Conference Speakers

2018 BSATSMC Speakers

Talin Babikian, PhD, ABPP 

Dr. Talin Babikian is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program at UCLA, an inter-departmental and multi-disciplinary program to help identify and treat brain injuries and concussions in youth and professional athletes.  She oversees the Sports Neuropsychology fellowship training program at UCLA.  Dr. Babikian earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from Loma Linda University in 2005. She completed a postdoctoral combined research/clinical fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA School of Medicine, specializing in general pediatric neuropsychology and a research focus in brain injuries in youth.  Dr. Babikian is actively involved in research using novel neuroimaging techniques to understand neurocognitive outcomes and the course of repair and recovery following a brain injury in childhood and has authored and presented several publications on this topic in journals, book chapters, and professional seminars nationally and internationally.

Geoffrey Baer MD

Dr. Baer is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and provides orthopedic medical coverage for Badger Football, Badger Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Badger Men’s Soccer, Badger Wrestling and the Badger Spirit Squad. His special interests include sports medicine surgical procedures involving the knee and shoulder.

Craig Bennett MD

Dr. Bennett is in his 13th season as the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Maryland Terrapins. He is the Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  He has previously served as the team orthopaedist for the Baltimore Ravens and as an associate physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Bennett  specializes in treating  injuries of the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle.  His research interests center around the management of lower extremity injuries, including the outcomes of articular cartilage, menisus and ligament injury and deficiency surgical management.  He is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and did his orthopedic residency at Emory University.  Dr. Bennett’s sports medicine fellowship training was at the University of Pittsburgh,  where he remained as an assistant professor for five years prior to leading the sports team at Maryland.

David Bernhardt MD

Dr. David Bernhardt specializes in primary care sports medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. In this role, he provides medical coverage for Badger men’s basketball, cross country and track, as well as women’s volleyball, crew, cross country and track. His special interests include pediatric and adolescent athlete concerns, medical problems including concussions, along with other routine musculoskeletal injuries commonly seen in distance runners and triathletes.

His Professional Activities include: Board of Directors, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; Team Physician, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and Medical Director, Madison Marathon

Karen Bovid MD

Dr. Bovid is a board certified Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.  Her practice focuses on caring for children and adolescents with a wide range of orthopaedic problems and she has special interests in treating pediatric knee and other sports-related injuries.  Dr. Bovid also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for the Orthopaedic Surgery Department and was recently chosen by the orthopedic surgery residents as the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.  She is a graduate of Hope College and the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency.  Dr. Bovid was a fellow in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta at Scottish Rite under the direction of Dr. Michael Busch, a pioneer in pediatric sports medicine.

Tom Bowman PhD ATC

Dr. Tom Bowman is originally from central Pennsylvania and received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania.  Afterwards, he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Virginia.  He currently serves as an associate professor of athletic training at Lynchburg College.  He has taught a wide variety of classes including upper extremity examination, kinesiology, and research design over his 14 years at the college.  His research interests include head/neck injury in sport, protective equipment, and socialization in athletic training.

John C Bruno AT

John C. Bruno, ATC is a certified athletic trainer credentialed by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.  He possesses extensive clinical and practical experience rehabilitating many orthopedic and sports medicine conditions and injuries. ​

John’s professional experience includes working as an athletic trainer at the college, professional and clinic levels.  He worked as an assistant athletic trainer with the New Jersey Nets, in addition to his full time duties at the Fitness Institute.  I also was head athletic trainer for the NY Cosmos, and provided rehabilitation to the NY Giants during NFL lockout in 1982. John served as interim head athletic trainer at Ramapo College. In 1982, he was named to the athletic training staff for the NBA all-star game. John has worked in sales for capital equipment and medical device companies in the rehab industry for over 32 years.​

He is the Clinical Director, Sports Medicine & Rehab, for Multi Radiance Medical.  John’s responsibilities include training and lecturing on the science, and clinical application of Super Pulsed Laser technology to rehabilitation professionals.  His experiences and education make him uniquely qualified to speak about integrating therapeutic laser into a comprehensive rehabilitation program.​

Meeryo Choe MD

Dr. Meeryo Choe is a neurologist in Los Angeles, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica. She received her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC and has been in practice for 11 years. She is one of 10 doctors at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and one of 41 at UCLA Medical Center SantaMonica who specialize in Neurology.

Brian Coble AT

Brian Coble has been an athletic trainer for over 20 years. Brian has spent the last 13 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he oversees and manages the healthcare for the Fighting Saints 15 sports teams. Brian’s primary sport responsibilities are the day to day care of the Fighting Saints Football team as well as the Women’s Basketball team. He also served 10 years on the State of Montana Athletic Training Licensing Board from 2007 – 2017. Brian did his undergraduate work at College of Charleston, ’95 and completed his Master’s in Exercise Science in 2005 from California University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, skiing and enjoying the Montana outdoors.

