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The Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation (IOF) was founded on the idea that the future of medicine is regenerative. 

Interventional Orthobiologic Medicine focuses on precise percutaneous placement of orthobiologics under exacting image guidance. These regenerative biologic treatments, like adult stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma, require a level of expertise difficult to attain through most of the education programs out there.

Our goal is to fill that void. IOF is the only orthobiologic-focused non-profit that provides CME-accredited courses that teach simple to advanced injection skills.

Through a stepwise approach, get the training you need to join the Interventional Orthobiologics movement and change your life and the lives of your patients.

Executive Director 

Jillian Abramson, MBA

Jillian Abramson, MBA

Jillian Abramson joined IOF in March 2018. She has an extensive background in the orthopedic health care space, serving in various director and executive roles. Her earliest leadership position was in medical practice administration and she continues to provide her insights through speaking engagements and mentoring others in that role.

As the executive director, Jillian’s focus bringing together physicians across all specialties using orthobiologics in an effort to grow a trusted network of colleagues. It is her passion that these physicians are trained to the best level of their abilities and provide optimal patient outcomes. She is a firm believer in collaboration and has expanded IOF to include several committees which bring exceptional value to the organization. Most recently, she has taken the IOF orthobiologic courses nationwide which enables the foundation to continue to grow. She is considered a trusted source for many physicians in this specialty, from novice to expert.

Board of Directors

Ariana DeMers, DO

Ariana DeMers, DO

President

Ariana DeMers, DO, RMSK is Board-Certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. Her practice encompasses athletes at all levels of accomplishment and all stages of life. She specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to treat injuries of the hip, shoulder, knee, and ankle as well as regenerative medicine. She founded Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as an orthopedic center where patients can get an unbiased diagnosis and complete discussion of their nonsurgical and surgical treatment options including orthobiologics as well as orthopedic surgery. She takes an innovative approach to get patients back to their healthy, active lifestyle. She is also passionate about driving change in our healthcare system to improve the lives of patients and doctors.

Don Buford, MD

Don Buford, MD

Past President
Dr. Don Buford is the founder of The Texas Orthobiologics Institute Institute with the goal of creating a research institute with well trained orthopedic surgeons also interested in state of the art orthobiologic therapies. Dr. Buford closely follows clinical results from regenerative therapies with the purpose to further refine the indications and treatments for many musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Buford instructs others in regenerative medicine and has been training clinicians on MSK ultrasound as the Director of the Las Vegas MSK Ultrasound Course.  Dr. Buford and his course faculty have trained over 600 clinicians in MSK ultrasound in the past 9 years.

Dr. Buford played professional baseball as a second baseman and outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 4 years. After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Buford completed a 5 year orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Buford also completed a one year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI) where he learned advanced arthroscopy techniques. Because of his interest in minimally invasive and noninvasive orthopedic techniques to treat patients, Dr. Buford was naturally drawn to the orthobiologic subspecialty.

Gerard Malanga, MD

Gerard Malanga, MD

Past President

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and Sports and Pain Medicine with a fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Dr. Gerard Malanga is a renowned specialist in the nonsurgical treatment of a variety of orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. His practice includes the treatment of athletes from recreational to the college, Olympic, and professional levels.

Dr. Malanga lectures throughout the United States and internationally on a variety of sports medicine, spine, orthopedic, and pain management topics. He provides sports medicine services to several New Jersey high schools and colleges and has served as the head team physician for New Jersey City University since 1999. He also serves as a consultant to the Rutger’s University Athletic Department.

Dr. Malanga co-authored “The Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections,” a comprehensive textbook on ultrasound-guided injections of the musculoskeletal system, and “Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine,” the first comprehensive book devoted to orthobiologic treatments for orthopedic conditions written for physicians. He is also a regular contributor to SpineUniverse.com.

Christopher J. Centeno, MD

Christopher J. Centeno, MD

Past President

Dr. Centeno is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through the American Board of Anesthesia. Dr. Chris Centeno trained at the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center and the Institute for Rehabilitation Research.

 

Wayne McIlwraith, DVM, PhD, FRCVS

Wayne McIlwraith, DVM, PhD, FRCVS

Secretary Professor and Director, Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University

Dr McIlwraith obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand, was in practice in New Zealand and the UK followed by an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a surgical residency at Purdue University. He also obtained MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Since 1979 he has been a faculty member at Colorado State University. He is a University Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedics, held  the  Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Research from 2002-2020 (now Emeritus)  and is the Founding Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center Emeritus. He also has a referral equine orthopaedic surgical practice based in Southern California and is a consultant and surgeon for clients elsewhere in the US and Ireland, England, France and New Zealand.

His research interests focus on equine orthopaedic surgery and translational joint disease research including novel treatments for osteoarthritis and articular cartilage repair, mesenchymal stem cell therapies and early diagnosis of osteoarthritis and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers. He has authored six textbooks, over 550 scientific publications and textbook chapters and has presented over 700 seminars and workshops, both nationally and internationally to equine practitioners, veterinary specialty groups and human orthopaedic meetings.

Honors include doctoral degrees (honoris causa) from the University of Vienna (1995), Purdue University (2001), Massey University (2003), the University of Turin (2004) and the University of London (2010). Awards received include the Schering-Plough Award for equine research for his contributions to orthopaedic research by the World Eaquine Veterinary Association (1995), the  Frank Milne Lecture (Lifetime Contribution Award) from American Association of Equine Practitioners (2005), induction into the International Equine Research Hall of Fame (2005), the Founders Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American College of Veterinary Surgery (2006), the John Hickman Award for Equine Orthopaedics from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) (2006), the Markowitz Award from the Academy of Surgical Research (2013), the Marshall R. Urist MD Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research from the Orthopaedic Research Society (2014), Honorary Fellow of the International Cartilage Research Society (2018), Schofield Memorial Lecture and Medal, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (2018), the American Association of Equine Practitioners Research Award (2018),  the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Lifetime Excellence in Research Award (2019),  the ACVS Foundation Legends Award (2019) and the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association Brian Goulden Prize for Outstanding NZ Equine Veterinarian (2020).He was also honored with the opening of the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translation Medicine Institute at Colorado State University in May 2019

WILLIAM D MURRELL JR. MD, MS, FAAOS

WILLIAM D MURRELL JR. MD, MS, FAAOS

Board Member

American Board Certified in Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine

Dr. William Murrell, is currently a fellow orthopedic sports medicine at Plancher Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. In the past he has been involved in designing, creating quality management systems, clinical and laboratory protocols, accrediting, and operating facilities in the USA, UK, Middle East, and Germany. Formerly, the Chief Science Officer for Emirates Healthcare, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Integra Medical & Surgery Centre, Director Center of Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement at Healthpoint Hospital, Mubadala Healthcare, Abu Dhabi, UAE. An internationally renowned clinician, educator, and researcher, he frequently lectures on MSK regenerative medicine. He is also the Principal Investigator in clinical trials investigating adjuvant stem cells in the treatment of articular cartilage defect(s), the use of gold-induced cytokines, micronized fat, and culture expanded adipose derived mesenchymal stromal cells for treatment of knee osteoarthritis. He has authored several publications and book chapters on musculoskeletal medicine and biological treatments. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Biologic Orthopedic Journal, Associate Editor for Journal Orthopedic Surgery Research and Journal of Clinical Orthopedics and Trauma and numerous other Advisory and Editorial Boards. He frequently participates in international medical conferences, both as an organizer and also as a presenter.

Beginning early in his career he was involved with the for the care of a plethora of elite and professional athletes from the US Ski Team, US Snowboard Team, US Speed Skating Team, Professional Golfers Association (PGA), European Professional Golfers Association (EPGA), National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women’s Tennis
Association (WTA), Professional Squash Association (PSA). An avid athlete himself, he enjoys squash, backcountry snowboarding (6 of 7 continents thus far), golf, mountain biking, sailing, aviation, and computers. With lifelong passion for sports, he understands the specific needs of athletes and sports players. He is dedicated to offering people solutions that provide significant lasting healing, and reduction of time away from sport. These are personalized treatment plans ideally suited for professional athletes to prolong their careers and improve overall life.

