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Author Bios

STEPHANIE ALBIN, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr Albin graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree and in 2004 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She completed her Fellowship at Regis University in 2008. Her main research interests focus on traumatic injuries of the foot and ankle. Dr Albin is currently working on her PhD in Rehabilitative Science from the University of Utah. She is an assistant professor at Regis University School of Physical Therapy.

MICHAEL J. AXE, MD
 

Dr Axe is the Director of the All Sports Clinic of Delaware at First State Orthopaedics, where he is also a founding partner. He also has many roles at the University of Delaware (UD), including Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Medical Director for the UD Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, and staff member for the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research. Dr Axe has been a medical director or consultant for numerous professional, college, and high school teams in the area, serves as the Chair of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware.

Dr Axe completed an internship at Thomas Jefferson University and then a surgical residency in 1980 at the Medical Center of Delaware. He went on to do an orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh from 1981 to 1984. He then completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Georgia in 1984 and an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle in 1985.

During his more than 30 years in orthopedics, Dr Axe has received numerous awards. He received a BS in biology from Bucknell University (1975) and his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (1979).

JULIA L. BURLETTE, PT, DPT, OCS

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Dr Burlette completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2004, her Master of Physical Therapy degree from USC in 1995, and her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1988. Dr Burlette is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She practices at USC Physical Therapy Associates, a faculty practice of the Division, where she specializes in orthopaedic and vestibular disorders. Dr Burlette is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS).

HEATHER CHRISTAIN, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS

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Dr Christain earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2003) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2006) at the University of Iowa. She is employed as a full-time staff physical therapist at the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. She is currently residency faculty, teaching the shoulder didactic component for the Sports and Orthopedic Residency Program. Dr Christain provides physical therapy services for Carnegie Mellon University Athletics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (2007) and the Orthopaedic (2012) and Sports (2013) Sections.

MARK CORNWALL, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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Dr Cornwall received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland in 1977. He then went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Biomechanics from the University of North Carolina in 1980 and a PhD in 1986 in Human Performance from Indiana University. His principle areas of research interest include the kinematics of the foot and how foot posture influences that movement. He has published well over 100 research studies in scientific and professional journals related to foot motion, posture, and examination. In addition, Dr Cornwall has authored several book chapters and presented at both scientific and professional meetings throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is currently a professor of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University where he teaches anatomy, differential diagnosis, and prosthetics and orthotics to entry-level physical therapy students.

MELISSA DREGER, PT, DPT

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Dr Dreger received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio in 2012 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. After graduation, she immediately began her orthopedic residency program at the University of Delaware and completed the program in 2016. She has since transitioned into a full-time staff physical therapist at the University of Delaware’s Sports and Orthopedic Clinic. Dr Dreger is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

THOMAS ELLIS, MD

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Dr Ellis obtained his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He subsequently completed his orthopedic residency at Texas A&M University. In addition, he has completed fellowship training in total joint arthroplasty and orthopedic trauma. His current practice focuses exclusively on hip pain in the young adult, and he has developed expertise in the treatment of hip labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, trochanteric bursitis, hip dysplasia, and hip arthritis. Dr Ellis is experienced in revision hip arthroscopy, including labral reconstruction and capsular management, as well as in the treatment of patients with hypermobility disorders. He has performed more than 2,000 hip arthroscopies for femoral acetabular impingement, 300 periacetabular osteotomies for hip dysplasia, and 1,000 anterior hip replacements. Dr Ellis also maintains an active research program and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopy Study of the Hip (MASH) group.

KEELAN R. ENSEKI, PT, MS, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS

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Mr Enseki, PT, MS, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Master of Physical Therapy and a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program through the University of Pittsburgh, Centers for Rehab Services/University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine. Mr Enseki is also a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopaedic (OCS) and sports (SCS) physical therapy specialist, and a National Strength and Conditioning Association strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

Mr Enseki currently serves as the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Director at the Centers for Rehab Services/UPMC Center for Sports Medicine Clinic. He is also an adjunct and clinical instructor for the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and Nutrition. Mr Enseki’s time is divided between clinical practice, residency administration, project consultation, and professional development responsibilities. He has served as a clinical consultant for evaluation and development of patient interaction platforms and their potential use in the rehabilitation space.

Mr Enseki's areas of clinical interest include determinants of outcomes and treatment options available for active individuals with pathological conditions of the hip joint. He regularly presents nationally and internationally on these topics. Mr Enseki has been an author and editor, including peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Clinics in Sports Medicine, Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Journal of Bodywork and Movement, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He has served as a content reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Physical Therapy in Sport. Additionally, he has co-authored book chapters on the topics of rehabilitation of hip and knee injuries. Mr Enseki is a member of the APTA Orthopaedic Section, and serves on the Section’s advisory panels for independent study courses and annual meeting development.

