Speakers

Craig Chike Akoh MD

Dr. Craig Chike Akoh was born on March 13, 1987 in Pullman, Washington to two Nigerian parents. His father Casimir Akoh, a distinguished food science professor at the University of Georgia and mother Celine Akoh, a retail pharmacist, moved to Pullman soon after their marriage so that Chike’s father could pursue a PhD in Food Science. During his early years, Chike and his family lived in Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama before settling in Athens, Georgia at the age of 4.

Georgia provided a nurturing environment for Chike to cultivate his several talents including being the captain of his high school basketball team and wining a state championship In track and field in 2005, where he participated in the triple and long jump. Chike also excelled academically throughout high school and was awarded the Foundation Fellowship Academic Scholarship to attend the University of Georgia. Through the fellowship, he was given the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Argentina, Bosnia, the Netherlands, Australia, and Egypt. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a dual degree in Cellular Biology and Psychology. Chike completed his medical school training at the Medical College of Georgia in 2013, and subsequently completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Chike is currently the Sports Medicine Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He plans on pursuing a second fellowship in Foot and Ankle at Duke University. After his fellowship program, Chike hopes to begin a fulfilling orthopaedic practice in lower extremity sports and foot and ankle. Chike would like to thank his immediate family for being supportive throughout his career as well as his various mentors that have helped traverse the medical field. Lastly, he would like to thank the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Program for providing a great learning experience.

Anthony G. Alessi MD

Dr. Alessi is a board-certified neurologist in private practice since 1986.  Prior to that he completed his neurology residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan.  He is currently a clinical professor of neurology and orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut where he serves as medical director of the UConn NeuroSport program.

Dr. Alessi first became involved in sports medicine when he worked as an athletic trainer while attending Manhattan College.  In 1995 he began an affiliation with the New York Yankees which continues to the present.  He has been a neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Defenders, the San Francisco Giants double A affiliate.  In 1997 he was named to the consulting staff for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department. He is currently neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.  He chaired the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology and consults for the NFL Players Association.

Dr. Alessi became involved in the sport of boxing in 1997 when he was appointed as ringside physician for the Connecticut State Boxing Commission by Commissioner John Burns.  He was also appointed to the athletic commissions of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.  Since his appointments, he has worked tirelessly for the improvement of safety in the sport of boxing.  Dr. Alessi was instrumental in the revision of the state guidelines requiring more stringent neurologic evaluation before anyone is allowed to participate in a boxing event in the state of Connecticut.  He was named “Ringside Physician of the Year 2009” by the American Association of Ringside Physicians in recognition of his efforts.   Dr. Alessi also publishes and lectures on various topics related to sports neurology.  He writes a bi-weekly column, “Healthy Sports,” which appears in the Norwich Bulletin and is syndicated to GateHouse Media affiliates.  His book, “Healthy Sports: A Doctors Lessons for a Winning Lifestyle,” is a compilation of many instructive columns. He can often be found at ringside where he has become a resource to referees when decisions regarding the continuation of boxing contests must be made.

Stephanie Alessi MD

Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa is a neurologist and the current sports neurology fellow at The Sports Neurology Clinic in Brighton, Michigan. Dr. Alessi-LaRosa completed her residency in Neurology at the University of Connecticut and received her medical degree from St. George’s University. Prior to medical school, she obtained a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at St. George’s University. Dr. Alessi-LaRosa is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), as well as the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

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.

Adam Bartsch, PhD, PE

Dr. Bartsch is the Chief Science Officer at Prevent Biometrics, a Cleveland Clinic spin-out company based in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Bartsch has spent the past 15 years conducting research and developing high quality instrumentation to monitor head impacts in athletes and soldiers. During his eleven years at Cleveland Clinic (2006-2017) he led invention and development of the “Intelligent Mouthguard” technology, licensed to Prevent Biometrics in 2015. Dr. Bartsch is a co-chairman of the National Institutes of Health head impact dosimeter Common Data Elements (CDEs) committee, an adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, and a Registered Professional Engineer.

He has twenty-six (26) peer reviewed publications in a variety of engineering and medical journals and holds eleven (11) patents worldwide.  Dr. Bartsch has received over $7 million in competitive research funding as Principal Investigator from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Transportation (DOT), Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the National Football League (NFL).

