2019 Conference Faculty

Brad Bernardini MD
Recontructive Orthopaedics

Dr. Bernardini is a Fellowship Trained and Double Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Brad sub-specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration in both adults and children. A special area of interest is motion analysis and how abnormal biomechanics lead to injury. Dr. Brad is regarded as one of the area's expert sports medicine specialists and has been voted by South Jersey Magazine as a “Readers Choice Top Doc in Sports Medicine” every year since 2013 and a "Top Physician" in 2018!

Dr. Bernardini is currently the Medical Director of Sports Medicine for the Virtua Health & Wellness Centers located in Moorestown, Voorhees, and Washington Township, as well as the Medical Director of The Total Turf Experience in Pitman. He has served as Co-Director of the Virtua Sports Medicine Program since 2010 and has been instrumental in the development of their Joint Preservation and Performance Enhancement Programs; founding the USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center at the Virtua Health & Wellness Center - Washington Township; One of only 11 in the country. 

Academically, Dr. Bernardini is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery for Rowan University School of Medicine and the Inspira Health Network Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs. He has been distinguished as an Associate Masters Instructor of Arthroscopic Knee and Shoulder Surgery by the Arthroscopy Association of North America since 2008, and is a published author in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Bernardini remains an active member of the United States Ski & Snowboard Team Physician Pool Program; providing slope-side coverage on the World Cup Tour. Locally he is the Head Team Physician for Delsea Regional High School Athletics, and is affiliated with numerous regional athletic teams including the Mullica Hill Womens Triathlon Team and South Jersey Barons Soccer Club. Dr. Bernardini is also the lead team physician for the Phildelphia Soul Professional Football Team and the Philadelphia Fury Professional Soccer Team.

Athletically, Dr. Brad incorporates the unique perspective of an elite athlete when it comes to treating active patients of all levels. He is a former Division IAA Academic All-American Football Player at Bucknell University, Patriot League 60 meter dash Champion, and 2-Time Track & Field Team captain. He was voted as the “Most Outstanding Two-Sport Athlete” at Bucknell University in 1994. Currently, he maintains his passion for athletics as a competitive triathlete, USAT Age Group Nationals Qualifier, 4X Ironman finisher, and Ironman All World Athlete. He is the co-founder of the Jersey Devils Multisport Club, and has achieved distinction as a USA Triathlon Certified Level I Coach (2010-2015). He currently sees patients at the Reconstructive Orthopedics offices in Medford, Sewell, and Vineland, NJ. He has surgical privileges in the Virtua Healthcare System, Ins

Tom Buckley Ed.D., ATC
Associate Professor
University of Delaware

Dr. Buckley is an Associate Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware where he conducts Concussion related research and co-directs the University’s involvement in the NCAA/DoD Grand Alliance CARE consortium. Dr. Buckley has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College, a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and a Doctorate in Applied Physiology from Columbia University Teachers College. Dr. Buckley has 69 peer reviewed publications and been awarded over $1.6 million dollars in research funding from the National Institute of Health – Neurological Disorders, Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, NCAA, and the State of Delaware Economic Development Office.

Chief Executive Officer
Korey Stringer Institute, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut

For Douglas Casa, the opportunity to maximize athletic performance in the heat and prevent sudden death in sport is the culmination of a life-long path; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illnesses, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport – his ultimate goal is to find ways to maximize performance in challenging circumstances while working prevent needless tragedy during sport and physical activity. 
 “I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT’s in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses. I only survived because of the exceptional care I received. I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day,” Dr. Casa explains when asked about what motivates him. He celebrated his 30th anniversary of surviving his exertional heat stroke on August 8, 2015. In April 2010 Kelci Stringer (Korey’s widow), James Gould (Korey’s agent), and the NFL asked Dr. Casa to develop and run the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut. Korey was an All-Pro offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He died from exertional heat stroke in August 2001. The mission of the KSI (ksi.uconn.edu) is to provide research, education, advocacy, and consultation, to maximize performance, optimize safety, and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter, and laborer. Additionally, he is the editor of a book titled: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity (2nd edition, 2017), published by Jones & Bartlett in cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine.

His new book titled Sports and Physical Activity in the heat: Maximizing Performance and Safety will be published by Springer in the summer of 2017.

For the past 17 years, Dr. Casa has worked toward his goals at the Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut. During this time he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters and presented more than 400 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration. Dr. Casa has successfully treated 225 cases of exertional heat stroke (with 0 fatalities). In October 2005 and 2010 the Department of Kinesiology doctoral program at the University of Connecticut was ranked number 1 in the country by the National Academy of Kinesiology (for 20005-2105). Additionally, in September 2010 the National Research Council ranked the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology number one for research productivity.

Dr. Casa was named full professor at the University of Connecticut in August 2010. In 2008 he was the recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2016 Dr. Casa received the highest honor in his field when he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (FNAK #556). He was named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. He received the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007 and has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001. In 2011 he was inducted into the University of Florida alumni hall of fame. He has been a lead or co-author on over 15 sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements/consensus statements/roundtables related to heat illness, hydration, and preventing sudden death. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Athletic TrainingJournal of Science and Medicine in Sportsand on the editorial board of Current Sports Medicine ReportsJournal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Casa has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, CNN, PBS, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Dr. Casa earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College, in 1990; his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Florida in 1993; and his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1997. He has been happily married to his wife Tutita Casa, PhD for 21 years and they have 3 kids; Montana (13), Navia (12), and Alessio (11).

