Supporting Clinicians, Researchers, and Other Innovators
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) affect approximately 800,000 service members annually and result in 25 million days of limited duty. These conditions are the primary reasons for medical discharge and downgrade, and result in 34% of medical evacuations from theatre. Most concerning though is that the disability discharge rate for MSI has increased 13x between 1981 and 2005 (70 vs. 950 per 100,000 persons), which negatively impacts cost, care and utilization within the military health system (MHS).
Given the strict requirements for physical fitness in the military, and impact of MSI on combat readiness, the Defense Health Agency has supported the creation of the Collaboratory for Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research (CMIRR), which will provide critical infrastructure, operational and research support to advance the treatment and preventive care for service members with non-combat related MSI. Headquartered at the Uniformed Services University (USU), the CMIRR will coordinate inter-service partnerships with the primary military treatment facilities (MTFs), as well as other sites that experience a high volume of MSI, but lack a robust infrastructure to conduct rigorous clinical studies.
The CMIRR additionally provides risk assessment and preventative action in order to decrease the incidence and burden of MSI among service members to include special recognition of the MSI demands unique to the female wounded warrior. This occurs through a coordinated process which includes: (1) determining the existence and magnitude of the problem, (2) identifying causes of the problem, (3) determining what prevents the problem, (4) implementing prevention strategies and programs, and (5) continuing surveillance and monitoring/evaluating the effectiveness of prevention efforts. In order to determine the most effective and efficient methods of treatment and prevention of MSI in the military, CMIRR researchers closely align with DoD leadership and have advisory members who serve as MTF administrators, senior investigators, Joint Program Committee (JPC) chairs, etc. You can find more information about our collaborators and staff below.
Lanny Boswell, CAPT, USN (Ret) was the Commanding Officer for the Military Sealift Command’s Hospital Ship USNS Comfort’s medical treatment facility. The USNS Comfort’s primary mission is to provide critical medical support to military personnel on the battlefield, such as the Continuing Promise missions. Secondly, it provides humanitarian aid in response to crisis such as earthquakes and hurricanes and is known for its response to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquake which devastated Haiti. CAPT Boswell also served as the head of the Navy Health Research Center (NHRC) Warfighter Performance Lab at Naval Base Point Loma, CA, where he oversaw the development of the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) or Virtual Environment, one of seven systems in the world at the time. In addition to use for clinical and rehabilitative purposes at other U.S. based facilities, the NHRC CAREN was developed further to improve performance and strengthen resilience. The research focus of the NHRC Warfighter department was related to measurement, maintenance, restoration, enhancement, and modeling of human performance in military operational environments. CAPT Boswell has recently chaired the FY17 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Programmatic Panel and has served as the Chair of the Scientific Working Group for the Neuromuscular Injuries Research Award for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Awards.
John F. Campbell, GEN, USA (Ret) brings extensive leadership experience from his distinguished, 37-year career as a U.S. Army Commander. General Campbell's last position in the Army was as the Commander of all U.S. and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. Prior to this assignment, he served as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; the second highest position in the 1.1 million Army; he was also the Commander of the legendary 101st Airborne Division and deployed with them to Afghanistan.
General Campbell began his career as an infantry officer. After completing assignments with U.S. Army Europe in Germany, he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC. While at Fort Bragg, he commanded Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha in the 5th Special Forces group. He has served in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United States.
General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University; and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. General Campbell’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service medal, three Distinguished Service medals, the Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service metals, six Meritorious Service Metals, two Humanitarian Service medals, Combat Infantry Badge, as well as the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.
Dr. Brandon J. Goff, COL, USA is Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Director of the Center for the Intrepid at the Brooke Army Medical Center. Prior to his current roles, he served as the Chief of the Department of Pain Management and Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship. He was also the Chief of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Assistant Chief of the Amputee Service, and Chief of Inpatient Rehabilitation Section.