Cara Baxter DPT

Caralyn Baxter is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and serves as a Regional Director for The Sports Neurology Clinic in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. She specializes in vestibular and oculomotor disorders, exercise intolerance, cervical pain, and whiplash associated with acute concussion, post-concussion syndrome and other sports-related neurological injuries. Her goal for every patient is to return to an active lifestyle as safely and successfully as possible.

Prior to joining The Sports Neurology Clinic, Dr. Baxter worked as the head physical therapist for the US Freeski Halfpipe team. Her career with US Ski and Snowboard culminated with on-snow medical coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea where her team brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Dr. Baxter originates from Boston, Massachusetts where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. During her time in Boston, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine and assisted with the rehabilitation of players from the Boston Redsox, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution.

​When she is not treating patients, Dr. Baxter serves as a guest lecturer for multiple local organizations including the University of Utah, US Ski and Snowboard, Park City Figure Skating Club, and Park City Ski and Snowboard. She also teaches the acute concussion management segment at the annual US Ski & Snowboard Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding Course in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Stephen F Brockmeier MD

Dr. Stephen Brockmeier is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction. He is the fellowship director for the UVA Sports Medicine Fellowship and serves as team physician for the University of Virginia as well as an associate team physician for James Madison University. Dr. Brockmeier joined the faculty at UVa in 2010 after spending three years in practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder surgery. While in Charlotte, he served as team physician for the NBA Charlotte Bobcats.Dr. Brockmeier is actively involved on the national level in a number of societies including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), where he currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. He is the Course Director for the AOSSM Fellows Course, a course which he helped to develop in 2016. He was the AOSSM representative for the Advanced Team Physician Course from 2015 – 2017. He participated in the prestigious AOSSM/ESKKA Traveling Fellowship to Europe in 2014. Dr. Brockmeier is an Active Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) and the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS), where he currently serves as the Vice President. He is the principle investigator currently on a multi-center clinical trial evaluating shoulder instability in NCAA football players and a prospective clinical trial evaluating outcomes and healing after biceps tenodesis. In addition, he has authored numerous textbook chapters, review articles, and peer-reviewed studies and has given local, regional, and national talks and presentations in the areas of sports medicine and knee/shoulder surgery.

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

Theodore T Brown MD

Ted Brown, MD, is a forensic pathologist. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame Men’s Swim Team where he served as a team captain his senior year and received multiple awards, which included Big East Conference Academic All-Star, Honorable Mention Academic All-American by the college Swim Coaches Association, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (Third Team), Most Valuable Player, and the Byron V. Kanaley Award, which is “the most prestigious honor awarded to a Notre Dame student-athlete.”

He completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Michigan and his forensic pathology fellowship at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Office. From 2016-2017, he was an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Michigan. He is currently an assistant professor of pathology at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and deputy medical examiner for multiple counties in Michigan.

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.​

Doug Carnes PhD

Dr. Carnes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine at The Citadel, Charleston, SC; Masters in Science Education, University of Georgia and his Doctorate in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Georgia. 

After completing his graduate studies, Doug spent 13 years working in the pharmaceutical industry with SmithKline and French Laboratories where he held executive level positions in the sales, marketing and manufacturing divisions of the corporation. 

Doug left the corporate environment in the mid 1980’s entering the entrepreneur world where he created his first company Carnes Communications, Inc. Doug sold CCI in 1998 to HealthAnswers, Inc. becoming Corporate Executive Vice President of marketing and strategic business development serving in that role until his retirement in 2000.  

 Angela Cavanna DO

Dr. Cavanna is a 1990 graduate of the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown NY. She is the team and college physician for Bard College and is a past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

She has been a consulting physician for the Seattle Mariners Baseball club since 1994 and recently served as a deck physician for USA Water Polo at the women’s youth world championships in Belegrade, Serbia.

