MID YEAR MEETING & SCIENTIFIC SEMINAR 2019

Physiatry: The Patient and The Passion


The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) is pleased to present the 2019 Mid Year Meeting & Scientific Seminar in Chicago, “The Great American City,” March 21 through the 24 at the historic Drake Hotel. Whether you are a first time attendee or a returning member, this conference will have something to add immediate value to your practice. As Osteopathic Physiatrists, we will be showcasing our passion for patient care, innovation and camaraderie. Please join us for the interactive lectures and be sure to stay for the excellent manual medicine workshops.

 

COURSE DIRECTORS

      

Amir Mahajer, DO      Ronald Tolchin, DO

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


STEP 1: REGISTER TODAY!

Registration is open!

Click Here to Register Online  

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

With advances in rehabilitation medicine, what better time for physiatrists to connect to their patients than now! There are new developments in anti-aging, regenerative medicine, and cancer rehab which allow PM&R physicians to utilize their unique skills in integrative medicine to improve the quality and future of their patients’ lives. This conference will take an in-depth approach to advances in MSK, women’s health, cancer rehabilitation and functional medicine, which are critical to the changing environment in physical medicine & rehabilitation.
Jump onboard the changing paradigm in the field of PM&R and join us in this exciting conference! See you there!

STEP 2: RESERVE YOUR ROOM AT A DISCOUNT

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate. Rooms are limited so please book your accommodations early!

The Drake Hotel Chicago
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois, 60611

Click Here to Reserve Your Overnight Accommodations  

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COURSE AGENDA


GENERAL INFORMATION


CME ACCREDITATION

AOCPMR is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. AOCPMR designates this program for a maximum of 24 of AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

LOCATION

The Drake Hotel Chicago 140 East Walton Place Chicago, Illinois, 60611

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

We have negotiated fabulous room rates for our Mid Year Meeting & Scientific Seminar beginning at $179.00 per night at The Drake.

 

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


 

THURSDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER: James W. Atchison, DO

James W. Atchison, DO is the Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Atchison is board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Pain Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  He has spent his entire career in academic Medicine including time at the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida, and Northwestern University prior to joining the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Atchison served in multiple educational roles at these institutions including PM&R Residency Program Director at the University of Kentucky in 1995, establishing a non- ACGME PM&R Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowship at the University of Florida which lasted from 2000-2012, and Associate Fellowship Program Director for the ACGME  accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern University from 2014-2018.  He also provided administrative leadership at these institutions as Medical Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at the University of Kentucky, Medical Director of the multi-disciplinary SpineCare Program at the University of Florida, Medical Director of Shands Rehab Hospital (a CARF accredited acute rehabilitation facility at the University of Florida), and Medical Director of the Pain Management Center and Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) in Chicago Illinois.

Dr. Atchison has been very active within multiple professional organizations and has lectured extensively to national and international audiences on non-operative spine care for acute, subacute and chronic problems, spinal manipulation, spinal cord injury, and comprehensive chronic pain management both from a pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic perspective. He has served on the Education Committees for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) and American Spinal Injury Association (AS IA), and program committees for these organizations and the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM).  He was Program Chair for the AAPMR National meetings from 2005-2007 and Co-Chair of the AAPMR National Pain Course in 2004 and 2005. He has also chaired the AAPMR Opioid Task Force from 2011-2013, and the Spine Task Force in 2015-2016. He most recently was Co-Chair of the AAPM National meeting and Pre-conference Interdisciplinary Pain Management in 2018. 

Dr. Atchison is a nationally recognized teacher and researcher in PM&R and Pain Management, and in 2010 was presented the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguish Clinician Award.  His clinical interests are primarily in spinal injury and pain.  Dr. Atchison has helped bring together and coordinate multiple research teams and has participated in multiple funded research projects in spine care and pain management.  His most recent work focused on the changes that occur in person with chronic pain after participating in interdisciplinary care program. He will be working to develop PM&R research teams and a PM&R Residency Training, as well as expanding the Department of PM&R at Mayo Clinic Florida.