Michael W. Collins, PhD

Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D., a nationally renowned sports concussion clinician and researcher, joined the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program as assistant director when the program was established in September, 2000, under the direction of Dr. Mark Lovell. In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play evaluation methods. These studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Collins continues to administer and oversee clinical programs for concussion management for sports teams at several major colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the country. He is a clinical consultant to Major League Baseball, the New Zealand Rugby Union, and to several amateur and professional sports organizations both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Collins is a co-developer of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychological testing system that evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes and provides a more accurate determination of when an athlete can safely return to sports following a concussion. Dr. Collins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology at the University of Southern Maine in 1991, his master’s degree in psychology at Michigan State University in 1995, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Michigan State in 1998. He subsequently completed a clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Florida and a neuropsychology residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

He has published numerous articles in sports medicine and other medical journals and is a frequently invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings. He has co-authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for JAMA. A two-year winner of the New England Pepsi-Cola Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award, Dr. Collins played for the University of Southern Maine in the 1989 NCAA Baseball College World Series.

Jimi Cook DVM PhD

After receiving his B.S. degree from Florida State University and competing for 5 years as a professional waterskier, Dr. James (Jimi) Cook completed his DVM in 1994 and PhD in 1998.  In 1999, he founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, veterinarians, engineers, and basic scientists dedicated to translational orthopaedic research, which has now been endowed and moved into its own 12,000 sq ft facility as the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics.  He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, over $20 million in research funding, received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian (2007), holds 16 patents including the MOPSSM technology, and has seen 4 biomedical devices through FDA approval to human clinical trials.  He is currently Director of the Mizzou BioJoint® Center, Director of The Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics and the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and serves as Chief of the Division of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University Hospital’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. He is also co-founder of Be The Change Volunteers ­a NGO dedicated to building schools in remote villages in the developing world whose teams have built 40 educational facilities in 17 countries, providing educational opportunities to more than 7,000 students.

Kristyn Darmafall MD

Dr. Darmafall is an assistant professor of clinical orthopaedics at Ohio State University. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University in Michigan. She completed her orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota. She went on to complete her fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Darmafall has provided team physician coverage for a range of athletes including high school, Division I collegiate and USA Hockey-sanctioned league-level sports. She has interests in the prevention and care of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions encountered in a wide range of sports.

Michael Diduch MD

David R. Diduch, MS, MD, is the Alfred R. Shands, Professor and Vice Chairman in Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia.  He specializes in sports medicine and has been the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for UVA athletics since 2003, providing primary coverage for football, men’s basketball, and women’s soccer.  In addition, he serves as medical director of the UVA Sports Medicine Clinic and has served as medical director of the UVA Outpatient Surgery Center and fellowship director for Sports Medicine.

He is active in the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine as chair of the Fellowship committee and the Instructional Course Lecture committee.

Dr. Diduch did his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UVA, a sports medicine and knee reconstruction fellowship at the Insall-Scott-Kelly Institute in New York, his medical school at Harvard, and college at the University of North Carolina.  He has been married to Lynn for 29 years and has 3 sons who all attended the University of Virginia.

Michael Diede AT PhD

Dr. Mike Diede is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Master Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University.  Mike received a PhD from the University of Arizona in Higher Education.  Mike’s research interests are in qualitative research related to sports medicine.  Mike started the Master’s program a MSU-Billings.  Dr. Diede has been the BYU program director for the undergraduate athletic training program for 11 years. Mike has been involved in various athletic training committees and organizations at the national, regional and state levels.  Mike loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.

RJ Elbin PhD

Dr. R.J. Elbin is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas and is director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research. Dr. Elbin received a doctorate in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2010 and completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Elbin’s research focuses on developing best practice for concussion education; identifying factors that contribute to concussion risk and prolonged recovery; and documenting the persistent effects of concussion on neurocognitive, psychosocial, and vestibular/oculomotor functioning in youth and adolescent athletes. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 100 professional presentations on sport-related concussion.

Kelly Fickes AT

Kelly has been the Head Athletic Trainer  at Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia for fifteen years.  She is an alumnus of Salisbury University in Maryland and Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.  She has been attending the BSATSMC since 2006.

