Board of Directors
MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Thomas Jefferson University
MJ Mulcahey is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy,
Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University,
Philadelphia, PA, USA. She has focused her clinical practice in
rehabilitation of children and youth with spinal cord injuries (SCI), and
other chronic physical conditions. She worked as an occupational therapy
practitioner and researcher, and served as the Director of Rehabilitation
and Clinical Research at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia,
USA for 23 years, and is now a member of their scientific staff. Her
research has focused on development and validation of performance and
patient reported outcome measures for children with SCI, cerebral palsy,
spine impairments, and brachial plexus birth palsy, and on the outcomes of
intervention for upper limb function in youth with SCI.
She has published over 150 peer-review manuscripts, and has authored 15
chapters on pediatric SCI, SCI upper extremity management, and occupational
therapy for children with SCI. She is also co-editor of two textbooks on
pediatric SCI, associate editor of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury
Rehabilitation, editorial member of Spinal Cord, member of ISCoS Program
Committee and the immediate Past-President of the American Spinal Injury
Randal Betz, MD
Institute for Spine and Scoliosis
Randy is an orthopedic surgeon, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. He is currently practicing at the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis in Princeton NJ. Prior to private practice, Randy served as Medical Director of spinal cord injury program at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. In this role, Randy pioneered the care of children and youth with SCI, and served as Principal Investigator on studies that led to best practice for management neuromuscular scoliosis, hip subluxation and dislocation, and upper extremity impairment. Randy was instrumental in transferring FES technology into pediatric spinal cord injury research and practice He served on the BOD of the American Spinal Injury Association, and was the President of the Scoliosis Research Society. His expertise and passion is in caring for children with pediatric spinal conditions including SCI.
MCJ Consulting, LLC
San Ramon, CA
Michele is the president and owner of MCJ Consulting, LLC; a medical meeting and association management firm in the San Francisco Bay area. Her firm has coordinated many Howard H. Steel conferences since 1999. She has more than forty years of experience in the medical education field, during which she developed strong relationships with Steel professionals. For the past twenty years, Michele has also served as the Executive Director for an international orthopaedic society. Her interest in education and to improve patient care is the foundation for her support of the Steel Assembly.
Bethany Lipa, MD
ASIA Pediatric Committee Chair
Bethany is the Medical Director for Rehabilitation at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo and attended medical school at the
University of Buffalo. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ/Rutgers
and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and then completed her fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center.
She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic
Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. Her primary clinical focus is rehabilitation and comprehensive care of
children and young adults with spinal cord injury. She also is has clinical interest and expertise in
electrodiagnostic medicine, spasticity management, neuromuscular medicine, wound care, and concussion
management. She is the co-chair of the American Spinal Injury Association Pediatrics Committee.
Lawrence Vogel, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Lawrence C. Vogel, MD has been the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury program at the Chicago Shriners Hospitals for Children since its inception in 1983. Dr. Vogel received his B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University in 1969 and his Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in 1973. He served as a pediatric resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Michael Reese Hospital and the University of Chicago. Dr. Vogel is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and is certified in the Subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Dr. Vogel is a Professor of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University.
Dr. Vogel is Past President of the Chicago Pediatric Society, the American Paraplegia Society, and the American Spinal Injury Association and the former Chairman of the steering committee of the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. He was the Co-Chair of the NINDS Common Data Elements committee for pediatric spinal cord injury in 2015-2016.
Dr. Vogel has authored over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 25 book chapters, nearly 400 presentations or posters and 20 instructional courses at national and international medical meetings, and co-edited one book. Dr. Vogel has been the PI or Co-I for approximately 25 funded research studies.
Kathy Zebracki, PhD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Kathy Zebracki, PhD is Director of Psychology at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Zebracki completed her psychology residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and an NICHD-funded fellowship at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Zebracki is the Editor-in-Chief of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and an Associate Editor of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association (ISBA).
Dr. Zebracki is an active clinician, researcher, and educator. Her primary clinical interests are in the care of children and adolescents with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. Her research focus is in the area of psychosocial and medical outcomes of youth with spinal cord dysfunctions, including spinal cord injury and spina bifida. She also serves as a clinical and research mentor for clinical psychology doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Zebracki has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, and 115 presentations or posters at national and international meetings. Dr. Zebracki is a Co-Editor of the textbook: Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult.
Rules of Governance
1. The Chairperson, three content experts in pediatric SCI/D, one professional lay-person, and the ASIA Pediatrics Committee Chair will constitute the Board of Governance, and will be the voting members of Steel.
2. A voting member will not be paid for his or her time or expenses associated with any participation at the Steel Governance.