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Spotlighting Brain Injuries in Sports and War

Peter Rhee, MD

Peter Rhee, MD, a nationally known trauma surgeon who treated former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Regenerative Medicine Institute Symposium in February.

Rhee, who cared for Giffords after she was shot in the head during a 2011 assassination attempt, is one of many experts who will address the Feb. 9-10 meeting at Harvey Morse Conference Center. The symposium, "Regeneration and Neurological Trauma: From the Playing Field to the Battle Field," is co-sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Department of Surgery and the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate.

The speakers include:

  • Rhee, senior vice president, chief of Acute Care Surgery and medical director of the Marcus Trauma Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He also is a professor of Surgery at Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. A retired U.S. Navy captain with 24 years of active duty, he is a founding member of the military's Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is the author of the book Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America's Cities.
  • Retired U.S. Army Col. Dallas Hack, MD, former director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program and former chair of the Joint Program Committee 6 (Combat Casualty Care) of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
  • Ann McKee, MD, professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She is a pioneer in the study of brain damage caused by repetitive injury in athletes.
  • Donald Ingber, MD, PhD, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also is professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ingber is a world-renowned expert on translational medicine, tissue engineering and "organ on a chip" technology to advance personalized medicine.

The symposium will feature sessions on spinal cord injury; imaging approaches for traumatic brain injury; central nervous system modeling and clinical evaluation; and therapeutic approaches to central nervous system injury. There also will be poster sessions and a special evening panel on the topic of concussion, with clinicians, investigators and professional athletes.

The general attendance fee is $225; $50 for Cedars-Sinai graduate students, residents and fellows.

For more information or to register, visit the RMI Symposium site. If you have questions, contact Laura DeZell at 310-248-8581 or