JOHN M. ITAMURA, MD

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Dr Itamura is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow surgery, with a special emphasis on conditions of the shoulder and elbow, including upper extremity arthroplasty and trauma. He is the Program Director for the Kerlan-Jobe Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship and is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at USC in Los Angeles, he continued his studies at USC and received his medical doctorate. He remained at USC Medical Center and Los Angeles County Hospital for his internship and residency. He completed his fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the WB Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, Texas, followed by the AO International Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a full-time faculty member in the USC/Keck Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 16 years before joining Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr Itamura currently practices at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic located in Los Angeles. He is known for his expertise in complex cases with complicated medical and surgical issues, and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts in revision shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, upper extremity trauma, complex arthroscopic procedures, and infections. Dr Itamura is a team physician and consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in orthopaedic surgery texts, and has presented extensively at the local, regional, national, and international levels, having given more than 500 lectures to date.

DAVE KOHLRIESER, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

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Dr Kohlrieser completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ohio University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He completed a sports physical therapy residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers (UPMC), Centers for Rehab Services. He is a faculty member for the sports and orthopedic residency programs within the UPMC's Center for Sports Medicine. He is a board-certified clinician in sports (SCS) and orthopedics (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties (ABPTS). Dr Kohlrieser is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His professional sports experiences include an affiliation with the Pittsburgh Steelers and working as a physical therapist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was previously a faculty member of the sports physical therapy residency program at OSU Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Dr Kohlrieser is currently employed at Orthopedic One in Columbus, Ohio, where he coordinates rehabilitation for a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical hip conditions. He has presented to national and international audiences on topics related to rehabilitation of various hip pathologies. Dr Kohlrieser has authored and co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics associated with the rehabilitation of intra- and extraarticular conditions of the hip and pelvis.

JUSTIN M. LANTZ, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr Lantz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois in 2009, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois in 2012. He was recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) after completing his Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2015.

Dr Lantz currently serves as an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for clinical physical therapy education as well as a clinical mentor to various physical therapy fellowship and residency programs. Aside from the clinical setting, Dr Lantz is also a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an Instructor in Clinical Imaging in the USC DPT academic program. Along with his clinical and academic pursuits, he has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented at the AAOMPT national conference. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to physical therapy, Dr Lantz was recently honored as the 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year from Northwestern University Physical Therapy Alumni Association.

MICHAELA KOPKA, MD, FRCSC

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Dr Kopka received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Calgary. She undertook a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. She then travelled to Europe to complete an AO Trauma Fellowship at King Charles University in Prague. Her professional memberships include the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the AO Trauma Society, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr Kopka currently practices at the Banff Sport Medicine Center in Canada, where she treats elite athletes including members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team. She is a former NCAA Division I volleyball player, but now prefers to climb and ski in the Canadian Rockies.

BRITTANY LYNCH, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

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Dr Lynch earned her Bachelor of Science (2009) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2011) degrees at the University of Delaware. She completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency (2014) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she gained experience with athletes ranging from high school to professional level. She is currently residency faculty for the Sports and Orthopaedic Residency Programs where she teaches the shoulder and running didactic components. In addition, Dr Lynch is employed full-time as a staff physical therapist at Center for Sports Medicine where she specializes in gait retraining for runners and nonoperative and postoperative management for knee and shoulder pathologies. She has 2 peer-reviewed publications and 7 peer-reviewed abstracts. Dr Lynch is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (since 2009), the Sports Physical Therapy (2011) and Orthopaedic (2013) Sections, and serves on the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Accreditation Services Committee (2016).

TARA JO MANAL, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA

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Dr Manal graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991. She went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy from UD in 1993 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in the areas of orthopaedics and sports physical therapy. Dr Manal lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to physical therapy, residency training, reduction of variability of practice as well as in her areas of expertise in electrical stimulation, low back, knee injuries, and more. She teaches within UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum in courses related to spine management, physical therapy as a profession, rounds, and emergency response. She provides expert consultations in the clinic in her areas of specialty.

Dr CRAIG S. MAURO, MD

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Mauro is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC). He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, as well as a fellowship in sports medicine, with a focus on hip arthroscopy, at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was awarded an AO trauma fellowship in Salzburg, Austria, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction in Munich, Germany. Dr Mauro is a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and previously served as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the Associate Program Director of the UPMC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship training program and serves as an Associate Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr Mauro serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has been named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best Doctors” each year since 2013. Dr Mauro specializes in sports medicine injuries and hip arthroscopy. He has extensive experience with arthroscopic, reconstructive, and replacement surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

CHRISTOPHER L. MCCRUM, MD

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Dr McCrum earned his Bachelor of Science with High Distinction in Movement Science (2007) from the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan and his Medical Degree (2011) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr McCrum completed an internship (2012) and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (2016) at the Los Angeles County Hospital and Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California, where he served as Chief Resident for Orthopaedic Surgery from 2015-2016. He is currently completing his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has several peer-reviewed publications and has presented research at national and international academic meetings. In addition, Dr McCrum has co-authored multiple textbook chapters.

JEFFREY MILLER, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
 

Dr Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2008 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Delaware (UD). Following graduation, Dr Miller began practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist at Professional SportsCare and Rehab in Washington, DC. He returned to UD in 2013 to complete a Sports Physical Therapy Residency and transitioned into the role of a full-time physical therapist in the Sports and Orthopedics Clinic after finishing his residency in July 2014. In addition to patient care, Dr Miller serves as a certified clinical instructor for UDPT graduate students in the Sports and Orthopedics Clinic.