Dr. Goff has authored numerous peer reviewed publications, abstracts, posters and several book chapters. He has served as a member of the Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Joint Pain Education Program for Curriculum Development and on the Joint Program Committee 9 Programmatic Review for Congressional Pain Management Research Funding.
Dr. Goff received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Pain Fellowship Program at The Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine, and Sports Medicine. During his military career, he has received numerous awards including “A” Designator from the U.S. Army Surgeon General, Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medals, Army Commendation Medals, and Meritorious Service Medals. He is the Consultant for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to the U.S. Army Surgeon General.
Dr. Nelson A. Hager, LTC, USA (Ret) is the Principal Investigator for the Collaboratory for Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research (CMIRR) and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and faculty member at the Uniformed Services University (USU). His current board certifications include PM&R and Sports Medicine. He is RMSK certified for musculoskeletal ultrasound from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He has a particular clinical and research interest in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound as well as regenerative medicine. He has established himself as a national leader in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound education and investigation over the past 15 years – directing and presenting numerous educational seminars, various book chapters, with additional editorial credits in the field of musculoskeletal medicine and ultrasound.
Dr. Hager received his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and his initial service in the military was as an infantry office culminating in service as a Company Commander for two light infantry companies and as aide-de-camp for two consecutive Commanding Generals, 7th Infantry Division. He completed a Master of Science Program at Indiana University prior to returning as a faculty and research officer in the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy. Subsequently, he received his medical degree from USU. As a military medical corps Officer, he served in various capacities to include; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Hawley Army Community Hospital, Assistant Chief of PM&R at Madigan Army Medical Center, Chief of the Department of PM&R at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Chief of PM&R at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during 9/11.
Since military retirement, Dr. Hager has served in private practice and academic medicine positions to include; Musculoskeletal Fellowship Director- Northwest Spine and Sports Physicians, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of PM&R University of Washington and Medical Director of the Bone and Joint Clinic, Medical Director of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Health Center, Franciscan Health System and attending faculty at VA Puget Sound Health Care, Tacoma, WA. He has served as a team physician and race coverage physician in various sports settings along with sports coverage of the Vancouver Winter Paralympics in 2010.
Dr. Hager has received various military and academic awards to include; the Outstanding PMR Resident and Resident Research reward, the Order of Military Medical Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Airborne Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
Matthew W. St. Laurent, COL, USA serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition Program, Office of the Surgeon General, MEDCOM, Arlington, VA and as an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University. The Warrior Care and Transition Program evaluates and treats wounded, ill, and injured soldiers through a comprehensive soldier-centric process of medical care, rehabilitation, professional development and achievement of personal goals. Colonel St. Laurent has extensive military operational, command, research, clinical, and educational experience. He has previously served as Chief, Occupational Therapist Service, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC); Assistant Chief Integrated Occupational Therapist, WRNMMC; Veterans Health Administration CGSC Interagency Fellowship; 85th Medical Detachment Staff Therapist, Iraq; Chief Outpatient Occupational Therapist, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC); Chief, Occupational Therapist Regional Consultant, Dwight Eisenhower Hospital, Fort Gordon, GA; Assistant Chief Occupational Therapist, Dwight Eisenhower Hospital, Fort Gordon, GA; Chief Occupational Therapist, Heidelberg, Germany; Chief Occupational Therapy, Fort Knox, KY; Fire Direction Officer, 197th Field Artillery, NH ARNG.
Colonel St. Laurent obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, Colonel St. Laurent began his active duty service as an intern at WRAMC, Washington, DC. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and has a sub-specialty certification in Hand Therapy. Colonel St. Laurent’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon.
