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Thursday, January 27

PRiSM: Did We Really Need Another Organization?
Hank Chambers, MD

Hank Chambers, MD is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He also serves as a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.   He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado in 1978.  After medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.   He finished a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship in San Diego under the tutelage of David Sutherland, Scott Mubarak and Dennis Wenger in 1990.

Dr. Chambers is currently the Director of the Southern Family Center for Cerebral Palsy Program at Rady Children’s Hospital.  He is also the Medical Director of the David H. Sutherland MD Motion Analysis Laboratory.   He is a former co-director of the 360 Sports Medicine Program at Rady Children’s Hospital.   Hank was the Chief of Staff at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego from 2004-2006.    He is active nationally in many organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is a Past President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and is also the Past President of PRiSM, a pediatric sports medicine research society which he co-founded.  He has published over 120 publications and has authored over 30 book chapters.  He has been fortunate to have been the Visiting Professor at over 100 institutions throughout the world and has been recognized as one of the Top Doctors in San Diego, Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in the US News and World Report and Who’s Who in America and in the World

His wife, Jill, is active in many local and national patient advocacy groups and is a healing touch provider at Rady Children’s Hospital.  His son, Sean (39), who has cerebral palsy, is currently living independently (with support) in San Diego and his other son, Reid (38) is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. 

Friday, January 28

Bringing Your Passion to Work: The Evolution of a Career in Paralympic Sports Medicine Cheri Blauwet, MD

Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and the Distinguished Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Brigham Health. She is an attending physician at Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine and Founding Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney '00, Athens '04, Beijing '08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. 

Translating her background as an athlete to the clinical setting, Dr. Blauwet is a pioneer and change agent in the area of disability and health equity, with a specific focus on sport and physical activity for health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She is deeply committed to ensuring that opportunities for achieving optimal health are equitable and universally accessible to all, inclusive of people with disabilities. She serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” community leaders. 

Saturday, January 29

Sport, Culture, and a Need for a Social Justice Orientation
Billy Hawkins, PhD

Dr. Hawkins is a professor at the University of Houston in the department of Health and Human Performance. He is the author of The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions; and co-author of Sport, Race, Activism, and Social Change: The Impact of Dr. Harry Edwards’ Scholarship and Service, The Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past, Present, and Persistence, and the forthcoming Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States. His teaching and research contributions are in the areas of sociology of sport and cultural studies, sport management, and sport for development. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals, as well as, presented to learned societies in the area of sport studies (including sport management, sport history, and sport sociology). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Sport and Cultural Studies; a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Webber International University.