About the Speakers

Opening Remarks:

Thomas G. Kelley - Secretary of Veterans' Services was born and raised in Boston. After graduating from Boston College High, he attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 1960. Secretary Kelley entered Navy Officer Candidate School and spent the next thirty years as a Surface Warfare Officer, with several tours in Destroyers including command, combat duty with the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam, and staff duty in Washington, Japan, and Korea. He retired from the Navy in 1990, worked for the Defense Department as a civilian for a short time before returning to Boston.
He was sworn in as Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Services in April 1999 and as Secretary in August 2003.
Secretary Kelley is a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart. 

Morning Keynote Speaker:

 COL Jennifer Menetrez, MD, began her US Army career while attending Wellesley College through the ROTC program at MIT. She received her MD degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences then performed a categorical surgical internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas. Following internship, COL Menetrez served two years as a General Medical Officer in Germany, during which time she deployed to Saudi Arabia. She then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), followed by four years as the attending physician for the WRAMC inpatient rehab service and gait lab, among other duties. In the year 2000 she transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where she served as chief of the Physical Medicine Service and Department Performance Improvement committee, and was the lead figure in establishing the Center for the Intrepid (CFI). As the Director of the CFI she has the privilege of caring for service members who have had severe war-related injuries, to include amputations, burns, and limb salvage procedures. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty board certified in Pain Management.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Kendra Calhoun is the President & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America where she is implementing a 5-year plan to increase awareness about limb loss, improve amputee care and enhance community reintegration for people affected by limb loss in America. Prior to joining the Amputee Coalition, Kendra was chief operating officer for the Samueli Institute where she was responsible for the daily operation of the Institute and the fiscal affairs of the organization. Before the Institute, she was a partner with Carmichael Lynch Spong (CLS), a nationally recognized public relations firm. Before CLS, she was the corporate vice president of marketing, public relations and communications at Allina Health System, Minnesota's largest health system. Previous to Allina, Kendra was the executive director and lead lobbyist of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA). Her background also includes work with the Robert C. Byrd West Virginia University (WVU) Health Sciences Center and the WVU Alumni Association.  She earned a bachelor's degree in business, a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in journalism from West Virginia University.


Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Horst Aschoff
Dr. Aschoff is the Director of the Clinic for Plastic, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery at Sana Clinics, Lübeck Germany.  He studied Medicine at "Medizinische Hochschule Hannover", was educated as General Surgeon in the Clinics of the city of Hildesheim, studied plastic and hand surgery at Medical University of Lübeck, and received advanced education in "Orthopedic Surgery" and "Special Traumatology" in Bremen. Dr. Aschoff has a special interest in problems with osseointegration and skin perforating prostheses. He is now studying 50 patients, each of whom has received an endo-exo-femurprosthesis which is providing significant amounts of data relating to soft tissue problems, osseointegration and gait analysis.

Roy D. Bloebaum, Ph.D
University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics
Dr. Bloebaum is a Research Career Scientist and Co-Director of the VA Bone and Joint Research Lab at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Salt Lake City Health Care System.  He is a Research Professor for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah, and holds the Albert and Margaret Hofmann Chair in Orthopaedic Research.  He is also a Research Professor for the Departments of Biology and Bioengineering. 
Dr. Bloebaum's publications include 113 peer reviewed manuscripts on bone and total joint replacement related topics and has been a guest lecturer on these topics all over the world. He has received numerous military and academic awards, some of which are: Air Medals, Air Force Commendation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnam Service Medal, Rotary International Scholarship.  SIROT International Prize (Basic Research-Orthopaedic Surgery). Clemson Award for Applied Sciences, Society for Biomaterials, Chicago, IL.  He received his doctorate, as a Rotary International Scholar, from the University of Western Australia . Has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California and Arizona State prior to taking a position at the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr Bloebaums' research interests are osseointegrated implants for amputees, biomaterials, bone, total joint replacement, articular cartilage and electron microscopy.
Dr. Bloebaum has been an NIH reviewer over the past 10 years.  He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. His memberships include Orthopaedic Research Society, Society for Biomaterials, National Society for Histotechnology, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Professor Gordon Blunn
Head of Centre for Bio-Medical Engineering, University College London
In 2000 Professor Gordon Blunn was appointed as Head of the Centre for Bio-Medical Engineering. Professor Blunn has worked for the Centre for 14 years, initially employed to investigate the anti-microbial coatings for prostheses to prevent infection. Professor Blunn's current interests include fixation of implants to the skeleton, material properties associated with joint replacements and the design of endoprostheses.
Professor Blunn is also the Chief Scientific Officer at Stanmore Implants Worldwide Ltd. where he has extensive experience in orthopaedic medical devices, materials and musculo-skeletal tissues. He has led many successful research projects funded by government bodies and orthopaedic companies. He has established a team of dynamic researchers, some of whom are focused on enhancing massive endoprosthetic replacements.

Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D
Dr. Lambert is a Research Associate Professor at the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas.  He then spent five years in Manchester, UK at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute.  In 1993 he joined the Harvard Medical School, Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine and in 2000 joined Argose Inc., a research company dedicated to the development of a non invasive glucose monitor.   He has over 40 peer reviewed publications and three issued patents.

Stephen Lambert, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Lambert is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Central University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in medical biochemistry in Johannesburg, South Africa, carried out post-doctoral studies in Hematology at Tufts University, and  studied molecular and cellular neuroscience at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Duke University. Dr. Lambert was a faculty member in the Cell Biology department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for ten years before moving to UCF in 2006. He joined the College of Medicine in August 2008.
Dr. Lambert's research is in the area of Schwann cell biology and myelination. He has received grants from both the NIH and the Department of Defense.

Raymond L. Page, Ph.D
Research Assistant Professor, WPI Bioengineering Institute
Department of Biology & Biotechnology
Dr. Page’s primary research program focus is the study of cell de-differentiation and differentiation aimed toward the development of methods to generate less differentiated therapeutically useful cells using in vitro manipulation techniques.  His current projects include the use of biopolymer micro-thread scaffolding technology as a delivery vehicle for de-differentiated cells to repair large skeletal muscle defects.  He is also interested in in vitro models of skeletal muscle formation and function.  He has BS and MS degrees from West Virginia University and a PhD from Virginia Tech.  He is currently assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and research associate professor of the Bioengineering Institute at WPI.

Dr. Wolfgang Plitz
Laboratory of Biomechanics and Experimental Orthopedics
Department of Orthopaedics Großhadern, University of Munich (LMU)
 Prof. Plitz  is developing a  completely new technique for the fabrication of implants and is in the final stage of testings before  proceeding to the first clinical application in humans patients.  He is pushing "osseointegration" and "soft tissue regeneration" to new levels by developing the second generation of the so called Endo Exo Prosthesis. This new implant combines the advantages of the three dimensional tripode structure of the "Spongiosa Metal 2" with the material titanium. Prof. Plitz’s research and clinical work contribute important new aspects and insights about osseointegration and the interaction between soft tissue and foreign bodies,

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