Katie Walsh Flanagan EdD AT

Dr. Katie Walsh Flanagan is a professor and program director of athletic training at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She earned her BS at Oregon State, MS at Illinois State and EdD at the University of Southern California.  For the past 22 years, she has been the Director of Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Program at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.  She is a practicing athletic trainer, researcher and educator and has held leadership roles thorough her career. Dr. Flanagan is considered an expert in policy; especially with lightning safety. In that area, she is internationally known for her lightning safety policies that govern recreation and sport.  Katie is currently the District 3, Mid-Athletic Athletic Trainer’s Association Director and sits on the NATA Board of Directors. She is married to Sean Flanagan and they reside in Greenville, NC

Collin Francis AT

Collin Francis begins his third year as an Assistant Football Athletic Trainer at Indiana University. He served as the Interim Head Football Athletic Trainer at Indiana University in 2016.  In his current role he assists the head athletic trainer in all of his duties and is also the Director of Rehabilitation for the football team. He came to Bloomington in February of 2015 after serving two years as the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. While at Morgan State Mr. Francis coordinated all medical care for the football team and helped them win the 2015 MEAC Championship and a birth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Before going to Morgan, he worked for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. In Charlotte he assisted the Head Athletic Trainer in all aspects of his job especially practice coverage, rehabilitation program development, maintenance on all equipment, packing for home and away games, and acting as a liaison between physicians and the staff. The highlight of his time with the Panthers was being able to be a part of the team’s wins against division foes the Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints. Prior to the Carolina Panthers, Francis completed his Masters of Science Degree in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. For his thesis, he developed a physical recreation based after school program for at-risk youth in Pickens County, SC. While attending Clemson University he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Football Team and the Swimming and Diving Teams. He helped the Men’s Swimming and Diving team to a top 25 finish at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships. He was also on staff for the Tiger Football Team that won the 2011 ACC Championship, a berth in the BCS Orange Bowl in Miami, FL., and the first ten win season in twenty years.
A native of Laurel, MD. Mr. Francis went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD and got his first experience in Athletic Training as a high school intern with the University of Maryland.

Jam Ghajar MD, PhD

Jamshid Ghajar MD, PhD, FACS, is Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, and Director of the Concussion and Brain Performance Center at Stanford University.

He is also the Founder and President of the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) which, since 1986, has worked with its partners to develop and maintain the severe TBI evidence-based guidelines. The BTF severe TBI guidelines are standard of care for U.S. trauma centers and have lead to a 45% decline in deaths.

He completed the MD/PhD at Cornell University Medical College. During his residency training at Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, he invented and patented several neurosurgical devices that are currently used worldwide.

Dr. Ghajar was the principal investigator on the Department of Defense funded, 10,000 subjects EYE-TRAC Advance study, to test normal and concussed subjects using novel, portable eye tracking goggle technology (www.syncthink.com) capable of assessing visual tracking impairments precisely and reliably within a minute. He founded the company in 2009 to commercialize the EYE-SYNC technology, useful in detecting visual attention impairments. The technology has received FDA approval.

He is also the principal investigator for the DoD funded Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium (B-TEC). B-TEC and its partners maintain evidence-based guidelines for severe TBI and are charged with developing an evidence-based classification for concussion and TBI, modeling post-TBI trajectories and outcomes.

Chris Giza MD

Christopher Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his training in Neurology at UCLA. He then worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team before joining the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center in 1998.  He founded and directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program, and also serves as Medical Director for the Operation MEND-Wounded Warrior Project mild TBI program. In 2011 he traveled to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. military’s Grey Team III to review implementation of mTBI protocol in the field.  Dr. Giza contributed to concussion/mTBI guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology, the Centers for Disease Control and the International Consensus Conference for Concussion in Sport (Berlin guidelines). He is currently Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital-UCLA.  When he’s not rockclimbing or traveling into war zones, Chris likes to cycle steep mountains on his road bike.  Past forays into Montana include attempting to learn flyfishing near Livingston, summiting the Grand Teton Exum Ridge as a thunderstorm hit and, of course, skiing from the summit of Lone Peak!

Jeffrey Gladden MD

Dr. Gladden graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia and was elected to the Academic Honors Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He subsequently completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver.

In 1988, Dr. Gladden went into private practice in Dallas, Texas and eventually formed his own cardiology group, Advanced Heart Care, in 1996. He successfully grew Advanced Heart Care into a thirteen-physicians group with eight full-time offices and several satellites. During this time, he was responsible for developing cardiovascular programs at numerous hospitals in north Texas and southeast Oklahoma.

He initiated multiple hospital based programs, including: STEMI (integrated urgent home to stent heart attack care), heart failure readmission and cardiac rehabilitation. He had the opportunity to cofound the Heart Hospital Baylor in Plano in conjunction with Dr. David Brown and remained active as a CEO of Advanced Heart Care and an integral part of the Heart Hospital Baylor in Plano up until he left to pursue Health and Human Performance Optimization in 2012.

Since that time, he has devoted his energy and attention to developing what has become Apex HHPO, a program that amalgamates numerous technologies which have enabled him and Apex HHPO participants to turn back the functional clock and extend their athletic careers in profound ways.

