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International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress

2018 Speaker Biographies


Omer Mei-Dan, MD; Course Director
Dr. Mei-Dan is an Orthopedic surgeon in the Hip Preservation Service within the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In the past decade Dr. Mei-Dan lived, trained and practiced medicine in Israel, England, New Zealand, Spain, Australia, and the United States. Completing four specialized fellowships in Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation on four continents over a six year duration has strengthened Dr. Mei-Dan's knowledge and interest in hip arthroscopy, femur and pelvis realignment procedures, and cartilage regeneration techniques. Additionally, Dr. Mei-Dan has established a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) clinical and research lab on three continents, using this modality both as a conservative treatment measure and accompaniment to many of his surgical techniques. Dr. Mei-Dan has conducted numerous prospective randomized controlled studies in the management of sports injuries, with particular focus on the hip joint. These global multi-center projects and revolutionary surgical techniques direct current practice and treatment strategies. In conjunction, a robust research and publication record complement Dr. Mei-Dan’s practice as he has co/authored over 60 scientific articles, numerous book chapters, and is the author/editor of the first textbook regarding extreme sports injuries. Juxtaposed to his medical career, Dr. Mei-Dan is a world-renowned extreme sports athlete. For over 20 years he has dedicated personal development toward rock and ice climbing, wing suit flying, down hill mountain biking, white water kayaking, and B.A.S.E. jumping. As a Red Bull athlete for over a decade, he executed many global, media-covered stunts. This personal interest has fostered a unique research track focused on orthopedic, mental, and hormonal dimensions characterized in extreme sports athletes.


Dennis Caine, PhD; Co-Course Director
Dennis is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education at the University of North Dakota where he served as department chair and interim dean in the College of Education and Human Development during 2007-2014. His research interests include epidemiology of injury in sport and the effects of injury on growth, maturation and aging. He has published 8 co-edited books and more than 80 articles and chapters and has been invited to speak at national and international conferences on medicine and science in sport.

Dennis has served on several editorial review boards including the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and Research in Sports Medicine. He currently serves as co-editor for the Medicine and Sports Science book series and as quest editor (with Aaron Provance, University of Colorado School of Medicine) for an upcoming Research in Sports Medicine special issue titled “Epidemiology of Youth Injury in Adventure and Extreme Sports.” Authors of the articles in this issue will be presenting their research at the 2018 International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress.


Aaron Provance, MD; Co-Course Director
Dr. Provance is the medical director of the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado. Dr. Provance is board-certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. His specialties include orthopedic and medical conditions in the young athlete, as well as a special interest in concussions in sports.



Jonathan Bravman, MD
Dr. Bravman treats a wide variety of sports, shoulder, knee, and ankle conditions. He has prior experience as a team physician for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, in addition to several college and high school teams. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital, his research interests have focused on clavicle fracture fixation, biomechanics of ACL and rotator cuff fixation, shoulder instability, as well as injuries in skeletally immature athletes, which has resulted in multiple national level presentations and publications.


Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD
Dr. Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD is a certified advanced trimix cave diver and former recreational and technical diving instructor with over 500 issued certifications. He currently serves as the Director of Injury Monitoring and Prevention at Divers Alert Network (DAN) headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, where he is responsible for developing and implementing diving injury prevention initiatives, editing the DAN Annual Diving Report, coordinating the DAN research internship program and serving as Principal Investigator for the DAN Diving Incident Reports study, which examines the roots causes of diving incidents and non-fatal injuries. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, four edited book chapters and delivered 47 peer-reviewed conference presentations in 13 countries.