Dr. Francis G. O’Connor, COL, USA (Ret) is Professor and Chair of Military and Emergency Medicine and Associate Director for the Consortium on Health and Military Performance, Uniformed Services University (USU). Dr. O’Connor has been a leader in sports medicine education and research for the military for over 20 years. He has authored over 75 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and numerous book chapters, technical reports, and health promotion resources for the military. In addition, Dr. O’Connor is the editor of eight texts on sports medicine including, the Textbook of Running Medicine, and Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Physician 3rd Edition and ACSM’s Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Review. He has been on the board of several leading organizations in sports medicine including the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Athletic Association and is a past President of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. A Colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and prior to his recent posting at USU in the Department of Military Medicine, served one year as a Command Surgeon with Special Operations in the Middle East. Dr. O’Connor is recipient of several awards for excellence in sports medicine research and education including the Korey Stringer Institute’s Korey Stringer Institute Lifesaving Research Award, presented by the NFL and Gatorade in 2012, and he was recently selected for an ACSM 2016 Citation Award.
Dr. Paul F. Pasquina, COL, USA (Ret) is the Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Uniformed Services University Sciences (USU) and the Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). His board certifications include PM&R, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Pain Medicine. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and USU. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from USU and Georgetown University. His current research efforts are focused on exploring new technologies to enhance the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of combat casualties, particularly those with extremity trauma and traumatic brain injury. These efforts are primarily concentrated through his positions as the Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (www.CRSR.org) and Co-Principal Investigator within the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (www.usuhs.mil/cnrm/).
Prior to his retirement from active military service, he served as the Chief of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at WRNNMC, which also included the Amputee and Traumatic Brain Injury Services. He has served as the PM&R specialty consultant to the Army Surgeon General; Senior Medical Officer of the Ortiz Level II Military Treatment Facility, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq; and a Secretarial appointee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Material Command, Food & Drug Agency, and as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Volgenau School of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, George Mason University and University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Dr. Pasquina has received multiple military awards, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship, including the U.S. Army’s “A” Proficiency Designation for academic excellence, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award, Partners in Progress Heroes of Military Medicine Award, Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, Alfred Mann Foundation Scientist of Year Award, Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion Bronze, and Honorary Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
Dr. Billie J. Randolph, COL, USA (Ret) serves as the Deputy Director of the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, a joint effort between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to serve as the Nation’s premier center for promoting excellence in the care and research of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations. Prior to assuming her current role in July 2012, Dr. Randolph served a four-year appointment as the Deputy Chief Consultant, Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service, Veterans Health Administration where she provided vision, policy, and clinical expertise in the fabrication and procurement of state-of-the-art technology in assistive devices, prosthetics, orthotics, implants, and sensory aids available to Veterans. During her 28-year military career, she served as Chief of Physical Therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she was instrumental in vastly expanding amputation care after 2001. She also served as White House therapist from 2002-2004 and Commander, Ft. Meade Medical Department Activity from 2004-2006. Dr. Randolph holds a Bachelor of Heath Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University
of Kentucky, a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Education from the University of Virginia. She has many presentations and publications and is the recipient of numerous awards including most recently the Lifetime Contribution Award and Honorary Member status from the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Dr. Eric B. Schoomaker, LTG, USA (Ret) serves as the Director of the Uniformed Service University (USU) LEAD program. Dr. Schoomaker also serves as a USU Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs, for the Defense Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management. After four years as the U.S. Army’s top medical officer, Dr. Schoomaker retired in 2012 from his role as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This followed 32 years of active service in uniform and 41 years as a commissioned Army officer. Dr. Schoomaker is exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals in both individual career development for different health professions—uniformed and civilian—and in an interprofessional, team-based setting.
Dr. Schoomaker formally commanded Walter Reed Army Medical Center & North Atlantic Regional Medical Command in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a PhD in human genetics in 1979. He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina from 1976-78, followed by a fellowship in Hematology at Duke in 1979. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Hematology.
While in uniform, he held many assignments, including Chief & Program Director, Department of Medicine and Director of Primary Care, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA; Commander of the Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO.; Commander, 30th Medical Brigade & Fifth Corps Surgeon, Heidelberg, Germany; Chief of the Army Medical Corps; Commander of the Southeast Regional Medical Command/Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, Augusta, GA; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command & Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD. Dr. Schoomaker is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards from the American Medical Association for outstanding government service, the Philipp M. Lippe, MD Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine for contributions to the social and political aspect of pain medicine, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University.
