Expert Panel

Experts from Canada or the United States with a national or international reputation for clinical care and research in pediatric concussion were invited to join the project as panelists. The choice of panelist members reflected the focus on clinical assessment and management of pediatric concussion (versus prevention) with an emphasis on ensuring representation across a full spectrum of health disciplines, expertise in concussion, and competency in research. In addition to the 2014 panelists, additional experts were invited to join the team to ensure combined expertise across the spectrum of evidence to likely be included in the guideline update (e.g., vestibular and vision therapies, clinical role of advanced neuroimaging, and clinical utility of fluid biomarkers). The members of the guideline panel declared any competing interests and identified their area(s) of expertise for reviewing papers and domain working groups.

Expert panelists completed a survey to rate their level of expertise across the variety of domains using the 2014 version of the Pediatric Concussion Guideline. Self-reported ratings informed which domain(s) the panelists would best contribute. In designing the composition of the domain groups, those who self-rated their expertise as “highest level of expertise” were designated as experts in that particular domain group. For instances in which an insufficient number self-identified at the “highest level”, experts with “good level of expertise” were considered to ensure equity in reviewing the literature and revising the domain’s specific recommendation(s).

List of Panelists

Shelina Babul, PhD; Associate Director, BCIRPU, BC Children’s Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, BC. (Pediatric sports medicine)

Shannon Bauman, MD, Sports Medicine Physician, Concussion North; Royal Victoria Hospital, University of Toronto, Barrie, ON. (Sports medicine)

Mark Bayley, MD, FRCPC; Medical Director and Physiatrist in Chief UHN Toronto Rehab and Professor, Department of Medicine, University Of Toronto; Toronto, Ontario (Rehabilitation Medicine)

Miriam Beauchamp, PhD; Neuropsychologist; Associate Professor, University of Montreal; Researcher Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center, Montreal, QC. (Neuropsychology)

Matthew Breiding, PhD, CDR, U.S. Public Health Service, Traumatic Brain Injury Team Lead, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA. (Behavioural science; CDC Pediatric mTBI guideline)- Joined expert panel January 2020

Molly Cairncross, PhD; Assistant Professor, Clinical Neuropsychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; Associate Member, Rehabilitation Research Program, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver, BC. (Neuropsychology)

Kristine Dalton, OD, MSc, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA; Associate Professor, School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. (Optometry)

Roberta DePompei, PhD; Distinguished Professor, Dean Emeritus, College of Health Professions and Director, School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Akron, Akron, OH. (Speech and language pathology)

Carla Edwards, MD, FRCPC; Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Clinical Educational Coordinator, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus; Mental Health Representative, U Sports Sports Medicine and Research Science Committee; High Performance Mental Health Advisor, Swimming Canada, Guelph, ON (Sports Psychiatrist)

Michael Ellis, MD, FRCSC; Medical Director Pan Am Concussion Program, Assistant Professor Department of Surgery & Pediatrics, Section of Neurosurgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. (Neurosurgery)

Michael J. Esser, MD, PhD, FRCPC Pediatric Neurologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital; Director, Pediatric NeuroCritical Care; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. (Pediatric Neurology)

Phil Fait, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, Associate Professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Département des Sciences de l’Activité Physique, Trois-Rivières, QC. (Physical rehabilitation)

Doug Fraser, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Professor/Clinician Scientist, Division of Children’s Health and Therapeutics, Children’s Health Research Institute, Western University, London, ON. (Pediatric intensive care, acquired brain injuries and fluid biomarkers)

Pierre Fremont, PhD, MD, FCFP (SEM); Full professor, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Laval, QC. (Family and sports medicine)

Isabelle Gagnon, pht PhD; Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; Clinical researcher, Trauma Center, Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC. (Physical therapy)

Judith Gargaro, Clinical and Systems Implementation and Program Director, ABI, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Toronto, ON. (Clinical research psychology)

Gerard Gioia, PhD; Division Chief, Neuropsychology, Children’s National Health System; Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, George Washington University, Children’s National Health System, Rockville, MD. (Pediatric neuropsychology)

