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Bruce H. Dobkin, MD, FRCP: Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Director of the Neurologic Rehabilitation and Research Program; and Co-Director of the Wireless Health Institute and the Stroke Center. He holds the Susan and David Wilstein Chair in Medicine.

Dr. Dobkin was editor of the journal Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair for 8 years, helping it become the highest ranked journal in its field. He has published 3 single-authored books, over 150 scientific articles and 37 book chapters related to the neurorehabilitation of stroke and brain or spinal cord injury, clinical trial designs and walking-related interventions (including SCILT and LEAPS), motor control and functional neuroimaging, and wearable sensors for telerehabilitation.


Pablo Celnik, MD:  Director, Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Pablo Celnik is director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as vice chair for research in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, medical director of the outpatient neurorehabilitation program, and director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in neurologic rehabilitation, particularly with stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Celnik’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain lesions, and on developing new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke. As director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory at Johns Hopkins, he has published more than 60 manuscripts in highly regarded journals and books. Dr Celnik’s research has formed the foundational knowledge for the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, like transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation, to understand recovery after brain lesions, augment motor learning and desgin novel rehabilitation training interventions.

A native of Argentina, Dr. Celnik received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in neurology in Argentina and a fellowship in neurological rehabilitation at the University of Maryland. He also earned two research fellowships in the lab of Dr. Mark Hallett, first, and Dr. Leonardo G. Cohen later on, both at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the year 2000, he entered the PM&R residency program at Johns Hopkins, where he was ultimately appointed chief resident. Since 2003, he has been part of the Johns Hopkins faculty in the PM&R, neurology and neuroscience departments.

Dr. Celnik has received numerous prestigious awards. In particular, in 2010 he received from President Obama the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. He was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation; the Clinician Scientist Award from The Johns Hopkins University; the 2006 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatric Society; and the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists for outstanding academic performance.  Dr. Celnik is an associate editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is actively involved in the Association of Academic Physiatrist, serving in the Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation Medicine Training Program (RMSTP) and on the Reseach Committee.


Joel Stein, MD:  Simon Baruch Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; Physiatrist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Stein obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was on the staff of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, where he served as Chief Medical Officer. In 2008 he was appointed to his current roles as the Simon Baruch Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Physiatrist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Stein’s primary clinical and research interests are in the area of stroke and other aspects of neurological rehabilitation. He has been active in research on the use of robotic and other technologies to facilitate recovery after stroke. He has written more than 50 original scientific articles, and over 100 publications in total in the area of stroke and other neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Stein has authored/co-authored two books on stroke for the lay public, and has served as editor of a comprehensive medical textbook on the subject entitled “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation” published by Demos Medical Publishing, now in its second edition.

Dr. Stein’s clinical practice focuses on stroke rehabilitation, rehabilitation issues in multiple sclerosis, spasticity management, and neurological rehabilitation. He is active in teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Stein has lectured widely on the topic of stroke rehabilitation, and led courses at national and international meetings on this subject.


Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine, MD:  Dean, MU School of Medicine.  Dr. Delafontaine, is the Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the MU School of Medicine. Before becoming dean Dec. 1, 2014, he served at Tulane University in New Orleans as Sidney and Marilyn Lassen Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, chief of cardiology, director of the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute at Tulane University School of Medicine, and medical director of cardiovascular services at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.

A member of the Tulane University faculty from 2003 to 2014, Dr. Delafontaine also served in clinical leadership positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Geneva and Emory University in Atlanta.

His research on cardiovascular health has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years. Dr. Delafontaine has experience with basic, clinical and translational research. In 2012, along with researchers at Louisiana State University and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, he received a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a collaborative initiative dedicated to biomedical research, including cardiovascular disease.

In 2016, Dr. Delafontaine was inducted into the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). Active membership in this society is limited to 250 physicians. Dr. Delafontaine is the only ACCA member at MU.

Dr. Delafontaine was the first scientist to establish the critical link between the human hormone system that regulates blood pressure, known as the reninangiotensin system, and a protein that is essential for childhood growth. His studies on this link have provided major new insights into muscle-wasting diseases.

