Tom Cook and Dr. Morcuende visit with Liliana Mayo from Peru and Bill Whitmore in the PIA office.












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Jose Morcuende, M.D.

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 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.

Thomas Cook, M.S., Ph.D.

Thomas Cook is the Chief of Operations for Ponseti International.  He 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!

Cathy Grothe

Cathy Grothe is the Managing Director for the Ponseti International Association.   She brings more than  20 years’ experience  in the marketing and communications field. For the past six years Grothe served as the Director of University Marketing & Communications at Buena Vista University.   Prior to that time, she spent 15 years working in Division I intercollegiate athletics administration.   Grothe is a native of Iowa City and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa.

Tomeka Petersen, MSW, LISW

Tomeka Petersen began working at PIA in March 2013 serving as the Program Manager of a USAID grant to work with in-country champions to establish national clubfoot treatment programs in Nigeria, Pakistan and Peru.  Prior to joining PIA, she was employed with the WiderNet Project at the University of Iowa.  She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MSW from Simmons College.  She has over 17 years of experience working in the U.S. and abroad empowering the lives of underserved children and families.  She served in Peace Corps Kenya, 2001 to 2003, and served as a volunteer Life Skills facilitator with Global Camps, South Africa, in 2004.  Tomeka lived and worked in Eldoret, Kenya from 2005 to 2008 assisting in the design and implementation of a food security and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program at AMPATH.

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