Francis X. Conidi, MD, DO, MS
Dr. Conidi is a graduate of BostonUniversity, Boston University School of Medicine and Southeastern University College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Tuft’s University’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, his residency at Boston University School of Medicine’s Boston City and University Hospitals and received additional training in headache and neurology through the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.
He is currently the Director of the FloridaCenter for Headache and Sports Neurology, a tertiary headache center which specializes in the treatment Sports Related neurological disorders with an emphasis on sports related mild traumatic brain injury as well as refractory headache patients and patients with facial pain. He is the team neurologist for the NHL’s Florida Panthers and a member of their medical team. As well as consulting neurologist for the Miami Dolphins and NY Mets (major and minor league teams). He holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Florida State University School of Medicine and is a member the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Executive Committee.
In addition to his duties as Executive Director of The Seeing Stars Foundation, he serves on the advisory board for a number of pharmaceutical companies, is a member of multiple neurological societies and actively directs and participates in clinical trials.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD
Dr. Jeff Kutcher is a graduate of the University of Michigan and completed medical school at Tulane University. He returned to the University of Michigan to complete his neurology training where he has remained as a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and director of the University of Michigan’s NeuroSport program dedicated to the treatment, study and education of concussion and sports related neurological injuries.
Dr. Kutcher is currently head of the NBA’s concussion program, and a current member of the NFL Players Association concussion committee as well as a former member of the NFL concussion committee. He is the team neurologist for the University of Michigan football and hockey teams and has consulted on concussion for a number of major professional sports organizations including the NHL, NBA, NFL and US Hockey. He is a graduate of the AAN’s prestigious Palatucci leadership program and one of the founding members of the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Sports Neurology Section, where he just completed his term as chair. During that time Dr. Kutcher was co-author of the AAN’s position statement of sports concussion and is the co-author of the AAN concussion guidelines and Zurich guidelines.
He had previously testified before congress at a hearing focusing on concussions in sports and the marketing of "anti-concussion" or "concussion-reducing" sports equipment. His research interests include longitudinal studies on the effects of concussion on athletes throughout their lifetime. Dr. Kutcher has appeared on a number of major media outlets discussing various issues related to sports concussion.
Dr Kevin Crutchfield, MD
Dr. Crutchfield is a Stroke Neurologist and Director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program, Non-Invasive Cerebrovascular Labs, and the Sandra and Malcolm Berman, Brain and Spine Institute, at the JohnsHopkinsUniversitySinaiHospital in Baltimore, MD. He is also chief medical officer or New Health Sciences Inc and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology and Emergency and Military Medicine at USUHS. Dr. Crutchfield is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology training at WalterReedMedicalCenter with additional fellowship training in metabolic neurology at the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as a consulting neurologist for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and is a member of the NFL Players Association Concussion Committee.
In addition to the above he has been recognized by Washington Magazine as one of their “Top Doctors”. Dr. Crutchfield is also a member of the AmericanAcademy of Neurology’s Sports Neurology Section and Critical Care Section and actively participates in clinical trials.
Dr. Christopher Giza, MD
Dr. Christopher Giza graduated from DartmouthCollege in 1986 and received his M.D. from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1990. After internship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Giza completed his residency training in Adult Neurology and fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at UCLA. Dr. Giza then spent 2 summers as a member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) team, gaining first-hand experience of traumatic injuries in the field.
In 1998, he returned to UCLA for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the BrainInjuryResearchCenter, and joined the faculty in 2001. His current research interests include neuroplasticity, recovery from injury, sport-related brain injuries and brain development. He runs the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clinic at UCLA. His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Child Neurology Foundation/Winokur Family Foundation and the Thrasher Pediatric Research Foundation. His current position is Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Giza is the co-author of the AAN concussion guidelines.
Dr. Vernon B. Williams, MD
Dr. Williams was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s prestigious Inteflex Accelerated Pre-Medical/Medical Program. He completed his neurology residency at The University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD and is board certified by the American Association of Psychiatry and Neurology. After residency he completed a multidisciplinary, interventional pain fellowship in the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Division of Pain Medicine) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Williams gained extensive experience in evaluating and managing headache patients as well as planning and conducting clinical trials through his work as a Clinical Investigator with Innovative Medical Research, Inc., a dedicated clinical trials center in Towson, MD specializing in population-based research. At the completion of his pain fellowship Dr. Williams joined the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. There, he provides spine evaluation and management, neurologic consultation, electrodiagnostic services, and pain management services.