Dr. Delafontaine has written more than 163 publications and 21 invited papers and book chapters about his research and has served on multiple study sections for the NIH. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Delafontaine received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He completed a research and clinical fellowship in medicine (cardiology) at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He has been continuously included in Best Doctors in America® since 2001.


Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD:  Dr. Lee is Professor of Neurology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine; Director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Section in the Department of Neurology; and Co-Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.

Dr. Lee has authored over 130 research articles, chapters, reviews and editorials on stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease, and the interface of these two diseases of the elderly.  His research spans the translational spectrum from cell and animal models of neurological diseases to clinical studies involving genetics and multimodal neuroimaging.  Dr. Lee has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2000.

He graduated from Yale College with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, then attended Weill Cornell Medical College, earning an MD and PhD in developmental neuroscience.  After completing residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a neurovascular fellowship at Washington University, where he subsequently joined the faculty in the Department of Neurology.


Sandra A Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA (Fellow of the American Heart Association- Stroke Council); Interim Assoc Dean for Research, School of Health Professions, Director, Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory; Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KU Medical Center; Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine); Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)

Dr. Sandra Billinger is a physical therapist (PT), PhD who has practiced for over 10 years. Dr. Billinger’s clinical experience has been in geriatrics, neurologic and cardiopulmonary physical therapy.  Dr. Billinger has received continuous grant funding from internal and external funding sources including a 5-year NIH K01 training grant and an AHA Grant in Aid funded in 2016.  These grants have focused on cardiovascular health, exercise-related interventions, and how physical activity impacts stroke recovery. She has over 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  She serves as past Chair, Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee for the AHA Stroke Council, is a member of the Oversight Advisory Committee for the ASA-Bugher Foundation Centers of Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research and was the Writing Group Chair and lead author for updating the AHA Scientific Statement for Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Stroke Survivors.  She has served in various roles in the American Physical Therapy Association, including Chair for the Neurology section’s Health Promotion and Wellness Task Force.

Dr. Billinger’s work focuses on the benefits of aerobic exercise across all stages of stroke recovery and recently has focused on cerebrovascular health in older adults and those post-stroke. In 2012, her manuscript was awarded the Golden Synapse Award (Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy). In 2017, Dr. Billinger and her collaborators published the first manuscript to describe blood flow velocity kinetics from resting to moderate intensity exercise using transcranial Doppler ultrasound.  The manuscript was selected by the journal’s Editor and Associate Editors for a moderated podcast.  Dr. Billinger was awarded the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Alumna (2013), KU Medical Center and selected by the American Physical Therapy Association for the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member (2014).  Dr. Billinger was nominated by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016 and her peers for the Stata Norton Teaching Award and the KU Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Billinger was awarded both teaching awards in 2016. Dr. Billinger was chosen to be the first Edward and Thelma Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar at the KU Medical Center campus (2016) and was awarded the AHA/ASA Stroke Council Lecture Award at Scientific Sessions in 2016.


Timothy J. Wolf, OTD, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy at University of Missouri.  He is also currently the Director of the Performance, Participation, and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.

The goal of Dr. Wolf’s lab is to generate knowledge that will guide intervention aimed at improving participation in work and community activities post- neurological injury. The majority of the current research in this laboratory is with individuals with stroke and chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment. The two primary objectives of this research are: (1) to identify and manage cognitive, primarily executive function, deficits to improve participation after neurological injury; and (2) to investigate the efficacy of self-management education and cognitive-strategy training based interventions to improve health and participation outcomes after neurological injury. Dr. Wolf collaborates with investigators at University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Toronto, St John’s Rehabilitation Hospital (Toronto, ON), University of Wisconsin-Madison, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Samuel Merritt University, and University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has published multiple clinical studies using CO-OP with adults with neurological injury, is CO-OP certified and is also a certified CO-OP trainer.

Dr. Wolf received his BS in Health Science-Pre Occupational Therapy from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, his Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) from the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, and his PhD from the Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) Program in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. He lectures nationally and internationally regarding the topics of mild stroke and mild neurological injury, cognitive assessment and intervention, and chronic disease management.  He was recently a Director on the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is currently the Chair of the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee for AOTA.