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James Eckner

James (JT) Eckner, MD, MS

Dr. Eckner received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. His research addresses mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, including concussion prevention through neck strengthening exercise, concussion biomechanics, determining the role of reaction time testing in concussion assessment, long term effects of concussion on neurological health, as well as, in the management and rehabilitation of athletes.

Dr. Eckner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Director of Clinical Research, Michigan NeuroSport and PM&R Concussion Programs, and Director of the PM&R Resident Research Program, in addition to the Michigan Concussion Center’s Research Associate Director.

Sun Young Park, PhD, is an associate professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Dr. Park’s research areas include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Interaction Design, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on empowering individuals to help them access, understand, and share their health-related data for effective communication and shared decision-making. Her research projects have been funded by the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), National Science Foundation (NSF) CRII and CAREER, National Health Institute (NIH), and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dr. Seagly is a licensed psychologist, and a clinical neuropsychologist, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She is the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation Program. She received her Ph.D. from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.  She completed her clinical internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University and her APPCN neuropsychology fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.  She trained for three years in TBI Model Systems prior to accepting a TBI-focused faculty position in the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology (RPN) in 2017.  Since joining the University of Michigan, she has started an RPN adult concussion program incorporating both brief assessment and intervention, and has been collaborating with Brain Injury Medicine physicians on further development of the inpatient TBI program, incorporating the Learning Health System for improving patient care and research on TBI outcomes.  Her research interests are primarily in the areas of psychosocial, cognitive and quality of life outcomes following TBI, concussion outcomes, performance validity tests, and improving collaborative rehabilitation treatment.

Dr. Popovich is a Sports Neurology fellowship-trained Neurologist who provides clinical concussion care in the University of Michigan NeuroSport clinic and is a team physician for Eastern Michigan University Athletics. Dr. Popovich has a number of research interests focused on treatment and recovery after traumatic brain injury. He has developed a patient database for the Sports Neurology clinic which tracks the pathogenesis and recovery after a concussion to evaluate clinically useful biomarkers of recovery and the roles of exercise in recovery.

Dr. Waldron completed her PhD at Wayne State University and clinical fellowship at the Ann Arbor VA/University of Michigan, after which she practiced as a clinical neuropsychologist for 7 years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit in outpatient neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Waldron joined our faculty in September 2019 as Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology. Her clinical practice at Burlington and Med Rehab includes assessment and treatment of patients who have experienced brain injuries across the spectrum of severity, including concussion. She has published extensively in the areas of brain injury and rehabilitation, with particular emphasis on non-neurological influence on rehabilitation outcomes, interdisciplinary care, resilience, and positive psychological interventions.

Kylee Phillips, MD, MBA is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Team Physician for the University of Michigan Department of Athletic Medicine. She is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Phillips graduated from the University of Arizona School of Medicine and the Eller College of Management. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and then came to the University of Michigan to complete her Sports Medicine Fellowship. She currently serves as the Director for the Emergency Medicine Sports Medicine elective and is the Coordinator of the Sports Medicine-Emergency Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Phillips’ clinical interests include the use of ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries and emergency action planning for athletic events. She also works to improve the assessment and treatment of concussions and musculoskeletal injuries by Emergency Medicine physicians.

Dr. Mark E. Oppenlander is a board-certified neurosurgeon at the University of Michigan Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in complex spinal operations, including spinal deformity, scoliosis, spinal tumors, thoracic disc disease, craniovertebral junction surgery, robotics in neurosurgery, and trauma. Dr. Oppenlander has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and participated in conferences at the state, national, and international level with multiple invited presentations. He serves as faculty for the AANS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the National Football League (NFL).

Dr. Michael Vesia, assistant professor of Movement Science and director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology received his PhD in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.

Dr. Vesia has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of NeurophysiologyExperimental Brain ResearchCerebral Cortex, Brain Stimulation and the Journal of Neuroscience. His research focuses on understanding brain network dynamics in cognition, perception, and movement after brain injuries and neurological disease. He hopes to improve movement and cognition in older adults and individuals with neurological disorders through non-invasive brain stimulation and motor-cognitive therapies.

Dr. Ingrid Ichesco received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, and her fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ichesco practices pediatric sports medicine and her clinic focuses on sport-related musculoskeletal injuries and concussion in youth athletes.

Dr. Ichesco is an Assistant Professor and is the Sports Medicine Section Chief in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a part of the Michigan NeuroSport Program. Her research interests include concussion education and prevention in youth athletes.

Dr. Jacob R. Joseph is a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment and management of traumatic brain and spine injuries. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with Highest Honors. He then earned M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He went on to complete a seven-year neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Joseph then completed additional training in Neurotrauma and Complex Spinal Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under the tutelage of Dr. David Okonkwo. His research focuses on the biomechanics, diagnosis, and management of brain and spine injuries.