Meeryo Choe MD

Meeryo Choe, MD grew up in the Los Angeles area, traveled east to attend Amherst College, where she majored in Fine Arts completing a senior thesis in Printmaking. She then returned to L.A. to attend medical school at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She started at UCLA in 2004 for a child neurology residency. After completing training, she combined her personal interest in sports with her professional interest in the developing brain by serving as a Neurotrauma/Sports Neurology Fellow at UCLA with Dr. Christopher Giza. During this time, she began working with the Operation Mend Program doing evaluations for traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Child Neurology in the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital/David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. She has been the Child Neurology Residency Program Director since 2015. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic headache/migraine, gender differences in outcome after TBI, and autonomic dysfunction.

Randy Cohen PT AT

Randy has been Associate Athletics Director for Medical Services at the University of Arizona since 2001.  Before coming to Arizona Randy worked at Purdue University & University of Notre Dame.   Randy has a degree in athletic training from Purdue University, a degree in physical therapy from the University of Illinois- Chicago and a doctorate of physical therapy from Simmons College.

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.

James Cook DVM

After receiving his bachelor’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, both at the University of Missouri.  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 230 peer-reviewed publications, over $25 million in research funding, received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian(2007), an inaugural University of Missouri Presidential Engagement Fellow, and a member of the inaugural CoMO 100 class recognizing those who shaped the city of Columbia, Missouri.  He holds 18 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 45 educational facilities in 17 countries, providing educational opportunities to more than 7,400 students.

David R Diduch MD

David R. Diduch, MS, MD, is the Alfred R. Shands, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine 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.  His practice focuses on knee and shoulder surgery with many active research projects. He is active in the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has chaired several committees.

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 30 years and has 3 sons who all attended the University of Virginia.

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.

Seth Forman M.Ed., CSCS, HC

Seth attended Bridgewater State College (1997 – 2001) where he earned a BS in Exercise Science and continued his educational pursuits at Springfield College where he completed a M.Ed. in Strength and Conditioning (2001 – 2003), and gained 2 years’ experience as a college strength and conditioning coach. Following graduation Seth spent the next year working as an assistant performance specialist at IMG Academies – International Performance Institute where he learned the biomechanics of athletic movement under the tutelage of Loren Seagrave and Pete Bomarrito.

Seth opened his own practice (2004-present) training athletes from middle school to professional. Seth has worked with local surgeons and physical therapists to help athletes bridge the gap between late physical therapy and return to competitive play.

Eric Fuchs DA, ATC, AEMT

Dr. Fuchs, currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science at Eastern Kentucky University, where he is a Professor in the Athletic Training Program. Dr. Fuchs prior to Chair, served as the Athletic Training Program Director from 2008 to 2018 where he oversaw the programs transition from BS in AT CAATE accredited professional program to a CAATE accredited MS in AT Program, he also served as the Clinical Education Coordinator from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Fuchs currently, clinically practices as an athletic trainer, assisting with football coverage at Eastern Kentucky

University additionally, Dr. Fuchs, serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for Festival Sports Inc. where he directs the medical care and services for the Volleyball Festival a 600 plus club girls junior team event with 6,000 participants each year held in Phoenix, AZ and the Fiesta Classic a 250 team girls club juniors showcase held in February each year in Phoenix. Dr. Fuchs is also a current active USOC Sports medicine volunteer medical program having provided coverage for to UCI USA World Cup Supercross BMX events as well as care to multiple teams and athletes during multiple USOTC rotations the most recent being USOTC in Colorado Springs in November, 2018. Dr. Fuchs has had extensive experience in emergency care of the critically injured athlete. Dr. Fuchs has over 25 years of active EMS service where he has delivered a variety of emergency practicing EMS in 7 different states in addition to his AT background. Dr. Fuchs has been an invited speaker on IV Administration, wound care, emergency care of critically injured patients, regionally and nationally both within the athletic training community and EMS communities.  Dr. Fuchs has served as an adjunct faculty member in EKU’s paramedic program.

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 served on the California State Athletic Commission from 2005-2015, and traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense. He directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program, and serves as Medical Director for the Operation MEND mild TBI program.  Dr. Giza co-authored concussion / mild TBI guidelines for the AAN, CDC and the Concussion in Sport Group (Berlin guidelines), and has been a clinical consultant for the NFL, NHL/NHLPA, NBA, MLB and Major League Soccer.  He is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at UCLA

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.

