About the conference

May 14–15, 2015
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
at the Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Course Directors:
Mark R. Proctor, MD
Robert C. Cantu, MD
William P. Meehan III, MD
Alex M. Taylor, PsyD

Presented by:
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Brain Injury Center and
Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education


This course, newly expanded to two days, will focus on the basic science and clinical management of traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and spinal cord injury. The first day, added this year, is focused on TBI, while the second day emphasizes sports-related concussion, as in past years. You can choose to attend either or both days.

Through lectures, panel presentations, small group discussions, Q&A and case reviews, you will gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, treat and manage the full spectrum of TBI, sports-related concussion and spine injury during both the acute and chronic phases of recovery.

Afternoon workshops on both days will address practical concerns for clinicians, athletic trainers, coaches and school personnel.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • - assess patients with sports-related concussion and spine injuries, and develop effective strategies to diagnose and treat them
  • - decide when to safely return an athlete to play in accordance with best practices and legal requirements
  • - determine when to refer patients to a higher level of care
  • - evaluate assessment tools and treatment options for patients with traumatic brain injuries
  • - provide care as part of a multidisciplinary team

Topics include:

  • - pathophysiology of brain and spine injury
  • - initial clinical and radiographic evaluation
  • - acute and chronic management
    • - neurocritical care and neurosurgical intervention
    • - social and emotional interventions to improve outcomes
    • - long-term physical, cognitive and emotional sequelae
    • - avoidance of sports-related, chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Who should attend?
This course is for anyone involved in assessing and managing patients with head or spinal injuries—including neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, pediatricians, emergency and trauma physicians, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, primary care physicians, psychologists, athletic trainers and coaches.


Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Athletic Trainers: Children’s Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc. is a Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider and offers a total of 13.5 continuing education hours for certified athletic trainers. Attendance on Thursday, May 14 will offer 6.5 continuing education hours, and attendance on Friday, May 15 will offer 7 continuing education hours.

Nurses: Boston Children’s Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation and offers a total of 10.5 contact hours. Attendance on Thursday, May 14 will offer 5 contact hours, and attendance on Friday, May 15, will offer 5.5 contact hours.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©); therefore, up to 14.50 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

For more information about accreditation, visit cme.hms.harvard.edu/courses/sports, or contact course administrator Jillian Hinckley (617-355-2490) or jillian.hinckley@childrens.harvard.edu.  


Jacob Brodsky, MD
Instructor of Otolaryngology, Boston Children’s Hospital; Medical Director, The Balance Program, Boston Children’s at Waltham; Instructor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School

Robert C. Cantu, MD
Chief of Neurosurgery Service and Chair, Department of Surgery, Emerson Hospital; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Neurosurgery and Senior Advisor, Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Adjunct Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Steve Clark, PT, ATC, DPT, MS, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Northeastern University

Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD
Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital; Lecturer in Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Joseph Giacino, PhD
Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Neuropsychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Daniel Hedequist, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Lenore Herget, PT, DPT, MEd
Staff Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Grant Iverson, PhD
Director, Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Associate Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

Michael Kirkwood, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Co-Director, Children's Hospital Concussion Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, FCCM
Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Critical Care Medicine,
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science,
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Karameh Kuemmerle, MD
Attending Neurologist, Brain Injury Clinic, and Director of Neurologic Outcomes, Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Regina Laine, MSN, PNP, CNRN
Pediatric Neuroscience Nurse, Department of Neurology and Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH
Assistant in Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Ann McKee, MD
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and Professor of Neurology and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine; Director of Neuropathology, New England VA Medical Centers

William P. Meehan III, MD
Director of The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Harvard Medical School

David Mooney, MD, MPH
Surgeon and Director, Trauma Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Donna Nimec, MD
Director, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boston Children’s Hospital

Michael J. O’Brien, MD
Associate Director, Sports Concussion Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Mark R. Proctor, MD
Neurosurgeon and Director of the Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

Shenandoah Robinson, MD, FAAP, FACS
Director, Functional Neurosurgery, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Surgery and Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Michelle Silvera, MD
Pediatric Neuroradiologist, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Janet Soul, MD
Director, Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate in Neurology, Associate Professor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Rebecca Stevens, MSN, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurology and Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Robert Tasker, MD, BS, MB
Director, Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program, Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine and Senior Associate in Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Alex M. Taylor, PsyD
Director of Neuropsychology, Brain Injury Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Vopat, MD
Sports Medicine Division, Department of Orthopedics, Boston Children's Hospital