Jeb Corliss
For as long as he can remember, Jeb Corliss has dreamed of flying. One of his earliest memories came when he was 6 and sitting in the back of his aunt’s car watching birds jump from telephone poles, opening their wings and soaring. “When I get older, I’m going to do that,” he said. His aunt explained that when he got older he would realize that humans can’t fly. “Maybe you can’t,” he replied, “but I’m going to.” Sure enough, Corliss has dedicated his life to human flight, and in so doing often makes the seemingly impossible a reality. He is one of the world’s foremost and best-known BASE-jumpers and wingsuit pilots. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridges) and Earth (cliffs) all objects practitioners leap from using a parachute. In 14 years, Corliss has made more than 1,000 jumps, from the likes of the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and into a half-mile deep cave in China. He hasn’t simply leapt off and pulled his parachute, though. To add an extra layer of challenge, push the bounds of his ability, and further slice the razor slim margin for error, he has performed acrobatic maneuvers – twists, somersaults, and gainers – during freefall. More recently he discovered the thrills and challenge of BASE-jumping with wingsuits, flying along some of the most stunning and dangerous mountain terrain. In the nearest approximation of human flight yet, wingsuits (which are more flying squirrel than bird or plane) allow the best pilots to trace the contours of cliffs, ridges, and mountainsides at high speed. All of which makes for an incredible spectacle: In July 2011, Corliss flew feet from the ground in the Swiss Alps, an event captured on camera and broadcast on ABC’s 20/20. Two months later, in September, Corliss swooped through an arch in the side of China’s iconic Tianmen Mountain, in front of a live television audience of millions.

Corliss’s stunts and his unyielding approach to life never fail to fascinate. He has been the subject of profiles published in The New York Times, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian Air & Space, Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone. He has been featured on television in the United States and abroad, including 60 Minutes in Australia, ESPN’s E:60, Today, The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, and Conan. Corliss has been featured in popular BASE documentaries such as A Year in the Life, and Journey to the Center. His life was the subject of a documentary film, Fearless, and he was the original host of Stunt Junkies on The Discovery Channel. When he is not traveling the world, Corliss lives in Venice, Calif.


Joe Cygan, ATC
Joe currently serves as a physician extender for Peter Millett of the Steadman Clinic in Vail. Prior to this he spent two years as a Musculoskeletal Specialist for Sonosite Ultrasound and 6 years as an Athletic Trainer for the United States Olympic Committee. He completed his undergraduate studies at Quincy University, his masters degree in Exercise and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Sports Psychology at Murray State University. Joe was a One Year Fellow Athletic Trainer for the United States Olympic Committee in 2002-03. He also has experience with extreme sports after working several X-Games. Born in Fairview Heights, IL., Joe loves to hike and explore the outdoors.


David Daniels, MD, PhD
David J. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric brain tumors. He spends his clinical time managing patients with complex brain tumors, both in the operating room and in the outpatient setting. Tumors from the operating room go to his laboratory for further study. Some of these tumors become established cell lines that can be studied to learn more about how they work and identify new ways to treat some of these deadly diseases. In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Daniels manages and treats general pediatric neurosurgical conditions, including Hydrocephalus, Chiari I malformations, Arachnoid cysts, Spine disorders including tethered cord, Spinal tumors, Vascular malformations, Head and spine trauma. In addition to his active brain tumor research, Dr. Daniels teaches medical students and graduate students and mentors neurosurgical residents.


Lindsay Donath, DPT, ATC
Lindsay, DPT, ATC is an athletic trainer and physical therapist that began her career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsay has both on-the-field experience as well as extensive rehab experience working with various sports including football, rugby, hockey, soccer, and basketball. Lindsay specializes in hip rehab both non-operatively and operatively. She is a member of the Hip Preservation team at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center with special interest in returning female athletes to sport. Lindsay also specializes in aquatic rehab with emphasis on lower extremity and return to impact/running progressions.


Francesco Feletti, MD
Dr. Francesco Feletti is a medical specialist and extreme sports medicine expert. He currently holds a position of Dirigente Medico at the S. Maria delle Croci Hospital in Ravenna, Italy and conducts academic extreme sports medicine research at the Department of Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano University. He inspired and co-founded ExtremeSportMed, an international scientific society which involves key experts from around the world and aims to promote and develop extreme sports medicine. He is the editor of Extreme Sports Medicine (published by Springer, 2016), a technically oriented collection of more than 60 contributions from the most authoritative experts around the world. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine journal and promoter-member of the Scientific Committee of the Extreme Sports Medicine & Engineering PhD Summer School (Politecnico di Milano, Italy). His 20-year international athletic experience in sailing, kitesurfing and many extreme sports, as well as his background as a windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing instructor give him a unique insight into the sailing world.