Dr. Jay Smith is a Professor and Vice Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN with joint appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Anatomy. He is also the Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship; Director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Regenerative Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center; and Director of Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center. Dr. Smith is also one of the co-founders of Sonex Health and a co-inventor of the SX-One MicroKnife®. Dr. Smith is a world-renowned expert in ultrasound-guided procedures and has pioneered ultrasound guided techniques to treat chronic tendon and joint disorders. His research interests include diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine (platelet rich plasma therapy and stem cells), and gene therapy for knee arthritis. He is an expert in shoulder, elbow and knee injuries and biomechanics and was a former Winter Olympics Team Physician.
Dr. Smith received his Medical Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is board certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He has received numerous awards and honors including the PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship from the Physiatrist Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation and the Presidential Recognition Award for outstanding contribution and service to expanding the future of ultrasound in medicine on behalf of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Smith was recognized with an award for Excellence in Leadership by the Mayo Clinic Employee Recognition Program and is also the recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching over his career including numerous Teacher of the Year Awards, Excellence in Teaching, Innovation in Education Award, and a Course of the Year Award for a Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course.
Dr. Erick Wolf is an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He currently serves as the Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Program Area Manager for the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Dr. Wolf previously served as the Senior Research Biomedical Engineer for the Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence and the Director of the Center for Performance and Clinical Research in the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In these previous roles, he oversaw the clinical and research activities within the Biomechanics Laboratory and the Virtual Environment Laboratory. Dr. Wolf has served on the Peer Review Program Panels for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Program Awards. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees all in the field of Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Anthony Beutler, Col, USAF is the Medical Director of the Injury Prevention Research Lab, CHAMP Consortium, at Uniformed Services University. As Program Director of the military’s largest Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Beutler has extensive experience in clinical treatment of CECS and a network of former military fellows who share his expertise. A Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Uniformed Services University, Dr. Beutler has extensive experience as a principal investigator on multi-site, externally funded grants, and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications in injury prevention and treatment, including 5 previous publications on CECS. Dr. Beutler is an acclaimed educator and speaker with over 200 national and international level presentations.
Dr. Kenneth L. Cameron is the Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research with the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship at Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He is also the Assistant Professor at U.S. Army-Baylor University Sports Medicine-Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, West Point, NY and a Board Member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Cameron has extensive experience with musculoskeletal injury research within military populations and has received funding support as a principal investigator for his work through several Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
Dr. Min Ho Chang, LTC, USA is the Principal Investigator with extensive experience in rehabilitative medicine and pain medicine. He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. He is currently the chief of Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at Womack Army Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Uniformed Services University. His current research interest is in the use of image-guided interventions and the use of regenerative medicine techniques to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
Dr. Jonathan F. Dickens, LTC, USA is a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, Vice Chair (Research) Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University (USU); Director of Orthopaedic Research, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Associate Professor of Surgery, USU, and Adjunct Faculty at the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Dr. Dickens serves as the Director of Military Orthopaedics Tracking Injuries and Outcomes Networks (MOTION) a DoD-wide research and quality improvement initiative to collect and improve outcomes following musculoskeletal injuries in the military population. Dr. Dickens’ research interests include shoulder and knee instability in the military and sports populations. His research has been awarded the Aircast Award from the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Dr. Dickens received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in the National Capital Consortium and fellowship at Keller Army Community Hospital.
Dr. Jay M. Dintaman, LTC, USA is a board certified Neonatal-Perinatal specialist currently serving as the Chief of the Integrated Neonatology Service at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University. Previous positions have included serving as staff neonatologist and subsequently Chief of Neonatology at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. LTC Dintaman has additional operational experience with assignments as Flight Surgeon for the 2-2 Aviation Battalion in Seoul, Korea and as the Command Surgeon for the Warrior Transition Brigade-National Capital Region in Bethesda, MD. His clinical research interests include measuring quality care in newborn medicine within the military medical community and studying the Warrior Care and Transition Program to further define its population and document program outcomes.
