Working Groups - International Congress for Athlete Brain Health 

Rather than meeting only once every four years, our members, divided into working groups, will have an ongoing assignment of tracking a particular topic in real time, meeting virtually at least quarterly, and providing easily accessible recommendations to patients, their caregivers, and their medical providers.

All involved were selected because of a record of critical thought, objectivity, passion, and absence of strongly stated personal agenda or bias.

Definitions & Nomenclature

Chair: Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN

Members:

Donna Broshek, PhD, ABPP-CN

Paul Comper, PhD, C.Psych

Chris Giza, MD 

Michael Hutchison, PhD 

Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD 

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Bill Meehan, MD

Fiona Wilson, BSc, MSc, MA,PhD, MISCP

Ross Zafonte, DO

Patient Representative:

Ben Utecht, Football

Definitions & Nomenclature

Chair: Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN

Members:

Donna Broshek, PhD, ABPP-CN

Paul Comper, PhD, C.Psych

Chris Giza, MD 

Michael Hutchison, PhD 

Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD 

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Bill Meehan, MD

Fiona Wilson, BSc, MSc, MA,PhD, MISCP

Ross Zafonte, DO

Patient Representative:

Ben Utecht, Football

Concussion

Chair: Michael Hutchison, PhD

Members:

JP Darche, 

David Lawrence, 

Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN

Chris Giza, MD, 

Summer Rolin, PsyD

Carrie Esopenko, 

Mike McCrea, 

Brenda Eagan-Johnson, 

Patient Representative:

Ben Fanelli, 

Definitions 

​Chair: Jeffrey Kutcher, MD

 

Members:

  • Broshek, USA

  • Paul Comper, Canada

  • Chris Giza, MD - USA

  • Hutchison, Canada

  • Ling, USA

  • McLeod, USA

  • Meehan, USA

  • Wilson, Ireland

  • Zafonte, USA

Patient Representative:

  • Ben Utecht, USA

Concussion 

​Chair: Hutchison, Canada

Members:

  • JP Darche, USA

  • David Lawrence, Canada

  • Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, USA

  • Chris Giza, MD, USA

  • Summer Rolin, USA

  • Carrie Esopenko, USA

  • Mike McCrea, USA

  • Brenda Eagan-Johnson, USA

Patient Representative:

  • Ben Fanelli, Canada

Post Concussion Syndrome

​Chair: Broshek, USA

Members:

  • Russ Bauer, USA

  • RJ Elbin, USA

  • Stan Herring, USA

  • Anne Mucha, USA

  • Jamie Pardini

  • Julianne Schmidt, USA

  • Bert Vargas, USA

Patient Representative:

  • Paige Decker, Hockey, ISA

Persisting Symptoms after Concussion

​Chair:

  • Donna Broshek, PhD, ABPP-CN

Members:

  • Russ Bauer,

  • RJ Elbin, 

  • Stan Herring, 

  • Anne Mucha, 

  • Jamie Pardini

  • Julianne Schmidt, 

  • Bert Vargas, MD, FAHS, FAAN

Patient Representative:

  • Paige Decker, Hockey

Long Term/TBI

​Chair:

  • Ross Zafonte, DO

 

Members:

  • Kevin Crutchfield, MD

  • Andreas Gonschorek, MD

  • Etienne Laverse, 

  • Haruo Nakayama, 

  • Nicole Reams, MD

Patient Representative:

  • Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Ski

Prevention

​Chair: 

  • Fiona Wilson, BSc, MSc, MA, PhD, MISCP

 

Members:

  • Avinash Chandran, 

  • Rob Lynall, 

  • Michael Rippee, MD

  • Richelle Williams, 

Patient Representative:

  • Thom Mayer, NFLPA

Youth Timing

​Chair:

  • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA 

 

Members:

  • Tony Alessi, MD

  • Justin DiSanti, 

  • Lenore Herget, 

  • Johna Register-Mihalik, 

Patient Representative:

  • John Rizos, NHLPA

Mental Health

​Chair:

  • Paul Comper, PhD, C. Psych

 

Members:

  • Meeryo Choe, 

  • Michael Jaffee, 

  • Jess Schwartz, 

  • Michelle Weber, 

Patient Representatives:

  • Rob Christie, Military

  • Eric Hipple, Football

Sleep

​Chair:

  • Chris Giza, MD

 

Members:

  • Charlene Gamaldo

  • David Howell

  • Jeff Iliff

  • Raman Malhotra

  • Rachel Pearson

Patient Representative:

  • Courtney McCabe, Lacrosse

Pain/Headache

​Chair:

  • Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD

Members:

  • Josh Kamins, MD 

  • Tad Seifert, MD

Patient Representative:

  • Patrick Eaves, Ice Hockey

Performance

​Chair:

  • Ben Utecht

 

Members:

  • Cara Baxter, DPT

  • Jon Finoff

  • Jose Posas

  • Vern Williams, MD

Patient Representative:

  • Rob Karas, Soccer

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