Expert Panel

cuffSteven Cuff MD, is a member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine team in Columbus, OH and co-director of their Sports Concussion Program. He also serves as the team physician for Watkins Memorial High School. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Cuff is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland and a fellowship in sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Duke University and his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Cuff is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of its Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. He currently serves on the Ohio AAP’s Home and School Health committee as co-chair of the Sports Medicine Sub-committee.   He is also a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and serves on their Education committee.

 


 

gamarraDr. Gamarra is a resident of Weston, FL and has been involved in South Florida athletics for over 35 years. As a youth he played club soccer at State Select and Junior Olympic levels. His roots in this community began with his father, Dr. Miguel Gamarra, a founding member of the South Florida Soccer League. Throughout the years, Alberto has been a part of the great soccer experiences this community has provided, from the FYSA State Cup, FHSAA State Cup, Pizza Hut Invitational in Orlando, FL, and AAU Junior Olympic teams, to sitting in the stands during the 80’s with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and 90’s with the World Cup. Now Alberto is trying to use those experiences and his training as a School Psychologist to ensure that student-athletes of all ages experience athletic competition in a safe and productive manner. Recent media accounts of star athletes suffering from suspected “post-concussion” syndrome has brought to light many of the obstacles to preventing, identifying, and treating sports-related concussions.

Dr. Gamarra is the founder of Saving Young Minds, Inc.  Saving Young Minds (SYM) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, and protect the young minds of student-athletes from under-privileged communities.

 


hercegDr. Mark Herceg is the Director of Neuropsychology at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains, NY. He holds a faculty appoint at Weill-Cornell Medical College as Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Neurology.  He is in charge of neuropsychological assessment and services for brain injured individuals, and this includes concussions management.   He consults with high school, collegiate and professional athletes who have sustained concussion, and this includes the neuropsychology staff of the New York Football Giants.

Dr. Herceg completed his training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU Medical Center, and this included working in the world- renowned Brain Injury Day Treatment program.  He remained with NU until 2003 when he joined Neuropsychology Consultants in Norwalk, CT, affiliated with the Norwalk Hospital Rehabilitation Department.   He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

Additionally, Dr. Herceg recently authored “Concussions: from a neuropsychological and medical perspective” which was published in a sports law book entitled, In The Arena (2013, NYSBA press). Dr. Herceg has presented abroad to international medical groups, physicians, and medical schools on concussion and rehabilitation of brain injury and stroke.

He is a member of the National Neuropsychology Academy, Sports Neuropsychology Society, APA, and is health service psychologist with the National Register.     He also serves as a consultant to Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT.   Dr. Herceg has been featured on local, national and international media.

 


kouturesChris Koutures, MD, FAAP, is American Board of Pediatrics Certified in both General Pediatrics and Sports Medicine and practices general pediatrics, sports medicine and performing arts medicine in Anaheim Hills, CA.

He recently was the co-author of the textbook Pediatric Sports Medicine: Essentials of Office Evaluation that was published by SLACK, Incorporated in October, 2013. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream with his selection as a volunteer Olympic Team Physician for the USA Volleyball and Table Tennis teams at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. He also has worked with USA Volleyball and the US Olympic Committee at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Koutures was an avid athlete while growing up in Irvine, and after graduation from Irvine High School he earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA where he was also a four-year sportswriter for the Daily Bruin. He then moved on to Big-10 country for a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also completed a pediatric residency. Returning to Southern California, he further specialized in sports medicine with a one-year fellowship training at UC San Diego.

He currently serves as a physician for:  US Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams (2008 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalists), Cal State University Fullerton Intercollegiate Athletics, Orange Lutheran and Northwood (Irvine) High Schools, Chapman University Dance Department, OC On Stage Performing Arts Medical Network

 He completed a six-year terms as an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and currently edits the biannual newsletter for that group. He has authored many medical publications, and speaks regularly on sports medicine topics around the country.  His interests include concussion management, overuse injuries, performing arts medicine, and injury prevention strategies/programs.