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FRIDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STEVEN KIRSCHBLUM, MD

Steven Kirshblum, MD is the Senior Medical Officer and Director of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program for Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Chief Academic Officer for the Select Medical Rehabilitation Division and the Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Foundation. He is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and serves as the Project Co-Director of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Model System of care. 

 

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SATURDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joseph D. Fortin, DO

Dr. Joseph Fortin is the Medical Director of Spine Technology and Rehabilitation P.C. and a Clinical Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. His board certifications include: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Pain Management (American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Fellow Interventional Pain Practice (World Institute of Pain) and International Society of Clinical Densitometry.

Dr. Fortin’s administrative scope is evidenced by a wide array of leadership roles: 1) Medical Director and Program Director of a nationally recognized interventional pain management fellowship program, 2) Medical Director of a freestanding rehabilitation hospital, 3) Medical Director of several inpatient and multidisciplinary outpatient major university services, and 4) President of a device company. These responsibilities led to an acute awareness of the need to fulfill regulatory standards across an array of highly regulated arenas; as healthcare, information technology and biotechnology. Moreover, he understands how the legislative process influences regulatory policy making. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Interventional Pain Management Physicians, which successfully lobbied for the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER); a nationwide digital surveillance mechanism to deter illegal drug diversion and drug seeking behavior.

While internationally recognized for his novel scientific studies on the sacroiliac joint, Dr. Fortin’s research endeavors are diverse – spanning bench science and epidemiology to clinical investigation. They entail: 1) mapping sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain referral patterns; 2) defining the neural receptors within and innervation of the SIJ; 3) applying novel imaging and arthrography techniques for investigating the SIJ; 4) the relative contributions of the disc and zygapophyseal joints in chronic low back pain; 5) relating biomechanics of injury to spine pain in athletes, 6) a United States Olympic Committee funded injury tracking protocol and 7) the frequency of osteopenia in male patients on opioids. His capacity to shed light on uncharted frontiers is exhibited by a controlled, randomized study on the remote effects of the clinical/experimental environment on functional outcome. A recent cadaveric study promises to be the first comprehensive description of the dorsolateral sacral plexus (a complex nerve plexus with major pain and locomotive implications) in the world peer reviewed literature. Dr. Fortin is also credited with a sports medicine text entitled “Functional Biomechanics and Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries.”

Dr. Fortin’s role as an inventor can be traced to a patent for an automated surgical table (U. S. Patent No. 6,375,355; 2005); a design which remains popular today. While developing a prototype implantable/programmable drug delivery system (deploying the energy storing capacity of Nitinol), he stumbled on a concept which became the wellspring of Meteor Health Information Matrix – an information technology platform involving the creation of a new messaging pathway for electronic medical records and enterprise resource planning software systems. A concept which is currently in beta phase development, following a robust prototype trial in a pilot study.

Dr. Fortin’s connection with the biotechnology community can be traced to his role as a graduate research tech (both in the private and academic sectors). That work indirectly arose as a consequence of a surge in congressional and FDA regulatory pressures (i.e. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bioresearch Monitoring Program). Consequently, funding by NIH and pharmaceutical companies (like Upjohn) afforded him hands-on experience with myriad laboratory procedures – the inhalation toxicity of chromium dioxide and asbestos, the epigenetic effects of mitomycin-C (e.g. sperm motility) and the role of gel electrophoresis for distinguishing protein markers. His biotechnology related work came full circle to the clinical application of autologous and allogeneic biologic media. He is the principle investigator for a study on the evolution of rotator cuff pathology (by ultrasound criteria) following stem cell therapies.

The impact of Dr. Fortin’s pioneering service in medicine and science has culminated in numerous national and international awards, as well as endowed lectureships.

 

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION


EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Allison Warren via email (allison.warren@aocpmr.org) or by dialing (806) 470-3169. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS  

RESIDENCY/FELLOWSHIP FAIR


RESIDENCY/FELLOWSHIP FAIR

The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) would like to invite you to showcase your fellowship program at this year’s Residency & Fellowship Fair, which will take place during the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting and Scientific Seminar on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.

The Residency & Fellowship Fair allows for face-to-face interaction between program directors/representatives and residents who are interested in pursuing fellowships. It is a great opportunity to promote your program. We are hopeful that this event will encourage the best and the brightest residents to explore the many fellowships in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

For more information, please contact Zack Jensen via email (Z.Jensen@uky.edu) or Kayle Noble via email (noblekay735@gmail.com). 

https://aocpmr.org/fair-application 

MEET OUR FACULTY


  • James W. Atchison, DO
  • Ronald B. Tolchin, DO, FAAPM&R
  • Steven Kirshblum, MD
  • Stacey Bennis, MD
  • Diana Molinares, MD
  • Dr. Susan Maltser
  • Adrian Cristian, MD
  • Sarah Hwang, DO
  • Colleen Fitzgerald, MD
  • Jim Sylvain, DO
  • Angela Beranek
  • Mitchell Freedman, DO
  • Jacqueline Stoken, DO, FAOCPMR
  • Michael J. Aluotto, CRPC®
  • Kimberly D'Eramo, DO
  • Rebecca Fishman, DO
  • Amir Mahajer, DO
  • Thomas McCoy, DO
  • Leonard B. Kamen, DO, FAOCPMR
  • Anthony J. Dorto, DC, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP
  • Joseph D. Fortin, DO

James W. Atchison, DO

James W. Atchison, DO is the Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Atchison is board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Pain Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  He has spent his entire career in academic Medicine including time at the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida, and Northwestern University prior to joining the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Atchison served in multiple educational roles at these institutions including PM&R Residency Program Director at the University of Kentucky in 1995, establishing a non- ACGME PM&R Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowship at the University of Florida which lasted from 2000-2012, and Associate Fellowship Program Director for the ACGME  accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern University from 2014-2018.  He also provided administrative leadership at these institutions as Medical Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at the University of Kentucky, Medical Director of the multi-disciplinary SpineCare Program at the University of Florida, Medical Director of Shands Rehab Hospital (a CARF accredited acute rehabilitation facility at the University of Florida), and Medical Director of the Pain Management Center and Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) in Chicago Illinois.

Dr. Atchison has been very active within multiple professional organizations and has lectured extensively to national and international audiences on non-operative spine care for acute, subacute and chronic problems, spinal manipulation, spinal cord injury, and comprehensive chronic pain management both from a pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic perspective. He has served on the Education Committees for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) and American Spinal Injury Association (AS IA), and program committees for these organizations and the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM).  He was Program Chair for the AAPMR National meetings from 2005-2007 and Co-Chair of the AAPMR National Pain Course in 2004 and 2005. He has also chaired the AAPMR Opioid Task Force from 2011-2013, and the Spine Task Force in 2015-2016. He most recently was Co-Chair of the AAPM National meeting and Pre-conference Interdisciplinary Pain Management in 2018. 

Dr. Atchison is a nationally recognized teacher and researcher in PM&R and Pain Management, and in 2010 was presented the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguish Clinician Award.  His clinical interests are primarily in spinal injury and pain.  Dr. Atchison has helped bring together and coordinate multiple research teams and has participated in multiple funded research projects in spine care and pain management.  His most recent work focused on the changes that occur in person with chronic pain after participating in interdisciplinary care program. He will be working to develop PM&R research teams and a PM&R Residency Training, as well as expanding the Department of PM&R at Mayo Clinic Florida.

Ronald B. Tolchin, DO, FAAPM&R

Dr. Ronald Tolchin is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury and has served as the Medical Director for the Baptist Center for Spine Care at Baptist Health South Florida for the past 6 years.  In his current Baptist position, he coordinates spine care along with a team of physiatrists and neurosurgeons from the many Baptist Hospital and Urgent Care Centers across 4 counties in South Florida.  Prior to this he was the Chief of PM&R at the Miami VA Healthcare System and Associate Residency Director for PM&R at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.  Presently, he is a Voluntary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience at FIU, Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine and Voluntary Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine where he is actively engaged in teaching medical students and residents.  He has co-authored several book chapters (3 chapters within the past two years), published several peer reviewed articles within various topics of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is actively participating in spine research.  He has held many leadership positions over 24 years of clinical and academic practice. 

Steven Kirshblum, MD

Steven Kirshblum, MD is the Senior Medical Officer and Director of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program for Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Chief Academic Officer for the Select Medical Rehabilitation Division and the Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Foundation. He is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and serves as the Project Co-Director of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Model System of care. 

Stacey Bennis, MD Stacey Bennis, MD Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation – Section of Sports Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Section of Urogynecology Loyola University Medical Center

Diana Molinares, MD

Dr. Susan Maltser

Adrian Cristian, MD

Dr. Cristian graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliates where he also served as Chief Resident. He also holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health. He has served as Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in NY, Service Chief, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Vice-Chairman and Residency Program Director at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Northwell Glen Cove Hospital and now as Chief, Cancer Rehabilitation Miami Cancer Institute.

He has held academic appointments at the Associate Professor level in several medical schools in the NY area including Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Weill Cornell Medical College and Hofstra School of Medicine. He has published and/or edited several professional books as well as books for the lay public on various aspects of rehabilitation medicine, including cancer rehabilitation.

Sarah Hwang, DO

Colleen Fitzgerald, MD

Jim Sylvain, DO

Angela Beranek

Mitchell Freedman, DO Dr. Mitchell Freedman trained at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He had a fellowship in interventional spine at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater. He is subspecialty boarded in electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine and is a clinical professor at The Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University. He currently practices at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.

Jacqueline Stoken, DO, FAOCPMR

Michael J. Aluotto, CRPC®

Kimberly D’Eramo, DO

Kim D’Eramo, DO is the bestselling author of The MindBody Toolkit and Founder of The American Institution of MindBody Medicine. She trained at Emory University’s Grady Hospital in Atlanta and received her board-certification in Emergency Medicine. She attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she also completed fellowship training in Osteopathic Medicine, Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy.
Over the past decade, Dr. D’Eramo has developed a practice assisting women with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, autoimmune illness by approaching the emotional components of disease. She now assists people all over the world through her online platform, her weekly live broadcast: “MindBody TV“, and her multiple online courses and live programs. She can be found at DrKimD.com.

Rebecca Fishman, DO

Amir Mahajer, DO

Tom McCoy, DO, CPE
Dr. McCoy has spent much of his medical career learning everything he could about work-related injuries and their outcomes. It has been a never-ending source of frustration, fascination and struggle, but it is worth it.

It turns out retirement for Dr. McCoy is just a less structured way to continue the journey and share the discoveries. He is grateful that medicine, and PM&R in particular, has made the adventure possible.

Leonard B. Kamen, DO, FAOCPMR

Dr. Kamen is the Clinical Director of MossRehab Outpatient Center in Philadelphia PA.  He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Osteopathic Board of PM&R and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pain Medicine from the ABPMR through 2024. Dr. Kamen’s clinical practice is in an outpatient rehabilitation environment with a focus on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pain management. His current academic affiliation is with Temple University Hospital as a Clinical Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is also actively engaged as faculty in resident education at Thomas Jefferson University Dept. of PM&R.

 

Dr. Kamen attended West Virginia University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University and MossRehab Hospital.  He is the past President of the American Osteopathic College of PMR and a past president of: the American Osteopathic Board of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society and the medical staff at MossRehab Hospital among the ten top rehabilitation hospitals in the US (US News and World Reports).

 

Dr. Kamen was listed in the Philadelphia Magazine “Top Doctor’s” issue for non-interventional pain management. He has given numerous presentations in the areas of innovative pain management and opioid step-down treatment. He has authored several book chapters and papers in the fields of phantom pain, stroke, pain pharmacology, neuropathic pain, spasticity related pain and rehabilitation. Unrestricted grants have been awarded for his work in the use of botulinum toxin for muscle pain. Dr. Kamen has participated with the World Health Organization on the ICDF- a system of functional classification for persons with low back and chronic widespread pain.

 

 

 

Anthony J. Dorto, MD, is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry), and is in private practice in Miami, Florida.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He attended medical school at Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xochicalo (CEUX), Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.  He received his M.D. degree from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (1984). He completed a surgical internship at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.  His three year residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation was completed at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, New York, New York.  He graduated from Lincoln College, School of Chiropractic in 1969.

 

He has over 30 years experience in performing disability evaluations, review of medical records, testifying at depositions and trials for both plaintiff and defense. He has served as a consultant for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  He was asked by the Florida Legislative Committee to review the prepublication draft of the Florida Impairment Rating Guide and testify at deposition as to its efficiency.

Dr. Dorto has served as the Medical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Services at Bon Secours Rehabilitation Hospital / Villa Maria Nursing Center, Parkway Regional Medical Center and Aventura Hospital Medical Center.  Dr. Dorto was a C.A.R.F. surveyor (1994-1997).  He has served as the H.I.P. Medical Care Coordinator, Workers’ Compensation Division for the State of Florida (1995-1997).

 

Dr. Dorto is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Florida Medical Association, Dade County Medical Association, International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators, American Academy of Pain Management, and Florida Society of PM&R.

 

Dr. Dorto is a past president of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and has served on the Board of Directors.  He was a member of the Musculoskeletal/Spine committee/contributor for the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5thEdition. He has authored numerous articles in the field of impairment rating, disability assessment, quality of life, and was a Beta Tester / Reviewer for the Impairment Calculator AMA GUIDES, 5thEdition, and was a reviewer for the AMA Guides, 6thEdition, etc. Dr. Dorto is the Medical Director of the Disability Assessment Center, PA, Miami, Florida (1996-present).

 

Joseph D. Fortin, DO

Dr. Joseph Fortin is the Medical Director of Spine Technology and Rehabilitation P.C. and a Clinical Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. His board certifications include: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Pain Management (American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Fellow Interventional Pain Practice (World Institute of Pain) and International Society of Clinical Densitometry.

Dr. Fortin’s administrative scope is evidenced by a wide array of leadership roles: 1) Medical Director and Program Director of a nationally recognized interventional pain management fellowship program, 2) Medical Director of a freestanding rehabilitation hospital, 3) Medical Director of several inpatient and multidisciplinary outpatient major university services, and 4) President of a device company. These responsibilities led to an acute awareness of the need to fulfill regulatory standards across an array of highly regulated arenas; as healthcare, information technology and biotechnology. Moreover, he understands how the legislative process influences regulatory policy making. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Interventional Pain Management Physicians, which successfully lobbied for the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER); a nationwide digital surveillance mechanism to deter illegal drug diversion and drug seeking behavior.

While internationally recognized for his novel scientific studies on the sacroiliac joint, Dr. Fortin’s research endeavors are diverse – spanning bench science and epidemiology to clinical investigation. They entail: 1) mapping sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain referral patterns; 2) defining the neural receptors within and innervation of the SIJ; 3) applying novel imaging and arthrography techniques for investigating the SIJ; 4) the relative contributions of the disc and zygapophyseal joints in chronic low back pain; 5) relating biomechanics of injury to spine pain in athletes, 6) a United States Olympic Committee funded injury tracking protocol and 7) the frequency of osteopenia in male patients on opioids. His capacity to shed light on uncharted frontiers is exhibited by a controlled, randomized study on the remote effects of the clinical/experimental environment on functional outcome. A recent cadaveric study promises to be the first comprehensive description of the dorsolateral sacral plexus (a complex nerve plexus with major pain and locomotive implications) in the world peer reviewed literature. Dr. Fortin is also credited with a sports medicine text entitled “Functional Biomechanics and Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries.”

Dr. Fortin’s role as an inventor can be traced to a patent for an automated surgical table (U. S. Patent No. 6,375,355; 2005); a design which remains popular today. While developing a prototype implantable/programmable drug delivery system (deploying the energy storing capacity of Nitinol), he stumbled on a concept which became the wellspring of Meteor Health Information Matrix – an information technology platform involving the creation of a new messaging pathway for electronic medical records and enterprise resource planning software systems. A concept which is currently in beta phase development, following a robust prototype trial in a pilot study.

Dr. Fortin’s connection with the biotechnology community can be traced to his role as a graduate research tech (both in the private and academic sectors). That work indirectly arose as a consequence of a surge in congressional and FDA regulatory pressures (i.e. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bioresearch Monitoring Program). Consequently, funding by NIH and pharmaceutical companies (like Upjohn) afforded him hands-on experience with myriad laboratory procedures – the inhalation toxicity of chromium dioxide and asbestos, the epigenetic effects of mitomycin-C (e.g. sperm motility) and the role of gel electrophoresis for distinguishing protein markers. His biotechnology related work came full circle to the clinical application of autologous and allogeneic biologic media. He is the principle investigator for a study on the evolution of rotator cuff pathology (by ultrasound criteria) following stem cell therapies.

The impact of Dr. Fortin’s pioneering service in medicine and science has culminated in numerous national and international awards, as well as endowed lectureships.

OUR PRESENTATIONS


MindBody Medicine for Chronic Pain: An Innovative  Approach to Reverse Pain Syndromes by Kimberly D’Eramo, DO
Decades of science has shown the strong link between emotions, thoughts, and physical illness, yet few doctors know how to easily incorporate this into our approach. In this session you will learn a modality to release emotional energy as a way to reverse chronic pain and illness.
Teaching Points:
What is MindBody Medicine?
The link between emotions and physical pain
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to alleviate chronic pain
Where to begin with your patients
Resources for patients
The Case for Opioids: Don’t Throw The Baby Out with The Bathwater by Mitchell Freeman, DO
The Pros and Cons of Opioids” discusses the history of opioids in the last 40 years in our country. Goals of the lecture includes understanding the evidence base behind the use of opioids as well as potential complications and benefits of opioids
Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders by Tom McCoy, DO
Repetitive strain has been a focus of Dr. McCoy’s clinical work and studies for nearly forty years. It is a challenge because work related musculoskeltal disorders are expected to look like an accident or an illness, and yet, they do not. In this brief presentation, Dr. McCoy will show how the mismatch between experience and expectations create uncertainty and increased disability for patients and providers alike. Objectives: 1. Accurately describe the behaviors that correspond to accidents versus repetitive strains. 2. Explain how a mismatch between expectations and experience creates uncertainty. 3. Show how uncertainty about RSI recognition and reporting increases the patient’s exposure times and raises disability.
Cancer in the Elderly by Diana Molinares, MD
Rehabilitation of older adults with cancer has a unique set of challenges. During the talk we will highlight the especial considerations to keep in mind during the rehabilitation process. Additionally, we will discuss the barriers and precautions that physiatrist have to help patients overcome.
Learning objectives:
Identify the challenges associated with the rehabilitation process of older adults with cancer
Understand the psychosocial aspects of aging with cancer
Understand  the precautions to be keep in mind when rehabilitating elderly patients with cancer
Improving the Quality of Life and Safety for Adults with Cancer by Adrian Cristian, MD
This presentation will focus on improving the quality of life and safety of adults with cancer. Dr. Cristian will discuss the adverse impact of cancer treatments, cancer related impairments and issues commonly encountered in persons with different types of cancer.  
THE COMPULSORY  MEDICAL EVALUATION(CME):
BRINGING THE ISSUES TO CASE RESOLUTION by Anthony Dorto, DC, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP
This lecture is intended to give the attendee a good understanding of the IME process, who should do the IME, what should be included in the report and how that information should be used to bring the issues to case resolution. Terms such as impairment, handicap, disability, malingering, and symptom magnification will explained and how these terms should and should not be used. The appropriate use of evaluation instruments, and clinical examination techniques will be explained and demonstrated. Testing for symptom magnification will be demonstrated and explained. There will be a sufficient question and answer period so the audience can share their experiences for the benefit of the entire group.