RMTI Faculty include:
Dr. Ricardo Colberg
Ricardo E. Colberg, M.D., RMSK, is a sports medicine physician at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer. Dr. Colberg has a strong commitment to providing evidenced-based medical care. He has a special interest in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. He performs various treatment modalities in the clinic that assist the patient in their recovery from the injury, among them diagnostic musculoskeletal sonography, ultrasound-guided injections, platelet rich plasma injections, bone marrow derived stem cell procedures, and percutaneous tenotomies. Dr. Colberg is Medical Director for the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, and Head Team Physician for the Birmingham Blaze semi-pro football team, Birmingham Hammers semi-pro soccer team, and Alabama Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program (ODP), among others. He has extensive clinical research experience, including co-leading a national multi-center study on platelet-rich plasma injection. He has published articles in multiple journals and authored chapters in academic textbooks
Dr. Gregory E. Lutz
Dr. Gregory E. Lutz matriculated to Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1984, having graduated from Drew University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1988 and was awarded the Margaret M. Kenrick Achievement Award in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He pursued his specialty training at the Mayo Clinic, before coming to Hospital for Special Surgery in 1992 where he completed his training in a Sports Medicine Fellowship. He has been in practice at the Hospital for Special Surgery since 1993.
In 1997, Dr. Lutz established the Physiatry Department at HSS and became Physiatrist-in-Chief. With the support of the hospital administration and his colleagues, he grew the Physiatry Department to thirteen physicians who provided care for over 50,000 patient visits in 2012. In addition, Dr. Lutz established the Physiatry Spine & Sports Medicine Fellowship and has mentored over 50 fellows in practice throughout the USA.
In 2004, Dr. Lutz received the PASSOR (Physiatric Association for Spine Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation) Research Award, given to one physiatrist annually who has demonstrated excellence in musculoskeletal research.
Dr. Lutz is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell. He is currently the Physiatrist-in-Chief Emeritus for Hospital for Special Surgery and is a member of the board of trustees. He is also consulting physician to the National Hockey League Players’ Association. To read Dr. Lutz' paper click Lumbar Intradiskal Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: A Prospective, Double-Blind, Randomized Controlled Study
Dr. Joseph Purita
Dr. Joseph Purita is a pioneer within the regenerative orthopedic community. Purita’s passion not only lies in improving the lives of his patients, but also in more improved methods of helping heal patients has led him to the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Dr. Purita has lectured internationally on five continents regarding the healing effects of stem cells and has been instrumental in helping some countries design their policies concerning the use of regenerative medicine; effectively bringing this unique and advanced practice to more people throughout the world. As one who is never attempting to rest on his laurels, he seeks to constantly improve and elevate the status quo.
Dr. Carlos Garcia
Dr. Carlos J. Garcia received his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Puerto Rico in 1978. He completed his M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Marquette University in 1982. His Anesthesiology training was completed at the University of Illinois Hospital in 1985. Dr. Garcia received the prestigious Bruce M. Cherkala award in Clinical Research in Anesthesiology. He served as a Major in the United States Air Force, from 1985-1988. During this time, he was Chief of Anesthesia and Pain Management. He joined a private practice in 1988 and moved to the Denton area in 1990, practicing Pain Management and Anesthesiology. In 2002, Dr. Garcia started the only full-time interventional pain medicine practice in the area, Premier Pain Care. He has trained and is certified in state-of-the-art procedures such as: Regenerative Injection Therapy using Platelet Rich Plasma/ BMAC, Prolotherapy, Vertebroplasty, IDET, Disc Decompression, Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation. Dr. Garcia belongs to numerous medical organizations such as the International Spinal Injection Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Texas Pain Society, and the Texas Medical Association. He is actively involved in numerous local and national organizations. He enjoys gliding, competitive shooting sports, and most importantly spending time with his family.
Dr. Robert Biscup
Dr. Robert Biscup, M.S., D.O., F.A.O.A.O., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, practicing for more than 25 years. His developments in major reconstructive, previously failed, and minimally invasive spine surgeries, including laser microsurgery and micro-decompression laminaplasty, have earned him international recognition as a pioneer in the field of spine care and spinal surgery. Dr. Biscup has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, lecturing and demonstrating the surgical techniques, instrumentation and implants he helped to develop.
Appointed to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in 1997, Dr. Biscup was on staff in the neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery departments. He also served as director of the Regional Spine Care Program and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Spine Institute. He is a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (for which he previously served as president) and has won several awards, including the Patient Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pain Management, the Outstanding Educator Award from Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic Residency Training Program, and two Medal of Merit Awards from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Biscup currently is the senior examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and remains an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association and the North American Spine Society. He formerly served as the orthopedic consultant for the Cleveland Indians and as a clinical professor in orthopedic surgery at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
A cum laude graduate from Hiram College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Departmental Honors in Chemistry, Dr. Biscup also earned a Master’s of Science in Health Sciences Education at Case Western Reserve University and completed his medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Rahul Desai
Dr. Rahul Desai is a fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologist, began his Portland, Oregon-based pain and interventional clinics in 2008. Over the past 5 years the practice has grown, not only in size, but also in scope. It began as a more traditional musculoskeletal and pain interventional practice, but with the added benefit of having a board certified and fellowship trained interventional radiologist prescribing and interpreting the radiologic imaging for his own patients. This led to diagnosing and treating the proper diagnoses in a much more efficient manner. Dr. Desai has blurred the boundaries between conventional radiology, interventional pain management, and interventional sports medicine.
Dr. Joseph Ruane
Dr. Ruane is the Medical Director of the McConnell Spine, Sport and Joint Center in Columbus, OH, a state of the art facility specializing in nonsurgical management of orthopedic conditions. He served as Chief Resident in Family Medicine at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, and completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine with Horizon Orthopedic, team physician for the Cleveland Indians. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Sports Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. and serves as Head Team Physician for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. Dr. Ruane’s practice is dedicated to comprehensive, non surgical musculoskeletal care, with a special interest in the aging population.
Dr. David Harrell
David Harrell PhD, Brt, OF, FAARM, FRIPH, DABRM is Chief Scientific Officer of Harrell BioScience Consulting and Assistant Professor at UCF College of Medicine. Dr Harrell has a BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Molecular Biology. Dr Harrell has had post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise and is a peer reviewer/editorial board member of several scientific and medical journals. Dr Harrell is on the Board of Directors (Research Officer) for the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. Dr Harrell lectures all over the world on regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, bone marrow biology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, neuroscience, platelet-rich plasma, and adipose.