Speakers Include:

Jay L Alberts, PhD

Conference General Co-Chairman
Vice-Chair of Health Technology Enablement, Neurological Institute
The Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair,
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Concussion Center
Cleveland Clinic

Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Center and holder of the “Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair.” Dr. Alberts is Vice Chairman of Health Enabling Technology within the Office of Clinical Transformation and a Staff member within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also is a Principal Investigator within the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center of Excellence at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.Dr. Alberts research in concussion is focused on understanding the relationship between the biomechanics of the impact force and the behavioral and physiological consequences of these impacts. He leads the Brain and Body Health Program at the Cleveland Clinic, sponsored by The Trust and NFL Players Association. The Brain and Body program operates at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Florida. The program provides comprehensive assessments of recently retired NFL players. He has developed a suite of mobile App modules for the collection of objective and quantitative data to determine the athlete specific effects of concussion on cognitive and motor functioning. Data from these modules are integrated into the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Care Path across the CCHS enterprise to ensure consistency of evaluation and care of patients with concussion or mTBI.Dr. Alberts also works with Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients to determine the role of the basal ganglia in movement control. Recently, his team has shown that unilateral deep brain stimulation provides long-term bilateral motor benefits. His team is also comparing the effects of assisted vs. voluntary exercise on PD motor function. The objective, quantitative assessment of motor function will aid in disease diagnostic capability and specificity, slowing of disease progression and intervention efficacy for patients in which movement is compromised. Dr. Alberts is currently the PI on three NIH R01 clinical studies and two Department of Defense grants. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1998. He was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University in 2011 for his translational research related to Parkinson’s disease.

Christopher M Bailey, PhD

Director, UH Sports Medicine Concussion Center
Director, Concussion Program, Neurological Institute
Univ. Hospitals Case Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Medicine

Dr. Bailey is a neuropsychologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center where he acts as the Director of the UH Sports Medicine Concussion Center as well as the Director of the Concussion Program for the UH Neurological Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his graduate training at Penn State University before completing an internship in neuropsychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and serving as the chief fellow in neuropsychology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bailey has worked collaboratively with multiple departments and specialties to update, integrate, and standardize concussion management services across a large hospital system in northeast Ohio, including developing a network of multidisciplinary concussion specialists with the goal of improving concussion identification and management on and off the sports field.Clinically, he has assisted in the neuropsychological management of concussion in all contexts, including work at all levels of sport. His current clinical roles include being the neuropsychological consultant to the Cleveland Browns, the Lake Erie Monsters, as well as multiple other universities, high schools, and youth sport leagues in northeast Ohio. Dr. Bailey has made several invited addresses at national conferences and written peer-reviewed articles and chapters focusing on sports concussion management, with a particular emphasis on understanding the factors which may influence the accuracy and validity of concussion testing and evaluation. Dr. Bailey is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Ohio Psychological Association.


Jeffrey J Bazarian, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Rochester

Dr. Bazarian is an emergency physician with a strong research interest in traumatic brain injury. He is associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Center for Neural Development and Disease, University of Rochester Medical Center.Dr. Bazarian graduated from Brown University and from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and has a Masters of Public Health. Dr. Bazarian was one of the first emergency physicians to be awarded a five-year Career Development Award from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke. The focus of his research was traumatic brain injury (TBI) epidemiology and outcomes.Over the years, Dr. Bazarian’s research interest shifted to finding better ways to diagnose TBI, especially concussion. He assembled a diverse group of researchers within the University to tackle this problem, creating a truly translational research team. These efforts earned him an R01 award in 2007 from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development to develop a blood test for brain injury, making him one of only a handful of emergency physicians nationally to have such a grant. Dr. Bazarian has served on several TBI-related task forces and panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. He is currently involved in an Institute of Medicine panel attempting to determine the long-term health consequence of head injuries among American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Dwayne Bray

ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer / Enterprise Reporting Unit

