Philip W. McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Phil McClure is an internationally recognized educator and expert in physical medicine and vice president of ECB. With more than 30 years’ experience in the physical therapy profession, Dr. McClure has received several prestigious awards for his research in shoulder biomechanics, as well as the effects of exercise on shoulder impingement.
Dr. McClure has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in several notable medical journals and presented at many prominent physical medicine conferences including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Annual Conference, Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, and the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Conference. He has also served as the Chair for the Research Committee, Orthopedic Section, APTA. He is currently professor and director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.
Paul F. Beattie, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA
Paul Beattie is a clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy, School Of Public Health and is a nationally renowned and expert psychometrician specializing in examining, analyzing, and validating patient care questionnaires.
He has been instrumental in developing Expert Clinical Benchmarks’ (ECB) patient satisfaction instruments as well as verifying the results. Dr. Beattie has 30 manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals and more than 90 professional presentations.
Rob de Bie, PT, PhD
Rob de Bie is a professor of Physiotherapy Research at Maastricht University. His positions include director of Education for Health, director of the Rehabilitation and Related Therapies Field of the Cochrane Collaboration, and director of the Centre for Evidence Based Physiotherapy.
His expertise is in systematic review methodologies and professional guidelines and is known for his contributions to the Cochrane Back Review Group, which coordinates international literature reviews of primary and secondary prevention and treatment of neck and back pain and other spinal disorders. He has also provided support to the OTseeker and PEDro projects – databases that contain abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational and physical therapy.
David Deitz, MD, PhD
David Deitz has 25 years’ experience in managed medical care, healthcare outcomes evaluations and reporting, and utilization management systems in workers’ compensation and group health. He is the former medical director of a large workers comp insurer, where his responsibilities encompassed medical review operations, medical networks and medical policy. Previously he oversaw content development of managed care software and reporting systems that were successfully deployed at insurers nationwide.
Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Deitz completed post graduate training at the University of Miami and Harvard Medical School. He has worked with employers, labor, state regulators and lawmakers in more than 20 states on reform efforts and has served on numerous task forces and committees nationwide to promote the best medical practices and high quality care for injured workers.
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC
Jane Fedorczyk is a clinical professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation services for Drexel University, Philadelphia, where she also directs post-professional clinical programs. A certified hand therapist with considerable clinical expertise in pain management and hand and upper quarter rehabilitation, she is the Immediate Past President of American Society of Hand Therapists, and active in the the American Hand Therapy Foundation and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Fedorczyk holds a PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University, Philadelphia. A frequent presenter at industry conferences, she has published numerous professional papers and book chapters on various aspects of elbow, wrist and hand conditions; physical therapy; and pain management. Dr. Fedorczyk also served as co-editor of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, 6th ed., a premier medical reference text in this specialty practice. She has received several professional honors, including the R. L. Petzoldt Award for Innovation in Hand Therapy.
William G. Gaines, Jr., MD, MPH
Dr. William Gaines has more than 30 years of experience in directing medical management programs. Board certified in Preventive Medicine-Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine, he maintains a practice with Baylor Scott & White Health in College Station, Texas and is MedRisk’s Medical Director, overseeing the quality of provider clinical performance and helping MedRisk develops innovative medical management strategies.
Dr. Gaines previously served as Medical Director for a number of organizations, including a large property and casualty insurance carrier, Procter & Gamble and Conoco Phillips. He also held several academic appointments with Texas A&M University, including as Associate Director of its National Science Foundation, Industry University Cooperative Ergonomics Research Center and Assistant Professor of its University Health Science Center. In addition, Dr. Gaines has coauthored numerous scientific papers and delivered presentations on a variety of topics, including musculoskeletal disorders, back pain, occupational health, and delayed recovery from work injuries.
He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Gaines conducted post-graduate work in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and received his Master’s in Public Health from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In addition to serving on the ISAB, he is MedRisk’s medical director.
Chris J. Main, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., C.Psychol. F.B.Ps.S.