In his mid-fifties, he felt he had reached the zenith of his mid-life performance and began noticing decline – mentally, emotionally and physically. It wasn’t until he began to unravel his own genetics, as well as discovering he had subclinical hypothyroidism and generalized hormone depletion, that he was able to start turning the tide. Numerous technologies have been leveraged as he continues to enhance his quality of life. Now, at the age of 64, his body performs at the level he did in his 30s. His passion is to optimize current-day performance – mentally and physically, in addition to emotionally and spiritually – and utilize that as a base for a trajectory of longevity, while utilizing new advances as they emerge.

He’ll be speaking about his insights into optimizing ATP production and minimizing oxidative damage for athletes of all ages.

Leslie Goodavish PA-C

Leslie Goodavish PA-C, ATC, completed her education at Midwestern University and California State University.  She is certifed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Devin Hamrick 

Devin Hamrick is the Category Business Manager for the Riddell IQ, Smart Helmet Platforms, at Riddell Sports. Devin is Responsible for the leadership and development of the company’s rapidly growing smart helmet technologies including the Riddell InSite Training Tool (ITT) and the Riddell Sideline Response System (SRS/HITS) platforms.  Devin works closely with the sales and marketing teams to engage Riddell Smart Helmet users in the institutional field, as well as product development partners and research institutions that are using Riddell technologies to advance research in the areas of head injury and biomechanics.

Devin graduated from St. Xavier University with a Degree in Business Management and Marketing and was also a member of the Football Team.  His career background includes experience in Football Coaching, Risk Consulting, and Protective Football Equipment.

Phil Johnson AT

Phil Johnson completed his 17th year with the Michigan football program, working in the role of associate head athletic trainer. He began working with the football team following a year of service to U-M with the track and field and field hockey teams. Johnson is responsible for the daily prevention, treatment and management of athletic injuries as well as assisting in the coordination of all the health needs of the student-athletes.

Johnson did his undergraduate work at the University of Iowa where he worked with a number of athletic teams during his four years. Upon completion of his bachelor of science degree in exercise science at Iowa in 1997, Johnson became a certified athletic trainer. He did his graduate work at Penn State University, working with the women’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, ice hockey and rugby teams. He earned a master of science degree in kinesiology in 1999.

During the summer of 1998, Johnson completed an internship with the New York Jets. Following graduate school, he returned during the 1999-2000 season as a full-time intern with the Jets, where he assisted with the daily operation of the medical staff. Johnson is American Red Cross certified in Professional Rescuer CPR. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society. Johnson and his wife, Meghan, Saline, MI with their daughters, Grace and Josephine.

Grant Jones MD

Grant Jones, MD is a Professor in The Ohio State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is in his 20th year as a Team Physician for the Ohio State University Department of Athletics. He serves as the Head Team Physician for OSU’s basketball team and an orthopaedic consultant for OSU’s other varsity teams.  He has also been the Head Team Physician for the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) since 2009.

Jones, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988.  He was class valedictorian at Denison and was a team captain for the Denison football squad and team MVP in 1987. He was the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1987 and the GTE NCAA Academic All-American Player- of- the- Year-Football/College Division in 1987.    He was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference performer in 1986 and ’87. Time Magazine selected him for its Achievement Award as one of the Top 20 College students in the nation in 1987.  In 2014, he was inducted into the Denison University Athletic Hall-of-Fame.  And, in 2015, he was inducted into the Capitol One/ CoSida NCAA Academic All-American Hall-of-Fame for all sports.

He earned his medical doctorate from The Ohio State College of Medicine in 1992, graduating with Honors and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University.  He then completed his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Georgia.

In 2007, Jones was awarded the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association Team Physician of the Year Award.  In 2008, Jones participated in the AOSSM Traveling Fellowship to South America (one of four American orthopedic surgeons selected to travel and give lectures). He also has been awarded two Neer Awards (2011 and 2013) which are given to the authors of the top international research papers in shoulder and elbow surgery each year.  He has served on multiple AOSSM committees, including two stints on both the Traveling Fellowship and Publications Committees.  He is also a reviewer for multiple journals including AJSM, JBJS, JSES, and OJSM.  Finally, he has been a guest international lecturer in Europe, Japan, and South America.

Kirt Kimball MD

A native of Southern California, Dr. Kimball obtained his undergraduate training at BYU and USC and then received a medical degree at UCLA. Dr. Kimball established himself as an orthopedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California where he was team physician to UCSB, traveled for many years with the USC Ski team, and was a medical officer for the LA summer Olympics. He developed extensive experience treating high-demand athletes.

In 1996, Dr. Kimball moved to Utah and became Team Physician to BYU and limited his practice to knee and shoulder conditions.  He recognized the value of applied focused nutrition in the accelerated recovery of athletes. He expanded this knowledge to help patients apply focused nutrition to a variety of health conditions by creating Forté Elements, a condition-specific nutrition company where he functions as Chief Medical Officer. In addition, Dr. Kimball maintains a busy surgical practice in Provo, Utah.