Dwayne Bray joined ESPN in October 2006. He is a senior coordinating producer who oversees investigative-and-enterprise reporting for the network’s television operation. His team’s work in the area of brain injuries has been honored with some of journalism’s top awards, including a 2014 Peabody from the University of Georgia. Reporters from his team authored League of Denial, the 2013 best-selling book that examined how the National Football League used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed brain-injury research. Prior to joining ESPN, Bray had a nearly two-decade print career with reporting and editing positions at the Dallas Morning News, the Dayton Daily News, the Los Angeles Times and the Medina (Ohio) Gazette.A native of East Cleveland, Ohio, Bray is a graduate of the Ohio State University (master’s degree in journalism) and Cleveland State University (bachelor’s degree in communication). As a reporter, Bray was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times. At ESPN, Bray’s investigative unit has also won the Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of human trafficking, the Alfred. I duPont Award for coverage of youth-football safety and corruption issues and the New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Grand Award for coverage of the use of the N word in sports. Bray is the author of The Gift: Learning to Appreciate the Value of Life, a story about the struggles of growing up the son of a teen-aged mother and his eventual donation of a kidney to a cousin.


David L Brody, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Washington University, School of Medicine

Dr. Brody is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Neurology. He treats patients with subacute and chronic sequelae of traumatic brain injury in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic located at Center for Advanced Medicine. He is the Washington University site director for the National Football League Neurological player care program. He has advised the US Army Vice Chief of Staff and assisted the Medical Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma, and is a permanent member of the NIH Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy study section. He is the co-organizer of the Axon Injury and Repair Research Interest Group (part of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders) and is a member of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences in the Neurosciences Program.Dr. Brody received both MD and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000 as part of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine in 2001 and Neurology residency in 2004, both at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Brody was a post-doctoral fellow in Washington University in the laboratory of Dr. David Holtzman.Research in Brody laboratory and collaborative group is focused on the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies for traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, a major risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the single leading cause of permanent disability in people under age 45 in the United States. The laboratory is funded by grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, and National Football League.Dr. Brody is the author of Concussion Care Manual published by Oxford University Press in 2014.


Thomas F Budinger, MD, PhD, NAE, IOM

Founding Chair and Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, UC Berkeley, and Radiology, UC San Francisco
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Budinger received his B.S. in chemistry at Regis College, 1954, a M.S. in Physical Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, 1957, a M.D. from the University of Colorado, Denver, 1964, and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from UC Berkeley, 1971. He has received numerous honors and awards for his research contributions to nuclear medicine and imaging techniques and was elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996 and the Institute of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Budinger is the home secretary of the National Academy of Engineering.


Robert C Cantu, MD

Medical Director of the Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital

Dr. Cantu received his B.A. degree from the University of California Berkley in 1960. Jointly, in medical school and graduate school, he received his M.A. degree in endocrinology in 1962, and in 1963, his M.D. from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Following a surgical internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1963-1964, he began a neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and simultaneous position of research fellow in physiology at Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of his residency in 1968, he joined the neurosurgery staff at MGH, where his practice and laboratory were located, while assuming the position of acting assistant director of neurosurgery and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Boston City Hospital. After five years of academic neurosurgery with Harvard Hospitals, Dr. Cantu entered private neurosurgery practice at the suburban Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts where he currently serves as Chairman Department of Surgery, Chief Neurosurgical Service and Director Service of Sports Medicine.In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Cantu is medical director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, an ongoing registry instituted in 1982 for data collection and analysis of spine and head injuries. From this data important contributions have been made in sport safety and accident reduction; most notably football rule changes concerning tackling and blocking with the head, the establishment of football helmet standards, improved on-the-field medical care, and coaching techniques. He also serves on the Board of Trustees as Vice President and chairman of scientific committee of NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment). Dr. Cantu also is Co-Director of the Neurological Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.


Jeffrey A Claridge, MD

Director, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burns
The MetroHealth System

Dr. Claridge is currently the Medical Director of the Northern Ohio Trauma System, as well as the Director of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burns at MetroHealth Medical Center.Dr. Claridge is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and received his MD from the University of Rochester in 1996. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Virginia in 2003 and his Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee in 2004. He also received his Masters in Science in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.He is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Surgical Infection Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He is also member and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Claridge has recently been appointed Chair of the Ohio Committee on Trauma.Dr. Claridge has been an established trauma surgeon at MetroHealth Medical Center since 2005. He has 75 peer reviewed manuscripts, 9 book chapters and has given over 50 national presentations. He has been successful in obtaining grant funding from the NIH and conducted research in the areas of medical recidivism and medical informatics.


Charles L Emerman, MD, FAAEM

Chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine
The MetroHealth System

Dr. Charles Emerman is Chairman of Emergency Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center and professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. He received his medical degree from University of Toledo College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Emerman is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


Col. Dallas C Hack, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Advisor to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Colonel Dallas Hack M.D. is the Senior Medical Advisor to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. His primary responsibility is to serve as the Brain Health/ Fitness Research Program coordinator involving research on Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychological Health, and Cognitive Fitness. From 2008 to 2014, he served as the Director of the US Army Combat Casualty Care Research Program and Chair of the Joint Program Committee for Combat Casualty Care where he coordinated more than 70% of the DoD research program to improve battlefield trauma care for those injured in combat.COL Hack has served in numerous military leadership assignments including Command Surgeon at the strategic level during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has a B.A. from Andrews University, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, an M.D. from Loma Linda University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.


Brian W Hainline, MD

Chief Medical Officer
National Collegiate Athletic Assocation, NCAA

Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and Centers of Excellence across the United States. Brian is Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University Langone School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine.


S Alan Hoffer, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University
University Hospitals

S. Alan Hoffer, MD is the Director of The Traumatic Brain Injury Center, Co-Director of the Neurocritical Care Center, Neurointensivist, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center.Dr. Hoffer received his B.A. in Neuroscience with High Honors from Oberlin College in 1996, and M.D. from the University of Rochester in 2001. He completed his Surgical Internship with the Department of Surgery at Case Western University and completed his Residency in the Neurosurgery Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in 2006. He completed his Fellowship in Neurocritical Care with the Department of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University in 2008. He was Chief Resident in Neurosurgery in 2009 and received his Board Certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2014. Dr. Hoffer elected to the Sigma Xi (scientific research society) in 1996 and the winner of the William Carlos Williams National Poetry Competition in 1997.Dr. Hoffer is published researcher and lecturer whose work focuses on Monitoring in the Management of Intracerebral Hemorrhage in stroke and TBI.


Susan M Joy, MD

Director, Cleveland Clinic Women’s Sports Health
Cleveland Clinic

Susan Joy, MD, is a sports and exercise medicine physician with Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and is the director of Community Sports Health Network. She also serves as the Head Team Physician for Cleveland State University and was a recent member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Joy is also a consultant for the Cleveland Cavaliers and is a member of the Cleveland Clinc Concussion Center and the Asthma Center.Dr. Joy attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine after earning a BA in Chemistry from Amherst College. She completed her residency training in the Department of Family Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University and received her specialty training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Joy is board-certified in family medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine.Her special interests include sports health for young women and young athletes, comprehensive evaluation and management of stress fractures, medical issues in the athletic population, running injuries, injury prevention, musculoskeletal ultrasound, image-guided injections and medical treatment of osteoarthritis in the athlete’s knee.


Geoffrey SF Ling, MD, PhD

Office Director, Biological Technologies Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Geoffrey Ling is the founding director of the Biological Technologies Office. He began his DARPA service in 2004 as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO). He created and managed a broad research portfolio, spanning neuroscience, infectious disease, pharmacology, and battlefield medicine. His Revolutionizing Prosthetics program developed advanced arm prostheses controlled either noninvasively or directly by a user’s brain. His Preventing Violent Explosive Neuro Trauma program developed new understanding and treatment of blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI). He was the 2009 DARPA Program Manager of the Year and served as the DSO Deputy Director from 2013-2014.Dr. Ling has spent his career providing critical care to patients suffering from neurological trauma. He served as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps for 27 years before retiring as a Colonel in 2012. As a military neurointensive care physician, he deployed with the 44th Medical Command (Airborne) to Afghanistan in 2003 and Iraq in 2005. At the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, COL Ling deployed on four “Gray Team” missions to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2009-2012 to evaluate and recommend improvements to war-theater TBI care.Dr. Ling received his medical degree from Georgetown University and his Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a neuropharmacology research fellowship at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a neurointensive care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University in St. Louis.In addition to his role at DARPA, Dr. Ling serves as a Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an attending neurocritical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is board certified in both neurology and neurocritical care. From 2012-2013, he served as the Assistant Director for Medical Innovation of the Science Division at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Susan S Margulies, PhD