Craig Harkey

2015-Present, National Clinical Director of Avadim Health, Management of 70+ clinical trials nationally. Product brands TheraWorx Protect, TheraWorx Relief, PHUEL:  2010 – 2015 President/Hark Health Services, Sports Medicine, corporate wellness and chronic disease diagnostics. 2007 – 2010  COO and Founder/Arterial Health, Inc. Preventive cardiovascular diagnostics in Fam Practice, OBGYN, Internal Med.

Scott Howerton

Mr. Howerton is an experienced Business Development Manager and a retired Certified Athletic Trainer.  He has developed a successful history working in the health, wellness, and sports medicine industries, and spent over 20 years in allied healthcare as a clinician and sales professional.  He graduated with a Master of Science degree focused in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from University of North Texas in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 1998 from San Diego State University. Mr. Howerton loves coaching his son’s youth baseball team, watching his daughter play club soccer, and playing golf.

Mary E Jacobs AT

Mary Jacobs is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and the Head Athletic Trainer at Indiana Wesleyan University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology / Athletic Training from Indiana University, and her Master’s degree in Physical Education from Western Michigan University.  She currently holds the ITAT certification through ImPACT Applications.  She is also CSCS certified through the NSCA and CKTP certified through the Kinesio Taping Association.  Her interests are in concussions management, rehabilitation and manual techniques, and therapeutic modalities.

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.  And, he has been a guest international lecturer in Europe, Japan, and South America.  Finally, he is a member of the exclusive Magellen Society, an international group consisting of the top sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons in the world and was chosen as the North American (AOSSM) representative to the Board of Directors of the Society and President Elect. He was recently selected for the Herodicus Society, another prestigious international group of orthopaedic sports medicine physicians.

Gerhard Kinas

Gerhard Kinas, the founder of Advanced Musculoskeletal Therapies (AMT), has been involved in acoustic and shock wave therapy technology since the early 1990s. Originally from Germany, Gerhard has a degree similar to biomedical engineering in the US. Before coming to the US, he worked at Storz Medical AG, a leading manufacturer of shock wave technology in Switzerland. It was there that they expanded the knowledge base of what shock wave therapy could offer in terms of medical benefits—benefits that include impressive results in treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

While working with Storz Medical, Gerhard supported the German Olympic Team physician, Prof. Dr. Heinz Lohrer from the Sportmedizinischen Institut Frankfurt am Main, during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, using shock wave therapies for the German athletes. Before moving to the US in 1999.

Anthony Kontos PhD

Dr. Anthony P. Kontos is Research Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. He has specialized in concussion research for 13 years and has 235 professional publications and 311 professional presentations. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Department of Defense (DoD), and focuses on risk factors; neurocognitive/neuromotor effects; psychological issues; treatment; and concussion in military, pediatric, and sport populations.

Dr. Kontos is a fellow and past-president of the Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology (APA-Div47), and a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Eastern Psychological Association. He is also the lead co-author (with Dr. Collins) of Concussion: A Clinical Profiles Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment.

Louis Kovacs MD

Louis Kovacs, MD, is a primary care physician board certified in family medicine and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He sees patients from childhood through adulthood for nonoperative orthopaedic and sport-related issues. Dr. Kovacs is the Medical Director and Team Physician for Towson University Athletics and Notre Dame of Maryland University Athletics.. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

He is an alumnus of St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he was a member of the crew and croquet teams. Dr. Kovacs lives in Baltimore City with his wife and their two children. He is active in youth soccer and little league programs and enjoys sailing, boat building, soccer, fly-fishing, golf and independent music, charcuterie.

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 Brighton, MI.

David M Lintner MD

In June 2005, Dr. Lintner was named Chief of Sports Medicine at 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).

Richard Ma MD

Dr. Richard Ma is the Gregory L. and Ann L. Hummel Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the University of Missouri.  He specializes in sports medicine injuries and surgeries and he is a Team Physician for the Mizzou Tigers© athletes.  Dr. Ma received his sports medicine training from the Clinician Scientist Training Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery.  Prior to his time in New York, he completed his undergraduate studies, medical school, and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia.

