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"Perhaps no one tracks concussion among young athletes in the United States more closely than Dawn Comstock”, wrote the New York Times in December 2015.  Dawn Comstock is Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.  Her research focus is injury among the physically active, particularly the study of sports, recreation, and leisure-related injuries among children and adolescents.  Dr. Comstock was recently one of five experts invited to meet with President Obama at the White House.  She has a BS in Microbiology from Colorado State University, an MS in Epidemiology from University of Iowa, and a PhD in Public Health Epidemiology from UC San Diego.


MS / PhD
Per Reinhall is Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington (UW) and the Chief Technology Officer for VICIS. He is also the Director of the Boeing Advanced Research Center at UW. Dr. Reinhall obtained his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Caltech. His main research interests include dynamical systems, mechanics, acoustics, and biomechanics with a focus on the development of biomedical devices, noise, shock and vibration control, and automated assembly. Dr. Reinhall is a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow.


General Peter Chiarelli (Ret.) served as the US Army’s 32nd Vice Chief of Staff.  He is a passionate advocate for advances in head health in the military, sports, and society.  While serving, General Chiarelli led Department of Defense efforts to address post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Now retired after 39 years of military service, he is CEO of One Mind, an organization dedicated to using open science principles and creating global public-private partnerships to develop and implement improved diagnostics, treatments, and cures for brain illnesses and trauma.


MD / PhD
Samuel Browd is an attending Neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital. After serving as the Medical Director for the Sports Concussion Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Sam became an unaffiliated Neurologic Consultant for the NFL and now conducts research in concussion, hydrocephalus, and biomedical engineering. Along with serving as a member of the UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty, he is a co-founder, Chief Medical Officer at VICIS, and Director of the University Of Washington Sports Health and Safety Institute.


Stanley Herring, MD is transitioning from his long-time role as a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks while continuing as a physician for the Seattle Mariners. A respected expert in sports concussion clinical care, education and advocacy, Dr. Herring was a principle member in the effort to successfully pass the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington State and worked with a broad coalition to help pass similar youth concussion laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He is a member the NCAA Concussion Task Force and an author of the Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. Dr. Herring is a Senior Medical Advisor to the UW Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute, Medical Director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine, and a clinical professor in the departments of Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.


Richard Ellenbogen, MD is chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.  He also serves as co-chair of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee.  A global thought-leader in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Ellenbogen co-founded the UW Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute and is founding co-director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program.  He won the Bronze Star for his service in Desert Storm while serving as Commander of the 252nd Medical / XVII Airborne Corps.