Allyson Friday, PT, DPT, OCS
Allyson Friday’s work and play ethic is strongly influenced by swimming. She swam competitively from age 5 through college and still swims with local master’s programs. Allyson values the character and discipline that her coaches instilled in her. And she wants to have that same positive impact on her patients, enabling them to persevere through pain and injury and grow from the experience. “Coaching and analyzing stroke technique are not typically part of a PT treatment, but my patient’s recover faster and better because I have those skills.” Besides pool time, Allyson enjoys running, cycling, hiking, yoga, and climbing.



Bradley Gale, MD
Bradley Gale, MD is a PGY-3 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) resident at the University of Colorado, Denver. An outdoors enthusiast, Dr. Gale grew up skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. His clinical and research interests include adaptive sports, adaptive technology, endurance athletics, and the intersections of sports participation and wellness.



Tigran Garabekyan, MD
Dr. Garabekyan specializes in the treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee problems providing both joint preserving and joint replacing treatment options to patients of all ages. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Garabekyan earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating summa cum laude. He then earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and completed a general surgery internship at the University of California at San Francisco, working with world-renowned surgeons and pioneers of cartilage restoration techniques. Dr. Garabekyan completed fellowship in Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After fellowship, Dr. Garabekyan relocated to his hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Garabekyan’s special interests include the treatment of labral tears, articular cartilage injuries, femoroacetabular impingement, hip dysplasia, osteitis pubis, hip tendon injuries, and osteoarthritis. Being proficient in both hip arthroscopy and realignment osteotomies of the pelvis and upper femur (PAO/DFO), he provides a uniquely holistic approach to the treatment of hip dysplasia. Dr. Garabekyan performs hip arthroscopy without a perineal post, enabling him to carry out simultaneous bilateral hip arthroscopy to minimize recovery time and get his patients back in the game faster.


Jason Glowney, MD
Dr. Glowney is the Medical Director at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center and a Board Certified Physician in Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is a former USA Triathlon All American, continues to race 35+ Masters Cat 1/2 cycling and enjoys competing in running races as well. He currently coaches other high-level triathletes, which gives him a unique perspective as he treats injuries, illnesses, and helps his patients achieve their personal fitness and performance goals. Dr. Glowney’s background in the world of sports includes serving as a team physician for the University of Colorado Football, Cross Country, Track & Field, and Women’s Soccer teams during his Fellowship. He currently serves as the team physician for the Rio Grande Professional Cycling Team and Fairview High School. He enjoys performing bike fits at BCSM, is BG Fit certified, performs ultrasound-guided musculo-skeletal interventions including platelet rich plasma/prolotherapy, caring for sports related injuries and caring for other medically based sport medicine ailments. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He went on to do a combined residency at the University of Illinois Hospital in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He then made his way out to Colorado to do his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Glowney is fluent in Spanish and French, he enjoys traveling, foreign languages and eating!


Matthew Gnirke, MD
Dr. Matt Gnirke is the graduating chief resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado. He will be completing fellowship training in sports and spine medicine upon finishing residency in June. In his free time, Dr. Gnirke is a skydiver and BASE jumper and has traveled the world chasing the dream of human flight. He is also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who trains and competes regularly.


Nicole Haas, PT, DPT, OCS
Nicole has been practicing physical therapy since 1998, and uses a blend of evidence-based medicine, manual therapy, functional training and exercise. She has completed extensive post-graduate coursework in orthopedics, manual therapy, functional training and sport-specific exercise. She is a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist who has a background in exercise physiology/ kinesiology and obtained her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from University of Southern California. Nicole is a nationally recognized expert on running analysis and injury prevention, and she teaches at the doctorate level in physical therapy for University of Colorado. She has advanced training in Functional Dry Needling, TRX Suspension Training, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Nicole is also a certified yoga teacher in both integrated vinyasa and therapeutic yoga as well. She works with athletes and non-athletes alike, and is a strong advocate of community outreach and education, offering a solid presence in the medical and wellness community as a resource and mentor. Nicole is dedicated to providing quality care as a physical therapist, and works hard to help each patient achieve their goals and potential. She strives to return her patients to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle through a caring, thought-filled, and evidence-based approach.


