Earl Cole is the Founder & Chairman of Perthes Kids Foundation. The former Perthes patient, Advertising Executive and Survivor Winner (CBS Television), earned his Business degree at the University of Washington, studied Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, and Nonprofit Leadership at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He runs the day-to-day operations for PKF and is the Executive Director of Camp Perthes International (USA, Australia, UK & Spain), continuing his advocacy in raising awareness, funds for research, education and support for families dealing with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease around the world.
Shawn C. Standard, MD, is Head of Pediatric Orthopedics at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics in Baltimore, MD. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Standard came to the ICLL in 2003 from the distinguished Nemours Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where he started a combined general pediatric orthopedic and limb deformity clinic. He earned his medical degree in 1995 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his orthopedic residency training at the Medical College of Georgia in July 2000 and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Nemours, concentrating on general pediatric orthopedics with a special interest in limb deformity correction and limb lengthening. Dr. Standard has special interest in radial clubhand, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, and congenital leg length discrepancy. He has been a supporter and major donor to PKF for several years.
Rachel Goldstein, MD, MPH, is the Director and Orthopaedic Surgeon of the Hip Preservation Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She completed her residency at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC. In addition to being a part of PKF’s Board, she is also a doctor member of the International Perthes Study Group (IPSG).
Dror Paley, MD, FRCSC, trained in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and in orthopedic surgery at the University of Toronto Medical School. He moved to Baltimore to join the University of Maryland in 1987. From 1987 to 2001, Paley worked at the University of Maryland as professor of Orthopedics and chief of Pediatric Orthopedics. He is the Founder and Director of the Paley Institute in Palm Beach, FL, and has decades of experience treating Perthes patients from various countries.
Shelley Cole, PharmD, is EVP of PKF and Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, Inc. She studied Sociology and Biology at the University of California-Irvine and earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy at University of the Pacific - Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a licensed pharmacist dedicated to providing top-quality patient care and pharmacy services, experienced business professional and healthcare advocate, specializing in Clinical Oncology, Hepatitis, Rheumatology, Dermatology and other inflammatory diseases. She has been with PKF since its inception and is in charge of administering all prescription drugs and medications for children with Perthes disease at PKF’s various camp programs, as well as, counseling parents on pain management medications.
V. Salil Upasani, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon and Co-Director of the International Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Hip Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Upasani graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with highest departmental honors in physiological sciences and a specialization in business administration. Dr. Upasani's research areas include scoliosis, spondylolysis, hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, femoroacetabular impingement and hip preservation. He is also a member of the International Perthes Study Group.
Robert Mason is SVP of Business & Legal Affairs at Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. He started his career as a litigation associate at Century City based Jeffer Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP. Before going in-house at Summit Entertainment, LLC, Mr. Mason worked at litigation boutique firms Lapidus & Lapidus LLP (Beverly Hills), Huang, Fedalen & Lin LLP (Encino), and toy company MGA Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Mason is from Los Angeles and graduated from The Harvard-Westlake School, Amherst College in Massachusetts where he played baseball (Political Science, cum laude), and Stanford Law School. Mr. Mason was a recent recipient of the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel’ (AMEC) award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2018). He handles legal contracts, copyrights and medical compliance for PKF.
John E. Tis, MD, is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A specialist in pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine, Dr. Tis is currently one of the few fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons who is also board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Sports Medicine. In addition to ACL tears and other sports injuries, he also enjoys treating a wide variety of pediatric deformitites including hip dysplasia. He is also a member of the International Perthes Study Group.
Jack Kuo, MD, is the Director of Psychiatry at Promises Rehabilitation in Malibu, CA. He graduated from Yale University and completed his addiction psychiatry training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As an educator, Dr. Kuo has taught a course titled “Biological Perspectives on Co-occurring Disorders” for the UCLA Extension Program. He has also presented nationally and internationally on topics ranging from ethnic biodiversity in substance abuse and mental illness to an evidence-based review of virtual reality and other forms of cybertherapy in substance abuse and mental illness. Since 2004, he has also presented extensively about videogame addiction and has appeared on the G4 Videogame Network and The Greg Behrendt Show as an expert consultant on videogame addiction.
Lori Kennedy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Frisco, TX. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and has a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the #1 Play Therapy University in the world. She has presented to local, regional, national and international audiences on various subjects focusing on supporting children’s mental and emotional health through counseling, play therapy and expressive arts.
Lori is also the mother of a child with Perthes and has been a Camp Perthes Counselor & Volunteer since 2014.
Reginald Wright is a Consulting Partner at the Change and Innovation Agency in Washington DC. He was the EBT/EFT and Contracts Administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Community Service Division (CSD), his responsibilities were to apply the principles of state budgeting and accounting practices in managing, monitoring, and provide oversight for an annual budgets over $204 million dollars, CSD Personal and Client service contracts. He actively participated in multi-state competitive procurement vendor selection, contract negotiations, and contract award and is experienced in government policies and responding to Legislative Bills, analysis, testimony, and media contact.