2018 GCMAS Annual Conference
Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS is a physical therapist and a Professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH.Mark also serves as a Coordinator of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Scientific Director within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and faculty for the Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs.He graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1994.Mark then went on to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy.Mark obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Troy State University and his PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as he completed his doctoral studies in Orthopaedic and Sports Science.As a clinical scientist, Mark has over 65 publications and 10 book chapters which focus on the area of outcomes after ACL reconstruction and pediatric sports medicine and he has lectured internationally on these topics. He currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for several orthopaedic and sports medicine publications, a founding member for the Pediatric and Adolescent Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Society as well as a member of the ROCK group, which is an international, multi-disciplinary group, dedicated to researching juvenile osteochondritis dissecans.
Dr. Dhaher is the Director of the Searle Center for the Science of Walking. He is a senior research scientist at the Shirley Ryan Ability Laboratory (formally known now the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and is a Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the McCormick School of Engineering and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Dhaher is also a member of the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neurosciences (NUIN) Program. The central theme of his research is to understand the basic neurophysiological properties of the lower limb after a neurological lesion. The primary goal of these investigations is to evaluate and improve rehabilitation interventions after neurological disabilities. His research program has investigated various pathologies such as stroke, spinal cord injury and visual vertigo. In addition to focusing on the basic science related to these pathologies, his research has also often expanded to include treatment interventions (robotic rehabilitations, etc...) for these diseases. Dr. Dhaher published more than 120 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and gave more than 30 invited talks.

Dr. Dhaher served on a number of grant review panels, including the MRS study section, National Institutes of Health (a standing member); MSM review panel, NIBIB-NIH special initiative (ad Hoc); Special Emphasis Panel, NIAMS-NIH (ad Hoc); the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA (ad Hoc); and the Thiel Foundation. Dr. Dhaher served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and an Associate Editor/Editor (serving) for the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and serves on the International Conference of Rehabilitation Robotics steering committee. Dr. Dhaher served on the program committees of many national and international scientific meetings.