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Kevin Ward, MD

Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ward’s passion is in creating programs that encourage true integration across the disciplines of medicine, engineering, data sciences, and entrepreneurship that accelerate discovery to true patient impact.  In addition to founding the Max Harry Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and Innovation, he led the design and implementation of Michigan Medicine’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation program and served as its inaugural Executive Director from 2013-2018. 

Dr. Gilbert Omenn served as U of M Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997-2002. He has been director of the UM-wide Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics since 2005. He is a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Association of American Physicians. He serves on the boards of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Ashley joined the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center in 2022 as its project manager for its concussion portfolio. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Psychology from Michigan State University and received her Clinical Research Coordinator certification (CCRP) in 2016. Ashley has been working in the research field since 2007 in both academic and pharmaceutical settings studying topics including ADHD in adolescents, pharmaceutical outcomes, and concussion.

Dr. Gosselin is an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her scholarship aims to explore and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical implementations with a specialized focus on emergency services, pre-hospitalization evaluation, and injury prevention. She has over twenty years of clinical practice at the bedside, including roles in leadership and management. She is active in multiple professional organizations, including the Emergency Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, National Communication Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Abigail Bretzin is a Research Investigator and member in the Department of Emergency Medicine and member of the Michigan Injury Prevention Center. Before joining U-M, Dr. Bretzin completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, gaining advanced training in epidemiology. During her postdoctoral studies, she also completed NIH funded training programs in sleep (T32 HL 007713) and traumatic brain injury (T32 NS 043126). Dr. Bretzin earned her PhD in Kinesiology at Michigan State University.

Dr. Bretzin’s research includes primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically sport-related concussion. Her research examines the epidemiology of concussion and TBI, related health disparities, and long-term outcomes of the injury and repetitive head impact exposure. Dr. Bretzin is also a member of the Data Coordinating Core of the Ivy League – Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study, leading analyses and study dissemination activities. Her research also engages under-represented communities, with attention to male and female differences in sport-related concussion incidence and outcomes.

Dr. Wiebe studies interactions between people and the environment and the health risks that result, with a focus on injuries and violence — the leading cause of death during the first half of the lifespan. He approaches study design issues by working at a temporal and spatial scale that is relevant to the induction period for a given exposure and outcome. The Space-Time Epi Group that he directs supports trainees whose research topics have a temporal dimension, a spatial dimension, or both. Managing and preventing sport-related concussion and firearm injuries are prominent in his research and training activities.

Dr. Wiebe is on the Executive Committee of the U-M Concussion Center and is affiliated with the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention as a scientist/ scholar.

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).

Amanda Esquivel obtained her PhD from Wayne State University in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently an Associate Professor in Bioengineering at University of Michigan – Dearborn in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research focuses on head injuries and measuring head acceleration in male and female athletes, validating wearable devices for on-field measurement, and protective equipment. She was recently awarded a Major Research Instrumentation by the National Science Foundation to acquire a linear impactor system to study injury mechanisms and severity.

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.