Chairman and CEO of The Cactis Foundation
Dr. Hirsch Handmaker (Nuclear Radiologist)
Chairman and CEO, The CACTIS Foundation
Concussions in Young Athletes: Is soccer the Elephant in the Room?
Hirsch Handmaker, M.D. is the Chairman and CEO of The CACTIS Foundation (www.cactis.org), a Scottsdale, Arizona based 501(c)3 organization, Founder and Managing Member of Conquering Concussions, LLC and President of Ionia Consulting. His career includes 25 years in clinical practice and medical imaging research at Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center; he has founded four (4) companies in advanced medical imaging and informatics, and the pursuit of digital transformation of practices in oncology, orthopaedics, sports medicine and radiology.
A diplomat of the American Boards of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Hirsch also served as the first Director of Medical Services for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company, and led the CACTIS team which conceptualized and provided Vision and Audiology Services at the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He served as co-chairman of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) subcommittee for six NCAA Fiesta, Insight/Buffalo Wild Wings and BCS Bowl Games in Phoenix, Arizona, and served on the Scientific Advisory and Statewide Planning Committees for the Arizona Cancer Center of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, as well as the Cancer Healthcare Disparities Institute (CHDI). Dr. Handmaker is Research Professor of Radiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, has authored or coauthored over 70 publications and 2 textbooks dealing with diagnostic imaging and informatics. He has directed the expedited review process and subsequent FDA approval for two novel diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals after serving as Principal Investigator for the multicenter trials for these agents.
Dr. Handmaker earned his B.S. at The University of Arizona and his M.D. at the University of Southern California. His internship and residency were completed at Northwestern University Affiliated Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois. Following his tour of duty in Chu Lai, Viet Nam (Bronze Star Medal), he served as Assistant Director of Nuclear Medicine at Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship as an NIH Trainee in Medical Physics at The Donner Laboratory of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.
SUNDAY MORNING PANEL DISCUSSION (Point / Counterpoint) “Concussions Are Real! Should Parents Take Their Kids Out of Contact Sports?”
Breakout Session – Private Consults with Faculty