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[+] Research Director at the Spine Institute
Hyun W. Bae, MD

Dr. Bae is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive microsurgery and in the treatment of cervical and lumber spinal diseases at the Spine Institute. Dr. Bae began his medical studies at Columbia University where he graduated with a degree in biomechanics and then went on to earn his medical degree at Yale University. Dr. Bae completed his surgical internship at North Shore University Hospital, his orthopedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and his spine fellowship at Case Western Hospital. Dr. Bae has written numerous articles based on his research as well as presenting on behalf of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Bae is currently researching the use of adult stem cells in the regeneration of nervous tissue in spinal cord injuries.

[+] Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology at University of Sydney
David Hunter, PhD

Professor Hunter is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus has been clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis (OA). He is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney, and Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre. In 2014 he was ranked as the leading expert in the world on osteoarthritis on A native of New Zealand and an Australian citizen, he earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Master of Sports Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Australian College of Physicians, a Masters of Sports Medicine from UNSW, and earned a Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle. He established a full-time career in medical research in 1999, received his PhD in 2001 and then maintained an academic faculty appointment in Boston University. He returned to Australia in 2010. His research is focused on a number of key elements in OA including (but not limited to) the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, the application of imaging to better understand structure and function with application to both epidemiologic research and clinical trials, novel therapies in disease management and heath service system delivery of chronic disease management. He is an editor for leading international journals in his field. He has authored books on osteoarthritis and has over 350 publications in peer reviewed journals.

[+] Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds
Philip Conaghan, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCP

Professor Philip Conaghan MBBS PhD FRACP FRCP is Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds and a Rheumatologist for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus and Deputy Director of the NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit. His research spans early translational studies through large late-phase clinical trials and health services evaluation, with major interests in understanding pathogenesis and therapeutic response for common arthritides. He is co-executive lead of the international outcomes group OMERACT, was inaugural Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee on Musculoskeletal Imaging as well as past-President of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology. He has twice Chaired the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) osteoarthritis clinical guidance. For Arthritis Research UK, he has Chaired the Osteoarthritis Clinical Studies Group since its inception in 2007, and is Director of an Experimental OA Treatment Centre. He is on a number of journal editorial boards, is co-editor of the most recent Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology and has authored over 450 publications as original research, reviews and book chapters.

[+] Professor at The Department of Orthopaedics Duke University Medical Center
Virginia Byers Kraus, MD, PhD

Dr. Virginia Byers Kraus, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine. She is a practicing Rheumatologist with 20 years experience in Osteoarthritis research. She trained at Brown University (ScB 1979), Duke University (MD 1982, PhD 1993) and Duke University Medical Center Her career has focused on elucidating osteoarthritis pathogenesis and translational research into the discovery and validation of biomarkers for early osteoarthritis detection, prediction of progression, and monitoring of disease status. She served as the President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI, 2013-2015).

[+] Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School
Chris H. Evans, PhD

Dr. Evans is currently the Director of the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Maurice Edmond Mueller Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. The author of more than 300 papers, Dr. Evans undertakes translational research devoted to the development of clinically useful gene therapies for arthritis and the regeneration of bone and cartilage. In collaboration with Paul Robbins, he developed the first gene therapy clinical trial for rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Evans’ research has been recognized by numerous awards including the Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Henry Kunkle Award of the American College of Rheumatology, the Osteoarthritis Research Prize of The Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and the 2010 Arthur Steindler Award. Dr. Evans is also a Past-President of the Orthopedic Research Society and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal College of Pathologists. He obtained a BS in Genetics & Microbiology, a PhD in Biochemistry, and a D.Sc. degree from the University of Wales, Great Britain, as well as a MA in the History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

[+] Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New Jersey Medical School
Sheldon Lin, MD

Dr. Lin is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of the Foot and Ankle Division Department of Orthopedics New Jersey Medical School. In addition, Dr. Lin is a board certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in foot and ankle disorders and currently serves on the staff of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Overlook Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lin also serves as a Member of Orthopedic Scientific Advisory Board at BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc. and has published numerous scientific articles on topics including traumatic foot injuries, tendon abnormalities and various disorders of the foot and ankle. Dr. Lin completed his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University and received his medical doctorate from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. He completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with further training in a Foot and Ankle Fellowship under nationally renowned mentors John Gould, M.D., Jeffery E. Johnson, M.D., and Michael S. Shereff, M.D., at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

