Dr. Curtis W. Slipman, MD

Dr. Slipman is one of the world’s foremost authorities on medical, interventional and rehabilitation approaches to treating back and neck pain and has been recognized internationally as a leading researcher and educator on the subject. He authored the definitive textbook on interventional spine techniques; written more than 130 articles and book chapters on a wide range of subjects ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain to treating pain caused by sports injuries; and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” a distinction awarded by one’s peers to less than 1% of all physicians in a particular specialty.

Dr. Slipman graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas and did his post graduate training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Following 6 years of private practice in Mississippi and academic appointments at the University of Mississippi Medical Center he was jointly recruited, by the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania to initiate and develop the first academic spine center to be led by a physiatrist. One year later he established the first academic interventional physiatry fellowship.

Dr. Slipman went on to serve as Director of the University of Pennsylvania Spine Center for nearly 20 years; as assistant Professor in Penn’s Department of Orthopedics and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; and Director of Penn
Medical Center’s Interventional Physiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Slipman has also served as a Team consultant for the University of Pennsylvania’s sports teams for more than 15 years. Dr. Slipman has been the invited speaker at more than 200 conferences and physician meetings including lecturing internationally including China, Italy, Germany, Korea, Spain, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Canada, France, Turkey, and Japan.

Dr. Slipman has been an editor/reviewer of more than 10 medical journals and served as editor in chief of Pain Physician 2002-2004. Among his accomplishments is receipt of the 1999 Rosenthal award for for notable innovations in clinical achievement in the treatment of lower back disorders from The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Justus Lehman Lectureship from the University of Washington, the William Baer Lectureship from Ohio State University Dr. Slipman’s diverse body of work includes producing videos on back pain for the Department of Labor; Time Life; and WebMD as well as consulting for NASA and several medical companies.

Dr. Narendra Kini, MD

Narendra Kini, MD, MHA, is former CEO of Miami Children’s Health System and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital in Miami-Dade county with nine pediatric outpatient centers located throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Dr. Kini, is a board-certified pediatrician, a nationally recognized expert in healthcare innovation. He has been named to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness and named by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Physician Leader to Know. Before joining Miami Children’s Health System, Dr. Kini served as Executive Vice President for Clinical and Physician Services at Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic health system in the United States. He was responsible for physician relations/outreach, clinical informatics, patient safety, comprehensive tertiary care and pharmacy operations for the $5.7 billion health system.

Prior to Trinity Health, Dr. Kini held various positions related to information technology at GE Medical Systems, the latest as Director of the GE Healthcare Leadership Institute.

Subhash Kak, PhD

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His research is on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, archaeoastronomy, and history of science. He is a member of Indian Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) since 2018, and he was awarded the Indian civilian award Padma Shri in 2019.

The Pantheon Project of MIT (2016) has him in its list of 33 leading computer scientists of the world. His awards include British Council Fellow (1976), Science Academy Medal of the Indian National Science Academy (1977), UNDP Tokten Award (1986), National Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (2001), and Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Delhi (2002). He has served on academic advisory committees of the Smithsonian and NIST and on the advisory boards of several technology companies. He is the author of twenty books that include Mind and Self and his autobiography The Circle of Memory. He is featured as one of the interviewees in the area of mathematics and information in the long-standing PBS series Closer to Truth.

Dr. Thomas Best, PhD

Dr. Best joined the University of Miami in Oct 2016 as Professor of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics and Research Director of the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute. Prior to this position, he spent 10 years at the U of Wisconsin-Madison and 11 years at The Ohio State University as both a team physician and researcher. He is also a Professor of Family Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Kinesiology as well as Team Physician for the U of Miami Department of Intercollegiate athletics and the Miami Marlins. Dr. Best is the Associate Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine and continues to serve the College in an advisory role for the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ global initiative intended to increase awareness and advocacy for the importance of exercise and physical activity in human health.

Dr. Best has a long history of funding (NIH, NSF) to support his research on skeletal muscle injury and repair. In addition to his MD earned at the U of Western Ontario in Canada, Dr. Best holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he is co-editor of the BMJ book ‘Evidence-Based Sports Medicine’ now in its second edition and serving many universities as a textbook. Dr. Best’s other research interests include; the use of physical therapies for osteoarthritis of the knee, injury screening in high school and college athletes, and regenerative medicine and its application to sports medicine.

Dr. Best has delivered over 300 talks and presented in 13 countries. He serves on a number of advisory boards including the NBA Research Advisory Board and the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute. Dr. Best also serves on several editorial boards and is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise, one of the highest ranked journals in the field of Sports Medicine.