Anthony Kontos PhD

Dr. Kontos is Director of Research for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received his doctoral degree in kinesiology/sport psychology from Michigan State University where he received master’s degrees in counseling psychology and exercise science and completed an internship in counseling psychology. He completed his B.A. in psychology at Adrian College, where he was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer team. Dr. Kontos has specialized in concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) research for the past 12 years, has 175 professional publications and 266 professional presentations, and has received research funding as a PI from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), US Special Operations Command, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Football League (NFL)/GE Head Health Challenge, National Operating Committee of Standards for Athletic Equipment, and the NFL Charities. His research focuses on concussion including risk factors; neurocognitive and neuromotor effects; psychological issues; treatment; and concussion in military, pediatric, and sport populations.

Jeffrey Kutcher MD

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1989, Dr. Kutcher worked as a consultant in epidemiology in Washington, DC until 2003. He then attended the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he remained to complete his internship in Internal Medicine. Dr. Kutcher returned to the University of Michigan in 1999 where he completed his residency in neurology, as well as his fellowship training in stroke. After fellowship, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan and has served as an Assistant Professor and Service Chief for Inpatient Neurological Services since 2004.

In 2006, Dr. Kutcher founded Michigan NeuroSport, an academic and clinical program dedicated to the neurologic care of the athlete. He is a Team Physician for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and the USA Hockey Developmental Program. He is also the Medical Director for the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Kutcher has research interests in the diagnosis and management of sports concussion, as well as the short and long-term consequences of the injury, with a particular focus on how other neurologic diagnoses can improve our understanding.

He is working within the neurologic community to help build and promote the field of Sports Neurology. Under his leadership, the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology was founded in 2009. He is currently co-lead author, with Dr. Chris Giza, on the AAN’s committee to establish new practice parameters on sports concussion.   He is currently employed at the Sport Neurology Clinic in Ann Arbor, MI.

Tom Lane AT

Tom joined St. Rita’s Medical Center Sports Medicine in Lima, OH the summer of 1996 and has provided athletic training coverage for Delphos St. John’s High School the past 21 years. Before he joined St. Rita’s Tom performed a co-op at Healthsouth in Toledo, OH while contracted to Toledo Rogers and Toledo St. John’s High Schools for graduate school.  Tom performed his internship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.  He received both his master’s degree in clinical biomechanics in 1996 and his bachelor’s degree athletic training/sports medicine in 1993 from Bowling Green State University.  He is currently on the executive committee for the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association serving as the Northwest Ohio District Representative and is sub-chair for the OATA Legislative Committee. Tom is a State of Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Tory Lindley MS AT, President Elect of the NATA

Tory Lindley, ATC is in his sixteenth year as Northwestern University’s Director of Athletic Training Services and Senior Associate AD.  At Northwestern, Tory supervises the Athletic Training, Sports Performance and Performance Nutrition staffs.

A 2011 inductee into the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, Tory was a 2016 recipient of the GLATA Golden Pinnacle Award and the 2012 NCAA’s Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year.  Tory was recently elected by the NATA membership to serve as the association’s 14th President beginning in June of 2018.

Tory enjoys life balance with Beth, a career social worker and their three kids, Jonah (22), Evan (19) and Genevieve (17).

David M Lintner MD

n June 2005, Dr. Lintner was named Chief of Sports Medicine at the The Methodist Hospital in Houston after serving in a similar capacity at Baylor College of Medicine for four years.  In 2011 he was named to the US News and World Report list of The Best Doctors in America, and once again listed as a Texas Super Doc by Texas Monthly magazine.. He is the past President of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, and a member of the Baseball Commissioner’s Medical Advisory Committee. He served as the physician for the World Baseball Classic in 2009, and continues in the capacity as the Head Team Physician for the Houston Astros, as well as Team Physician for the Houston Texans. He served as the original Head Team Physician for the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer Team, and is also the Head Team Physician for Lee College, in addition to caring for many high schools in the Greater Houston area.

Dr. Lintner specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder and elbow and is active in teaching orthopedic surgeons the latest techniques.  He also specializes in injuries to throwers’ shoulders and elbows including labral repair and “Tommy John” reconstructions, having written more than thirty scientific articles about ACL injuries, thrower’s injuries, and other sports medicine issues.

He is the founder and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship training program at The Houston Methodist Hospital. A member of multiple national and international sports medicine societies, he has served for three years as a member of the Upper Extremity Committee of the International Association of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Sport Traumatology (ISAKOS). In the last few years, he has been invited to lecture at international sports medicine meetings in Copenhagen, Oslo, Cancun, Osaka, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland.  In 2005, Dr. Lintner was the Keynote Speaker at the Congress of Futbol Injuries in Madrid, Spain. In 2000, he was selected Traveling Fellow for the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and went on a three week tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Japan where he was a Visiting Professor at multiple universities as well as the National Sports Councils in Malaysia and Hong Kong.  He was named “Mr. Sports Medicine” by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2014. Dr. Lintner has been published extensively in orthopedic literature and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also board certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine (CAQ).

