Thomas M. Gavin, C.O.
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...THOMAS M. GAVIN, C.O.President, Director of Clinical Servicestmgavin@orthotic.com
TG VitaeThomas M. Gavin, C.O. is the founder, President and Director of Clinical Services of BioConcepts, inc.
The vision for the creation and mission of BioConcepts
First; to create a comprehensive orthotic-prosthetic center that specialties in spinal, pediatric and trauma orthoses and provides exceptionally high quality service in all areas of orthotics and prosthetics:
Having a herniated lumbar disc himself, Gavin
has personal as well scientific insight into spinal treatment.Although he is a clinician and researcher, he knows what it is like to be afflicted with a musculoskeletal disorder! Mr. Gavin is a Consulting Faculty member of the Northwestern University Medical School, Prosthetic-Orthotic Center and is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois.He
lectures in several orthotic courses for orthotists, physicians and surgeons, physical therapists and biomedical engineers throughout many of the universities in the Midwest.Educating health professionals in the area of spinal orthotic treatment is a major part of Mr. Gavin's duties.By educating students and allied health professionals, he
is able to disseminate important advances into the medical community.This enables others to improve the quality of life for people who need help throughout the world.He
is always available to help further the knowledge of others.His
professional memberships include the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
.As the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (December 1996 - December 2000) Mr. Gavin was responsible for creating the Associate Editorial Board which is comprised of MDs and PhDs from a multitude of subspecialties including orthopaedics, physical medicine, amputation surgery, biomechanics, gait analysis, psychology, research methodology, statistics and orthopaedic research.He
also was instrumental in the implementation of Lippincott Williams and Wilkins as the publisher of the JPO
.Gavin was Chairperson of the Spinal Society of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (1996-1999) and has arranged several spinal symposiums on dedicated topics.
During November 1997, he
was invited as a spinal expert by the World Health Organization
in Conjunction with the International Society For Prosthetics and Orthotics and the Tunisian Ministries of Health
to attend the Consensus Conference on Poliomyelitis in Tunis, Tunisia
to present Biomechanical Principles of Orthotic Treatment for the Neuromuscular Spine.In November 1998 Mr. Gavin was a participating faculty member in a Spinal Symposium with a hands-on workshop in Bogota Colombia.
During November 1999 he
participated as faculty
in the International Short-term Course on the Management of Polio in Bangalore India; also with a hands-on workshop.During August 2000, Mr. Gavin
presented at the International Short-term Course on the Management of Polio, in Moshi, Tanzania Africa.Also, in December 2000, Gavin
and Gomez conducted a course on spinal orthotics in Mexico City, D.F. Mexico for the Sociedad Mexicana de Ortesistas y Protesistas (SMOPAC)
In addition to multiple research presentations at the annual meetings of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Studies of Lumbar Spine
, Mr. Gavin
has authored and co-authored 6 book chapters and a multitude of journal articles for orthotic treatment of spinal disorders and spinal biomechanics.
Academic awards received by Mr. Gavin
include the 1993 award for Outstanding Technical Research, the first annual Thranhardt award (1996) for a presentation entitled Geometric Analysis of Coronal Decompensation in Idiopathic Scoliosis and the third annual Thranhardt award (1998) for a presentation entitled Orthotic Treatment for Neuromuscular Scoliosis.These were awarded by the American Academy
ofOrthotists and Prosthetists
also received 1st place for "best article" in 1993 as first author of the published manuscript entitled Orthotic Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain: Preliminary Results, as well as 2nd place in "best article" in 1996 for co-authoring Biomechanical Comparison of the Milwaukee Brace and TLSO for the Orthotic Treatment for Idiopathic Scoliosis.These were awarded by the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Development and implementation of the Rosenberger Scoliosis Orthosis as well as pioneering Orthotic Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain are but a few examples of his
also was a co-investigator in the project Orthotic Stabilization of Thoracolumbar Fractures and a co-principal investigator in the development of a Compliance Monitor
for Spinal Orthoses.Current developmental projects include the development of The Class II Posterior Shell TLSO for the Treatment of Spinal Osteoporosis and a Distractive Cervico-Thoracic Orthosis . Gavin
colleagues are currently pursuing 2 patents for orthotic devices they have developed.
Academic pursuits are a primary example of putting the client first!
Research efforts must be of direct value to the clinical care of a person afflicted with a musculoskeletal disorder or injury and carrying out studies leads to an outstanding knowledge of these disorders and injuries.Discoveries of new and innovative methods and improvement of old methods directly benefit people!Although not required in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics, new innovations available in orthoses through BioConcepts
are thoroughly analyzed in research laboratories, modeled on mathematical models and have undergone extreme scrutiny by many researchers and clinicians before they are implemented into practice.
is always available for a consultation, an in-service or for anyone who just wants to information.After 24 years in orthotics and 14 years in research, Mr. Gavin
clinically focuses on the most difficult challenges presented by clients with neuro-musculoskeletal needs.
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Angela is also piloting an in-vivo laboratory analysis of the mechanisms of action of the Class II Posterior Shell TLSO for osteoporotic spinal deformity at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the VA Hines under the supervision of Mr. Gavin
and Dr. Patwardhan.
...Patwardhan, AG, Li, S, Gavin, T, Lorenz, M, Meade, KP, and Zindrick, M: Orthotic Stabilization of Thoracolumbar Injuries:A Biomechanical Analysis of the Jewett Hyperextension Orthosis.
...Patwardhan, AG, Rimkus, A, Gavin, T, Bueche, M, Meade, KP, Bielski, R, and Ibrahim, K:Geometric Analysis of Coronal Decompensation in Idiopathic Scoliosis.
...Meade, KP, Patwardhan, AG, Gavin, T: Predictions of a Viscoelastic Model for Scoliosis.Proceedings of the 1995 Bioengineering Conference, Beaver Creek, Colorado, June 28-July 2, 1995, ASME BED-Vol. 29, pp.