Nov. 1, 2004
John D. Cantwell, M.D.
Dr. Cantwell is one of the leading authorities in the country regarding cardiac conditions in the athlete. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at both the Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine. He is director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Piedmont Hospital (Fuqua Heart Center) in Atlanta. He is a team physician for the Atlanta Braves (since 1976), team cardiologist for Georgia Tech, and was Chief Medical Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games. On a personal note, he was a member of Duke's first ACC basketball championship team.
Josephine Lee, M.S., A.T.C., L.A.T.
Ms. Lee is in her fourth year at Georgia Tech as the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine. Lee joined the Tech staff in 2000 after three years at Syracuse University, where she served as a graduate assistant and then as an assistant athletic trainer. She currently works with the volleyball program as an athletic trainer. In addition, she assists director Jay Shoop in the administration of Tech's overall sports medicine program. Her main responsibilities include budgeting, purchasing, insurance and graduate assistant supervision.
A certified and licensed athletic trainer, Lee currently serves as the President of the College Athletic Trainers' Society and is on the scholarship review committee for the ACC Sports Medicine group. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association and Georgia Athletic Trainers Association.
The native of Hinsdale, IL, earned a bachelor's degree in biology and athletic training at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She has a masters degree in exercise science from Syracuse University.
Barry L. Seiller, M.D.
Dr. Barry L. Seiller is an ophthalmologist and the founder/director of the Visual Fitness Institute (VFI). Recognizing the interrelated relationship between vision, sports, reading and head injuries, he started VFI in 1989.
He has authored a textbook chapter on Head injuries and Visual skills. In 1992 he was chosen as only one of three eye doctors that staffed the first Olympic Vision Center in Alberville France. This led him to accept the position of the Director of Visual Performance for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. He accepted a similar position with the U.S. Luge and the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton teams. He became interested in college athletics after designing a program for the University of Texas Baseball Team. This led to the implementation of the Visual Performance Program at the Homer Rice Center on the campus of Georgia Tech for all the student athletes. This is the first of its kind.
The Institute is now working with the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Blackhawks to identify potential successful players and to improve the skills of minor leaguers.
Rob Skinner, MS, RD/LD, CSCS
Rob is in his second year as the Director of The Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance at Georgia Tech. He oversees the individual sports performance labs including sports nutrition, sports physiology, sports psychology, sports vision and biomechanics. Prior to becoming Director of the Center, he spent six years as the Director of Sports Nutrition at Georgia Tech. Mr. Skinner has authored many scholarly articles as well as consulting with local high schools, colleges and professional athletes in the Atlanta area.
Skinner is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association (ADA), as well as a member of The Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), a practice group of the ADA. Mr. Skinner also holds certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Instructor (H/FI).
Mr. Skinner has earned a bachelor's degree in education, a bachelor's degree in nutrition, as well as a master's degree in exercise science. Skinner was named Outstanding Dietitian for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Dietetic Association in 2001.
Bryan W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Bryan is the medical consultant for the Atlantic Coast Conference and the editor of the ACC Sports Sciences website. Prior to his duties for the ACC, Dr. Smith was the Head Team Physician at the University of North Carolina for nearly ten years. He has authored approximately fifty scholarly articles and given more than sixty -five invited scholarly lectures. He has been on the editorial board for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, is a contributing editor for Sports Medicine in Primary Care, and for the past four years has been a regular contributor to the American College of Sports Medicine's Fit Society Page. A pediatrician with a doctorate in exercise physiology, Dr. Smith is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He has served as the medical consultant to the NCAA Football Rules Committee, served on the NCAA Baseball Research Panel, and has been a past chairman of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Currently, Dr. Smith is a member of the United States Lacrosse Sports Science Committee and a member of the North Carolina Medical Society's Sports Medicine Committee.
Leah Moore Thomas, MS, RD/LD
Leah Moore-Thomas is in her second year as the Sports Dietitian for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Leah's primary responsibilities include counseling student-athletes, developing eating plans designed for optimal performance, and conducting performance assessments. She serves on the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at Georgia Tech. She writes monthly nutrition columns for the Atlanta Track Club and the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association.
A former collegiate cross-country and track athlete, Moore-Thomas qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2004. She has earned a bachelor's degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and a master's degree in exercise science from Georgia State University. She is a registered dietitian with the ADA, as well as a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), a practice group of the ADA. Mrs. Moore-Thomas also holds an elected position on the Atlanta Track Club board.