Ponseti International Staff
Jose Morcuende, M.D.
Dr. Morcuende is the 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 Marvin and Rose Lee Chair and Professor at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. His clinical practice is in Pediatric Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Oncology. His research concentrates on the genetics of clubfoot, scoliosis and other children disorders, as well as clinical and global health issues related to these disorders. He has more than 120 publications and has spoken in many national and international meetings. He is former Chairman of the POSNA Bone and Joint Decade Committee, AAOS Bone and Joint Decade Committee and USBJD Board of Directors.
Thomas Cook, PT, PhD
Thomas Cook is the Director of Global Operations for Ponseti International and received an MS degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University, an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, and a PhD in Human Factors Engineering from The University of Iowa. He was previously Director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and currently Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science and Public Health at the University of Iowa. He has authored or co-authored more than one hundred peer-reviewed papers as well as co-authored a textbook and several book chapters. He has managed research and training projects or lectured in more than forty-five countries and is a founding member of the Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot, a co-founder of the non-profit Clubfoot Solutions, one of the developers of the Iowa Brace, and a member of the organizing committee for three International Clubfoot Symposiums.
Cathy Grothe has been the Program Manager of Ponseti International since 2012. She oversees all day-to-day operations for the program. Grothe works with many of the international doctors to coordinate training programs in their country as well as working to bring physicians to the University of Iowa Ponseti Center of Excellence. Prior to working for Ponseti, she spent six years as the Director of University Marketing & Communications for a small, private college. Prior to that time, she spent 15 years in Division I intercollegiate athletics administration working with corporate sponsors, fundraising and sport administration. Grothe is a native of Iowa City and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa.
Ponseti International 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.
Dr. Shafique Pirani
Dr. Shafique Pirani is a Clinical Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia Medical School. Dr. Pirani's major interest is in clubfoot. He is widely known for his clubfoot assessment tool (known as the Pirani Clubfoot Severity Score), for his pioneering work on how the Ponseti method corrects the clubfoot deformity, and for initiating the movement for the use of the Ponseti Method in developing nations. He is the Project Director of the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project, a $1.8 million Canadian International Development Agency funded initiative to build capacity for sustainable Ponseti clubfoot management throughout Uganda. Dr. Pirani has been widely recognized for his work. His awards include the Canadian Orthopaedic Association's Award for Excellence, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America's Angie Kuo Award, the University of British Columbia's Impact in the Community Award, and Fraser Health's Above and Beyond Award.The PIA Medical Advisory Board works in consultation with PIA Board of Directors and staff to formulate, implement, and monitor worldwide training and practice of the Ponseti Method. Each member is carefully chosen based on their demonstrated strategic global health engagement.
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 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 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.
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.