Neuroprosthetics Symposium Speaker Bio's

LTC(P) Paul F. Pasquina, M.D:  Paul 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 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.

Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD:  Todd is Director of the Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs; Director of Amputee Services RIC; Associate Professor & Associate Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine.  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.

Buddy Ratner, PhD: Buddy 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 it’s Director from 1984 until 1996.

John Olerud, MD: John is the George F. Odland Professor, Department of Medicine and
the Head of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Washington.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine.  Dr. Olerud’s research interests include 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 M.D. 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.

Christopher Allan, MD: Allan received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1991. He 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, Ph.D., 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.

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