Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT ProgramUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Concussion, concussion and football, traumatic brain injuries, Youth, Neuroplasticity, post-traumatic epilepsy, concussion and sports, Sports-Related Head Injury, Brain Development, helmet studies, Neuroimaging, Genetic Markers
Before joining UCLA, Giza worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 2011, he traveled to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense. He co-chaired the American Academy of Neurology committee that developed an evidence-based practice guideline for the management of sports concussions from 2009-2013. He currently serves on advisory committees for traumatic brain injuries/concussion with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation. He has been a clinical consultant for the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.
John-Paul Rue, M.D., is a fellowship-trained Board Certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, specializing in arthroscopic repair of sports-related injuries, including complex knee and shoulder reconstructions with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. John-Paul Rue specializes in the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. He treats patients of all ages, serving athletes ranging from the casual jogger or weekend warrior to competitive and collegiate athletes and beyond. His primary focus is treating injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, from ACL tears, meniscus and cartilage injuries to shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries. He also sees patients with injuries such as overuse tendonitis, ankle sprains, and fractures. As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Rue is able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of acute and overuse injuries utilizing both surgical and non-operative techniques. He works closely with colleagues and rehabilitation specialists to guide patients through the recovery process, recommend related strength and conditioning exercises and offer return-to-play insight and guidelines. Dr. Rue’s patient-centered approach to treatment and rehabilitation allows him to develop strong doctor-patient relationships and personalized treatment plans for each patient. He is committed to helping his patients perform at their very best when participating in their chosen sports and physical activities. Dr. Rue is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served as the head team physician for the Naval Academy before coming to Mercy. He deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Charlie Surgical Company Forward Resuscitative Unit, Camp Fallujah, Iraq and continues his commitment to service as a Naval Reservist. As a respected sports medicine physician, Dr. Rue has contributed numerous print and online publications highlighting his research and experience in the field of orthopedic sports medicine and has given invited lectures on a variety of orthopedic conditions at national and international scientific meetings. His research has garnered 2 major awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is a member of multiple notable medical associations and serves as an expert scientific reviewer for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and The Journal of Knee Surgery.
Dr. Bennett is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine, with more than 20 years of orthopedic surgery experience. He has provided medical care to teams at every athletic level, most recently serving as the director of sports medicine at the University of Maryland, where he was the team orthopedic surgeon for University of Maryland athletics. He has treated a number of NFL and Division 1 college athletes, helping them return successfully to their sports.
Damion A. Martins, MD, is board-certified in sports medicine and internal medicine, and currently holds positions as the Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Director of the Executive Health and Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Atlantic Health System. Dr. Martins is an accomplished national leader in Sports Medicine with a proven track record in hospital administration. He not only treats thousands of professional and collegiate athletes, but develops the programs that enhance their performance. Dr Martins successfully oversaw a complex Orthopedic service line, consisting of 200+ physicians, covering five hospitals where he doubled both volume and revenue while increasing access and patient satisfaction. He was instrumental in developing Atlantic Health System’s Sports Cardiology and Sports Performance programs as well as the first Accountable Care Organization (ACO) designated Sports Medicine Center of Excellence. These programs have earned national quality recognition as Top 50 Orthopedic programs by U.S. News & World Report, 5 Star by Healthgrades and top 5% nationally for overall Orthopedic services. As a recognized leader in the area of sports performance and exercise testing, Dr. Martins lectures extensively in the field of sports medicine. He is consistently recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly and is renowned for his research in hydration, musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. He is currently involved in a number of active research studies. His expertise has lent itself to the development of cardiovascular training programs widely used in the fitness industry and corporate wellness. He has authored over fifty publications including book chapters on the pre-participation exam and medical conditions that limit sports participation. Dr. Martins is the director of internal medicine and team physician for the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Jets where he has served as a medical consultant since 2002, and member of the NFL Team Physician Society. As a former National Hockey League (NHL) Team Physician and member of the NHL Advisory Committee, he was instrumental in the development of the current National Hockey League’s pre-participation guidelines. His extensive experience on both the professional and collegiate levels also includes administrative medical director for Major League Soccer (MLS) and medical coverage for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, New York Islanders, New York Dragons, Hofstra University, and the College of St. Elizabeth. He is currently a medical advisor for New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association and Parisi Speed School. Dr. Martins has dual academic appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as assistant clinical professor in the departments of both medicine and orthopedics. He developed and is currently the program director of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship at Atlantic Health. Dr. Martins graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also obtained his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Biophysics. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Maryland, where he served as fellow team physician for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and University of Maryland’s Terrapins.
He is an esports coach, ready to get to work and share his competitive video gaming knowledge with the Cornell community. After all, he started competing when he was only 11 and became ranked in the top 0.5 percent players in America for the game League of Legends by the age of 21. The Indiana native, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in secondary education from the University of Southern Indiana, says esports is a perfect fit for this liberal arts college. “It helps students learn individual motivation and individual self-reflection,” Sheehan said. “I also think one of the most important things is the ability to adapt. In many liberal arts fields, the ability to adapt and problem solve on the fly is really important, and we get that a lot in esports.”
Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., obtained her B.S. degree from Springfield College in Physical Education, her M.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island in Exercise Science and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Exercise Physiology. She is currently Professor and Associate Dean of College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Riebe is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and served as President of the New England Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine. She is currently the Chair of ACSM’s Committee for Certification and Registry Boards and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees representing education and allied health. Dr. Riebe was recently appointed Senior Editor of the tenth edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. She has received research funding in the areas of weight management and physical activity promotion from the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, and the Champlin Foundations. Dr. Riebe has authored over 50 articles in refereed journals and book chapters. Dr. Riebe’s research centers around physical activity interventions for a variety of populations including apparently healthy adults and those with common chronic diseases, older adults, and individuals who are overweight or obese.
Gary Liguori is a respected health expert with more than 25 years of experience as a university instructor, professor and researcher. He currently serves as the inaugural dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Health Sciences. Over the past 20 years, Liguori’s research on such topics as physical activity, nutrition, obesity, physical assessment and cardiac rehabilitation has been published widely in academic journals. As dean of the URI College of Health Sciences, Liguori oversees faculty, staff and students in seven departments: Communicative Disorders, Health Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physical Therapy and Psychology. The college enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. He is also the coordinating dean of the University of Rhode Island Academic Health Collaborative, which includes the Colleges of Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy, and the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation, which fosters research, partnerships, and community engagement. In addition to serving as dean, Liguori is the senior editor of the upcoming 11th edition of the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. He is also a USA Track & Field certified Level One track and field coach and a certified track and field meet official. Liguori is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and by the American Heart Association to provide Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He also holds the credential of Advanced Physical Fitness Specialist from the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research. Prior to joining URI in 2016, Liguori served as the head of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Department of Health and Human Performance and was the founding director of its Healthy Living Center. From 2005 to 2012, Liguori was assistant/associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Health, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University. Liguori earned his Ph.D. in wellness from the College of Human Development & Education at North Dakota State University and his master of science degree in cardiac rehabilitation/ exercise science from East Stroudsburg University.
Chief, UHealth Division of Sports Medicine: Director, University of Miami Sports Medicine InstituteUniversity of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Lee Kaplan, M.D., is the chief of the UHealth Sports Medicine Division and director of the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Kaplan is the medical director and head team physician of University of Miami Athletics and medical director and team physician for the Miami Marlins major league baseball team. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a professor of orthopedics, biomedical engineering, and kinesiology and sports sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a renowned specialist in the sports-related knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries, and arthroscopic surgery. He earned his medical degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
David Pierce, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sports management in the Department of Tourism, Event, and Sport Management. He is an expert in the area of sport sales, publishing the first textbook to teach students how to sell (Selling in the Sport Industry, 2017). Prior to beginning his appointment as faculty at the School of Health & Human Sciences, Pierce was an associate professor at Ball State University from 2007 to 2013. During the same time, Pierce was the play-by-play radio voice of the Marian University Knights football team, which included winning the NAIA national championship in 2012. Indiana AHPERD recognized Pierce as the Sport Management Educator of the Year in 2015 and Young Professional of the Year in 2011, and School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington recognized him as the Early Career Outstanding Alumni in 2018. Pierce graduate from Indiana University with a B.S. in 2003, a M.S. in 2004, and his doctorate in 2007, all in sport management. Pierce also serves as the director of the Sports Innovation Institute (SII) where he offers high achieving students engaged learning opportunities to conduct research for sport industry partners. As part of his work with the SII, he teaches TCEM-S 301, Selling in the Sport Industry, where students complete the sales training outlined in his textbook and then make sales calls to generate revenue for local sport organizations. Past partners include the Indiana Pacers, Indy Eleven, Indianapolis Indians, and Indy Fuel. In HPER-P 432, Sport Marketing Consulting Project, Pierce introduces students to the basic tenants of human-centered design to solve complex problems for sport industry partners. The course serves as the capstone class for the sports management major and concludes with students publicly demonstrating their innovative solutions at the department capstone showcase. Past partners include Grand Park, Pacers Athletic Center, Indrediplex, and Indiana Sports Corporation. At the graduate level, Pierce teaches TCEM 582, Applied Sport Event Research, where students conduct research and deliver a consulting report to a sport industry client. Past partners include Beyond Monumental and championships division at the NCAA. In the area of national service and leadership, Pierce serves on the executive board of the Sport Marketing Association as a member-at-large. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Sport Management Education Journal. On campus, Pierce leads the Capstone Community of Practice for the Institute for Engaged Learning. In the community, Pierce volunteers at cross-country events produced by Hilltop Sports Ministry at Northview Church Carmel and at Summer Play events produced by Brookside Community Development at Brookside Park in Indianapolis.
Nathaniel Jones, MD, a primary care sports medicine specialist at Loyola Medicine, and the team physician for Division 1 Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Jones has more than 14 years of experience. Dr. Nate Jones received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and further developed his clinical abilities in the field of primary care sports medicine by completing a fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital. Certified in sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, he looks after multiple communities in the state of Illinois. Patients visit him to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as arthritis, spondylolysis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and sciatica. Dr. Jones speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Portuguese. This helps him treat his clients from several cultural backgrounds who are more comfortable to converse with him. His extensive experience in his field of practice has helped him author several publications with other eminent practitioners. He believes in providing excellent patient care and strives towards quickly bringing patients back to their routine way of life
Pietro Tonino, MD, MBA, was drawn to orthopaedics in part because of his love of sports, and he now works extensively with professional, college and recreational athletes. Over the years his team of orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians have increasingly seen more ACL and other injuries in young women. Dr. Tonino received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his residency at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedics.