Speakers

Jared Bunch, MD

Jared Bunch, MD

Title:  Professor of Medicine, Section Chief of Electrophysiology, Division of Cardiology, University of Utah

Craig A. Coleby, MD

Craig A. Coleby, MD

Dr. Coleby is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Sports Medicine. He is currently in private practice at Granger Medical Clinic, and serves as secretary on the Board of Directors. As an extension of his pediatric sports medicine practice, he provides dedicated care to patients with autonomic disorders, including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and other complications of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome hypermobility type. Dr. Coleby is currently working towards his 4th board certification in Autonomic Disorders.

Dr. Coleby completed his residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Glen Cook, MD

Glen Cook, MD

Dr. Cook directs the Autonomic Disorders Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where he is also Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University. He completed his autonomic disorders training in the Clinical Neurocardiology Section of the National Institutes of Health followed by a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Walter Reed Bethesda. Prior to his current assignment, he served as a staff neurologist and director of the Autonomic Disorders Clinic at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Melissa Cortez, DO

Melissa Cortez, DO

Melissa Cortez, DO is a neurologist who has specialized expertise in neurological diseases affecting the autonomic nervous system (Autonomic Neurology), as well as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology (EMG, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, and autonomic testing). Dr. Cortez is the Director and Founder of the Autonomic Physiology Lab at the University of Utah and has integrated a research program into her clinical work, aiming at better understanding the underlying physiology of symptoms her patients experience. This knowledge is aimed at improving diagnostic strategies, improved selection of treatment options, and improving outcomes.

Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, MD

Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, MD

Tara Eaves

Tara Eaves

Title:  Co-Chair of Dysautonomia International Utah Support Group

Brent P. Goodman, MD

Brent P. Goodman, MD

Founder and Director of Autonomic Laboratory and Clinic at Mayo in Arizona. Clinical and research interests focus on neuromuscular disorders, autonomic disorders, neurophysiology, autoimmune neurology, and autonomic nervous system disorders.

Michael M. Green, DO

Michael M. Green, DO

Title:  Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Green is currently an associate professor (Clinical) of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Department of PMR with adjunct in the Department of Pediatrics), School of Medicine, University of Utah.Dr. Green is an attending physician at Primary Children’s Hospital where he manages an inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation service. He cares for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, torticollis, and many other physical disabilities. Dr. Green performs spasticity management (including intramuscular injections of Botulinum toxin and phenol), intrathecal baclofen pump management, and electrophysiology for selective dorsal rhizotomy.
At the University of Utah adult PMR clinic, he manages the rehabilitation needs of adults with childhood onset disabilities. This clinic specializes in the transition care of pediatric to adult rehabilitation systems.

Blair Grubb, MD

Blair Grubb, MD

Title:  Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Cardiovascular Medicine

Blair P. Grubb is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and earned an undergraduate degree in biologic sciences from the University of Maryland (Baltimore County). He received an MD from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He completed residency training at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center where he was also chief resident; while doing a rotation in cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he became interested in cardiac electrophysiology after watching some of the first human defibrillator implants. He then completed a fellowship in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Pennsylvania State University.

He is presently a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Toledo (UT) Health Science Campus where he is also director of the electrophysiology program and the Syncope and Autonomic Disorders Clinic at the university’s medical center.

He has authored over 270 scientific papers as well as 5 books and 42 book chapters. He has been awarded the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (1994), the Northwest Ohio American Heart Associations’ Legacy of Achievement Award (2001), the Medical University of Ohio’s Deans Award for teaching excellence (1996) and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2006). He has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors” for 20 years in a row and has also been recognized as one of "America’s Best Doctors" for 10 years in a row. In 2009, he received the University of Toledo's Distinguished University Professor award (the first physician ever to receive the honor) and received it again in 2015 (one of the few in UT’s history to receive it twice). In 2015, he received the Physician of the Year award from Dysautonomia International, the Medical Professional of the Decade award from the British Heart Rhythm Society and Arrhythmia Alliance, as well as the University of Toledo’s Dean’s Award for Career Achievement. In 2016, he was given the Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi award for “Outstanding Research.” In 2017, he received the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award. In 2018, he received UT’s President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity. In 2019, he received the Revolutionary Researcher award from the Dysautonomia Support Network.

 He is widely considered one of the world’s leading authorities on syncope and disorders of the autonomic nervous system. His research has helped develop a whole new field of medicine—Autonomics—and he has pioneered many of the diagnostic and treatment modalities that are in common use today. His current work is focused on the role of autoimmunity in the pathogenesis of autonomic disorders.

He was a senior editor of the journal PACE and sits on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. His hobbies include writing (he has published over 50 essays and poems, as well as drawings and photography), and collecting fountain pens. A collection of his essays has been published as a book entitled The Calling.

He is a survivor of renal cancer, an event that fostered his interest in promoting physician wellness. He was the husband of the late Barbara Straus, MD, for 38 years, and has three children: Helen, Alex, and Margaret. He is married to Dena Eber, PhD.

Christopher W. Harper, PT, DPT, OCS

Christopher W. Harper, PT, DPT, OCS

Christopher Harper is owner of Active Lifestyles Physical Therapy, a private practice outpatient clinic in Draper, Utah. After graduating from the Bouvé College of Health Science Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993, Chris attended the University of Utah and obtained his doctorate in physical therapy and a board certification in orthopedics shortly thereafter. 

Through his endeavors to optimize intervention for POTS from a physical therapy perspective, Chris developed an interest in a multidisciplinary and multimodal treatment approach. He continues to strive for improvement of intervention strategies and outcomes for patients with POTS and hypermobility type-Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. With quality evidence-guided patient care and education at the core of his practice, Chris guides individuals in long-term management and returning to the activities they love. 

Katie Johnson PT, DPT, OCS

Katie Johnson PT, DPT, OCS

Guillaume Lamotte, MD, MSc

Guillaume Lamotte, MD, MSc

Title:  Assistant Professor

Laura A. Pace, MD, PhD

Laura A. Pace, MD, PhD

Dr. Pace is a gastroenterologist who has specialized expertise in neurogastroenterology and motility disorders. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology along with specialized fellowship training in neurogastroenterology and motility disorders. Dr. Pace focuses on the diagnosis and management of individuals with gastrointestinal complications from neurologic diseases, such as autonomic dysfunction, and connective tissue diseases, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. She is Director of the University of Utah Neurogastroenterology Clinic and Co-Director of the University of Utah Multidisciplinary Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Clinic.

Satish Raj, MD, MSCI

Satish Raj, MD, MSCI

Title:   Professor of Cardiac Sciences; Chair, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service; Medical Director, Cardiac Sciences

Nathan Richards, MD

Nathan Richards, MD

Kelsi Schiltz, PT, DPT, NCS

Kelsi Schiltz, PT, DPT, NCS

Ivan Zendejas-Ruiz, MD

Ivan Zendejas-Ruiz, MD