Casey Christy ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Eastern High School

Casey Christy, MA, ATC, CSCS has over 26 years of experience at the secondary school level. He has been the head athletic trainer at Eastern High School in Voorhees, NJ since 1994. He is also an adjunct instructor and preceptor for Rowan University’s athletic training education program. Casey has served the Athletic Trainers’ Society of NJ, Inc. in numerous capacities, including President from 2005-2007, and also served on the NATA Secondary School Committee. He received the ATSNJ Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and was inducted into the ATSNJ Hall of Fame in 2009. Casey has presented at numerous professional meetings on various topics, from concussions to ACL prevention, and has written the concussion chapter for Sports Emergency Care (Slack, Inc.). He received the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Magee Rehabilitation Professional Service Award, and the NATA Service Award in 2017.

Cody Clinton DO
Cooper University Health Care

Cody B. Clinton D.O. is a primary care sports medicine physician within the Orthopedics Department at Cooper University Hospital. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Rothman Institute, where he was fortunate to help take care of the Philadelphia Phillies. As a strong advocate of medical education, Dr. Clinton takes pride being an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University where he educates and mentors medical students. He is currently assistant team physician for Rowan University, Haverford College, Rutgers-Camden University, and Rowan College of Gloucester County. He also provides care for numerous high schools within the local area.

Dr. Clinton sees patients ages three years and older at several offices across southern New Jersey, as well as in Newtown Square, PA. His main goal with every patient visit is to treat each patient with dignity and respect, as if he were giving care to his own family. Dr. Clinton strives to provide accurate diagnoses and he takes pride in suggesting preventative strategies to ensure injuries do not re-occur. In addition to treating common orthopedic injuries, he has specialized training in concussion management, ultrasound guided treatments, hands-on osteopathic manipulative medicine, regenerative therapies such as platelet rich plasma injections, and minimally invasive surgeries for tendinosis.

David Csillan ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Ewing High School

David Csillan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), Trenton, New Jersey. He received his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Since 1991, David has been the athletic trainer at Ewing High School in Ewing, New Jersey. Additionally, he provides medical services to the TCS New York City Marathon and Special Olympics New Jersey. David currently serves as Chair of the NATA Secretaries’/Treasurers’ Committee. He is active on the Korey Stringer Institute Medical and Science Advisory Board, the ATSNJ Secondary School Committee and the NJSIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. David co-chaired the NATA Inter-Association Task Force on Preseason Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics and spearheaded New Jersey being the first state to adopt those guidelines. In addition, he co-authored several NATA position and consensus statements on exertional heat illness and sudden death in athletics. He has appeared in many print, radio and television media outlets promoting heat acclimatization and the use of wet bulb globe temperature.

John Gallucci DPT, ATC
JAG-One Physical Therapy

The dynamic President and CEO of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, is in demand for his expertise in injury prevention, rehabilitation, sports medicine and athletic conditioning. He has appeared often on radio and television, including ESPN’s award-winning “Outside the Lines”, MSG Varsity, NJ News 12, WFAN and is a popular public speaker.

Gallucci has made a major impact in his fields throughout the New York/New Jersey area, and holds a national presence in the sports medicine community. JAG-ONE Physical Therapy now offers 40 comprehensive orthopedic outpatient centers in New York and New Jersey.

Currently, John is the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer (MLS), coordinating the medical care of more than 500 professional soccer players. Gallucci is the former Head Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a Sports Medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and USA Wrestling. John has also worked in the Athletic Departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a Clinical Instructor at Columbia University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, and Dominican College. John is the former Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sport Medicine Institute and also serves as an appointed member of New Jersey Governor Christie’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Professional athletes around the world, members of the Forbes Billionaires List, America’s Civil Servants, and the everyday person have all sought the expertise and knowledge of John Gallucci, Jr. In the local community, John’s charitable efforts have included a leading role in the fundraisers for Barnabas Health, The Valerie Fund, The LaConti Child Life Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Arthritis Foundation, and The American Cancer Society. He supports more than 60 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.

Diana Toto MS
Director of Sports Medicine and Business Development
RWJ Barnabas Health

Diana has served as Program Director for the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes at RWJBarnabas Health since 2011 and currently supports RWJBarnabas Health as Director of Sports Medicine and Business Development for Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Diana obtained her bachelors in Kinesiology at Penn State University and her Masters in Clinical Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University. Prior to working with RWJBarnabas Health, Diana worked as an exercise physiologist with athletes and other special populations for 7 years in the healthcare industry. Diana has done 100’s of talks on youth safety, concussion, prevention and sports injury management across the state of New Jersey and has been in charge of updating concussion management policies and protocols for statewide centers under RWJBarnabas Health for the last 7 years. Today, under Diana’s leadership, the Morahan Center currently manages over 30 schools across the state for varying services ranging from elementary level to NCAA partnerships as well as 7 satellite programs for concussion care within the RWJBarnabas Health System. Diana and the program continue to lead the charge on offering education and raising awareness on youth safety, screenings, injury prevention, sports injury and concussion management. Diana is also an active member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and was recently published on acute concussion research in the Journal of Sports Health in 2018.