Travis Heggie, PhD
Dr. Travis Heggie is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. During his time in Hawaii Travis worked as an Eruption Duty Ranger in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where he was charged with conducting search and rescue operations and otherwise pulling injured, ill, and dying visitors off the lava flows. Following the completion of his PhD at Texas A&M University, Travis served as the first ever Public Risk Management Specialist and Tort Claims Officer for the U.S. National Park Service in Washington D.C. A Professor at Bowling Green State University since 2011, Travis has been conducting high altitude studies on Mt. Kilimanjaro, studying the distribution of Naegleria fowleri infections in East Africa, and volunteering his time in Tungiasis (jiggers) clinics in Uganda and Ethiopia. In 2017, Dr. Heggie became a Fellow of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.


Tom Hackett, MD
Dr. Tom Hackett is an Orthopaedic Surgeon whose practice focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow disorders. He is a specialist in the arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries and trained directly under Dr. Frank Jobe, the founder of the ‘Tommy John’ procedure and one of the pioneers in shoulder and elbow surgery in overhead athletes. Dr. Hackett also has completed additional training in the management of musculoskeletal trauma and fracture management at Harbourview hospital in Seattle. Dr. Hackett is a former collegiate athlete who received a degree in anthropology from The Colorado College and has worked both locally and internationally as an archaeologist, mountaineer, guide, and ski patrolman. After developing extensive, hands-on experience in wilderness medicine and rescue he went on to formally study medicine; initially at the University of Wyoming and subsequently at Creighton University where he received an MD. Dr. Hackett then went on to complete a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston’s prestigious New England Medical Center at Tufts University. He completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles where he specialized in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. While in Los Angeles he served as an assistant team physician to the LA Lakers, Sparks, Dodgers, Kings, Ducks and Galaxy professional sports teams. He continues to assist with the medical management of the LA Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies and is a team physician for the US Snowboard Team. Dr. Hackett is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


John Hill, DO
Dr. Hill graduated from Western University in 1987 and did his residency at Truman Medical Center-East/UMKC. He is a board certified family physician with sub-specialty boards in primary care sports medicine. Beginning his career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he returned to his home state of Colorado in 1994 and joined the DFM. His practice initially focused on Women’s Health and Wellness and included operative obstetrics. He has delivered over 1000 babies and has in depth knowledge in obstetrical ultrasound, prenatal care and exercise as it relates to pregnancy. In 1998, he created the primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado. This program has grown significantly and is now one of the best of its kind in the country. He was one of the first sports medicine doctors in the United States to use musculoskeletal ultrasound and has developed many of the approaches and techniques which are now accepted as the standard of care. Nationally, Dr. Hill is a popular speaker in the areas of musculoskeletal ultrasound and sports medicine and is a team physician at the University of Denver. An athlete himself, he has competed in road and mountain bike racing, triathlons and running races. He has run the Boston marathon and was a 2010 Leadman, completing all the Leadville races in a single season including the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon and Mountain bike race. He has been married to Gail for 31 years and they have two daughters in college.


Kenneth Hunt, MD
My clinical research focus has been on outcomes of surgical treatments of acute and chronic pathologies of the foot and ankle. My relevant recent work includes a leadership role in the inception, development, and completion of a pilot study investigating the feasibility of a multi-center collaborative outcomes research network, National Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR), to compare the effectiveness of treatment for foot and ankle disorders. I currently serve as the chairman of the Managerial Board for the OFAR Network. This work has resulted in three peer-reviewed publications. A primary goal of this pilot study was to improve the quality of our outcome measurement instruments, applying item response theory and computer adaptive testing (CAT), as well as validated legacy outcome measures, using the PROMIS system. The long-term goal of the Network is to further develop the current OFAR structure so that we may to conduct longitudinal multi-center comparative trials, like the proposed study, and substantiate the risks and results of various treatments of common foot and ankle pathologies. The OFAR Network presents an opportunity for participating institutions to collaborate and improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care through systematic research. Our group at University of Colorado is committed to assist the AOFAS and OFAR to accomplish these goals and to participate in coordination and development of the proposed trial, including patient enrollment in those trials, and all necessary means of maintaining patient safety and confidentiality.


Charles Jennissen, MD
Charles Jennissen, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and a clinical professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Most of Dr. Jennissen’s research projects have addressed injury-related issues, especially those involving off-road vehicles. His 12 year old first cousin and another neighborhood boy were killed while on an ATV as they drove out of a driveway and were hit by a pick-up just a few miles from his family’s farm. Dr. Jennissen is very active in the Iowa ATV Safety Taskforce and is a member of a national coalition led by the Consumer Federation of America that has been working to inform the public and governing officials of the dangers of off-road vehicles on public roads. He is proud to have received the SAFE KIDS Iowa “People Who Make a Difference” Award in 2006.