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Plenary Talks

 Time    Schedule Item     Presenter
07:00 AM - 08:00 AM     Registration   
08:00 AM - 08:30 AM     Epidemiology and Prevention    David Mooney, MD, MPH
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM     Pathophysiology of Severe Brain Injury     Shenandoah Robinson, MD, FAAP, FACS 
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM     Neurocritical Care     Robert Tasker, MB, BS, MD 
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM     Advanced Imaging     Michelle Silvera, MD
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM     Break   
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM     The Golden Age of TBI Research     Patrick Kochanek, PhD 
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM     Non-Accidental Trauma    Janet Soul, MD
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM     Q&A   
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM     Lunch   
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM     Traumatic Spine Injury     Mark Proctor, MD 
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM     Surgical Management of Acute Spine Injury     Daniel Hedequist, MD 
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM     Workshops   
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM     Brain Injury Rehabilitation     Marykay Nutini, DO
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM     Prognosis and Outcomes in Patients with Severe Acquired Brain Injury:
   What Should We Do, What Can We Say?
   Joseph Giacino, PhD 

Friday, May 15, 2015

07:00 AM - 08:00 AM     Registration   

Plenary Talks

Time     Schedule Item     Presenter 
08:00 AM - 08:45 AM     The Basics of Concussion     William Meehan, MD 
08:45 AM - 09:15 AM     The Role of Neuro-Imaging     Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH 
09:15 AM - 09:45 AM     Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy     Anne McKee, MD 
09:45 AM - 10:15 AM     A Critical Review of the Clinical Features of CTE     Grant Iverson, PhD 
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM     Q&A   
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM     Break   
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM     Vestibular Balance Symptoms After Concussion     Lenore Herget, DPT
   Jacob Brodsky, MD
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM     Return to Learn Following Concussion    Alex Taylor, PsyD
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Performance Validity Testing and Management of Prolonged Recovery     Michael Kirkwood, PhD 
12:15 PM - 12:35 PM     Perspective of a Pro Athlete    TBD
12:35 PM - 01:30 PM     Lunch    
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM     Practice Like Pros    Robert Cantu, MD
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM     Medical Treatment of Persistent Symptoms    Karameh Kuemmerle, MD
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM     Prevention    Lisa Vopat, MD
03:00 PM - 05:15 PM     Workshops      
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM     How to Set Up a Concussion Practice     William Meehan, MD
   Michael O'Brien, MD
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM     Acute Assessment and Preparation for Emergency Transport     Pierre D'Hemecourt, MD
   Steve Clark, PT, ATC, DPT, MS, CSCS
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM     Recommendations at School and Home    Rebecca Stevens, PNP
   Regina Laine, PNP
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM    Neurocognitive Management     Michael Kirkwood, PhD
   Alex Taylor, PsyD 

*Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.


Below are the presentations that you will be viewing on May 14–15, 2015. We will not have printed copies of these presentations available at the conference. If you would like a hard copy, please print ahead of time.To view presentations, please click the link to download the PDF. If you have any questions, please contact the course administrator, Jillian Hinckley, at 617-355-2490, or jillian.hinckley@childrens.harvard.edu.

Disclosure Statement

Day 1

Epidemiology and Prevention
David Mooney, MD, MPH 

Pathophysiology of Severe Brain Injury
Shenandoah Robinson, MD, FAAP, FACS 

Neurocritical Care
Robert Tasker, MB, BS, MD 

Advanced Imaging
Michelle Silvera, MD 

The Golden Age of TBI Research
Patrick Kochanek, PhD 

Non-Accidental Trauma
Janet Soul, MD 

Traumatic Spine Injury
Mark Proctor, MD 

Surgical Management of Acute Spine Injury
Daniel Hedequist, MD

Day 2

The Basics of Concussion
William Meehan, MD

The Role of Neuro-Imaging
Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Anne McKee, MD 

A Critical Review of the Clinical Features of CTE
Grant Iverson, PhD 

Vestibular Balance Symptoms After Concussion
Lenore Herget, DPT
Jacob Brodsky, MD 

Return to Learning Following Concussion
Alex Taylor, PsyD 

Performance Validity Testing and Management of Prolonged Recovery
Michael Kirkwood, PhD

Perspective of a Pro Athlete
To be announced

Practice Like Pros
Robert Cantu, MD 

Medical Treatment of Persistent Symptoms
Karameh Kuemmerle, MD 

Lisa Vopat, MD

Starting a Concussion Clinic
William Meehan, MD
Michael O'Brien, MD