James Andrews, MD (Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Gulf Breeze, Fla.). Dr. Andrews is the founder of Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. He and other physicians at the Andrews Institute are researching and implementing stem cells as a viable therapy for orthopedic conditions, including regenerative medicine for torn ligaments and tendons. Dr. Andrews has made contributions to clinical research in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment as well as authored several articles on his research. He is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has served on the board of directors for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Andrews is a team physician for the Washington Redskins. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Tulane Medical School, both in New Orleans. Dr. Andrews serves on the medical and safety advisory committee of USA Baseball and on the board of Little League Baseball.
Brian Cole, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. Cole is the section head of the Cartilage Research Program and Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is conducting ongoing research and clinical trials with orthobiologics, including stem cells, bone marrow and platelet-rich plasma. He has authored and edited hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, including textbooks on arthroscopy, sports medicine and cartilage transplantation. He won The Lewis Clark Wagner Award for a resident with excellence in orthopedic surgery research. Dr. Cole received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a team physician for the Chicago Bulls and a co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox.
Jason L. Dragoo, MD (Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.). Dr. Dragoo is the head team physician for the Stanford University football program and serves as a team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. In addition to his practice, he is invested in tissue engineering studies focusing on the ability to harvest stem cells for knee surgery. He is interested in studying treatment for ACL injuries, specifically female ACL tears, and has trialed platelet-rich plasma injections. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been a North American representative with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for the Scientific Exchange program with Europe. Dr. Dragoo earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix and completed his residency at the University of California in Los Angeles. His additional training includes a fellowship at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.
Joshua Hackel, MD (Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Gulf Breeze, Fla.). Dr. Hackel is a primary care sports physician at Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and the director of the primary care sports fellowship. His clinical specialties include musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries, regenerative medicine and injection therapy, including peripheral joint injections. Dr. Hackel has studied stem cells extensively, and his research specialties are stem cell regeneration and autologous blood injections. He is currently studying stem cells, along with platelet-rich plasma, musculoskeletal ultrasound, hyaluronic acid shoulder injections and osteoarthritis of the knee. He completed his medical training at American University of the Caribbean and both an internship and a residency at Columbus Regional Medical Center in Georgia. Dr. Hackel is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association.
Jon Hyman, MD (St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta). Dr. Hyman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who focuses on sports medicine. He has used stem cells to spur regenerative growth in patients, including as a tool to spur bone growth in conjunction with a damaged ACL. His other surgical subspecialties include injury prevention and minimally invasive surgery and knee, shoulder and hip procedures. He the former team orthopedist for the New York Giants, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Thrashers. Dr. Hyman received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed a surgical internship and residency in orthopedic surgery from Emory University Hospitals in Atlanta. He also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He's a member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Atlanta Orthopaedic Society.
Eric Janssen, MD (Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center, Huntsville, Ala.). Dr. Janssen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. His emphasis is on the diagnosis and treatment of knee surgery and shoulder injuries. He has an interest in biologics, including stem cell and platelet-rich plasma technology, and his practice offers PRP injections to patients. Dr. Janssen has published several articles on ACL reconstruction and conducted research on the knee and shoulder. He is currently conducting post market research on articular cartilage repair. He received his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington and completed his residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Janssen finished a sports medicine fellowship at Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Ga.
Augustus Mazzocca, MD (University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.). Dr. Mazzocca is an associate professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He has been using biologics to improve sutures. Dr. Mazzocca coats sutures with collagen to help them better bond with bone and tendons. One aspect of his research is on biologic repair of rotator cuffs. His goal is to harvest the mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow and to implant the cells at the rotator cuff during the same surgery. Among his subspecialties Dr. Mazzocca cites shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, shoulder dislocation and instability and degenerative disease of the shoulder and rotator cuffs. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mazzocca's additional training includes a sports medicine fellowship at Rush University in Chicago.
Joseph Purita, MD (The Institute of Regenerative & Molecular Orthopaedics, Boca Raton, Fla.). Dr. Purita is the medical director at The Institute of Regenerative & Molecular Orthopaedics who has done extensive research on stem cells and spoken on the subject at numerous conferences. He gave a lecture titled "The Use of Stem Cells and PRP in the Treatment of Athletic Injuries" at the 19th International Congress of Orthopedics and Traumatology in the Dominican Republic. His research has focused heavily on stem cells in orthopedics, regenerative medicine and with platelet-rich plasma injections. Dr. Purita is a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery, pain management and anti-aging medicine. He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and served an internship at the University of Florida Medical Center. Dr. Purita completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Scott Rodeo, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City). Dr. Rodeo is a clinician-scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He also works as a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and co-chief of the sports medicine and should service at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in sports medicine, injuries of the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow, arthritis surgery and joint replacement surgery. He is currently participating in a randomized clinical trail to measure how effective platelet-rich fibrin matrix is in healing rotator cuff repairs. He believes biologic agents will eventually replace conventional bone grafts, as well. His research includes evaluation of cellular and molecular mechanism of tendon-to-bone healing, evaluation of novel materials for meniscus replacement and meniscus tissue engineering. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed both his residency and fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Kevin R. Stone, MD (The Stone Clinic, San Francisco). Dr. Stone is founder of The Stone Clinic and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco, which conducts research on advanced surgical techniques and tissue regeneration. He is the co-founder of ReGen Biologics, a publicly traded medical device company focused on meniscus regeneration. At his clinic, Dr. Stone often uses the BioKnee program to use biologics in lieu of implants to heal arthritic knees. BioKnee is a combination of meniscus transplantation and stem cell paste grafting. Dr. Stone holds approximately 50 patents on inventions to improve healthcare. He received his medical degree from Harvard University in Massachusetts for internal medicine and orthopedic surgery, and he completed a fellowship in knee surgery under J. Richard Steadman, MD. He is the physician for the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco.
Paul Tortland, DO (Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine, Avon, Conn.). Dr. Torland is board certified in sports medicine, family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He also founded Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine. Dr. Torland was among the first surgeons in the state to begin using autologous adult stem cell injections to treat joint arthritis and severe muscle and tendon injuries. He is certified in prolotherapy and tours the world lecturing on sports medicine and orthopedic issues. He is a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and a member of societies including American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and the American Academy of Osteopathy. Dr. Torland graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine and also completed a residency there in osteopathic manipulative medicine and general practice.
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