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Summa Sports Health Symposium Presenter Bios


Ulnar Collateral Ligament: Anatomy and Mechanism of Injury Review - Matthew Kiessling MS, AT, PES, CES

Matthew is an Ohio Licensed, BOC Certified Athletic Trainer for Summa Center for Sports Health, working at Norton High School. Mr. Kiessling received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baldwin-Wallace University and East Stroudsburg University respectively; specific focus and interest in the development of preventive and corrective programs for secondary student-athletes using evidence-based practices and patient outcomes.

Sports Medicine Approach to Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries - Robert Crawford, MD

Dr. Crawford is a practicing Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist; he is the team physician for Wadsworth High School, Kent State University, and the Akron Rubber Ducks.  He is part of The Summa Center for Sports Health and has offices in Wadsworth and Medina.

Surgical Approach to  Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries - Dan Myer, MD

Dr. Myer is an Orthopaedic surgeon for Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center. He is fellowship-trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Myer serves as the team physician for Revere High School.

Rehabilitation and Prevention of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries - Lucas Smith PT, DPT, CSCS

Luke is a physical therapist at Summa Outpatient Rehabilitation at Green. He is a graduate of Walsh University.  As a clinician, Luke works mostly with high school athletes and works closely with the physicians, athletic trainers, athletes and parents to provide care to the patients in the community.

EBP: The Role of NSAIDS and Evidence Based Practice - Gregory Cain, MD

Dr. Cain has been practicing as a physician in the State of Washington for 29 years, actively engaged in pediatrics for 26 of those. The most recent three years, Dr. Cain has been practicing in sports medicine with Group Health Physicians. Dr. Cain received his MD from the University of Washington, completing his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Summa Health System.

Addiction to Pain Medication in Sports (Addiction Medicine from Summa) - Julia Hunter, MD

Dr. Hunter is currently an addiction medicine fellow at Summa Health System.   

Role of the HC Provider in Recognition and Referral of Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar, dysmorphic  disorder, etc) - Autumn Wagoner, LISW

Autumn Wagoner is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received her bachelors and masters in social work at the University of Akron. Autumn is currently employed through Coleman Behavioral Health. She works as a behavioral health consultant through the integrated care program at Summa Internal Medicine Center and Family Medicine Center. Autumn is also employed at the University of Akron as an adjunct instructor teaching addiction courses through the School of Social Work. Autumn has experience working in mental health, geriatrics, addictions, and corrections.

"Return to Participation Decisions in Sports Medicine: Roles, Responsibilities, Documents and Documentation to Minimize Potential Risks and Reduce Liability".   Dave Herbert, JD

Mr. Herbert is a member of David L. Herbert & Associates, LLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Canton, Ohio. He is a graduate of The University of Akron Law School (J.D. 1974) and Kent State University (BBA, 1971). Mr. Herbert has worked in law-related fields associated with these subjects for over 30 years and has provided services to ACSM, NSCA, ACE, AFAA and numerous other similar organizations.

Conditioning and Strength Training in Baseball Through the Years - Larry Starr, AT

Starr began his athletic training career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor at Ohio University from 1968-1971. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Ohio University.  Starr was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds for 21 years from 1972-1992. His knowledge and expertise were paramount in helping the "Big Red Machine" win back-to-back World Series Championships in 1975 & 1976. Larry then spent nine years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Florida Marlins baseball club. Starr's efforts contributed greatly to the immediate success of the expansion franchise, which captured the 1997 World Series Championship in just their fifth MLB season.  Starr was named Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Medicine at Nova Southeastern (NSU) in August 2002.  While at NSU, Starr established the NSU Sports Medicine Interdisciplinary Team that gives quality healthcare to the 350 student-athletes at the NCAA Division II Institution. He is presently President of Starr Athletic Solutions, LLC, a injury prevention/rehabilitation and fitness consulting firm, while completing a doctorate in educational leadership with a healthcare concentration. Starr’s honors include induction into the OATA Hall of Fame, ATAF Hall of Fame, Carrollton H.S. HOF, Tennis Fantasy with the Legends HOF, NATA HOF, NSU Sports HOF and OU Medal of Merit Award for his contributions to the athletic training profession


Case Study 1: Differential Diagnosis of Nerve Pathologies in the Shoulder - Sumit Bassi, MD

Dr. Bassi is a Sports Medicine Fellow at Summa Center for Sports Health where he is the team physician for Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Case Study 2: Shoulder Case study TBD - Ben Burkam, MD

Dr. Burkam is a Sports Medicine Physician for Summa Center for Sports Health; team physician for Kent State University.

Case Study 3: Shoulder TBD - Dan Myer, MD

Dr. Myer is an Orthopaedic surgeon for Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center. He is fellowship-trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Myer serves as the team physician for Revere High School.

"My Arm Hurts" - What it Means to the Throwing Athlete - Steve Pritchard AT

Steve Pritchard MS, AT is an Athletic Trainer at Southwest General Health Center (SWGHC) where he is the Head Athletic Trainer at Strongsville High School.  He is also the co-founder of Proactive Athletic Assessment and Performance which specializes in the training of the overhead throwing/hitting athlete.  Mr. Pritchard received his Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University in 1986 and his Masters degree from Syracuse University in 1988.  He has worked in several different Athletic Training arenas and is currently in his 17th year @ SWGHC/Strongsville High School.

Skin Disorders: What Clinicians Need to Know - Nilesh Shah, MD

EBP: Gel Injections in Knee: Latest Debate - Nilesh Shah, MD

Dr. Shah is the Medical Director for Summa Center for Sports Health; team physician for Kent State University, Akron Rubber Ducks and Kent Roosevelt High School; Board certified in family medicine and holds a C.A.Q. in primary care sports medicine.

Risk Mgt: Legal and Ethical Implications for HC Providers in Reporting Self Harm, Teen Pregnancy, etc. - Heather Bukosky BSN, RN

Heather Bukosky is a risk management specialist at Summa Health System.

Performance Enhancement Drugs in Sports - Stanley Hunter, MD

Dr. Hunter is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. He is currently a team physician for Springfield High School and Kent State University.

Stem Cell in Sports Medicine: The Latest Research - Trevor Bullock, DO

Dr. Bullock is a Sports Medicine Physician at University Hospitals. He completed his undergraduate and medical education at Ohio University. His medical education was followed by a Family Medicine residency at Summa’s Akron City Hospital and Sports Medicine fellowship at Toledo Hospital. Dr. Bullock has expertise in each of the following areas: Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Concussions, Osteoarthritis, Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections.