John Fulkerson, MD - President
Dr. Fulkerson has authored many scientific articles, chapters and books on patellofemoral pain. He has served on or is serving on the Board of Directors of Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC; the Arthroscopy Association of North America; the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Education and Research Foundation; the Litchfield Land Trust and the journal Arthroscopy. He has been team doctor for U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey, the NHL Hartford Whalers, and the AHL Hartford Wolfpack and is Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Jack Farr, MD - Vice President
Dr. Farr, a practicing orthopaedic surgeon with OrthoIndy, is the Medical Director of the Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana, a board member of the Cartilage Research Foundation, general board member of the International Cartilage Repair Society and Voluntary Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the treasurer of the International Patellofemoral Study Group and is the fellowship director for the OrthoIndy sports medicine fellowship. He is active in clinical investigation of new cartilage restoration and knee technology and has special interest in their applications in the patellofemoral compartment. He lectures nationally and internationally on patellofemoral and cartilage topics, as well as publishing in this area, both in journals and books.
Jason Koh, MD - Secretary
Dr. Koh has spoken nationally and internationally on problems of the patellofemoral joint. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has been President of the Illinois Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in addition to service on the Research and Education Committees of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has been team doctor for the Chicago Cubs, Medical Director for the Joffrey Ballet, and is the orthopaedic surgeon for the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team. He is currently Sports Medicine fellowship co-director and Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Eric Jania - Treasurer
Mr. Jania is a seasoned executive with over 18 years of marketing, product development, new technology assessment, global business management, product commercialization and sales channel development experience. He spent seven of those years in the sports medicine division of Electro Biology Incorporated (EBI), a subsidiary of Biomet and ten years in the sports tissue and biologics (STB) division at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF). The STB division went to Conmed in 2012 through an asset acquisition when MTF signed a long-term marketing and distribution agreement with Conmed. Currently, Mr. Jania is the Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at Vertical Spine LLC. He is also the founder of E3 Marketing Consultants LLC; a firm that specializes in commercialization and sales channel development of biologic products and new technologies for the medical field.
Andrew J. Cosgarea, MD
Dr. Cosgarea is the Director of the Division of Sports Medicine, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include patellofemoral kinematics and the surgical treatment of recurrent patellar instability. He has authored over 100 scientific articles and chapters, many involving knee biomechanics and patellofemoral surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Cosgarea is the Head Team Physician for the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Department, and was an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team from 2000-2010.
Peter Jokl, MD
Dr. Jokl is professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University. He directs the sports medicine program at Yale Medical School and has published widely in the field of sports medicine. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Jokl is serving or has served as medical commissioner for the 1995 World Special Olympics and medical director for the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournaments.
William R. Post, MD
Dr. Post feels strongly that there is a great need to improve diagnosis and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. He currently belongs to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the International Patellofemoral Study Group, the Christian Medical and Dental Association and is past president of the WV Orthopedic Society. Doctor Post, previously Vice Chairman of the Orthopedic Department at West Virginia University, is now in private practice in Morgantown, WV where he continues to serve as a team physician for West Virginia University. He has diverse interests that have led to peer-reviewed published research in areas including patellofemoral disorders, shoulder arthroscopy, plantar fasciitis, ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair. He has also authored 10 textbook chapters and numerous review articles. He has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings. Despite these academic interests and accomplishments, he is first and foremost a dedicated and professional clinician who is committed to outstanding and personalized patient care.
João Espregueira-Mendes, MD
Dr. João Espregueira-Mendes is the Medical Director of Clínica do Dragão - Espregueira-Mendes Sports Centre - FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, an ESSKA and ISAKOS Official Centre. He teaches at the Universities of Minho and Porto, where he is Chairman of Orthopaedics and Muscleskeleton System. He is responsible for postgraduate courses in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and is the Founder of the Dom Henrique Research Center. He serves on the Board of the World Sports Traumatology Society (ISAKOS), where he is Treasurer and Chairman of the Publication Committee. He is also President of the ESSKA Foundation in Luxembourg, Chairman of Dom Henrique Research Center - Porto, and Senior Investigator 3B`s / ICVS. His numerous articles in the area of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine are primarily associated with anterior cruciate ligament injuries and rehabilitation. He is presently involved in tissue engineering projects involving ligament and cartilage stem cells. His primary interest is in the treatment of knee, ligaments, cartilage and patella instability. He invented the Porto Knee Testing Device (and Patella Testing Device) to measure the injury of knee ligaments in the MRI as well as the Plate Porto surgery to correct axis board members, the cartilage graft (Porto GUT), and the artificial meniscus - Porto meniscus (in partnership with 3B's).
Lieve Vanden Berghe
Lieve Vanden Berghe is a Sports Physical Therapist with a PhD in Knee Rehabilitation from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and an international MBA degree from Vlerick Business School. Since 1992 she has been working in the medical device industry, currently in the role of Sr. Vice-President International Marketing at DJO Global. She has a specific expertise in strategic & corporate marketing & marketing communication and is responsible for the company’s international clinical education & research initiatives.
Ryosuke Kuroda, MD, PhD
Dr. Kuroda is a Professor & Chairman of Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been appointed an associate editor of the Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy Journal. He was selected for the Patellofemoral travelling fellowship of ISAKOS (the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthpaedic Sports Medicine) in 2007, as well as the traveling fellowship of APOSSM (Asia-pacific Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine)-ESSKA in 2010.His research work focuses on biology and biomechanics of the knee joint, including patellofemoral joint disorders. Since 2000, he has been a member of ISAKOS Board of Director (2013-), and member of strategic committee (2015-). Furthermore, he is the education committee member of APKASS (Asia-Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society) (2014-), the member at large of ACL Study Group (2016-). He has been team doctor for Vissel Kobe (Japanese division 1 soccer league), Orix Buffaloes (Japanese division 1 baseball league), and Kobelco Steelers (Japanese division 1 rugby league).
Eric F. Dahlinger - Executive Director - Board Member Emeritus
Mr. Dahlinger offers over 30 years of experience and success on the corporate side of orthopedics and endoscopy. He has held positions that began in sales and has advanced steadily into sales and marketing management for major market leaders. His creativity and relationships have delivered significant improvements to the industry and numerous patents issued for orthopaedic or surgery related product designs. Currently he focuses on developing and assisting with market introductions for new and unique technology with companies including ZipLine Medical, ReliefBand, CannuFlow, and Micro-Imaging Solutions. He has undergone surgery to resolve patellofemoral pain.
Ivan Lendl - Board Member Emeritus
Mr. Lendl has won eight grand slam tennis tournaments and was #1 tennis player in the world 1985, 1987, and 1989. He is currently pursuing a career in golf and altruistic efforts which include assisting disabled young people as well as The Patellofemoral Foundation.
Philippe Neyret, MD - Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Neyret is Professor and Chief of Orthopedics Department in Lyon (France), after the famous Alfred Trillat and Henri Dejour. The Lyon school is known for its expertise in the field of knee surgery and particularly patellofemoral disorders. The Lyon team has published results of many clinical investigations and books. Dr. Neyret serves many prestigious international societies such as ISAKOS, ESSKA, EFORT... He serves ISAKOS as president elected for the period 2015-2017 and is currently the President of the ACL study group. He has particular interest in sport and soccer injuries.