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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).

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.

Dr. Hu’s research focuses on injury biomechanics, parametric human modeling, and optimization of safety designs by a multidisciplinary approach combining experimental, numerical, and epidemiological procedures. He is an author of 120+ peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and has received multiple awards on developing parametric human models representing a diverse population for injury prevention. Dr. Hu’s research has been funded by a variety of government and industry funding agencies, including NHTSA, NSF, NIJ, DOD, and the auto industry. These projects have resulted in a wide range of scientific publications that are impacting the state-of-the-art tools for injury assessment.

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. Pangilinan is an Associate Professor in the Department of PM&R.  He graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the McGaw Medical Center/ Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirly Ryan Ability Lab).

His clinical practice is in neurorehabilitation following TBI, both in the in-patient and out-patient setting.  He is also the chief of the TBI/Polytrauma service in the VA-Ann Arbor.  He research focuses on diagnoses, prognosis, and management of patients following TBI.

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.

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. Alex Rogers is the site PI at the University of Michigan for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), an infrastructure network funded by HRSA. He has over 10 years of experience with clinical research operations and implementation and maintains an infrastructure to identify and enroll acutely injuries children. Dr. Rogers has collaborated on multiple studies with members of the Concussion Center and has a focus on acute diagnosis and management of concussion in the emergency setting.