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2016 Program Speakers


Key Note Speaker

Joseph Vacanti, MD, FASC

Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication
Co-director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine
Chief of pediatric transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Recipient of the 2015 Jacobson Innovations Award of the American College of Surgeons

Opening Remarks

Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH
Executive Vice President of Health Sciences
The Ohio State University
Chief Executive Officer
OSU Wexner Medical Center

E. Christopher Ellison, MD
Interim Dean, ADM-Medicine Administration
Associate Dean, ADM-Medicine Administration
Vice Dean, ADM-Medicine Administration
Associate Vice President, Health Sciences Administration
Physician, Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Jeff Nelson
Chief Executive Officer and President

Department of Defense Distinguished Lecturers

Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Division/Burn Center
United States Army Institute of Surgical Research
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Fort Sam Houston, TX

Michael Davis, MD, FACS
Deputy Commander, USAISR
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, MC
San Antonio, Military Plastic Surgery
US Army Institute of Surgical Research

Wendy Dean, MD
Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project Management Office (TIRM PMO)
Medical Advisor to the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Fort Detrick, MD


Eric Elster, MD, FACS
Professor and Chairman
Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery
Uniformed Services University - "America's Medical School"

John Fergason
Chief prosthetist
Center for the Intrepid
San Antonio Military Medical Center


Brad Hendershot, PhD
Lead Scientist (HJF)
Director, Biomechanics and CAREN Labs, WRNMMC Assistant Professor, USU

Jeremy Charles Pamplin, MD, FCCM, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD
Chief, Clinical Trials Medical Director
Burn Intensive Care Unit U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research JBSA
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Benjamin Kyle Potter, MD, FACS
Deputy Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair (Research) & Associate Professor
Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Amputee Patient Care Program
Musculoskeletal Oncology – JPMCC/WRNMMC & NCI/NHLBI/NIH
Department of Orthopaedics
USU-Walter Reed Surgery


Distinguished Lecturers

Andrew Baird, PhD
President, The Wound Healing Society
Professor and Vice Chair Research (Surgery), Department of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine, University of California San Diego

Christopher Breuer, MD
Deputy Vice Chair, Research Nationwide Children's Hospital
Co-Director, Tissue Engineering Program, CRMCBT
Nationwide Children's/ The Ohio State University

Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS
Chief Medical Officer


William Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS
Professor of Surgery
University of Illinois Medical Center
University of Illinois, Chicago

Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD, FACS
Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Professor (by courtesy) of Materials Science and Engineering
Associate Chairman of Surgery for Research
Stanford University School of Medicine

Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD
Harvey Blank Professor and Interim Chairman
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Miami

Cameron Rink, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

J. Peter Rubin, MD
Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery
UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery
Professor of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Steven J. Stanhope, PhD
Associate Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship
Professor, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
Professor, Biomechanics and Movement Sciences (BIOMS)
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Director, BADER Consortium
Principal Investigator, Delaware INBRE
University of Delaware