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Meet the Faculty

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Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM, FAAFP
Conference Chairman
Co-Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana, CA
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
UC Riverside School of Medicine
Team Physician, Pomona College
Past-President; American College of Sports Medicine


Robert Laird, MD, FAAP

Conference Co-Chairman

Medical Director; Ironman Triathlon World Championships

Pediatrics and Sports Medicine

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Finisher, 1988 and 2003 Ironman Triathlon

Ironman Hall of Fame Member


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Ironman Legends Guest Speaker

Co-Founder; Challenged Athletes Foundation

Ironman Hall of Fame Member

USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Member

Co-Founder Competitor Magazine


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Fred H. Brennan, Jr., DO, FAOASM, FAAFP

Head Team Physician, University of New Hampshire
Director, Sports Concussion Center at Seacoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Deputy Commander, 157th Medical Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard
Finisher, 2002 Ironman Triathlon World Championship




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Wayne Derman, MD, PhD

Professor of Sports and Exercise Medicine

University of Cape Town Sport Science Institute

Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Services and Research Group

Chief Medical Officer; 2012 South African ParalympicsTeam

Cape Town, South Africa


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Dr. Barry Franklin, PhD, FACSM



Director, Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation

William Beaumont Hospital

Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Oakland University; William Beaumont School of Medicine

Rochester, Michigan

Past President; American College of Sports Medicine

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Martin J. Gibala, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Ben Greenfield MS

10x Ironman Finisher (5x Ironman Hawaii)
New York times Bestselling Author: "Beyond Training”
Spokane, Washington

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Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD, FAAOS, FACSM

Assistant Professor

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Team Physician

University of Kentucky

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Carl J. Lavie, M.D., FACC, FACP, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention
Director, Stress Testing Laboratory
John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute
Ochsner Clinical School - The University of Queensland School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Fran O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACSM

Colonel; Medical Corp, United States Army

Medical Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance

Professor and Chair, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Past President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine


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Professor; Faculty of Medicine University of Ottawa
Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

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William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Program Director, St John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program,

Past-President; American College of Sports Medicine

Medical Director; Twin Cities in Motion and Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Editor in Chief; Current Sports Medicine Reports

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Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM

Regents Professor of Kinesiology and Health

Professor of Nutrition

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research; College of Education

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia

Member of Sports Science Committee; International Paralympics Committee



Michael Melton, MD

Emergency Medicine Professionals Group Orlando, Florida

Winner; 2014 Ironman Sports Medicine Conference Lottery Slot

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