Beyond clinical care, Dr. Ma also has an active research interest in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) mechanobiology and ligamentization after surgical reconstruction.  Dr. Ma oversees a translational research program focused on ACL injuries and healing within the University of Missouri’s Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics (http://thompsonlab.missouri.edu).  Dr. Ma has also been actively involved in sports injury surveillance research since joining the Rugby Research Injury Prevention Group (www.rugbyinjury.org) in 2011 where he is the current Co-Director of the organization.

Shelly Massingale PT

Shelly Massingale is the Senior Director of Banner Concussion Services in Arizona and Colorado. She is a Physical Therapist and is a specialist in vestibular and balance therapy.  Shelly has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient neurological setting for 22 years and has specialized primarily in mild traumatic brain injury since 2013.

She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She has completed the Emory University Vestibular competency and advanced competency courses and has been treating vestibular and balance disorders since the beginning of her career.  Since opening the Banner Sports Medicine and Concussion Center in 2013, she has focused her treatment and research solely on concussion.  She is a co-developer of the Concussion Balance Test (COBALT) and has published articles that explored the utility of COBALT as an objective measurement of balance for the healthy and injured athletic population.

She has authored two book chapters, three additional peer reviewed journal articles focusing on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and vestibular therapy for vestibular disorders, and has lectured nationally and internationally on evaluation and treatment of vestibular and balance deficits related to mild traumatic brain injury.

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.

Manu Mehdiratta MD

Dr. Manu Mehdiratta completed medical school at McMaster University and Neurology Residency at the University of British Columbia. He then completed fellowship training in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts and following fellowship served on the faculty in the Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases, Department of Neurology, BIDMC and Harvard Medical School.

Currently, Manu Mehdiratta, M.D.  practices as a Neurologist and stroke specialist at Trillium Health Partners and is on faculty in the Division of Neurology, University of Toronto

Michael Moll MS AT

Michael Moll has been in his role as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine since May of 2017. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and administering the overall sports medicine program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Moll received his BS in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1996 and his MEd in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University in 1999.

After serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Auburn, Moll worked as the head athletic trainer at Lakeland College from 1999 – 2000. He joined the UW Sports Medicine staff in 2000 as an assistant athletic trainer. In 2012, Moll was promoted to become the Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Moll is currently the vice president of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association and currently serves as the Wisconsin State Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.  A native of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, Moll and his wife Jodi reside in Madison with their two daughters Morgan and Madeline.

Wesley “Rhodie” Moss

Rhodie Moss is currently an associate AT for Football at the University of Arizona.  He has been a member of U of A’s medical staff for approximately 2 years. Prior to his arrival at Arizona he spent 9 years at University of Texas at San Antonio as an assistant AT.  He received his Bachelor’s in ESS/Athletic training at Texas State University and his Master’s degree in ESS/Sports medicine at BYU.

Jamie Pardini PhD

Dr. Jamie Pardini is a Neuropsychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Sports Medicine and Concussion Specialists division of Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix.  Prior to arriving at Banner, Dr. Pardini was Assistant Professor and Neuropsychologist for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

She began her post-doctoral fellowship and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, where she spent more than 9 years working solely with sport-related concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, managing the care and return-to-play of thousands of athletes.  During her career, Dr. Pardini has continued to publish research in peer-reviewed journals, provide education to medical professionals on national and international levels, participate in community education and awareness efforts, supervise students, residents and fellows, as well as serve as a team member in patients’ interdisciplinary care.

She has served as a consultant to numerous youth, collegiate, and professional organizations. Dr. Pardini is a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society, and in 2018 was named to its inaugural class of Fellows.  She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and received her undergraduate education in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mihir Patel MD

Dr. Patel graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. He attended Washington University School of Medicine and graduated in the top third of his class in 1998. Dr. Patel completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2003.

He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University in New York in 2004.

Dr. Patel has authored articles published in medical journals and has presented at numerous national meetings of orthopedic surgeons. He was also a team physician for the Indianapolis Indians.

Amanda Pipkin PT, DPT, SCS

Amanda Pipkin attended the University of Dayton where she received her BSE in pre-physical therapy and The Ohio State University where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012. Amanda went on to the complete the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics sports physical therapy residency program in 2013.

She is a board certified specialist in sports physical therapy. Her interests include evaluation and treatment of athletes of any age with a specific interest in treating runners and post-operative ACL reconstructed patients. She is an APTA certified clinical instructor and certified in dry needling. Amanda is a member of the APTA, the Sports Section and Running SIG. She currently works for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine in Tempe, Arizona

Andrew Pipkin DPT

Andrew completed his undergraduate and physical therapy graduate degree at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. He went on to complete a sports physical therapy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 2014 and is a board certified sports specialist. Andrew went on to The Ohio State University where he completed an Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship in collaboration with the Cleveland Indians.

Andrew was hired to work as a member of the Indians medical staff in 2016 and currently serves as the Minor League Medical Coordinator. In his current role, he leads the minor league athletic trainers, and physical therapists in the rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies for their athletes.

Doug Polster PhD

Dr. Doug Polster earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played on and captained the men’s varsity basketball team. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in sports and health psychology, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While in graduate school, he worked as a sports psychologist for the NSU woman’s basketball team and was an adjunct professor at Broward College.

He completed his clinical internship at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he focused on successful recovery from illness and injury. Following graduation, Dr. Polster completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sports neuropsychology at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. He recently received a faculty appointment at UCLA where he has continued his work in concussion management, including establishing a treatment for post-concussion syndrome utilizing a combination of exercise therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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).

Alan Reid MS ATC

MS – California University of Pennsylvania, Post Professional Athletic Training, 2004, BS – Texas Christian University, Health and Fitness Promotion, 2003. Alan Reid is entering his eighth year as the Head Athletic Trainer for Trinity Valley School, an Independent K-12 school in Fort Worth, TX. While at TVS, Alan has also worked as a Preceptor and Adjunct Professor for Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan Athletic Training Programs.

Prior to joining TVS, Alan worked in professional sports for seven years, covering a variety of settings from minor league hockey and baseball to Major League Soccer. Alan has had the opportunity to present at multiple regional conferences with a concentration of topics on bringing research into clinical practice. Professionally, he served on the NATA-PEC committee, working on projects including students transitioning to practice and webinars to improving preceptor training.

Kelly Ryder DC

Kelly Ryder, DC, CCSP, has been practicing sports medicine and rehabilitation for 14 years, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical sports medicine, including concussion management. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with professional athletes, college athletes and veterans who are having trouble with post-concussion syndrome. His experience encompasses all spectrums of sports medicine /rehabilitation, spinal manipulation, IV infusion therapy, food sensitivities, genetics and hyperbaric medicine.

Focusing on the whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain and problems in patients through hands-on physical therapy, manipulation, and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, hyperbaric medicine, IV therapy, and many areas of functional medicine.

He received his degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX, then completed a 300 hour sports medicine program from Palmer College in Davenport, IA. He is Board Certified in Sports Medicine an Rehabilitation.  He is licensed in Texas and Louisiana to practice. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Hyperbaric Association, Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, American Chiropractic Association sports council, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Matthew Sardelli MD

A native of Michigan, Dr. Sardelli specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in physiology from Michigan State University where he was also a student athletic trainer under the tutelage of Jeff Monroe and the fine athletic training staff of Spartan Athletics!

He received his medical degree from Wayne State University. Dr. Sardelli completed post-education with a residency at Detroit Medical Center and later the University of Utah, as well as a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at TRIA Orthopedic Center in Minnesota. Dr. Sardelli is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and instructs at their center in Chicago. He currently is the Head Team Physician for the Flint Firebirds OHL hockey team and is honored to speak at Big Sky!

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.

Matthew Shimshock

Matthew is the the Business Manager for Riddell’s Smart Helmet Technologies Team

Larry Starr Ed.D AT

Larry Starr began his athletic training career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor at Ohio University from 1968-1971. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Ohio University.  Starr was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds for 21 years from 1972-1992. His knowledge and expertise were paramount in helping the “Big Red Machine” win back-to-back World Series Championships in 1975 & 1976. Under Starr’s athletic training direction, the Reds also won the 1990 World Championship by sweeping the Oakland Athletics in four straight games.

Larry then spent nine years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Florida Marlins baseball club. He was instrumental in preparing, monitoring and managing the fitness progress and overall well-being of the Marlins players. Starr’s efforts contributed greatly to the immediate success of the expansion franchise, which captured the 1997 World Series Championship in just their fifth MLB season.

