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OI Foundation Medical Advisory Council 


Beginning even before it was officially incorporated, the OI Foundation has benefited from the volunteer service of a team of medical advisors. From the beginning in the 1970’s the Medical Advisory Council (MAC) has been comprised of outstanding men and women who have experience in research and the many clinical care specialties related to OI. Over the years, MAC members have made discoveries that advanced our understanding of the genetics of OI and improved clinical care. Each MAC member must not only have extensive experience in OI, but also be a leader in his/her special area of medical practice. All current MAC members have published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

MAC members volunteer their time and expertise to review OI Foundation publications, and to advise the OI Foundation’s CEO, staff and Board of Directors on the implications of new research discoveries and new medicines or treatments related to OI. They answer question from the OI community and from the medical community. They also attend meetings in their specialty areas as representatives of the OI Foundation. MAC members speak at OI Foundation national and regional conferences, participate in the OI Foundation’s annual scientific meeting and every 3 years in the International OI Scientific Meeting.



Current members of the OI Foundation MAC


Francis Glorieux, OC, MD, PhD - Chairman

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  • Canadian Shriners Hospitals for Children, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Montreal, Quebec and McGill University in Montreal.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in Montreal, Qc, Canada.
  • Principal Investigator on the landmark 1998 study on using bisphosphonates to treat children with OI; author of the OI Foundation booklet, Guide to OI for Pediatricians and Primary Care Physicians, and senior editor of Pediatric Bone: Biology & Diseases.



Peter Byers, MD

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  • University of Washington School of Medicine, and University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, WA.
  • Genetic Medicine Clinic, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA.
  • Recipient of March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in the field of genetic sciences.




Hollis Chaney, MD

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  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC, as Vice Chair of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.




Paul Esposito, MD

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  • Clinical Service Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Surgeon, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE.
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics, University of NE Medical Center, Omaha, NE.
  • Co-Director for The OI Clinic at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.




Deborah Krakow macDeborah Krakow, MD  

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  • UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
  • American Board of Medical Genetics board member.
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology policy committee on Genetics.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in Los Angeles, CA.



Richard W. Kruse, DO, MBA

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  • Vice Chair Department of Orthopedics and Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.
  • Co-Director for the multidisciplinary OI program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.
  • Interests: Osteogenesis Imperfecta, bone trauma, sports rehabilitation, nutrition and transition from pediatric to adult health care.




Brendan Lee, MD, PhD

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  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium
  • Dr. Lee was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.



Joan Marini, MD, PhD

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  • Chief, Bone and Extracellular Matrix Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  • Director of Translational Research Program on OI at NICHD.
  • Principal Investigator, NICHD Pediatric Research Program.
  • Twice awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award for her research on OI. 



Cathleen Raggio, MD

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  • Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Co-Director of the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in New York, NY.




Frank Rauch, MD

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  • Canadian Shriners Hospitals for Children, and McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Director, Biomedical Laboratory, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Editor of the Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in Montreal Qc, Canada.
  • Co-Editor of the 2015 textbook, Transitional Care in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Advances in Biology, Technology, and Clinical Practice (Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago, Publishers).



David RoweDavid Rowe, MD

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  • University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT.
  • Director for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, University of Connecticut.




Sandy Sandhaus, MD, PhD

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  • University of Colorado School of Medicine, and National Jewish Health, Denver, CO.
  • Clinical Director at the Alpha-1 Foundation, Denver. CO.
  • Medical Director and Executive Vice President of AlphaNet.
  • Dr. Sandhaus applies his experience with internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and the biopharmaceutical industry to the study of lung disease.



Jay Shapiro, MD

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  • jay shapiroEndocrinologist experienced in the treatment of genetic and metabolic bone disorders in children and adults
  • Until recently, Director of the Bone and Osteogenesis Imperfecta Department, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD. Professor in Dept. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Currently practicing in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Shapiro is Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Bethesda, MD
  • Dr. Shapiro is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2014 textbook, Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Translational Approach to Brittle Bone Disease (Elsevier Publishers).



Peter Smith, MD   

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  • Rush University School of Medicine, and Shriner Hospital for Children, Chicago, IL.
  • Marquette University Department of Biomedical Engineering, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Orthopedic Surgeon and co-director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, Shriners Hospital, Chicago.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in Chicago.
  • Dr. Smith has visited China, India and several countries in South American to train physicians in surgical techniques related to OI.
  • Co-Editor of the 2015 textbook, Transitional Care in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Advances in Biology, Technology, and Clinical Practice(Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago, Publishers)



Reid Sutton, MD

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  • Texas Children’s Hospital Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Houston, TX.
  • Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program.
  • Medical Director of the Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory.
  • Administrative Director and Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium Rare Disease Clinical Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.



Laura Tosi, MD

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  • Children’s National Health System, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Orthopedic Surgeon.
  • Principal Investigator, Children's Research Institute (CRI), Center for Genetic Medicine Research (CGMR), Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.
  • OI Foundation Board of Governor’s Representative to the National Bone Health Alliance.
  • Chair, Rare Bone Disease Working Group –NBHA—representing the OI Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator, Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium site in Washington, DC.



David VernickDavid Vernick, MD

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  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
  • Surgeon in Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.




Matthew WarmanMatthew Warman, MD  

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  • Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Director of Orthopedic Research Laboratories, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.
  • Professor, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA




Michael whyteMichael Whyte, MD

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  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
  • Medical-Scientific Director, Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and Molecular Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis, MO.





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