Board of Directors

The PIA Board of Directors serves in a business advisory capacity to the University of Iowa and the PIA. Our board contains outstanding business and community leaders as well as parents of children with clubfoot who were fortunate enough to find Dr. Ponseti and were treated by his method. All board members are deeply dedicated to the PIA mission to spread information about the Ponseti method to parents, the medical community, and the world.

William Whitmore, M.D.

Dr. Whitmore is a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Davenport, Iowa. He learned the Ponseti Method during his residency training under Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti at The University of Iowa. He has been an organizer, supporter and volunteer at the Ponseti International Association since 2007. Dr. Whitmore has assisted in Ponseti Workshops in Iowa City, as well as several countries in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and Mexico. He is deeply committed to PIA’s vision of a world free of neglected and improperly treated clubfoot.

 

John Buchanan

John Buchanan is a philanthropist and co-founder of the Iowa-based insurance consulting firm Riepe, Buchanan & Piper, which was later acquired by the Marsh and McLennan companies. He graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in marketing in 1956 and was an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center from 1989-2000. John has been a passionate leader in the creation of the Ponseti International Association. He and his wife, Ellen, are active in the Iowa City community and are generous supporters of The University of Iowa as well as the Iowa City Public Library. Both John and Ellen are recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jennifer Trevillian

Jennifer Trevillian became a parent advocate for children with clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) when her oldest child was born in March 2000. Her personal struggle to find good information about treatment options for her daughter and adequate medical care grew into a passion for helping other families avoid similar challenges. There are an estimated 1 million children currently living with the debilitating consequences of untreated clubfoot. Jennifer’s efforts focus on non-invasive treatment of clubfoot, public education, eradicating the unnecessary suffering of children with untreated clubfoot, and giving new and expectant parents the information they need to find care for their child.

Martin Egbert

Martin Egbert is a founder of Nevada West Partners and has been involved in real estate developmnt for 31 years in Nevada, Illinois, Texas, New England and Utah. His son, Joshua, was born with bilateral clubfoot in March 1999. A traditional pediatric orthopedist treated Joshua from birth until 6 weeks of age, at which time Martin and his wife, Allyson, took Joshua to see Dr. Ponseti. Three Ponseti casts later, Joshua’s feet reached correct position. Since then, the Egberts have been involved in helping to distribute information on the Ponseti Method to parents of clubfoot-affected children throughout the world. Martin earned a B.S. degree in pre-med/dental and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Fernando Aleu

Amer Haider

Amer Haider has 18+ years of experience in the hightech industry. He has been involved in starting and scaling multiple hightech companies. Currently he is the Vice President of Corporate and Business development at Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM). The non-profit sector is very dear to Amer. He has been on the board of multiple non-profits and has cofounded two non-profits focused on supporting treatment of clubfoot and improving the quality of medical care for little people. Amer earned master degrees in engineering and business from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and has multiple patents pending in the area of digital security and processor architecture. Amer and Munira, his wife have three children and live in silicon valley.  

William Jackson, M.D.

Thomas Cook, M.S., Ph.D.

Thomas Cook received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from The University of Iowa and is currently a professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Cook is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Public Health Association, the Human Factors Society, the Iowa Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the National Safety Council Committee on Development Standards for Control of Cumulative Trauma. He has been involved in the UI College of Public Health’s new center the Global Public Health Campus (GPHC), a collaborative project with the WHO that allows experts around the world to work together to educate and train health care workers, share research, and build a community of public-health workers, all by using software called Elluminate Live!

Jose Morcuende, MD, PhD

Dr. Morcuende is Chief Medical Director of the Ponseti International Association. Originally from Madrid, Spain he studied Medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, where he also did his PhD. He moved to the United States in 1991. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. His clinical practice is in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Oncology. He is Director of the Molecular Genetics Orthopaedic Laboratory, concentrating on the genetics of clubfoot, scoliosis and other children disorders. He has more than 70 publications and has spoken in many national and international meetings. He is former Chairman of the POSNA Bone and Joint Decade Committee, member of the AAOS Bone and Joint Decade Committee and the member of the USBJD Board of Directors. He is also Director of the USBJD-Clubfoot Project.

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