Board of Directors
The Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) Board of Directors
CISG’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals elected by the general assembly to serve in a voluntary capacity. These individuals have expertise in the science and practice of evaluating and managing sports-related concussion and represent a broad array of medical disciplines from countries throughout the world. The function of the board is to set goals and policies based on the wishes/direction of the membership and manage the day-to-day functioning of the organization.
Voting Members of the Board of Directors
Professor Vicki Anderson BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, FAPS, FASSA, FAAHMS, FASSBI
Dr. Echemendia is Co-Chair of the NHL’s Concussion Subcommittee, Chair of Major League Soccer’s concussion program and consulting neuropsychologist to the US Soccer Federation, and U.S. Soccer National Teams. He is a Fellow, Past President and founder of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, Past President and Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He received the Sports Neuropsychology Society Distinguished Career Award in 2018. He is a member of the international Collision Sports Group and an expert panel member, founding executive board member, and a co-author on the Zurich (2008 & 2012), Berlin (2016) and the Amsterdam (2022) International Concussion in Sports Group Consensus Statements. He is the lead author for the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool – 6 (SCAT6). Dr. Echemendia has published widely, has been the featured guest for many media appearances, and is a co-Principal Investigator in a $14.7 million grant to study the long term neurological, psychological and cognitive health of retired NFL players (NFL-LONG).
Prof Patricios has been in sports medicine practice for 28 years. He is currently Director of Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery in Johannesburg and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he leads the Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) Research Group. Prof Patricios is founder and Director of Sports Concussion South Africa. For many years he has promoted the need for more structured concussion evaluations in youth and professional sport and has served as an advisor to SA Rugby, specifically the Boksmart rugby safety programme, for 15 years. He is a sports concussion consultant to World Rugby, a board member of the international Concussion in Sports Group and Co-chair of the scientific committee for the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. Most recently he was on the independent concussion advisory panel for the FIFA 2022 World Cup and in 2023 joined UEFA’s Head Injury Advisory Committee. He is an editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and served 2 terms as President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA). Prof Patricios has been
team physician to school, club, provincial and international sports teams in rugby,
cricket, soccer, athletics and basketball. Prof Patricios co-chaired the the 6 th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Amsterdam, October 2022. He is lead author of the review informing the development of a sports concussion office assessment tool to be used by Health Care Professionals worldwide and co-lead author (with Prof Kathryn Schneider, University of Calgary, Canada) of the Consensus Statement.
Steven Broglio is a Professor of Kinesiology, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr Broglio completed his training at the University of Georgia, followed by his first faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been at the University of Michigan since 2011. Dr. Broglio is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs for the School of Kinesiology and serves as the Director of the Michigan Concussion Center and the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory. In those roles, he oversees clinical care, educational outreach, and multi-disciplinary research aimed at fundamental questions on concussion prevention, identification, diagnosis, management, and outcomes. His research has been supported by numerous foundations and federal funding agencies, generating over 225 peer reviewed works. Dr Broglio is a co-PI on the CARE Consortium, the largest prospective investigation of concussion ever conducted. He has been awarded the Early Career Investigator Award by the International Brain Injury Association, the Early Career and Distinguished Researcher awards by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Dr. Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed Adult and Pediatric Neurology training at UCLA. He worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team before joining the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center (1998). He served on the California State Athletic Commission (2005-2015), and as an advisor for the Department of Defense traveling to Afghanistan in 2011. He founded and directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT & Operation Mend-Wounded Warrior Project mild TBI Programs. He co-authored concussion/mild TBI guidelines for the AAN (2013), CDC (2018), Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Living Guideline (2018-present) and the Concussion in Sport Group (2017, 2022). Dr. Giza is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. He serves on the concussion advisory committees for MLS, NBA and USSF. Dr. Giza is a clinical consultant for MLS/USSF, NHL/NHLPA, NBA, LA Lakers and the NFL Neurological Care Program. His research focuses on translational aspects of TBI and persistent post-concussive symptoms, including plasticity, stress, exercise and migraine.