Walter Sussman, DO

Walter Sussman, DO

Board Member

Dr. Walter Sussman is dual board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. Dr. Sussman completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Sussman then completed a fellowship in non-operative Sports Medicine at Emory University where he provided coverage for the Atlanta Dream WNBA team, Georgia Tech athletics, and Emory University athletics. Dr. Sussman has served locally as the Head Team Physician for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and has worked with athletes from all recreational levels from high school to professional athletes.

Dr. Sussman manages both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, and offers non-surgical alternatives to orthopedic surgery/conditions. His clinical interests include regenerative medicine, with a focus on using minimally invasive procedures including platelet rich plasma (PRP), regenerative cell injections and Tenex. Dr. Sussman co-authored The Atlas of Interventional Orthopedics textbook, and has also published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on ultrasound guided percutaneous surgical procedures, regenerative procedures, nerve hydrodissection and concussion management. He now serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation for Tufts University School of Medicine.

Jason Markle, DO

Jason Markle, DO

Board Member

Dr. Jason Markle is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  Dr. Markle then went on to complete a fellowship in interventional orthopedics at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Broomfield, CO.  where he continued his education into advanced spinal and peripheral joint injections utilizing autologous ortho-biologics.

 Dr. Markle manages acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, offering non-surgical alternatives to traditional orthopedic surgery.  His focus has been the utilization of autologous ortho-biologics and has published multiple peer reviewed articles from treatment of ACL tear with bone marrow concentrate, platelet lysate for radiculopathy and cultured expanded MSCs for intervertebral disc injuries.  In addition, co-authored Atlas of Interventional Orthopedic textbook.  Dr. Markle is one of few physicians with extensive clinical expertise using autologous cultured expanded MSCs to treat musculoskeletal injuries.  He also utilizes additional non-surgical treatment modalities such as Tenex, M.I.L.D. (minimally invasive lumbar decompression)  in combination or as solo treatment for certain conditions.  Currently Dr. Markle serves as co-owner of the Centeno-Schultz Clinic seeing patients daily while continuing clinical research and  training current interventional orthopedic fellow(s).

Christopher Williams, MD

Christopher Williams, MD

Board Member

Dr. Chris Williams is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and completed his medical school and residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During residency, he was awarded the Resident of Year award for all three years of his residency training and was Chief Resident his last year of training. Post-residency Dr. Williams completed a fellowship in Interventional Orthopedics and Orthobiologics at the Centeno-Schultz clinic in Broomfield, CO.

Dr. Williams continues to contribute to the field and publishes research annually. He has published over 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals, multiple book chapters, and two best-selling books on Amazon. Additionally, Dr. Williams is an editor and author for the Atlas of Interventional Orthopedics textbook published in 2022 by Elsevier.

Currently, Dr. Williams is the owner and CEO of Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta providing concierge care for the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries utilizing orthobiologics, PEMF, neuromodulation, and functional medicine. He also serves as an Adjunct faculty member at Emory University in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, providing didactics annually and also allowing the residents to get hands-on training while rotating at his clinic during their elective time.

Dr. Mary A. Ambach

Dr. Mary A. Ambach

Board Member

Dr. Mary A. Ambach is a Louisiana State University trained physician who is double board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. She also has double subspecialty fellowships in Interventional Spine & Pain as well as Orthobiologics & Regenerative Medicine. She is a Clinical Instructor at the UCSD School of Medicine and Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery. She also has academic affiliations at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Western University of Health Sciences and Southern California University Sports Medicine Program. She has published in several medical journals and textbooks in Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Ambach is actively involved in clinical research on the use of orthobiologics for knee osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. She has served as Faculty and Speaker at Regenerative  and Musculoskeletal Conferences around the world. Dr. Ambach was also awarded by the Arthritis Foundation as the 2018 Los Angeles Orthopedic Honoree.

She has more than 15 years of clinical experience in treating sports, spine and pain conditions in various medical practice settings including the Orthohealing Center in Los Angeles, a pioneer facility in regenerative medicine. She is currently practicing at a leading, innovative regenerative medicine practice at the San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group.

 

Biologics and interventional procedures are changing the way care is being delivered. With our courses that teach the newest techniques you can quickly become an expert in your field.

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