AlterG is honored to announce the formation of its advisory board, consisting of leaders in the fields of medicine, physical therapy, and scientific research. These professionals will help AlterG discover how its innovative anti-gravity treadmill can be applied in the medical, rehabilitation, sports performance, and research arenas.
AlterG will benefit from the input of these industry giants and their activities and contacts will give us the ability to broaden and deepen our worldwide network of users. A continuing goal for AlterG is to create a shared database of collective knowledge that clinicians can use to optimize their patient and client outcomes.
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.
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.
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).