Professor Nikolai Bogduk

Professor Bogduk is Emeritus Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He retired in 2014 after 40 years as an academic and physician. His research pursued the anatomical basis of interventional diagnostic and treatment procedures for spinal pain and headache, and the validation of those procedures in clinical trials. He has published and tested guidelines for the management of musculoskeletal pain in primary care, and in tertiary referral settings. In retirement he remains active as a Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and a consultant to the Spine Intervention Society. Otherwise he is busy in the NSW State Emergency Services and on his private conservation property.




Professor David Cifu

David Cifu, MD is the Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and the Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Endowed Professor (tenured) of the Department of PM&R at VCUSchool of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Chief of PM&R Services for the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (CERSE). He is the Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been funded on 43 research grants for over $137 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium CENC). In his more than 25 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 550 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 220 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 34 books and book chapters. He is the Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8), Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015) and co-Editor in Chief of Braddom's Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine (2017).




Professor Eiichi Saitoh

Professor Eiichi Saitoh (MD, DMSc) is a certified physiatrist, Executive Vice President of Fujita Health University, and Professor and Chairperson of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan.


He is also Adjunct or Visiting Professor of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Capital Medical University (Beijing, China), Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Executive Board Member of National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (Japan).

He graduated from Keio University in 1980, and got DMSc (PhD) from Keio University in 1991.

Now, he serves several roles in rehabilitation medicine in Japan; Deputy Chairperson and Board Member of Governors, Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine; Chairperson, Japan Council on Rehabilitation Education; Board Member of Governors, Japanese Society for Neural Repair and Neurorehabilitation; etc.

Recently he selected as a recipient of China High-end Foreign Experts Program (Beijing, 2015) and got the Sidney Licht Lectureship Award of ISPEM (Berlin, 2015).

Especially he is interested in dysphagia, robotics, motion analysis, orthosis, locomotion, exercise science, and psychology.






Dr Amit Bhargava

Dr. Bhargava is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and has sub specialty board certification in Sports Medicine and  Pain Medicine ( American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation). He graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India. He completed internship at Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He completed Interventional Spine fellowship at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is registered with American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  Following two years of working at University of Maryland, Baltimore (USA), Dr. Bhargava established Advanced Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Center, where he continues to work and research. He is an Assistant Program Director, Sinai PMR residents of Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine at Advanced Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Center.  He is the immediate past president and Board Member of Maryland Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.


Earlier, Dr. Bhargava obtained board certification in Orthopedics from Indore University, India and has completed Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship from University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester (USA). After a fellowship in Ilizarov surgery in India, Dr. Bhargava did a research fellowship in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, Department of Orthopedics at University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition, Dr. Bhargava is a certified Yoga teacher from Indore University, India.

Dr. Bhargava's area of special interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders, including musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is a faculty member for teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound at national and international PM&R conferences. He has published chapters and articles on subjects related to back pain and ultrasound. He has been a course director for spine and ultrasound workshops and faculty member at spine and ultrasound courses at PM&R meetings.




Professor Carl Chen

Carl graduated from the prestigious National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, and pursued his PhD degree from the renowned King's College of London, United Kingdom. His post graduate study was on aging proteomics (biochemistry) and brain perfusion studies. As a result, Carl has published numerous articles on aging studies and age related degenerative disorders. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a field that Carl also specializes in. Carl has won many EBP competition awards in several medical institutions in Taiwan.


In terms of clinical research, Carl specializes in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, brain evoked potential, prosthetics and orthotics, gait analysis, and stroke rehabilitation. Carl applies ultrasound-guided injection techniques in treating spinal pain problems. These techniques include facet joint injections and medial branch blocks, caudal epidural injection, and selective nerve root block. Carl has done extensive research in botulinum toxin injections in treating pain and spasticity, and autologous platelet rich plasma injections in treating musculoskeletal disorders.

Presently, Carl is the national representative of Chinese Taipei in ISPRM, chairman of the research committee in AOSPRM, and elected executive member of Taiwan Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In all, Carl has published over 60 papers in clinical research and aging studies.



