Dr. Neal McGrath
Dr. Michael O'Brien
Dr. Michael O’Brien is an attending physician in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Instructor in Sports Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic, and served as the Associate Program Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Children’s. He is board certified in Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Sports Medicine.Dr. O’Brien is the team physician for the Roxbury Latin School and a staff physician at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham. As a member of the Division of Sports Medicine, he is proud to be a longtime part of the medical coverage team for events such as the Boston Marathon finish line and medical tent, the Boston Ballet, Bay State Games, and various synchronized ice skating and track and field championships. Dr. O’Brien lectures at local and national conferences on various sports medicine topics, with particular expertise in the evaluation and management of sports related concussions.
Neal McGrath, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized neuropsychologist in the area of sports concussion. He has practiced in the Boston area for the last 30 years, specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries. Dr. McGrath is New England's first Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant. His work has been featured on WBUR,WCVB-TV WCVB-TV, Fox 25 TV, WGBH-TV's Greater Boston, and in the Boston Globe. He is the Clinical Director and founder of Sports Concussion New England, now serving dozens of schools as well as individual student athletes from many high schools, colleges, elementary schools, and youth sports programs in New England.
Dr. McGrath is also a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative (formerly MENTOR) Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. He developed and consulted for many years to New England Rehabilitation Hospital's Head Injury Community Services program in Quincy. He has also collaborated on clinical research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Grant at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.Dr. McGrath also maintains a private practice in neuropsychological evaluation of adolescents, adults, and children in Brookline, MA (www.NeuropsychNewEngland.com) He and his colleagues see patients with a variety of acquired brain injuries, including returning military veterans, as well as for evaluation of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Carlene Pavlos is the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). As the Bureau Director she oversees the Divisions of Violence and Injury Prevention, Prevention and Wellness, and Primary Care and Health Access. These Divisions include the Department’s work in the areas of nutrition and physical activity, tobacco control and prevention, chronic disease, school and adolescent health, oral health, workforce development, rural health, violence prevention, suicide prevention, and unintentional injury prevention. During the past several years, Carlene has served as the Principal Investigator of the Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program grant from the CDC. Under this award, MDPH completed an unintentional injury strategic plan with a major focus on child injury prevention, including sports concussion. Additionally, in response to the passage of the 2010 law An Act Relative to Safety Regulations for School Athletic Programs, Carlene worked with the Department’s then Medical Director, Dr. Lauren Smith, to develop and implement the head injury and concussion regulations for schools across the State.
Carlene Pavlos, DPH
The New England Youth Sports Concussion Forum is proud to host a fabulous lineup of speakers at the event. Speakers and session presentations have been chosen to allow for the best possible educational oppportunity for all attendees.
Kathleen Thornton, MS, ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES
Kathleen Thornton, MS, ATC, CSCS, NASM-PESKathy is a Certified Athletic Trainer that has been in practice for over 24 years. She is also the president of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM). She is currently employed by Southcoast Health System as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Injury Prevention Specialist. As part of that role, she provides Athletic Training outreach services to Bishop Stang High School. Currently she is spearheading the development of a comprehensive concussion management program for the Southcoast Health System. In her 24 years of practices she has she has assisted with the management of countless number or concussions. Over the past 6 years she has presented on the topic of concussions numerous times to the public, educators, school nurses, as well as physicians. Kathy is also approved by Massachusetts Department of Public Health to provide annual concussion education that meets state law requirements. She has seen both the long and short term effects from concussions and is passionate about concussion education. Kathy feels the more educated the public is about concussion recognition and management the safer our athletes will be.
Kenneth I. Kolpan, a Boston attorney for 40 years, has handled several hundred brain injury cases, including many involving hard to detect injuries to the brain. Attorney Kolpan has recently been selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in New England. Attorney Kolpan has also been designated a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has also been designated a New England Super Lawyer in 2010, 2011 and 2012.Mr. Kolpan is the Immediate President of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. Prior to his election, Mr. Kolpan was a member of the Board of Directors, the former Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association for several years.Attorney Kolpan was an Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and has been Co-Chairperson of the North American Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Conference for the last 24 years. He was also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Trauma Rehabilitation where he served as Medical Legal Editor for 12 years. For the last 15 consecutive years, Attorney Kolpan has received an AV rating from his peers, the highest rating available, according to the legal publication Martindale HubbellEducation
Dr. Robert Cantu
Dr. Cantu's professional responsibilities include those of Clinical Professor Dept. of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine; Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Section Co-Chair Mackay-White; National Football League Players Association Traumatic Brain Injury Committee; Co-Founder and Chairman Medical Advisory Board of the Sports Legacy Institute; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. He has written dozens of books and articles on concussion and is one of the foremost experts in the field of concussion research and treatment in the world.
Dr. Robert Stern
Dr. Robert Stern is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (one of only 27 centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH), and co-founder of the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. A major focus of his research involves the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes, including the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He has funding from NIH and the Department of Defense for his work on developing methods of detecting and diagnosing CTE during life, as well as examining potential genetic and other risk factors for this disease. His other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly, thyroid-brain relationships, and driving and dementia. Dr. Stern has also published on various aspects of cognitive assessment and is the senior author of many widely used neuropsychological tests, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB). Dr. Stern has received several NIH and other national grants, has published over 250 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and is a Fellow of both the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is on several editorial boards and is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards of the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Sports Legacy Institute, and is also a member of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players Association. Dr. Stern appears frequently in national and international print and broadcast media for his work on CTE and AD. He also appears in the feature length documentaries, “League of Denial” (PBS Frontline, 2013), “Head Games” (2012), and “I Remember Better When I Paint” (2009).
Pete Brock, Former NE Patriot
Pete Brock was selected 12th overall in the 1976 NFL Draft by the Patriots, and he spent his entire 13-year NFL career with New England. A center, Pete played in 154 games for the Patriots with 88 starts. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, Pete was selected to the Buffs’ All-Century team in 1989. Pete is the president of the New England Patriots Alumni club.
Dr. Meredith Saillant
Meredith Saillant, MD Dr. Saillant graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center through the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Saillant conceived of and co-founded a baseline concussion screening program for middle school children in the Town of Brookline in 2011. She currently serves as a consultant for the Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's concussion quality initiative program. She has been in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts for 11 years.
Isaiah Kacyvenski, Former NFL Player
Isaiah Kacyvenski’s diverse background includes playing in the National Football League for 8 years for the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, Sports Legacy Institute. Isaiah currently runs the Sports Segment at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company based in Cambridge, MA, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of wearable electronics to optimize athlete performance. Isaiah holds a Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Bachelor degree from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program in May of 2011.