[+] Professor at The Scripps Research Institute
Paul Robbins, PhD

Dr. Robbins is currently a Professor in the Department of Metabolism and Aging at The Scripps Research Institute and was previously a Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Dr. Robbins also serves as the Director of the Vector Core Facility and Director of Basic Research for the Molecular Medicine Institute. He was an Associate Editor for Cancer Research and Gene Therapy and is currently on the Editorial Boards for Cancer Gene Therapy, Human Gene Therapy, Gene Therapy, The Journal of Gene Medicine, Arthritis Research, and Genes & Immunity. Dr. Robbins has co-authored over 280 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 150 book chapters and reviews and has edited three books on gene therapy. He was a member of the NIH PathB Study Section, Chair of the Italian Telethon Scientific Review Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Gene Therapy as well as former Chair of the American Society of Gene Therapy Committee on Musculoskeletal Diseases. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for Orthogen and Engene. Dr. Robbins received his BA from Haverford College and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

[+] Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Samsung Medical Center
Chul-Won Ha, MD, PhD

Dr. Chul-Won Ha, currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee disorders and knee-related sports injuries. Dr. Ha received his undergraduate degree, medical doctorate and fellowship training from Seoul National University with further training at the Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School as well as the Hospital for Special Surgery, Columbia & Cornell Medical School. In addition, Dr. Ha has served as a Board Member of the Medical Committee within the Korean Olympic Committee.

[+] Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Seoul National University Hospital
Myung-Chul Lee, MD, PhD

Dr. Myung-Chul Lee is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee joint disorders and is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Seoul National University Hospital. Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree, medical doctorate and fellowship training from Seoul National University and completed further medical training at the University of California in San Diego.


[+] Orthopaedic Surgeon at Summit Orthopedics
Mustafa A. Haque, MD

Dr. Haque is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder conditions in children and adults. He was a professor and Chief of Hand Surgery at Georgetown University prior to joining his current position in private practice with Summit Orthopedics. His training includes undergraduate studies at Yale University, followed by medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency in 1997 at Case Western Reserve's University Hospitals of Cleveland. He stayed in Cleveland for a Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship that was combined between the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University Hospitals. In 1998, he joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Haque is a member a various professional societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Association, the Washington Hand Society and the Washington Orthopedic Society.

[+] Director of Joint Preservation at Sinai Hospital
Michael A. Mont, MD

Dr. Mont is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of joint pain in teens and adults due to joint degeneration, complex bone and joint disorders, avascular necrosis, hip, knee, shoulder and ankle injuries. He is currently the Director of Joint Preservation and Reconstruction at the Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics within Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Mont earned his medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, and received his fellowship training in reconstructive surgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions where he specialized in complex total joint revisions and actively participated in different clinical research studies in the area of total joint replacement. Dr. Mont served as an associate professor at Johns Hopkins and continues to teach and perform research. He has published over 400 articles and book chapters on various aspects of joint reconstruction. Dr. Mont is involved in multiple professional societies including the Knee Society, Hip Society and the National Osteonecrosis Foundation. He is on the board of editors of multiple journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and he has received multiple research grants.

[+] Director of Clinical Research at Rothman Institute
Javad Parvizi, MD, PhD

Dr. Parvizi is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in pelvis, hip, and knee reconstruction with a special interest in hip pain in young adults and joint preservation procedures. He is the Director of Clinical Research at the Rothman Institute and Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Parvizi completed his medical training in the United Kingdom graduating from University of Sheffield in 1991. He completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and fellowship training with Professor Reinhold Ganz in Iselspital, Switzerland. His training also includes a Master's degree from the Mayo Foundation in Molecular Biology that involved evaluating bone healing and cartilage repair. Dr. Parvizi is a member of various societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Orthopedic Research Society. He is actively involved in basic science research particularly related to Smart Self-Protective Implants that resist infection.

[+] Vice-Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center
David W. Romness, MD

Dr. Romness is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee disorders and joint replacement joint replacement including advanced bearing surfaces, computer guidance, small incision surgery, and advanced rehab techniques. Dr. Romness currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School after graduating with a BS from the University of Richmond and completed his surgical and orthopedic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A past president of both the Virginia and Washington Orthopedic Societies, Dr. Romness is active in a number of professional medical organizations. Dr. Romness has published multiple peer review articles and been named a recipient of the Kenmore Award for Resident Education at Georgetown University Medical Center where he serves as a clinical Assistant Professor for residents and medical students.