He regularly delivers sports medicine lectures and mentors residents at UC Irvine/Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is the medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Cal State Fullerton and oversees athletic training students from both CS Fullerton and Chapman University.

Dr. Koutures is still a dedicated athlete with particular interest in mountain biking when not doing yoga with his wife or chasing after his three children.


seatsRachel Seats, M.Ed graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1999 with a BA in English and Education. After teaching English 9-12 for several years, she completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership through The University of Mary Washington. During her tenure in public schools, Rachel has worked closely with literacy, writing development, academic organizing, and learning plans. In addition to her love of learning, she is passionate about school supplies and co-founding Office Candy’s Campus Candy Gals Division.  After teaching and working in administration for twelve years, she is excited to open The Academic Agency. The Academic Agency provides academic life coaching, learning plans, and strategies for empowered learners.  Recently, she has been developing and hosting an educational talk show, Classroom Seats and honing her blogging skills. Rachel and her husband have three dynamic sons—and four fur children.


 

scurryBriana Scurry is a 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion. Briana played goalkeeper for US Women’s National Soccer Team from 1993-2008, representing her country 173 times.  Including stopping a penalty kick against China in front of 90,000 screaming fans at the Rose Bowl in 1999.  Briana played for the Washington Freedom, women’s professional soccer, in 2009 and 2010.  While playing against the Philadelphia Independence on April 25th, 2010, she suffered a  blow to the right side of her head resulting in a concussion that not only ended her long and storied career, but changed her life forever.

Briana is now devoting herself to passing on her knowledge via coaching young goalkeepers, motivational speaking, and bringing much needed awareness to concussions in youth and adults.  As a former professional athlete, Briana brings a point of view of concussions that is crucial.  At this time 1 of 2 female soccer players will suffer a concussion and of those 15% will suffer lingering symptoms such a memory loss, headache pain, balance issues, light and sound sensitivity, depression, anxiety and isolation. It’s the emotional symptoms of depression, anxiety, and isolation that resonate most with Briana. It was the emotional side of a lingering concussion, along with debilitating headaches, that tormented her for over 3 ½ years. Over a 15 year period, Briana saved over 800+ goals for the US National team. NOW her toughest challenge is to succeed in educating, guiding, and providing light to those who may have felt lost in the emotional darkness of concussions.

Briana currently resides in the Washington DC area and can be reached at BriScurry.com

 


 

walker

Dr. Walker is licensed & certified athletic trainer with 20 years of experience in injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation & diagnosis, immediate & emergency care, therapeutic intervention/treatment, & rehabilitation of injuries & medical conditions.

Dr. Walker is a clinical associate professor of athletic training at The University of Tulsa, where he also serves as the Director of the Athletic Training Program. His areas of specialization include kinesiology, evaluation of orthopedic injury, & legal/ethical considerations of practice. Previously he served as the founding director of the AT Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and as an AT with Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center, where he also served as the head AT for Union High School. Throughout his career, he has been involved as a provider at countless athletic events for all ages and levels. His professional experience in outpatient orthopedics, high school outreach, NCAA Division I & II, & education have allowed the opportunity to interact with a vast network of AT professionals in diverse settings while promoting the consideration of contemporary professional issues from a variety of perspectives.

Ron is very active in service leadership at state, regional, & national levels. He has served as President & Treasurer of the Oklahoma AT Association; as the Treasurer of the Mid-America AT Association & chair of the finance committee; as a member of the National AT Association District Secretary & Treasurer Committee, as an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of AT Education, & on the Board of Certification Regulatory Conference advisory panel. Ron serves as a MomsTeam, SmartTeams Pilot Coordinator and as an expert blogger for concussionconnection.com. Ron is a 2015 recipient of the NATA’s Most Distinguished AT Award & the 2012 AT Service Award, and works tirelessly to establish policy that will improve safety in youth sports while promoting athletic training.