Ryan Kohler, MS, CSCS
Ryan Kohler is the manager of the Sports Performance Department at the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He joined Boulder Center for Sports Medicine originally in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining BCSM, Ryan spent 2 years as Manager of the BMC MTB Development Team and has been coaching with USA Cycling’s Junior MTB Development Program since 2008. Ryan has a passion for cycling and coaching, particularly in competitive mountain biking. He is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach, USAC Certified Skills Instructor, Camp Manager for the USAC Rocky Mountain MTB Talent ID Camp, and has coached at multiple Junior and U23 MTB European Race Camps. Ryan Grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado in 2003. He has been involved in mountain biking and racing since the age of 13 and moved to Colorado Springs to pursue his passion for outdoor sports. Ryan attended college in Pennsylvania and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science from Marywood University, and has been published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research in February of 2010. In addition to cycling, Ryan also enjoys telemark skiing and spending time with his wife and two boys. One of the things Ryan appreciates most about Sport Science is how it gives the everyday athlete the same resources and expertise as elite athletes to be smarter about their training and achieve amazing results. Ryan sees nutrition and coaching clients, coaches cycling classes, and runs camps at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center.


Jay Lemery, MD
Dr. Lemery is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is a Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and has provided medical direction to National Science Foundation subcontractors operating at both poles, most recently serving as the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has an academic expertise in austere and remote medical care as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the National Academy of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as an advisor to the organization Climate for Health (ecoAmerica) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. From 2005-2012, he was the Director of Cornell Wilderness Medicine and a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lemery was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received his MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. From 2003-04 he was chief resident in Emergency Medicine at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals. He also currently holds academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center) where he is a Contributing Editor for its Journal Health and Human Rights and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’ He is affiliate faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health. In 2017, Dr. Lemery became the Director for the Living Closer Foundation physician GME Fellowship in Climate and Health Science Policy– the first of its kind in the nation.


Christoph Lutter, MD, MHBA
Christoph Lutter (MD, MHBA) works as an orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Sports Traumatology and Orthopedics with Dr. Volker Schoeffl in Bamberg, Germany which functions as a reference center for rock climbing related injuries. His main research focus is rock climbing related injuries of the upper extremities and the hand, especially the carpal and the middle hand. Besides his clinical activities, Chris received a Diploma in Mountain Medicine and a Diploma of Wilderness Medicine. Outside of work his favorite sport is bouldering and rock climbing, especially in his home-area, the Frankenjura!


Eric McCarty, MD
Dr. McCarty is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist with a long-time interest in sports medicine and athletics. His passion for treating the active individual stems from his playing days as a linebacker at the University of Colorado, where he earned all-conference honors. In addition to his duties as head team physician for the University of Colorado and University of Denver, Dr. McCarty’s specialized practice involves the care of recreational and highly competitive athletes from the community. His clinical expertise includes arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow.


Erik Monasterio, MD
Originally from Bolivia, but now working and living in New Zealand Dr Erik Monasterio is the Clinical Director with the Canterbury Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service and senior clinical lecturer with the Christchurch School of Clinical Medicine. Dr Monasterio is an experienced mountaineer and has climbed previously unclimbed mountains in all the major mountain chains of the world. In this context he has been involved in a number of search and rescue missions, and has shared the relatively unique sociocultural world of mountaineers and other risk-taking sports people. This has stimulated his research interest into the personality characteristics and stress physiology of "extreme" sports people and whether there is any similarity in their personality characteristics to those of antisocial risk-taking (criminal) populations. He has developed methods to improve performance under stress. Other research interests include; inappropriate use of psychiatric medications; the effects of new generation trade agreements on health; and the strategies utilised by pharmaceutical industry to extend monopolies. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and has been reported in a number of television documentaries.