Dr. Robert S. Gailey is a Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and the Director of the Neil Spielholz Functional Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center. He has also been a Special Advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense for amputee rehabilitation, a Veterans Affairs Research Health Scientist, and Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs. He has authored over 70 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He has been involved in developing fourteen outcome measures, including the Comprehensive High-Activity Mobility Predictor funded by the DoD as a measure of return activity ability for wounded warriors. He is currently involved in the development of wearable sensor technology and mobile applications designed for the assessment and rehabilitation of multiple populations including veterans and service members.
Dr. Don Goss, COL, USA is the Director and Associate Professor, Baylor University-Keller Army Community Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship. He was previously Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army Baylor University DPT program at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, the Physical Therapist for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC, and Chief of the Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine at Stuttgart Army Health Clinic. Dr. Goss has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, including those on biomechanics and foot strike patterns in injury and rehabilitation in runners.
Dr. Brad M. Isaacson will serve as the Director of Research and Operations for the Collaboratory for Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research (CMIRR). Additionally, he serves as a Principal Investigator with The Geneva Foundation and the Director of Science for the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR). Dr. Isaacson has published 30 peer-reviewed publications on military medicine, is funded by the Department of Defense, and served as inaugural Program Manager for CRSR. He is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Uniformed Services University; and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Orthopaedics, University of Utah. Dr. Isaacson’s research in heterotopic ossification has been featured on the Army’s website and presented to the Surgeon General of the Army in the most recent annual blast report. He and his team have the only large combat-relevant translational model for ectopic bone formation. Dr. Isaacson was the recipient of a Predoctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation Research Fellowship from the Department of Veterans Affairs which is only awarded to ten persons annually in the U.S. He formally worked with Boston Scientific and developed a device to remove cancerous masses in the upper gastrointestinal tract (and the Captivator™ EMR is commercialized and sold world-wide) and he holds eight U.S. patents.
Dr. Michael M. Jacobs, CDR, USN is the Director of Interventional Pain Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNNMC). He is also the Associate Director of the Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at WRNNMC and an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Uniformed Services University. He attended Medical School at Temple University and obtained a Master in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Jacobs is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Gerard A. Malanga is the Founder of New Jersey Sports Medicine, LLC and New Jersey Regenerative Institute. He is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. and served as Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic from 1993-1996. He is also an Associate Professor at the Department Of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation , Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Malanga has expertise in the nonoperative treatment of a variety of orthopedic disorders including neck and back pain as well as shoulder, knee, and other sport medicine and musculoskeletal problems. His expertise includes EMG testing; spinal and joint injections, musculoskeletal ultrasound and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and bone marrow and adipose-derived stem cell treatments. Dr. Malanga has published four textbooks including “Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine” in 2017 and “Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound-guided Injection Procedures” in 2015. He has published over 70 articles and 25 book chapters regarding various musculoskeletal issues from the treatment of neck and back pain to Ultrasound and PRP and stem cell therapies. He has lectured throughout the country and abroad on a variety of sports medicine, spine, orthopedic, and regenerative medicine topics.
Dr. Scott J. Primack one of the founding partners of CROM, is a 1988 graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, with subsequent residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He received his board certification from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. The primary focus of Dr. Primack’s practice is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. He performs electrodiagnostic studies, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional lumbar spine injections and osteopathic manipulation. He currently serves as Medical Director for the Colorado Special Olympics. Dr. Primack has Level II Full Accreditation from the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation. His area of research is in the design and implementation of functional outcome measures.
Dr. Sean Suttles, MAJ, USA (Ret) is currently an Adjunct Professor of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy. He holds an undergraduate degree from Campbell University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Baylor University. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine with emphasis on sports concussion management through the National Football League, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. He formerly served as Assistant Chief and Clinical Internship Site Director, Army-Baylor, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX.