Board of Advisors

Brian Cole, MD, MBA

Dr. Cole is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with over 20 years experience. He currently serves as Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Dr. Cole is the section head of the Cartilage Research Program and the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush. He is also the head of the Orthopaedic Master’s Program at Rush, training residents and fellows in sports medicine. Dr. Cole also serves in the capacity of Head Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls and Co-Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox.

In his practice at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Dr. Cole specializes in arthroscopic shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery. He has a specific interest in arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder (rotator cuff, instability and arthritis), elbow, and knee in athletes. In addition to his robust clinical practice, Dr. Cole has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and science research studies. Additionally, Dr. Cole has authored and edited several hundred peer-reviewed publications, including highly recognized orthopaedic textbooks on arthroscopy, sports medicine and cartilage transplantation. His publications include nearly one thousand book chapters, technique papers, and presentations describing the techniques and results of shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery. Dr. Cole lectures and teaches on the techniques of cartilage restoration and shoulder arthroscopy to international audiences.

Fred D. Cushner, M.D.

Fred D. Cushner, M.D. completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction and sports medicine at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute.  Dr. Cushner remained on staff and is currently Director of this prestigious Institute.  Dr. Cushner’s practice is dedicated to the treatment of knee disorders.  He has a special interest in cartilage injuries of the knee and actively performs a variety of cartilage resurfacing techniques.  When Total Knee Arthroplasty is required, modern, state of the art techniques are utilized including Gender Specific, High Flexion, and Minimally Invasive designs.

Dr. Cushner is a recognized expert in the area of bloodless surgery.  He is an active member in numerous Orthopaedic organizations including Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Knee Society, and the Association of Professional Team Physicians.  Dr. Cushner served as a team physician with the New York Knicks, XFL Hitmen as well as arena football City Hawks.

Dr. Cushner was recently named Chairman of the Division of Orthopaedics at Southside Hospital in Bayshore.  Dr. Cushner sees and operates on patients both in New York City and in Long Island.

Marc Guillet, PT, OCS, ATC

Marc Guillet has his Master’s degree from Columbia University in Physical Therapy. He completed his Athletic Training Certification during his work at the UCLA Athletic department while working for two years on rotations of general orthopedics,neurology, pediatrics, and cardiac rehabilitation.

The six years following his work at the UCLA and Stanford Athletic departments, he concentrated his focus on injuries related to high level athletes in over 35 different sports. More recently, he has managed a staff of thirty clinicians for over two years at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. He is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist and has lectured and been published in peer reviewed journals in spine and extremity related problems. Marc founded Agile Physical Therapy in July of 2002.


Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum is an experienced, board certified orthopaedic surgeon who is recognized as one of the top knee injury specialists in the United States. Dr. Mandelbaum joined the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in 1989 and has previously served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. John’s Health Center.

Dr. Mandelbaum is active in many leadership positions in the community, including Team Physician for all U.S. Soccer Federation teams, U.S. Gymnastics Federation, FIFA World Cup USA (he is currently Medical Director for the U.S. World Cup Team), and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Mandelbaum is a well-published author and a frequent lecturer and instructor. Among other posts, he has served as the Course Chairman of the Annual National Articular Cartilage Repair Symposium for Sport Medicine Fellows since 2000. He is also heavily involved in medical research with current involvement, among others, in a five-year study on ACL Injury and Prevention, which has been supported with a grant from the National Institute of Health.

Christopher M. Powers, PhD, PT

Christopher M. Powers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, and Co-Director of the MBRL at USC. He also has joint appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine. His primary teaching responsibilities include the areas of biomechanics and the mechanics of human gait.

Dr. Powers studies the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research and publications are concerned with the kinematic, kinetic, and muscular actions associated with human movement, the pathomechanics of orthopedic disabilities, and issues related to rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and has received several research awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section, the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award and the Helen J Hislop Award for contributions to the professional literature.

Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopaedic and Research sections), American Society for Biomechanics, American Society for Testing and Measures, and the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis. In addition, Dr. Powers is on several editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and the Journal of Athletic Training. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as President of the Section on Research.

Michael Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Michael M. Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS is considered a leader in the field of sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. As a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Michael specializes in all aspects of care of shoulder, elbow, and knee disorders. He has worked extensively with a variety of professional athletes with emphasis on the care of throwing injuries in baseball players. In addition to his clinical work, he has made significant academic contributions in the form of laboratory research, biomechanical research, and clinical outcome studies.
Michael is currently the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Director of Medical Services of the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club. He is also the Coordinator of Rehabilitation Research and Education of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine Division, of Massachusetts General Hospital at the MGH Sports Center in Boston, MA. In addition, Michael is Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.

Michael has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters in publications such as AJSM and JOSPT. Michael is on the International Review Board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and the review boards of 4 journals. He recently guest edited a special issue of JOSPT on articular cartilage and meniscal lesions of the knee. Michael is also actively speaking at various seminars and national meetings including past presentations at the annual APTA, NATA, and ACSM conferences and invited lectures at Harvard University.

Amol Saxena, DPM

Dr. Saxena is a podiatrist with Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Sports Medicine Department. One of the nation’s top podiatric surgeons, Dr. Saxena helps world-class athletes realize their dreams and reach their competitive potential. He is board certified in foot and reconstructive rear foot/ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Saxena is Chief of the Division of Podiatric Services for Stanford Hospital and the Fellowship Director for the Foot and Ankle Surgery/Sports Medicine Fellowship at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Dr. Saxena has treated dozens of Olympians (including gold medal winners) and Olympic Trials qualifiers, numerous professional athletes, and many of the top area high school athletes. He currently serves as a member of the USA Track and Field medical staff, helping out on the USA Track Medical Committee and providing care to athletes at numerous events. Dr. Saxena is also a consultant on shoe design for numerous medical and athletic footwear companies.

Dr. Saxena has conducted research on chronic ankle pain, Achilles and peroneal tendons, stress fractures, midfoot injuries (Lis Franc) and arthritis of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (MP – or big toe joint). He is the author of over 50 articles, abstracts, and chapters, including several in orthopedic journals, and is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally.

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT

Dr. Kevin Wilk has been a physical therapist, researcher, and educator for more than 25 years. He is a leading authority in the rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopaedic lesions. Kevin is currently Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine (a Physiotherapy Facility) in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he is the Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kevin is also President of the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and serves as a Rehabilitation Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Baseball Team.

Dr. Kevin Wilk has published over 125 journal articles, over 75 book chapters, and has lectured at over 400 professional and scientific meetings. He is currently on the review board of 7 journals and has received numerous professional awards. He was also the first non-physician named to a committee for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).