John Nyland, DPT, SCS, EdD, ATC, CSCS, FACSM
Dr. Nyland possesses an extensive résumé of professional training and routinely serves, advocates and teaches around the world. Nyland is an editorial review board member for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), the Journal of Athletic Training, Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica, the Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, the World Journal of Orthopaedics and Case Reports in Orthopedics. Dr. Nyland is president of the JOSPT Board of Directors. Nyland is a physical therapy consultant with the International Grande Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is a past recipient of the Excellence in Education Award given by the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the John Joyce Award given by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Nyland developed the books Innovations in Knee Rehabilitation and Clinical Decisions in Therapeutic Exercise: Planning and Implementation; he also developed a home study course, Therapeutic Strategies for Developing Neuromuscular Control in the Kinetic Chain. Nyland served on the 1996 and 2008 USA Paralympic games sports medicine staff and as an International Para-Archery Classifier in 2012 and 2016.


David Ou-Yang, MD
Dr. Ou-Yang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics. He completed medical school and his residency at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in spinal surgery and complex spinal cases. His philosophy of care is a commitment to his patients and their families to deliver care that is supported by the highest order of compassion, innovation, science and technology.



Michael Parker, MD
Dr. Michael Parker received his medical degree in 1982 from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, and completed his otolaryngic residency there in 1987. He currently practices privately, as the only Otolaryngologists in a 60-physician multispecialty group. He has maintained a close affiliation with the Health Science Center in Syracuse and is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Parker has served as a board member, Scientific Director, CME Chairman, and President of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), and in several faculty positions for AAOA Educational endeavors. He is a past President of the AAOA Foundation. Dr. Parker continues to educate colleagues at the local, regional and national level and is a Fellow of the AAOA and The American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and has sub-specialty certification in Sleep Medicine. With a background as a collegiate swimmer, and a lifelong love of watersports and wilderness adventure Dr. Parker has been an active endurance sports participant. He has completed more than 33 Ironman Distance Triathlons and has been involved in the sport of Triathlon as a participant and/or Race Director for over 40 years, with 8 Hawaiian Ironman Finishes. As an avid winter mountaineer, Dr Parker has numerous Adirondack High Peak winter assents, as well as experience on the summits of Mt’s Rainier, Kilimanjaro, and a number of Colorado’s 14’ers. Married for nearly 30 years with 5 children, the family exemplifies the concepts of an active lifestyle, balancing the fundamentals of healthy habits, family values and lifelong learning.


Kevin Pillifant, MA, ATC, RYT
Kevin joined the Steadman Philippon Research Institute Center for Regenerative Sports Medicine in April 2016 after spending 3 years as a physician extender with Dr. Steadman and Dr. Singleton in The Steadman Clinic. He grew up in sunny Sarasota, FL playing baseball. After playing semiprofessional baseball, Kevin landed a career with the Chicago White Sox as a certified athletic trainer which lasted 15 years. During his time with the White Sox, he served as the head athletic trainer for the US Paralympic Ski Team during the winter months. He was selected to provide his athletic training skills at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He has always enjoyed working with extreme sports and continues to be a lead athletic trainer for the medical staff at the ESPN X Games in Aspen each year. In SPRI, Kevin joins the team with the Center of Regenerative Sports Medicine. He will serve as a clinical-translational scientist bridging the gap between bench science and the clinical applications of PRP and Bone Marrow injections. He will continue to educate patients on orthobiologic applications and ongoing research studies performed at SPRI. He is very excited about this unique opportunity to join Dr. Huard and the rest of the CRSM team at SPRI. In his free time, he enjoys cruising on his bike or hopping on his snowboard. He has been known to medal in a handful of snowshoe races throughout the winter months. Lately, his time has been spent with his wife, Jocelyn and their new baby girl, Aveline. They thoroughly enjoy their home in beautiful Eagle, CO along with their dog (Porter), cat (Alice) and quarter horse (Dixie).


Kelly Russell, PhD
After completing PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary and a post-doctoral fellowship in brain injuries at St Michael s Hospital in Toronto, Kelly accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba and is an investigator with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Her research focus is identifying risk factors for sport injuries among children and preventing these injuries through health promotion initiatives, protective equipment use, and improving the sports-related built environment. She is also interested in the prevention of concussion and physical and psycho-social outcomes after concussion.