Christopher Giza, MD; Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery, Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, Los Angeles, CA. (Pediatric neurology)

Kristian Goulet, MD; Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa; Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Concussion Clinic, Ottawa, ON. (Pediatric sports medicine)

Ann Glang, PhD, Research Professor/Director, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon, Eugene, ON. (Special education)

Janice Gray, MA; Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, London, ON. (End user, school liaison)

Ash Kolstad, Undergraduate Student, University of Calgary; Calgary, AB. (End user, concussion patient)

Erin Haney, MSc, OD, Optometrist, Bayside Vision Rehabilitation Centre, Barrie, ON. (Optometry)

Scott Howitt, MSc, DC, FCCPOR(C), FRCCSS(C), Chiropractor; Associate Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, ON. (Chiropractice)

Ryan Hung, MD, MSc, FRCPC (Neurology, Pediatrics); Pediatric Neurologist, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON. (Pediatric Neurology, Neurorehabilitation)

Anne Hunt, PhD OT Reg. (Ont.); Manager, student training & intervention research program/Clinical study investigator, Bloorview Research Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy/ Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto; Toronto, ON. (Occupational therapy)

John Leddy, MD, FACSM FACP; Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Sciences; Director of the Concussion Management Clinic, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. (Sports medicine)

Andrée-Anne Ledoux, PhD; Research Investigator, CHEO Research Institute; Adjunct Professor School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. (Neuropsychology).

Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor; Department of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Co-Director, Stanford Brain Performance Center; Stanford, CA. (Pediatric Emergency Medicine; CDC Pediatric mTBI guideline)- Joined expert panel January 2020

Gail Macartney, PhD, Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE. (Nursing)

Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Associate in Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, co-Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Brain Injury Center

Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, FACSM; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director, Minds Matter Concussion Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA. (Pediatric Sports Medicine)

Shawn Marshall, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Full Professor, Department Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Bruyere Continuing Care; Division Head Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa; Ottawa, ON. (Rehabilitation medicine)

Stephanie McFarland, MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.); Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON. (Occupational therapy)

Martin Osmond, MDCM, FRCPC; CEO and Scientific Director, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, ON; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. (Pediatric emergency medicine)

Laura Purcell, MD, FRCPC, Dip Sport Med; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. (Pediatric sports medicine)

Kelly Russell, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB. (Concussion epidemiology)

Kathryn Schneider, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist), Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary; Calgary, AB. (Physical therapy)

Shannon Scratch, PhD, CPsych; Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute; Clinical Neuropsychologist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Toronto, ON. (Neuropsychology)

Heather Shepherd, OT, MSc.; PhD Candidate, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary; Calgary, AB. (Occupational therapy).

Sara Somers, MSW, RSW; Social Worker/Outreach Coordinator, Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, London, ON. (Social Work)

Taryn Taylor, BKin, MSc, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport & Exercise Medicine; Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic; Assistant Professor, Ottawa University, Faculty of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. (Primary care sports medicine)

Michael Vassilyadi, MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS, FAAP; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Division of Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa, ON; Chapter Director, Parachute, Ottawa, ON. (Pediatric neurosurgery)

Shari Wade, PhD, Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. (Pediatric psychology, Rehabilitation psychology)

Cheryl Wellington, PhD, Professor, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. (traumatic brain injury, biomarkers)

Jacquie van Ierssel, PT, PhD; Postdoctoral Fellow; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute; Ottawa, Ontario. (Physical Therapy)

Keith Yeates, PhD, RPsych; Lead, University of Calgary Integrated Concussion Research Program; Professor and Head of Psychology, University of Calgary; Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury; Calgary, AB. (Neuropsychology)

Previous Expert Panel Members: 2018-2020

James Carson, MD, Dip. Sport Med, CCFP(SEM), FCFP; Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Unionville, ON. (Family medicine and Sports medicine)

Ruth Wilcock, R.P. (Qualifying), Ontario Brain Injury Association, St. Catharines, ON. (Consumer Perspective)