by City College with a Townsend Harris Medal.

Commissioner Torres’s most notable work includes the screenplay for Carlito’s Way, which was released in 1993 starring Al Pacino. He recently completed two screenplays entitled, Deadlock and Pleasant Avenue. This screenplay is also in the process of being produced into a movie.


James Vosswinkel, M.D., Commissioner

Born and raised on Long Island, Dr. Vosswinkel received his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1995, and completed his residency training in general surgery at Stony Brook. Subsequently, he gained fellowship training in trauma/surgical critical care at Yale University.

As a resident at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Dr. Vosswinkel in 2000 was the first to receive the David J. Kreis Jr. Award for Excellence in Trauma Surgery, an annual award given to a senior (fourth-year) surgical resident by the Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care Division in honor of the late Dr. Kreis, the founding chief of the trauma and surgical critical care service, who served with distinction on the faculty from 1986 until his untimely death in 1989.

On completing his training at Yale, Dr. Vosswinkel returned to Long Island and joined the faculty of Stony Brook’s Department of Surgery in 2002 as a traumatologist and general surgeon. Over the next decade, he distinguished himself with his clinical skills and leadership, and in 2013, he was appointed chief of the Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care Division.

Dr. Vosswinkel was instrumental in overseeing Stony Brook's recent verification as a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (read more). Stony Brook is Suffolk County's only Level 1 Trauma Center for both adults and children, which is the highest level of trauma care possible.

Over the last few years, Dr. Vosswinkel has earned recognition from several groups. He was named the Physician for Excellence in 2016 by the Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.

For his exceptional leadership at the Trauma Center, Dr. Vosswinkel was invested as the Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery — the first endowed professorship in the Department of Surgery.