Brian Lund MS AT

Brian Lund joined UW Sports Medicine Staff in the summer of 2012 and provides athletic training coverage for the UW football team. Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Brian served as an athletic trainer at Indiana University for 8 years working with football and at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa for 5 years. Brian received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in 1999 and his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 1998. Lund is a State of Wisconsin Licensed Athletic Trainer and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Richard Ma MD

Dr. Richard Ma is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the University of Missouri.  He specializes in sports medicine injuries and surgeries and is involved in the care of the Mizzou Tigers© athletes.  Dr. Ma is the Co-Director – Midwest Representative of Rugby Research Injury Prevention Group (RRIPG) and is also currently involved in the prospective national Rugby-7s study funded by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment.  His research involves USA Rugby and the Northeast Rugby Sevens Qualifier Series, the 2012 HSBC Sevens Series-Las Vegas, and the USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational and Collegiate Rugby Championships.

Along with RRIPG, Dr. Ma has shared their study findings within the U.S. Rugby community including the USA Rugby Medical Symposium, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Olympic Committee’s World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sports.  Beyond his clinical practice and rugby research, Dr. Ma is also actively involved in research aimed at understanding healing after musculoskeletal injuries and surgeries.

He has completed funded work from the NIH, Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation, National Football League, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Ma’s specific areas of focus includes anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and the mechanobiology of ACL healing after surgical reconstruction and application of novel orthobiologics for musculoskeletal repair.  As a Clinician Scientist, Dr. Ma conducts his research with investigators at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics.

Matthew McCarthy MD

Dr. McCarthy is a board-certified neurologist at The Sports Neurology Clinic, specializing in the treatment of concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and neurological disorders in athletes. He has additional training in the care of pediatric patients.

Dr. McCarthy completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College and obtained his medical degree from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He completed his residency in Child Neurology at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, and a fellowship in Sports Neurology at The Sports Neurology Clinic.

Doug McKeag MD

As the One America Professor Emeritus of Sports Preventive Medicine and a former chair for the Department of Family Medicine at the IU School of Medicine, McKeag has turned what once was a health-care afterthought – sports medicine – into a major wing of the industry’s growing focus on health and wellness. The lessons McKeag and his fellow physicians and researchers in the field learn are changing attitudes – and lives – for millions of people worldwide, from professional athletes to “weekend warriors” to those who walk or run for a healthier life. The Michigan State graduate comes by his passions naturally.

As a former college athlete who now consults with the Indianapolis Colts and is the trainer for IUPUI Jaguars’ teams, he knows the importance proper training, nutrition and a physician’s care and support have for world-class athletes.

Ryan Moran PhD AT

Dr. Moran is an assistant professor in the Athletic Training Program at The University of Alabama. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in athletic training at East Stroudsburg University. He later received his PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2016. At Bama, Dr. Moran conducts research for the Athletic Training Research Lab and the Integrative Center for Athletic and Sport Technology (I-CAST), which focus on development and application of technology to reduce injury, accelerate recovery, and enhance performance. Dr. Moran’s research interests focus on sport-related concussion and multifaceted assessment in pediatric and collegiate athletes. In addition, Dr. Moran’s collaborations with I-CAST involve using head impact and heart rate accelerometers, along with clinical assessment to track recovery from sport-related concussion. While Dr. Moran embraces the warm, southern weather, he is anxious to see snow again at the year’s BSATSMC and make his way down Lone Peak.

Jeffrey Mortensen

Jeff Mortensen is a 10 year industry veteran developing and marketing ophthalmic based medical devices with a unique focus on designing offerings that are easy-to-implement in both medical and no-medical settings.  Jeff leads Rebion’s business development activities for their early 2018 launch of the Pediatric Vision Scanner (PVS) for early detection of lazy-eye, and 2019 follow-on product Head & Intraocular Trauma Test (HITT) for identification of traumatic brain injury; expected to launch in 2019.

Chris Nelson MD

Dr. Chris Nelson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon in private practice with Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons.  His practice focuses on the areas of hip and knee surgeries.  His medical training is from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.  His orthopaedic residency was from Michigan State University.  He then went on to a hip and knee fellowship with special emphasis on hip preservation surgery.  This was at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Nelson was the first orthopaedic surgeon in Iowa with fellowship level training in both hip replacement and hip arthroscopy. Hip arthroscopy and joint preservation surgery comprise approximately half of his current practice.

He provides sports medicine treatment and coverage for the Des Moines Bucs hockey team and receives  referrals from local and regional high school and college athletes with labral tears and other hip pathology.