In early 2006, Dr. Williams began serving as the Director of Sports Neurology and Pain Management for the Sports Concussion Institute, a collective of Neuropsychiatrists, Neurologists, Forensic Psychiatrists, Post-Doc Fellows, Basic Scientists and Consultants dedicated to clinical management and research in the area of mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. He rose to the level of the Institute’s overall Medical Director in 2008. Dr. Williams enjoys combining his unique set of skills and interests in a multidisciplinary atmosphere for state-of-the-art, yet appropriate and responsible evaluation and/or treatment of concussion, neurologic disease, spine disorders, headache, and pain syndromes. Dr. Williams has lectured extensively on topics related to Neurologic Evaluation and Consultation, Sports Neurology, Concussion, Pain Physiology, Pharmacologic Pain Management, Interventional Pain Management, Non-Surgical Treatment of Spine Disorders, and Post-Operative Pain Management in the Orthopedic Patient. He has served as an expert consultant on Pain and Neurologic Disorders to major television networks, radio, satellite, and print media.
In addition to his clinical and educational activities, Dr. Williams provides expert witness and independent medical evaluations and serves on the inaugural Board of Councilors in the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the current chair of the AAN Sports neurology section.
Dr. Brian Hainline, MD
Dr. Brian Hainline, M.D., is Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He has a long career in Sports Medicine. Starting in January 2013, Dr. Hainline has been selected as the NCAA’s first chief medical officer (CMO). He is co-author of Drugs and the Athlete, a textbook that became the foundation for many of the anti-doping regulations in professional sport. Within tennis, he was a primary author of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, which is now the unified anti-doping program for the International Tennis Federation, the ATP Tour and WTA Tour. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and is now Chief Medical Officer of the United States Tennis Association. In this role, he is responsible for medical policies and procedures of the US Open and the 94 Pro Circuit tournaments, while promoting and developing the healthy growth of tennis throughout the country. Dr. Hainline is Chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science and Medicine Commission, which oversees all policies and procedures as they relate to health and safety matters for the 200 Olympic nations.
He also serves as a member of the International Tennis Federation Wheelchair Medical Commission, and in this role he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para and quad international tennis play. He was recently appointed as a member of the WTA PRO U Advisory Panel, which sets the standards for how girls may safely enter professional tennis–including Age Eligibility Rules from ages 14 to 18–and which provides the framework for comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical oversight in women’s professional tennis. For his medical contribution to tennis, he was awarded the WTA Tour Irving Glick Award and the International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Educational Merit Award. Dr. Hainline has also served on the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Committee, the New York State Athletic Commission, and was an investigator in the Retired NFL Player Concussion Study. He played number one varsity singles and doubles at the University of Notre Dame, and continues to play competitive tennis.
Dr. Barry D. Jordan, MD, MPH
Dr. Barry D. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H. is a board certified neurologist with specialized interests in sports neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Jordan is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and serves as the Director of the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) and the Brain Injury Program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York. He is also the former Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Athletic Commission and a team physician for U.S.A. Boxing.
Dr. Jordan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in neurophysiology and obtained his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jordan completed an internship in internal medicine at U.C.L.A. Medical Center and performed his neurology residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in public health at Cornell University Medical College, a clinical neurology fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, a fellowship in sports neurology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at U.C.L.A. Medical Center.
Dr. Jordan has served as a medical advisor to the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Organization and the Association of Boxing Commissions. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians. Dr. Jordan was also a participant at the Vienna, Prague and Zurich International Consensus Conferences on Sports Concussion. Dr. Jordan also participated in the Volunteer Physician Program at The United States Olympic Training Center and was a member of Medical Staff of the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. Dr. Jordan was also appointed to the NFL Macke-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.
Dr. Daniel Kantor, MD
Daniel Kantor, MD, is the medical director of Neurologique Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to patient-centered neurologic care, education, and research. He currently serves as the immediate past President of the Florida Society of Neurology and is engaged in the Florida NeuroAlliance -- dedicated to the combined advocacy of patients, physicians and nonprofits. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and is on the Advocacy Committee of the FL chapter of the ALS Association. Dr. Kantor received his medical training from the Columbia University Medical Center/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Medical School Collaboration for International Health and Medicine. After completing an internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Kantor went on to complete his residency in neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kantor is board certified in both Neurology and Headache Medicine and is the team neurologist for the Jacksonville Axemen (rugby) and Sharks (football) and is a licensed ringside physician in the State of Florida. He is presently the principal investigator of several early- and late-phase clinical trials.
Dr. Kantor was formerly an assistant professor of neurology and director of the Comprehensive MS Center at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, and he also serves on the board of the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) and is a delegate for the DCMS to the Florida Medical Association (FMA) and a member of the FMA council on legislation and a board member of the FMA PAC. In 2010-2011, Dr. Kantor was selected as one of only ten doctors in Florida to be on the FMA Leadership Academy and has served as an advisor and lecturer for the American Academy of Neurology's distinguished Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum. Dr. Kantor is a reviewer for Neurology and the International Journal of MS Care and has formerly served as assistant editor for the Journal of Molecular Recognition. Among several awards and honors he has received for academic achievement, teaching, research, and administrative excellence.