MICHAEL PALMER, PT, DPT, OCS
 

Dr Palmer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Delaware (UD) in 2015, and now works in the UDPT Sports and Orthopedic Clinic. Dr Palmer is also an APTA credentialed Clinical Instructor.

AMY B. POMRANTZ, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

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Dr Pomrantz is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy where she participates in patient care, teaching, and clinical education. She practices at USC Physical Therapy Associates, a faculty practice of the Division. Dr Pomrantz completed the Orthopedic Residency Program at USC in 2007, her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at USC in 2006, and her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of California Los Angeles in 1999. She is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS) and a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Dr Pomrantz specializes in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, sports-related injuries, and pain management.

PAUL REUTEMAN, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, ATC

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Dr Reuteman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. His primary teaching responsibilities include musculoskeletal examination and intervention principles, clinical decision-making principles, and clinical radiology. He is engaged in clinical practice at Gundersen Health System Sports Medicine in Onalaska, Wisconsin, where he also serves as a faculty member for Gundersen’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. His credentials include being a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), holding a credential through the McKenzie Institute, and being a board-certified Athletic Trainer from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Dr Reuteman is the co-founder of Specialized Physical Therapy Education and is the Program Director and Instructor of its Orthopedic Residency Program.

CHRIS A. SEBELSKI, PT, DPT, PHD, OCS, CSCS

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Dr Sebelski completed her PhD at Saint Louis University in 2015, her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1998, and her Bachelor of Science from Truman State University in 1993. She is a Fellow of the Education Leadership Institute (2013) and completed a 2-year fellowship in education and leadership at USC in 2008. Dr Sebelski is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS), an advanced credentialed clinical instructor with the American Physical Therapy Association, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Dr Sebelski is currently an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy program at Saint Louis University in Missouri. She serves as the founding Director of the SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency. Her research interests include application of evidence-informed practice, instruction of clinical reasoning and visual analysis of movement, and topics of leadership in physical therapy.

ANNA O'SHEA SHOVESTUL GRIEDER, PT, DPT, OCS

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Dr Grieder received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from the University of Delaware (UD) in 2010, graduated from the UD Orthopedic Residency program, and became board-certified as an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist in 2012. Dr Grieder is a physical therapist at Christiana Care Rehabilitation Services and partners with the University of Delaware to serve as Rounds Course Coordinator for the Christiana Care Hospital system. In addition, she is a Clinical Instructor for UD DPT students and has assisted in several of the university's courses. She publishes in the area of injury and rehabilitation of the knee and has presented on orthopedic conditions at national American Physical Therapy Association conferences.

LYNN SNYDER-MACKLER, PT, ScD, FAPTA
 

Dr Snyder-Mackler has been a leader in developing evidence-based approaches for the rehabilitation of knee injuries, educating new physical therapy professionals, and mentoring future rehabilitation scientists for over 25 years. She has received almost all of the American Physical Therapy Association’s distinguished awards and is an international leader in physical therapy. Dr Snyder-Mackler holds several positions and appointments at the University of Delaware. She is Academic Director for the Physical Therapy Clinic, Academic Director for the graduate program in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, faculty and athletics representative, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a Department of Physical Therapy Alumni Distinguished Professor. She is also a visiting researcher for the Norwegian Research Center for Active Rehabilitation and on the scientific board for the World Village of Women's Sports in Sweden.

Dr Snyder-Mackler earned a BA from Johns Hopkins University, certificate in physical therapy and an MS in organizational behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, and a ScD in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University. Named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2003, Snyder-Mackler has earned many other APTA and Section honors, including the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, Golden Pen Award, Chattanooga Research Award, Marian Williams Award, Helen Hislop Award, Orthopaedic Section Steven J. Rose Award, and Section on Research John H. P. Maley Award.

DREW H. VAN BOERUM, MD

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Dr Van Boerum is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine—Salt Lake City, Utah (1993-1997). He completed his residency training at the University of Utah Medical Center, 1998-2202, and his fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center—Seattle, Washington, 2002-2003. He is a professional member in the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr Van Boerum specializes in foot and ankle surgery, lower extremity deformities, and fracture care. He also specializes in orthopaedic trauma.

DHARMESH VYAS, MD, PHD

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Dr Vyas earned his Bachelor of Science degree (1995) and PhD (2000) at the University of Illinois and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biology (2001) at the University of Missouri. He gained his Medical Degree (2005) at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine, and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (2010) at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Sports Medicine Fellowship (2011) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr Vyas served as a teaching assistant at the University of Chicago (1995-1997), a research assistant at the University of Illinois (1997-1998) and University of Missouri (1998-2000), Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Chicago (2010-2011), and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2011-present). He has 10 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Association (Emerging Leaders Program), and the NHL Team Physicians’ Society. He also serves as the head team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Postoperative Management

This course covers postoperative management for injuries and pathology of the hip, knee, ankle/foot, cervical/lumbar spine, shoulder, and elbow.

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