Sports Med Conference | BayCare Health System

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BayCare is committed to keeping young athletes in the game. Our 2014 conference focuses on the student athlete who is involved in high school and middle school sports, as well as those involved in other physical activities.

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Conference Speakers

Epsetin PhotoDavid Epstein – Keynote Speaker

David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s Big Hearted Journalism award for his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts” on sudden cardiac death in athletes. That story included reporting on the death of his friend and former track and field training partner, Kevin Richards, and was selected as number 83 in the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni. Epstein was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100-mph fastballs.

Since 2008, Epstein has co-authored several of Sports Illustrated’s most high profile investigative pieces, including the revelation that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003; an investigation of fraudulently marketed athletic performance and health care remedies (including deer antler spray); and an investigation that prompted the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel by revealing a pattern of NCAA violations during his tenure. In 2009, Epstein did a three-month stint with ProPublica where he wrote about the dangers of nuclear cleanup work funded by the federal stimulus package. And in 2011, he co-authored a story that elicited a lawsuit threat from Lance Armstrong.

Epstein graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and astronomy, and earned master’s degrees in journalism and environmental science from the school. In addition to Sports Illustrated, Epstein has worked as the overnight crime reporter on the city desk of the New York Daily News and at the online publication, Inside Higher Ed. Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked as an ecology researcher above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and once served on a seismic research vessel that was mapping the sea floor of the Pacific Ocean. (He didn’t sleep much, because his room was on the D-deck, which is where the water hits and the sonar pings and the seismic air guns rattle the hull like a tin can.) In addition to Sports Illustrated, his work has appeared in Discover, Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, British GQ, National Geographic and The Guardian, among other publications.

An avid runner, Epstein was a member of Columbia’s varsity track squad (he ran the 800) and twice earned All-East honors. He is also very good at catching marshmallows in his mouth. The anticipatory skills required for such a feat are explained in the first chapter of his book, The Sports Gene.

AGOCHA BIO PHOTOAugustine E. Agocha, MD, PhD, MBA, Cardiologist

Dr. Agocha is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease. He earned his undergraduate degree in biological chemistry and then enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo, where he received both his MD and PhD degrees. Through an award from the American Heart Association, Dr. Agocha performed post-graduate training at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, serving an internal medicine internship and residency, and performing post-doctoral research in molecular cardiology and heart failure. At Yale New Haven Hospital, he completed a cardiology clinical fellowship, and then pursued further training in advanced cardiology imaging through a fellowship at the DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Agocha earned an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business in Philadelphia where he focused on service quality and health care business strategy.

Dr. Agocha has more than 19 years of experience in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, with clinical and research expertise in the area of heart failure evaluation and management, and women's heart disease. As Chief of Cardiology, he created and directed successful heart failure programs at the University of South Carolina Specialty Clinics, the Dorn VA Medical Center and the DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center. Most recently, he served as Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Heart Failure Programs, and Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Agocha has also held posts as Chairman of the Department of Cardiology, Director of Nuclear Cardiology and Exercise Labs, and Medical Director of Ambulatory Services at the DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center. Dr. Agocha is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Healthcare Executives, and the American Heart Association.

Douglas Carlan, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Carlan 2012 PreferredDr. Carlan, raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, knew his calling early in life. As a member of a large local family, he was raised around leaders in the community and the practice of medicine. He attended Boca Ciega High School and graduated from the University of Florida with highest honors. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  Following his orthopedic training, Dr. Carlan completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. While at Washington University, he worked under the direction of international leaders in the fields of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Carlan returned home to St. Petersburg to join Eaton Orthopaedics as a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity. His practice includes treatment of degenerative and rheumatic conditions, work and sports related injuries, nerve compression syndromes, and traumatic reconstruction in patients of all ages.  Presently, Dr. Carlan is the hand and wrist consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, and Lakeland Tigers. The Emanuel B. Kaplan Award was presented to Dr. Carlan by the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. This award was presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meeting to author(s) of the presentation judged to best represent “anatomical excellence in surgery of the hand.”

Kim E. Costello, Psy.D., LMHC, BCPC, FAPA, CEDS

CostelloIn 2006, after working for many years as a guidance counselor at both the elementary and secondary education levels, Dr. Costello launched her career by opening a full-time private practice. “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being we desire contentment. In my own limited experience, I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” Dr. Costello has been deeply committed to seeing children, adults and families reach their full potential by striving for life-long happiness and success. The focus of her practice extends beyond mental health to academic excellence for young people of all ages, with a heavy emphasis on helping high school and early college students enhance their abilities and knowledge for better scholastic achievement, as well as eventual long-term career success.

Dr. Costello’s holistic approach to helping people goes far beyond services offered in her practice. She is also a published author with three books. Great Monkeys All Are We is a children's book, co-written with her daughter Ashlee B. Cooper, designed to help children increase their self-awareness in terms of how they are viewed by others. Her second book, Heartstrings – The Parent-Child Connection, is a “handbook” that shows parents how to look beyond behavior straight into the heart of their children. By doing so, parents are able to build a bridge the “chasm” that often divides them from their children, and better understand the role they play in their children’s lives. Her latest book Dash the Sea Turtle is a children’s book coauthored with her husband Frank Costello that promotes individual characteristics in children, and how it is okay to be yourself, despite what other’s may think. This book shows children the importance of values and self-worth, and how to find their inner strength. Dr. Costello is a board certified counselor and is a member of the American Board of Professional Counselors. She resides in St. Petersburg with her husband and children.

William Cottrell, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Cottrell Photo Low ResDr. Cottrell is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopy and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida with his bachelor’s and medical degrees, and completed orthopedic residency training at the University of South Alabama and fellowship training at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for more than 12 years, and he has provided medical coverage for numerous sports teams and events, from youth level to professional level. He has a particular interest in shoulders and knees.

Naakesh “Nick” Dewan, MD, Sports Psychiatrist

Dr Dewan PreferredDr. Dewan is a sports and performance psychiatrist and physician leader with an internationally renowned track record as an innovator in health care quality, technology, sports and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Dewan played collegiate tennis and coached NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s tennis. He has been the mental skills coach for golfers and tennis players at Saddlebrook Resort for 10 years and has developed an online mental skills coaching platform at Dr. Dewan works with professional and amateur athletes and provides consultation to national and international sports agencies and organizations. He designed the first brain-imaging study of YIPS in golfers in the world at Mease Dunedin Hospital, and is also a credentialed concussion expert. He emphasizes mental approaches that enhance sports performance and maintain life balance. Dr. Dewan provides expert opinion to local and national media on sports performance.

Dr. Dewan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of California in San Diego.

Ted Farrar, MD, Family and Sports Medicine

Ted Farrar MD TurleyAfter completing his family medicine residency, Dr. Farrar returned home to Louisville, KY, and joined a private practice with a group of physicians that had taken care of his family since he was a boy. He became Medical Director and helped expand the practice. Meanwhile, he continued to develop his passion for sports medicine that began in residency by volunteering as team physician for a local high school. He wanted to develop his skills in sports medicine and joined the fellowship training program in sports medicine at Halifax Medical Center.

He joined the faculty of the USF-MPM Family Medicine Residency in 2007 and is responsible for the curriculum in orthopedics and sports medicine. In 2008, he joined the Subcommittee for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's Fellowship In-Training Exam and is on the Planning Committee for the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine clinical track program. Dr. Farrar enjoys weekend outings with his wife and three children, and running an occasional road race.

John Gross, MD, Family and Sports Medicine

Gross PhotoDr. Gross is a family physician with St. Anthony's Primary Care and is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and did his family medicine residency at Bayfront Hospital, where he was Chief Resident his final year. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Bayfront in 2006 and has been in practice at his Baywalk office ever since. Dr. Gross is the assistant team physician for the Tampa Bay Rays, team physician for Lakewood High School, and medical director for the St. Anthony's Triathlon and the Florida Ironman triathlon. He enjoys all types of sports, but especially enjoys triathlon and runs in at least four triathlons per year. Dr. Gross lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Barbara and his daughter Ansley.

H. Matias Jasin, MD, Pediatrician

Jasin PhotoDr. Jasin is board certified in Pediatrics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, with honors, from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York; and a Master of Science degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He continued his training with a pediatric residency at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. His commitment to excellence earned him recognition and awards including Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year, NICU Resident of the Year and the Holderness Medical Fellowship, as well as induction into several research societies. Prior to joining HealthPoint, Dr. Jasin served as a pediatrician and member of the Ethics Committee at All Children’s Hospital, and volunteered at many health fairs. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kevin J. Makati, MD, Cardiologist

Makati PhotoDr. Makati received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. He completed his internal medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and his fellowship training in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He has also completed additional training and published research in Bordeaux, France, with Dr. Michel Haïssaguerre, who pioneered atrial fibrillation ablation. “The work performed by Dr. Michel Haïssaguerre has revolutionized management of advanced atrial fibrillation and has, in many respects, set the standard of care. The experience has helped shape my approach to managing atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Makati. Dr. Makati has published numerous book chapters and publications on atrial fibrillation as well as topics including defibrillators and advanced ablation. He has also presented at conferences nationally and internationally. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of South Florida Department of Cardiology. Dr. Makati practices at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital-North.

Charlotte Mapes, RDN

Mapes PhotoCharlotte Mapes is a registered and licensed dietitian who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor in Science degree in Dietetics and Health Promotion Specialization and moved to Florida to pursue an internship. Currently she is a Health Promotion Manager with HealthFitness where she manages a large client employee health and wellness program. She is also a dietitian at the St. Anthony’s Carillon Wellness Center, where she helps members get back on track with eating healthy and achieving their weight loss goals. Previously, Charlotte worked as a clinical dietitian for Sodexo, then in the public health sector for 3½ years with the Florida Department of Health. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys playing beach volleyball, running, hiking and traveling.

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