Starr was named Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Medicine at Nova Southeastern (NSU) in August 2002.  While at NSU, Starr established the NSU Sports Medicine Interdisciplinary Team that gives quality healthcare to the 350 student-athletes at the NCAA Division II Institution.

He is presently President of Starr Athletic Solutions, LLC, a injury prevention/rehabilitation and fitness consulting firm, while completing a doctorate in educational leadership with a healthcare concentration. Starr’s honors include induction into the OATA Hall of Fame, ATAF Hall of Fame, Carrollton H.S. HOF, Tennis Fantasy with the Legends HOF, NATA HOF, NSU Sports HOF and OU Medal of Merit Award for his contributions to the athletic training profession.  Starr is presently the NFL Injury Spotter and ACC Medical Observer for Hard Rock Stadium games in Miami, FL. He is married to Linda with two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Siobhan Statuta MD

Dr. Siobhan Statuta is a Sports Medicine Primary Care specialist and has been part of the University of Virginia since 2007.  Originally from upstate New York, she graduated from Cornell University before working as a medical assistant and a surgical technologist for a sports injury orthopedic practice. This experience spurred her on to pursue her medical education.

She completed her training with a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship from the University of Virginia and stayed on as faculty upon completion.  She is one of the primary care team physicians for the UVA D-1 athletes, and serves as the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Erik Swartz PhD AT

Erik Swartz is a Professor and Chair of The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Dr Swartz’s research interest focuses on the prevention and acute care of head and neck injuries in football. He has received grants from The NATA Foundation, NOCSAE, NFL Charities and was a winner of the NineSigma Head Health Challenge. He has published in journals such as The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Spine, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He served on the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee’s Subcommittee on Safety Equipment and Rules and as chair of the NATA Position Statement on the Acute Management of the Cervical Spine Injured Athlete. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training and Sports Health Care Journal. In 2011 he was honored with a Fellows designation in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 2015 received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, also from the NATA. He received his PhD in Applied Biomechanics at the University of Toledo.

Adam Thompson PhD ATC

Dr. Adam Thompson is the Director of Athletic Training Education at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been at IWU since 1999. He received his undergraduate athletic training degree from Anderson University in Anderson, IN, and his Masters of Science degree in athletic training from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He earned his doctorate degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in Health Care Administration. Adam is active in patient care and provides clinical care to IWU’s men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as volunteering as an orthopedic healthcare provider at Bridges to Health, a free healthcare clinic in Marion, IN. In addition, he is part of the international travel sports medicine team for the USA Olympic fencing teams. Dr. Thompson’s research interests involve chronic stress and burnout in health care as well as sports medicine clinical applications.

Ben Timson PhD ATC

PhD – University of Kansas – Health Education, 2014 MS – University of Kansas – Sports Management, 2007 BS – Oklahoma State University – Athletic Training, 2005. Ben Timson is in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program at Texas Christian University. Ben’s primary professional interests are in the areas of student communication and preceptor feedback in the clinical setting.

Prior to TCU, Ben worked as an athletic trainer in several professional settings including outpatient physical therapy, collegiate athletics, high school athletics, and the industrial setting. Ben also served as a casting technician and DME coordinator for an orthopedic surgeons group prior to pursuing his doctorate degree. Ben currently serves as an instructor for several athletic training courses including Therapeutic Exercise, Orthopedic Assessment II, Clinical Education III-VI, and Anatomical Kinesiology.

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.

Joseph Weistroffer MD

Dr. Weistroffer is the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

A graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Dr. Weistroffer received his MD from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Residency Program Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Fellowship 2002, Spine Surgery, Twin Cities Spine Center – Minneapolis, MN; Residency 2001, Orthopaedic Surgery, San Diego, CA, United States Naval Academy; Internship 1994, Categorical Medicine, National Naval Medical Center – Bethesda, MD; MD 1993, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; BS 1984, English Literature with Merit, United States Naval Academy

John Wilson MD

Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a team physician for the UW football, wrestling, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Wilson’s current research involves biologic therapies for chronic tendinopathy, and treatment of osteoarthritis in active individuals.