Dr Cathy Stinear

Dr Cathy Stinear is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland. Her research team works with people with stroke in acute and rehabilitation wards, exploring predictors and promoters of motor recovery. As a clinical neuroscientist, she is focused on translating research tools into clinical practice. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Stroke, Brain, and The Lancet Neurology.



Professor Fary Khan

Professor Khan is the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Clinical Director, Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital; Clinical Professor, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Professor, Nossal Institute of Global Health and Monash University. She is the Chair-Elect, of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Disaster Rehabilitation Committee.  She currently also holds over 20 of national/international executive positions and over 15 international academic research appointments.


She has a leadership role in rehabilitative care in Australia and extensive experience in evidence based research, for which has received numerous awards. She has published over 350 scientific papers in academic journals (including 20 Cochrane reviews, 20 book chapters), and is invited speaker at national and international conferences (over 60 presentations in last 5 years). She currently supervises 8 PhD and 3 MD students at the University of Melbourne. She is editor/reviewer for more than ten academic journals.



Professor Heakyung Kim

Heakyung Kim, MD serves as Vice Chair and A. David Gurewitsch Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine of Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center, Director of Pediatric PM&R at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and at Blythedale Children's Hospital, New York, USA. She is founding director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She received her M.D. from the Medical School of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and was trained at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Yonsei University, School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea and at the Department of Rehabilitation of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She is a board certified physiatrist in the USA and South Korea and holds subspecialty boards in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. She specializes in single event multilevel chemoneurolysis (SEMLC) with botulinum toxin and phenol/alcohol injections, botulinum toxin injections to salivary glands, and pain management in children with cerebral palsy. Her research interests focus on spasticity management and robotic therapy and exercise for weak spastic limbs in children with cerebral palsy and drooling management with botulinum toxin. Dr. Kim has been recognized as one of "America's Top Doctors" by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly as well as a "Super Doctor" by New York Times. She is nationally and internationally regarded as an expert in spasticity management and drooling management with botulinum toxin.



Dr John Alchin

After 3 years as Medical Officer on the Chatham Islands, John trained in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and worked for Air NZ in Occupational and Aviation Medicine for 8 years. Since 1998 he has worked at the Pain Management Centre at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he was the Clinical Director for 6 years.  He is also Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, and is currently President of the New Zealand Pain Society.  His main interests are in chronic non-malignant pain, including musculoskeletal and visceral pain syndromes, and headaches.



Professor John Olver

Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Coordinator of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit (EMReM), the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. He is Clinical Director of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).



Professor Jianjun Li

He once studied in Queen's University, Canada. He successively got professional training in many famous international rehabilitation institutions, including Sonny Brook Medical Center of Canada; National Spinal Cord Injury Center, Stoke Mandeville, England; Stuttgart University, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Japan National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities etc.


Prof. Li Jianjun has directed more than 30 national, provincial and bureau-level as well as international scientific research projects. He has won 10 national patents or software copyright. He has published over 270 papers in core journals at home and abroad including 25 SCI papers. He compiled more than 50 books and textbooks as editor-in-chief or editor. He established surgical technique for thoracic respiratory reconstruction with high-level spinal cord injury, which was reported internationally for the first time.

Prof. Li Jianjun has been dedicated to orthopedics, treatment & rehabilitation of spine and spinal cord injury, geriatric rehabilitation, rehabilitation education, management of rehabilitation institute etc. for a long time with rich experience in clinical rehabilitation, scientific research, teaching as well as hospital management. He is the winner of many awards, including Special Government Allowance,"Humanistic Management Award" by Chinese Medical Association, "5th Chinese Doctor Nominee" by Chinese Medical Doctor Association, "Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award" by the world-renowned Rick Hansen Foundation. In addition, he participated in Paralympic Games both in London 2012 and Rio 2016 as the Chief Medical Officer of China Paralympic Games Delegation. performance). From 1995 until 2008 he worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology in Eindhoven. From may 2008 until may 2009 he worked as a research fellow at the George Institute of Global Health, affiliated with the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia. In June 2009 he was appointed professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and coordinated the research program rehabilitation medicine at the Maastricht University and Maastricht University Medical Centre the Netherlands and worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Maastricht University Medical Centre.


Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee

Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee practiced as a clinical speech language pathologist for 15 years before the frustration of never knowing 'the answers' led her to an academic career. She is now Founder and Director of the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research and Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders in Christchurch, New Zealand. She still hasn't found 'The Answers' but is trying, with research interests focusing on the complexities of behaviorally-driven neural adaptation and biomechanical change leading to swallowing recovery following neurological injury.


In her 15 year academic career, Maggie-Lee has co-authored three books, one of which is going into its 3rd edition, 14 book chapters and has published 80 peer reviewed scientific papers.  A recent research programme has resulted in a reduction in pneumonia rates from 27 to 10%, with a subsequent savings in health care costs for the regional health board of over $1.5 million in one year. For this research, she was awarded one of the top research medals from the University of Canterbury – The Innovation Medal.  She is well known as a clinical teacher and is an invited speaker by health systems worldwide to provide clinical training, particularly in rehabilitation practices.


Professor. Dr Rob Smeets

Prof. dr Rob J.E.M. Smeets (1964) is a consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine since 1995 and received his PhD in medicine in 2006 (topic effectiveness of different treatment modalities for chronic disabling low back pain and measuring performance). From 1995 until 2008 he worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology in Eindhoven. From may 2008 until may 2009 he worked as a research fellow at the George Institute of  Global Health, affiliated with the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia. In June 2009 he was appointed professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and  coordinated the research program rehabilitation medicine at the Maastricht University and Maastricht University Medical Centre the Netherlands and worked as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Maastricht University Medical Centre.


Since 1-4-2016 he is working as a full professor at Maastricht University (0.4 fte) and consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology (location Eindhoven and Weert (0.6 fte clinical work and 0.1 fte research).

He specialized in the physical as well as cognitive behavioral treatments of chronic musculoskeletal pain and chronic fatigue patients and is responsible for the development, research and implementation of new diagnostic tools and treatments for these patients. He has successfully transferred the clinical department of Rehabilitation Medicine into an innovative academic working place and developed new diagnostic and treatment care pathways between primary and secondary care, especially in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

Other research topics are mediating and moderating processes and clinimetrics of outcome measures including performance tasks. He has been involved in several (inter)national guideline committees, (past) chair of the International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP) special interest group op Pain & Movement, chair of scientific working group of the Dutch Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011-2014), and member (till 2014) of the scientific committee of the 7th World Congress of World Institute of Pain (2014). He is internationally recognized in the area of musculoskeletal pain research as well as rehabilitation medicine. He has served >70 times as keynote, obtained >5 million Euro of grants and co(authored) 124 international peer reviewed articles.  Although he only started publishing in 2006, his work has been cited >4800 times and has an H-index of 29 (ISI Web of Knowledge) and 39 (Google Scholar). He has supervised 11 PhD's and 3 postdocs and is currently supervising 12 PhD's, including 2 PhD students in Sweden, 1 in Belgium and 1 from Germany. He is associate editor of Pain Practice, European Journal of Physiotherapy, and was associate editor of the Netherlands Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011-2015), and guest editor for a special issue Clinical Journal of Pain (2010).

He is also member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch association of back pain patients and Hereditary Multiple Osteochondromas and clinical advisory board of the Dutch Neuromuscular Diseases (Hereditary Spastic Paresis).

    Dr Yohei Otaka

Dr. Yohei Otaka is a board-certified physiatrist and is an associate professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan. He received his medical degree and PhD (DMSc) from Keio University School of Medicine. Besides numerous works as a clinician and clinical researcher, he has been involved in the startup of several distinct rehabilitation facilities in Japan, including Tokyo Bay Rehabilitation Hospital, Chiba, Japan (2007-) and the Convalescent Rehabilitation Units in Fujita Health University (2018-). In addition, he has been involved in the establishment of fall prevention programs for older people in the community (2004-). His research interests include stroke rehabilitation, robotics, dementia, and fall prevention.



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