George H Stepheson Professor Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering,
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Margulies is the George H. Stephenson Professor in Bioengineering, in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with over 30 years of experience in the area of traumatic brain injury research, and over 25 years in pulmonary biomechanics. Dr. Margulies is an international leader in biomechanics of head injury in infants and toddlers, integrating mechanical properties, animal studies, instrumented dolls, patient data, and computational models to identify injury mechanisms that are unique to children. Her recent studies have expanded to include innovative metrics of cognition and memory to assess injury progression and recovery in a large animal model, and preclinical trials testing novel therapies to improve outcomes after brain injury in children.Dr. Margulies received her BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and her PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served or is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Physiology, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, the Journal of Biomechanics, American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cell and Molecular, and the Journal of Neurotrauma; she has served on grant review panels for National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and has chaired the NIH RIBT study section. Dr. Margulies is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. With funding from NIH, NSF, CDC, and the Department of Transportation, she has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, and has trained 25 post-doctoral clinicians, engineers, and scientists, 19 graduate students, and dozens of undergraduates in her laboratory. Trainees from the Margulies lab span a range of career paths, including, engineering consulting, non-research positions in the FDA, research in industry and academia, and start-up companies.


Ann C McKee, MD

Chief, Neuropathology Service, VA Boston, Director, CTE Program
Associate Director, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School from 1991-94, when she became Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Program, and Framingham Heart Study, which are all based at the Bedford VAMC.Dr. McKee’s research interests center on the neuropathological alterations of neurodegenerative diseases, with a primary focus on the role of tau protein, axonal injury, trauma, vascular injury, and neurodegeneration. Much of her current work centers on mild traumatic brain injury from contact sports and military service and its long-term consequences. As a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, she is particularly interested in the clinical, behavioral and psychological manifestations of pathological disease and the neuroanatomical localization of clinical symptoms. She has written widely on many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Dr.McKee has received numerous awards for her work and has been essential in establishing the clinical and pathological criteria for the diagnosis of CTE.


Daniel P Perl, MD

Neuropathologist and Director, CNRM Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury
Uniform Service University of the Health Sciences

Dr. Perl received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical training at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He completed postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology at Yale University, after which he served for two years as a pathologist in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. He later served on the faculty of the Brown University Medical School and then the University of Vermont College of Medicine. At the University of Vermont, he began working on Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders. In 1986, Dr. Perl joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where for 24 years he served as Director of the Neuropathology Division and Professor of Pathology, Psychiatry and Neurosciences.Dr. Perl recently became involved in investigations on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma in former NFL football players and other athletes in collaboration with the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Perl has won numerous awards for his research as well as his role as a medical educator.In September 2010, Dr. Perl was recruited to the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD., as Professor of Pathology. In conjunction with the congressionally mandated Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, he has established a state-of-the-art neuropathology laboratory dedicated to research on the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel.


Raul A Radovitzky, PhD

Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raul Radovitzky is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also serves as the Associate Director of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, where he also leads research efforts on Blast and Ballistic Protection. He received a Civil Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1991, A S. M. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1995 and a Ph D in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1998.Dr. Radovitzky’s research interests are in the development of advanced concepts and material systems for force protection. To this end, his research group develops theoretical and computational descriptions of the threat and its effects on structures and humans, including advanced computational methods and algorithms for large-scale simulation of the dynamic deformation and failure response of tissues and materials. His work has led to significant advances in our understanding of the physical effects of a blast wave on the brain. This has helped guide the design of protective systems that are blast-protective.Dr. Radovitzky is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Injury Research Committee.