Kimberly Peer PhD

Dr. Peer is an Associate Professor at Kent State University and holds an adjunct appointment at Northeast Ohio College of Medicine and KSU College of Podiatric Medicine.  She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a Cognate in Health Care Management.  Kimberly Served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Athletic Training Education Journal and serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Ethics Committee as well as the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics.

Her national contributions include service to the BOC, NATA, JAT and REF in multiple capacities.  Her statewide service includes the Governor’s appointment to the Ohio licensure board and over 12 years of service to the OATA.  Kimberly has been lauded with national, regional, and state level awards for her contributions to the profession and athletic training education. Dr. Peer has published and presented extensively on the international and national levels about ethics education and pedagogy and has co-authored textbooks on professional ethics in athletic training.

Jeremiah Randall PT AT

Jeremiah Randall was named the Houston Astros Major League Head Athletic Trainer on November 9th, 2015.  Prior to joining the Astros, he spent the previous three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates serving as the club’s Major League Rehab Coordinator and Physical Therapist/Assistant Athletic Trainer.  Prior to joining the Pirates, Randall worked two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving as their Minor League Rehab Coordinator in 2010 and as their Major League Physical Therapist for the 2011 season.  In addition to his time in Major League Baseball, Randall spent time as an intern in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.  He has also presented at several national sports medicine conferences and has contributed as an author to various sports medicine and rehabilitation textbooks.  Currently, he is the principal investigator for the testing of several functional upper extremity assessment tools for use in the overhead throwing athlete.

Jeremiah received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2009 from the University of Miami (FL).  He conducted research while at the University of Miami involving active military members and aided in the development of the Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP).  He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS, and went on to the University of Kansas to obtain his athletic training degree.  During his time at Tabor College, he was a 3 year letterman in basketball and track as well as receiving all-conference honors in both sports.  The 35-year-old Randall was born in Mound City, KS.  He resides in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife Kelly and daughter Aliann (5) and son Declan (3).

Sean Rose MD

Dr. Rose is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, specializing in sports neurology.  His clinical practice and research program focus on sports concussion.  He provides sideline coverage and care for acute concussion, post-concussion syndrome, long-term effects, and other neurological problems in athletes.

He completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia, residency in child neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State, and fellowship in sports neurology at The Sports Neurology Clinic.  After his fellowship, he led a multi-year prospective outcomes study in youth football players at The Sports Neurology Clinic.

Anthony Savino MD

Dr. Anthony Savino is the Director of The Sports Neurology Clinic at Illinois Bone and Joint   Institute and a board-certified neurologist, specializing in the treatment of concussion, post-concussion syndrome and neurological disorders in athletes.

Dr. Savino’s research interests include autonomic dysfunction in concussion, post-traumatic headache and the treatment of post-concussion syndrome. Dr. Savino completed his residency in Neurology at Boston University Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident during his final year of training. He obtained his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kirk Schulz

Kirk practices sports physical therapy at UW Health at The American Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an orthopedic certified specialist and holds a specialist certification in strength and conditioning from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kirk is the coordinator of the UW Sports Rehabilitation Golf Clinic and is Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 certified. He enjoys improving the efficiency of a golfer’s swing by addressing physical limitations identified by physical screening and 3D analysis of the golf swing. Kirk treats patients with problems of the shoulder, hip, knee and foot/ankle, including both conservative and post-operative rehabilitation.

John Seifert, PhD

Dr. John Seifert is an Associate Professor at Montana State University, Bozeman.  Dr. Seifert received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah.  He is currently a faculty member in the Health & Human Performance program in the Department of Health & Human Development.  Dr. Seifert also serves as Graduate Student Coordinator for the department.  He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Seifert’s research focus is in the physiological and biomechanical responses to alpine skiing, in which he has worked for over 30 years.  He works closely with the MSU Ski Team and consults with the US Ski Team and German Paralympic Ski Team.  When Dr. Seifert isn’t in the classroom, he can be found outdoors regardless of the season.

Tad Seifert MD

Tad Seifert, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of Louisville and his residency in neurology at the University of Texas at Houston. He then completed a fellowship in headache and facial pain at the renowned Houston Headache Clinic. Dr. Seifert currently serves as director of the Norton Sports Health Concussion Program. His clinical practice involves interpreting preseason baseline and follow-up testing, diagnosing and managing concussions, and following patients after injury. The comprehensive sports concussion program is comprised of multidisciplinary services, including neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neuroradiology, sports medicine and physical therapy.

Dr. Seifert cares for athletes of all ages and levels – from youth sports to professional leagues. To date, he is the only fellowship-trained headache neurologist in Kentucky. Dr. Seifert is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society and the Indiana Sports Concussion Network. Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, Dr. Seifert served with St. Matthews Neurology for nearly four years. He concurrently worked as a neurology hospitalist, caring for many patients at Norton Suburban Hospital during that time.

Melinda Shelby, Ph.D. 

Dr. Shelby obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  After completing her undergraduate education, she attended University of Kansas Medical Center where she studied the expression and regulation of the phase-II drug metabolizing enzymes UDP- Glucuronosyltransferases.  In 2005, she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Toxicology from University of Kansas Medical Center.  After completing her graduate education, she attended the University of Utah for a post-doctoral fellowship at The Sports Medicine Research & Testing Lab, a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory.  Dr. Shelby then joined Aegis Sciences Corporation where she currently works as the Senior Scientist for Sports Testing services.

Lisa Sienkiewicz MD

Lisa is a native Wisconsinite who completed medical school in Richmond, Virginia then moved back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she finished her orthopedic residency last year. She is currently at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for sports fellowship training and plans on returning to Milwaukee, Wi to start her career in sports orthopedics in September this year.

Kelly Trainor NP

Kelly Trainor is an advanced practice nurse and certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She completed her PNP training at Rush University in 2010 and has been working in concussion management since 2013. Trainor assisted with prior legislative changes to the concussion law in Illinois, which established concussion oversight teams within schools to strengthen safety for all students. Furthermore, she served as the President of the NAPNAP Chicago, Illinois Chapter and was a recipient of the “40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award” in the state of Illinois. Currently, she is the program coordinator for The Sports Neurology Clinic at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, working with a comprehensive management team to provide specialized neurological care to athletes throughout the Chicagoland area.

John Tueting MD

Jonathan Tueting, MD is an Associate Professor and Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  His clinical interests include the management of shoulder arthritis and well as complex reconstruction of hand, wrist and elbow trauma and degenerative conditions.  He also assists the University of Wisconsin Head Team Physicians in managing hand, wrist and elbow injuries in Badger athletes.  He also serves as the Vice Chair for Quality and Peer Review and oversees the quality and peer review initiatives for the faculty and residents in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, kite-boarding, guitar, and cooking.

Brian Walczak MD

Dr. Walczak is a orthopedic surgeon and clinician-scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specializes in sports medicine and musculoskeletal disease. He is fellowship trained in sports medicine and musculoskeletal oncology. He serves as the team physician for Badger Men’s Hockey. His clinical research interests include functional outcomes following arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. He is also a member of the Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine laboratory where he is working on optimizing stem cells for orthopedic regenerative applications.

Rod Walters PhD, ATC

An innovative professional, Dr. Rod Walters has enjoyed a storied career as a collegiate athletic trainer. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Walters has long been active in the field of athletic training since his graduation from Appalachian State University in 1980, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees. In 1988, Walters received his Doctor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Walters was Head Athletic Trainer at Lenoir-Rhyne College (N.C.) for five years before joining the staff at Appalachian State. Following his work as Head Athletic Trainer at Appalachian State, Dr. Walters moved to the Uni¬versity of South Carolina, a member of the nation’s top athletic league in the Southeastern Confer¬ence, to take a similar position in 1990.

While at the University of South Carolina Dr. Walters was elevated to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine where he oversaw the health care and wellness for the university’s athletes. A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Dr. Walters served on their Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003. He received the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2003 and was inducted into the NATA’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Walters has brought his expertise across the country with his athletic training seminars.

Andrew Watson MD

Dr. Watson is board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.  He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the Departments of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Kinesiology.  He is a team physician for University of Wisconsin Athletic Department, providing coverage for Men’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Golf, and the spirit squad.

Utilizing a combination of physiologic testing and advanced cardiovascular imaging, his research primarily focuses on evaluating the effects of exercise training on cardiac function, and the cardiovascular limitations to exercise capacity in youth and adult athletes.  He also conducts research among collegiate and youth athletes to identify modifiable risk factors for injury and utilize real-time predictive modeling to intervene and reduce injury risk.  He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gordon Williams AT

Gordon is in his 8th year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Cleveland Browns. Prior to joining the Browns’ Medical Staff, Gordon was an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2007-2009. He has experience conducting movement assessments and implementing corrective exercise strategies specific to the individual football player for both organizations. Before working with the Eagles, Gordon served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Clinical Instructor in the undergraduate athletic training education program at Albion College.

Gordon is credentialed as a Certified Athletic Trainer by the NATA, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA. He is also an NASM Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Full Body and Level 2-Spine ART (Active Release Technique) Provider and a certified Level 1 Neurokinetic Therapist.

Gordon currently serves on the NFL Electronic Medical Records Advisory Group, NFL Combine Medical Advisory Committee and USA Football Committee. A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Gordon earned a BS in Movement Science from Texas Christian University in 2003 and MS in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2006, serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Football, Baseball and Softball teams and completing a thesis regarding the inclusion of principles of human movement in the entry level athletic training education curriculum.