Chris Main is a professor of clinical psychology in the Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, Great Britain, as well as former co-chair of the Wellbeing in Work partnership.
Dr. Main has coauthored more than 100 books, monographs, and reports. He also serves on the editorial board of Physical Therapy and is an Honorary Life member of the British Pain Society. He is an expert in the bio-psychosocial approach to pain management and managing pain in the workplace.
Lori Michener, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS, FAPTA
Lori Michener is a professor at the University of Southern California. She also serves as the director of Clinical Outcomes and Research, and the director of the COOR (Clinical biomechanics and Orthopedic Outcomes Research) Laboratory. Her expertise is in the area of outcome measures, mechanisms and treatment of patients with shoulder and spinal disorders.
Dr. Michener serves on several guidelines panels including guidelines for treatment of shoulder disorders for the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Michener has been instrumental in developing, reviewing, and updating ECB treatment guidelines and patient survey instruments.
Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, CSCS, CEEAA
Marilyn Moffat is a full professor of Physical Therapy at New York University and Past President of World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
Dr. Moffat lends her expertise in the areas of cardiopulmonary physical therapy, geriatric physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, and professional and practice issues to the ECB advisory panel. A former two-term president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), she has given more than 800 presentations and has written more than 25 professional publications.
Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Kathryn Mueller is the medical director for the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation and past president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She also serves as professor in the Department of Physiatry and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
An expert in disability management, Dr. Mueller has worked extensively with the ACOEM Practice Guidelines, helped develop the original course on impairment for ACOEM and has served two terms on the organization’s board of directors. She is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (RMAOEM) and has served that organization as president. Dr. Mueller is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
Donald Murphy, DC, FRCC
Donald Murphy is the Medical Director of the Spine Care Program for Care New England, a large hospital system in Rhode Island. He is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is also Adjust Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Department of Research, New York Chiropractic College.
He has been on the Expert Panel for several spine care guidelines, including those of the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Dr. Murphy has published dozens of papers in the peer-reviewed spine literature as well as three books on back and neck pain.
Roger Nelson, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Roger Nelson is a former physical therapy advisor to the United States Surgeon General, an internationally recognized educator and expert in the field of physical medicine, and the former vice president of ECB.
Dr. Nelson developed and managed The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Low Back Atlas Study, was a grant recipient from the U.S. Department of Labor to study low back pain in federal workers, represented the Physical Therapy profession on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Low Back Guideline Panel, assisted the state of Florida in the development of guidelines for practice, and chaired the task force to develop the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. He has more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, and is the author or co-author of three textbooks and has presented in more than 150 scientific sessions world-wide.
Richard A. Victor, PhD
Rick Victor’s extensive research background and deep understanding of the workers’ compensation industry position him to help MedRisk recognize and respond to emerging trends. Dr. Victor is the former president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).
Under his leadership, WCRI became one of the most highly recognized and respected research organizations dedicated to evaluating and benchmarking the impact of major public policy issues confronting workers’ compensation systems, health policies and disability management. Before founding WCRI in 1983, he was an economist with RAND Corporation.
Dr. Victor earned a PhD in economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan and was the university’s George Humphrey Fellow in Law and Economic Policy. He has studied the risk and benefits industry for more than 30 years, contributed to more than 25 books and monographs on workers’ compensation and published numerous articles. Dr. Victor frequently presents at conferences and at legislative and regulatory meetings.
Matthew Walsworth, MD, PT
Matt Walsworth brings considerable expertise in both radiology and physical therapy to MedRisk’s International Scientific Advisory Board. Currently an interventional and diagnostic radiologist at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, he also maintains a faculty appointment at UCLA.
A former captain in the U.S. Army, Walsworth served in various locations, including Chief of Physical Therapy at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, presented at international conferences and holds licensures and board certifications with the American Board of Radiology Board (ABR) Certification, California Radiology Supervisor and Operator and Physical Therapist, State Board of Virginia.
As a board certified radiologist with a master’s degree in physical therapy Dr. Walsworth is uniquely suited to advise MedRisk on the clinical aspects of its specialty managed care program.