Hon. Mark R Rosekind, PhD

Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
US Department of Transportation

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on December 22, 2014. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Administrator Rosekind is a passionate safety professional dedicated to enhancing transportation safety for the traveling public. In his role as Administrator, Dr. Rosekind is pursuing NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes through all of the tools at NHTSA’s disposal – including enforcement authority, public awareness campaigns, support of technical innovation, and research into human behavior.Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014. He was nominated to the NTSB by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s (NASA) Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; two Flight Safety Foundation honors: the President’s Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership and the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.Administrator Rosekind earned his A.B. with honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.

Dr. Rosekind is married and has two children.


Robert L Ruff, MD, PhD

Director Neurology Service, Department of Veterans Affairs (retired)
Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Robert Ruff, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and biophysicist who is interested in Neuro-rehabilitation directed toward stroke. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. He is a Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is National Director for Neurology and the acting director of Rehabilitation Research for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been Chief of the Neurology, Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Services at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. He is the Medical Director of the FES Center in Cleveland, which is a VA Rehab Research Center of Excellence. His clinical research interests include treatment of people with spinal cord compression due to cancer and stroke rehabilitation. He has twenty years on continually funded research. His research deals with membrane biophysics, clinical neurology and stroke rehabilitation research and he has published more than 110 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 40 book chapters or books.


Douglas H Smith, MD

The Robert A. Groff Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice Chairman for Research and Education, Department of Neurosurgery
Director of PENN’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair
University of Pennsylvania

Douglas H. Smith serves as Director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair (CBIR) and is the Robert A. Groff Endowed Professor and Vice Chairman for Research and Education in Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn’s multidisciplined CBIR includes over 25 principal investigators and their laboratory staff collectively studying mechanisms, diagnosis and potential treatments of traumatic brain injury.Dr. Smith is also director of a multi-center U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) program grant on mild traumatic brain injury and oversees an NIH brain injury training grant. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Smith has devoted his full-time efforts to neurotrauma research following completion of fellowships in both molecular biology and neurotrauma at the University of Connecticut. His laboratory investigates the effects of mechanical stretch of axons that results in either damage or growth. He has found that rapid stretch during brain trauma selectively injures axons in the white matter. In turn, aberrant accumulation of proteins in the damaged axons can lead to pathologic changes similar to those found in Alzheimer’s disease.In addition, Dr. Smith’s laboratory has also recently discovered that slow continuous stretching of axon tracts in culture can stimulate enormous growth, creating transplantable living nervous tissue constructs. These tissue engineered constructs have shown promise for repairing large lesions in the nervous system. These collective efforts have resulted in over 150 published reports.


Thomas M Talavage, PhD

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering,
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University

Thomas Talavage is a Professor in the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychological Sciences. He received his BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Professor Talavage is the Founding Co-Director of the Purdue MRI Facility, and is one of the co-Principal Investigators in the Purdue Neurotrauma Group.The primary research activities in Professor Talavage’s laboratory are in the field of neurosciences, with a focus on modeling of systems neuroscience behavior for applications related to diagnosis of, and compensation for, functional impairment. Research activities are centered on the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and structural MRI to elucidate how central nervous system physiology is altered by external insults, such as repeated blows to the head. Work by Professor Talavage and the Purdue Neurotrauma Group serves as the seminal demonstration of the consequences of repetitive head trauma in athletes who are generally classified as asymptomatic.


Mary M Vargo, MD

Director, Concussion Clinic
Associate Director, Residency Training Program
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Vargo is an attending physician at MetroHealth Medical Center and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R;) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. Her interests include brain injury rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, resident education, and electrodiagnosis. She directs the Concussion Clinic and also the Lymphedema Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center, and serves as Associate Program Director for Case Western Reserve University’s PM&R; residency, which is based at MetroHealth.Dr. Vargo obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her medical degree from the University of Rochester, and PM&R; residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been on staff at MetroHealth since 1989, except for three years spent at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, in Bethesda, MD, from 1991-1994. Dr. Vargo’s practice at MetroHealth has included continuous clinical service to brain injury survivors, encompassing both inpatient and outpatient care, and including seventeen years as Director of PM&R; Consultation, working closely with acutely injured trauma patients. In 2011 she assumed an expanded focus on concussion care with the founding of MetroHealth’s Concussion Clinic. Dr. Vargo is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine.