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About the Speakers

Christopher Allan, MD received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1991 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Chicago in 1997. Dr. Allan next completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 1998 with David Lichtman, MD, an international leader in reconstructive surgery of the wrist. Wrist surgery for both acute trauma and reconstruction remains a special interest and focus of Dr. Allan’s practice. Dr. Allan’s research interests include regeneration and tissue engineering and their application to hand trauma. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious AAOS/OREF Clinical Scientist Traveling Fellowship, working with mentor Brian Johnstone, PhD, on stem cells and regenerative medicine for hand and upper extremity trauma. In 2008 he joined a multicenter team of researchers funded for several years by DARPA, the United States Department of Defense central research organization, to study mammalian digit regeneration. He is a frequently invited speaker, author, and reviewer of publications and grant applications in these fields at the national level.

Kent N. Bachus, Ph.D. received a BS in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, an MS in bioelectrics/bioengineering from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah in 1994 and currently serves as director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. He is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and holds academic appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He reviews for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Trauma, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and Journal of Biomaterials. His society memberships include the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the North American Spine Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials. His research interests include the design and development of percutaneous osseointegrated implants for amputees, establishing and maintaining infection-free dermal-barriers for percutaneous devices, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries, bone and soft tissue biomechanics, human and animal joint kinematics, and spine biomechanics.

Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, is director of the Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs; director of Amputee Services RIC; associate professor and associate dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine at the Northwestern University. He is currently researching amputation, prosthetics, electrodiagnosis, prosthetic control systems, using nerve-muscle grafts to obtain additional myoelectric control signal, bioelectromagnetics modeling, prosthetic design, human gait, and care of the amputee. Dr. Kuiken is a practicing physiatrist and director of Amputee Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His clinical interests include care of people with limb loss, amputee pain, phantom limb pain, gait disorders, spinal cord injury, fitting of orthotic devices, and patient emotional well being.

LTC(P) Paul F. Pasquina, MD, is chief of the Integrated Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. He also is the medical director of the Amputee Program and recently assumed responsibilities as the co-director of the TBI Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Pasquina has authored multiple book chapters, journal articles, and policy papers. He has served as the PM&R residency program director and medical advisor to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command for quality healthcare, and continues to serve as a consultant to the FDA's Orphan Drug Program. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) as well as a secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs.

John Olerud, MD is the George F. Odland Professor, Department of Medicine and head of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Washington. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine. Dr. Olerud’s research interests include the study of abnormal wound healing in patients with diabetes mellitus, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and biomaterials/skin interface. His clinical activities involve cutaneous lymphoma, skin manifestations of diabetes and internal diseases, leg ulcers, and connective tissue diseases. Dr. Olerud received his MD degree from the University of Washington in 1971, completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in 1975, and completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Washington in 1977.

George Pins is an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at WPI. His research focuses on using biomimetic design strategies and innovation fabrication processes to develop engineered replacements for damaged tissues and organs. He is currently creating three-dimensional scaffolds that regenerate tissue by maintaining native tissue architecture and preserving cellular microenvironments. These enable precise investigation of cell structure and function in wound healing and tissue remodeling and will lead to improved design of engineered analogs for repair of soft tissue injuries. This research has been supported by the Whitaker Foundation, NIH, DoD, and others. Prior to joining WPI, Professor Pins was a research scientist at Tensegra, Inc., in Norwood, MA where he worked on the development of several medical devices including hydrocephalus shunt filters and artificial disk replacements. Professor Pins received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, and completed his post-doctoral training in tissue engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Buddy Ratner, PhD, is a professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering at the University of Washington and Director of UWEB (University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials). Dr. Ratner is an Investigator at NESAC/BIO, collaborating on UWEB research projects involving surface analysis. He also serves as a consultant to core and collaborative projects in the areas of surface analysis, surface modification, molecular recognition, and polymer chemistry, and head ups research on non-fouling surfaces. Dr. Ratner's research interests include biomaterials that induce healing, tissue engineering, synthesis and characterization of polymeric biomaterials, surface analysis, and plasma deposition of thin films. Dr. Ratner received his Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1972. He was NESAC/BIO’s founder, and its director from 1984 until 1996.

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