Irving Scher, PhD, PE
Dr. Irving Scher is a Principal and Biomechanical Engineer at Guidance Engineering and Applied Research. He specializes in biomechanical engineering and accident reconstruction. Dr. Scher evaluates product safety and investigates human injuries in accidents and product failures by using biomechanical engineering techniques that apply the principles of engineering to the human body. He also uses mechanical engineering to analyze mechanical systems used for injury mitigation or those involved in accidents and product failures. He has reconstructed and evaluated injury claims resulting from transportation accidents (including aircraft, bicycle, motor vehicle, and railroad accidents), slips/trip and falls, consumer product failures, industrial equipment accidents, and recreational activities (such as skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, cycling, and amusement park rides). Dr. Scher has extensive experience with biomechanical engineering testing design and analysis. For recreational sports and motor vehicle accidents, Dr. Scher has researched human motion, forces, and injury potential using volunteer studies, anthropomorphic test devices, computational models of the human body, and statistical analyses. He has also investigated the effectiveness of personal protective devices, such as snowsport, bicycle, and motorcycle helmets. Dr. Scher has dedicated years of research to skiing and snowboarding safety and has conducted award-winning research in the areas of snowsport safety and human-machine interfacing.


Adam Seidl, MD
Dr. Seidl is a fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow surgeon. He has been trained by and worked with world-renowned shoulder and elbow surgeons in the United States and France. As a Colorado native, Dr. Seidl is an active outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and skiing. Having been an athlete in college, Dr. Seidl has a keen interest in treating athletes, both competitive and recreational. Dr. Seidl’s clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder and elbow problems. He has advanced training in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, joint replacement and fracture care. Dr. Seidl is dedicated to understanding the needs of his patients and determining the safest and most effective treatment for each individual.


Jason Stoneback, MD
Dr. Stoneback completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his fellowship training in Orthopedic Traumatology at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Stoneback is Director of the Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Surgery Service at the University of Colorado Hospital. Additionally, he is the Director of the multidisciplinary Limb Restoration Program at the University of Colorado and UCHealth. He specializes in complex fractures, malunions, nonunions, osteomyelitis, orthopaedic infections, limb lengthening, post-traumatic limb reconstruction and limb salvage.


Armando Vidal, MD
Dr. Vidal is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He is an avid crossfitter, skier, mountain biker and fitness enthusiast and enjoys taking care of both elite and recreational athletes in Denver and Boulder. His clinical expertise includes open and arthroscopic surgery of simple and complex knee, shoulder, and elbow disorders. He has a particular clinical focus on primary and revision ACL reconstruction, cartilage restoration and complex knee reconstruction and osteotomy. Dr. Vidal serves as Head Team Physician for the Denver Nuggets basketball team as well at team physician for the University of Colorado and University of Denver athletic programs.


Alan Weintraub, MD
Alan H. Weintraub, M.D., has been Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital since 1986. Dr. Weintraub also served as Medical Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System, a federally designated Model System of Care with extensive clinical research and dissemination activities. Dr. Weintraub has served as Medical Director of a post acute residential brain injury program and long term subacute brain injury program during his tenure in practice. He also is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and an active consultant to the Colorado Division of Worker's Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines TBI Task Force. He is board certified in PM&R and is fellowship trained in neurotrauma, brain injury and spinal cord injury. As a Brain Injury Medicine specialist, Dr. Weintraub has research interests in neuroimaging biomarkers, pharmacological management, spasticity, sports-related concussion and the long term consequences of brain injury. He is actively involved in local, regional and national organizations and is devoted to the aging and long term needs of brain injured survivors and their families. Dr. Weintraub continues to lecture to broad audiences and has written on a number of specific topics related to traumatic and acquired brain injury.


Linnea Welton, MD
Linnea, currently the Hip Preservation Fellow at University of Colorado, received her undergraduate degrees in Neurobiology and Swedish at the University of Washington, followed by her doctorate of medicine at the University of Colorado. In addition to induction into the Alpha Omega Honor Society during medical school, she pursued her interest in international health care by volunteering and performing several need-based assessments in rural Uganda. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan, where she wrote numerous scientific publications and continued her interests in global health; receiving a Health Volunteers Overseas Travelling Fellowship to work in Nicaragua. She returned to the Rocky Mountains to complete a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship with the University of Colorado last year and is excited to begin her medical practice in Hip Preservation and Sports Medicine in the Pacific Northwest later this year. In her free time she enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, back country skiing, long-distance triathlons, white water paddle boarding, yoga – and most of all spending time with her 6 month old daughter, Lucia.

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