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Michael Miranda, MD

Dr. Michael Miranda has been a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon since 1994. Since that time, he has operated on thousands of patients typically for complex problems. Dr Miranda has lectured over 200 times to surgeons worldwide on surgical technique. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for his volunteer work overseas. He has been the Director of Orthopedic Trauma for Hartford Hospital for almost two decades. He has been recognized as one of Connecticut’s Top Doctors annually for the past ten years. Dr. Miranda attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. He stayed on there completing his 5-year residency in Orthopedic Surgery. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Trauma in Pittsburgh where he helped care for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins.  Dr. Miranda then completed other fellowships in both Switzerland and Germany. Dr. Miranda’s professional interests include minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee; managing complex fractures, nonunions and malunions. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in osteotomies of the bone. He currently sees patients in Hartford, Farmington and Glastonbury.

Mark Fletcher, MD

Dr. Fletcher is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He has been on the attending medical staff at Hartford Hospital for 18 years and currently serves as the section head of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Fletcher completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency and general surgery internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  He holds a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and maintains active staff privileges at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and UConn. He serves as an active member of the maxillofacial trauma team at Hartford Hospital.  Dr. Fletcher maintains a private practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Avon, CT, and is actively involved in the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at the University of Connecticut.

Michelle McDade, MD

Currently, Dr. Michelle McDade is the Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine at The Hospital of Central Connecticut as well as the medical director for New Britain EMS Academy, where she teaches and mentors paramedic students. Dr. McDade graduated from the University of Oregon with both a bachelor's degree and a teaching degree. She then graduated with her medical degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed her residency at The University of Connecticut. As an emergency medicine physician, McDade is passionate about melding current, cutting-edge care with a patient-centered focus. She started her career early as chief resident receiving the Senior Leadership Award, the Distinguished Senior Award, and the Resident Teaching Award. Over the past several years, she has expanded her focus more towards teaching. In 2014 and 2015, McDade was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching in Emergency Medicine Award from the UConn internal medicine residents. McDade has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including Physician of the Year in 2008 and The Physician Humanitarian Award in 2014. When not working, McDade is an avid endurance athlete, completing two half-ironman races, nine marathons and countless shorter races. 

Bernard Clark, MD

Dr. Bernard Clark is a cardiologist in Hartford, Connecticut and is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is a native of Maryland and initially came to Connecticut to train in internal medicine. Following a two year commitment to the Public Health Service in Pennsylvania, he returned to Hartford for a cardiology fellowship and joined the faculty at Saint Francis as director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise laboratory in 1984. He is the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Section of Cardiology.Additionally, he holds the appointment of Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center). 

Robert Waskowitz, MD

Dr. Robert Waskowitz serves as the senior team physician for Central Connecticut State University Athletics and medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Waskowitz graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Waskowitz is one of the primary physicians covering the Summer and Winter X-Games for ESPN. He was awarded the Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association in 2012 for his work as a team physician. Dr. Waskowitz continues to serve as an elected board member of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) Committee on the Medical Aspect of Sport (CMAS). He is a member of numerous societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Connecticut Orthopedic Society.

Patrick Ciardullo, BA, NS-Paramedic, EMS-I

Patrick’s career in public safety spans 18 years. He completed his undergraduate at CCSU in sociology with a minor in criminology. He is a nationally registered and state licensed paramedic and EMS-Instructor.  He has been with New Britain EMS for almost 16 years working as an EMT, Field Training Officer, paramedic, Shift Lieutenant and Lieutenant of Professional Standards. Patrick now serves as the Captain of Professional Standards and Training for New Britain EMS. In this role he manages internal training & education, quality improvement, and community outreach for the New Britain EMS operations division as well as functioning as the director of the New Britain EMS Academy.

 

Jessie R. Oldham, PhD

Dr. Oldham is a post-doctoral research fellow at The Micheli Center, under the direction of Dr. William Meehan III, and a lead research technologist in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Oldham completed her undergraduate education at North Carolina State University in 2011, with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and nutrition. She completed her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014 where she also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Dr. Oldham received her PhD in applied physiology from the University of Delaware in May 2018. During her doctoral career, she was a finalist for the NATA Foundation Doctoral Student Award, an American Kinesiology Association scholar, and the University of Delaware Exercise Science Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner. Her primary research focus is sport-related concussion and postural control.

 

Christine Baugh, PhD.

Dr. Baugh is a Harvard-trained health policy and ethics researcher with a focus on athlete injury. She has been at the forefront of concussion research, including groundbreaking work on the long-term neuropathology Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, policy implementation studies in the NCAA context, and critical work understanding how athletes make decisions to report or not report an injury or concussion. Her work has won her numerous awards including being listed as one of Forbes 30-Under-30 in Sports, has been featured in popular media outlets like the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, and has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as JAMA.

 

Moderator

Jeff Brown, MD

Dr. Jeff Brown is a team physician at Central Connecticut State University. He graduated from Brown Medical School  in 1999, completed his family medicine and chief residencies at the University of Rochester, and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut in 2004. Dr. Brown practices sports medicine at the Connecticut Sports Medicine Institute at St. Francis Hospital/Trinity Health , and is the assistant director of the UCONN primary care sports medicine fellowship.

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