Dr. Putukian is Chief Medical Officer for Major League Soccer, Team Physician for US Women’s National Soccer Teams, and Past President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine with Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine and the Former Director of Athletic Medicine/Head Team Physician, Princeton University (2004-2021). She has served as a Team Physician for USOPC Olympics (Beijing 2022 & Paris 2024) and US Men’s National Lacrosse (2010-2018). Her committee service includes Senior advisor for the NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee, US Soccer Medical Committee, NFL General Medical Committee, FA Research Task Force, IOC Mental Health Work Group, and USOPC Mental Health Task Force. She is also Former Chair of both the USA Lacrosse Sport Science & Safety Committee (2010-2019) and the ACSM Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership Committee. Dr. Putukian has served as an invited expert/co-author for the International CISG Conferences (2008-2022) and has been co-author of several Team Physician Consensus Statements & AMSSM Position Statements. She was Editor for Netter’s Sports Medicine textbook and her involvement in clinical research resulted in >150 peer-reviewed publications, >60 book chapters and >240 regional, national or international presentations.
Dr. Broshek is the John Edward Fowler Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, where she is Director of the Neuropsychology Assessment Clinic and Chief of Psychological Services. Dr. Broshek is the inaugural Executive Director of the Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS), as well as a Fellow and Past-President of SNS. She is also a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. In addition to serving as Member-at-Large for the Concussion in Sport Group, Dr. Broshek is a member of the NBA/WNBA Concussion Committee, a founding member of the International Congress for Athlete Brain Health, and a consultant to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Dr. Broshek received the Distinguished Career Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2019 for her exemplary service to the field of neuropsychology. She has been active in research on sports concussion and mTBI, as well as national clinical trials for the
treatment of intractable epilepsy. Dr. Broshek has been active at the local, regional, and national levels in promoting concussion education and safety.
Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM, FAMSSM (Pediatrics and Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, CHOP) Dr. Master is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and founding co-director of the Minds Matter Concussion Program at CHOP with almost three decades of experience in clinical pediatrics. Dr. Master is board-certified in pediatrics, sports medicine, and brain injury medicine, caring for over eight hundred children with concussion annually in her outpatient clinical practice. The Minds Matter Concussion Program provides clinical care, community outreach and education, and conducts translational clinical research in youth concussion. Her particular research emphasis has been describing the identifying objective physiological biomarkers in order to target active interventions to improve outcomes for those with concussion.
Dr. Kathryn Schneider is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) and an epidemiologist at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention, detection and rehabilitation of sport-related concussion. Her work has identified a large treatment effect using multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has expertise and certification in vestibular rehabilitation. She was recognized by Avenue Magazine as “Top 40 Under 40” in 2012, was the recipient of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award in 2015 and recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association with a Centenary Medal of Distinction in 2021. She has been involved as an Expert Panelist at the 4 th and 5 th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport and Scientific Committee member (co-lead for 6 th Consensus) and led the methodology informing the 5 th and 6 th International Conferences on Concussion in Sport. Invited speaking highlights include the 4 th , 5 th and 6 th International Conferences on Concussion in Sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical meetings and many additional
International and National sport meetings. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of recreational to elite/professional athletes with concussion.
Non-Voting Members of the Board of Directors
As a neuropsychologist, David first commenced cognitive testing of concussed athletes (elite Australian Rules Footballers) in 1986. This involved baseline testing of aspects of cognitive function and repeat testing following concussion to monitor recovery. Over the following ten years, he continued to assess concussed athletes pre and post-concussion, leading to a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 1996, titled: Neuropsychological Recovery after concussion in Australian Rules Footballers (which was marked by Dr Dorothy Gronwall OBE). Aspects of the research included: (i) diagnosis (i.e. the assessment of orientation shortly after head trauma); (ii) assessment of cognitive functions including aspects of memory, reaction times and speed of information processing in the assessment of recovery; and (iii) objectives measures of playing performance on return to competition compared to pre-injury. Aspects of his research have been incorporated into versions of the SCAT as “the Maddocks Questions”. David worked for many years as a neuropsychologist in acquired brain injury rehabilitation. He has continued research and presented results of follow-up assessment of a cohort of former athletes tested over 30 years ago, at the Berlin CISG conference in 2016. He was a co-author of the CISG Zurich (2012) and Berlin (2016) Consensus Statements. David is also a lawyer working primarily in medical and sports law. He is a Board Member of Cricket Australia.