Hudson, Butterfield Host Pediatric Trauma in Sports Briefing

6WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Representatives Richard Hudson (NC-08) and G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Co-Chairs of the Pediatric Trauma Caucus and members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, hosted a bipartisan briefing on the nation’s pediatric trauma epidemic and youth sports.


Statistics show that pediatric trauma is the most frequent killer of children in this country whether injury occurs on the athletic field, in a highway accident, or in other manners. This briefing explored traumatic injuries on the sports field, how we can work with stakeholders to reduce their likelihood, and how athletic injuries fit into the larger pediatric trauma epidemic.


The briefing was moderated by Mr. Bob Gfeller, Executive Director at the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, and the experts participating in the briefing included:

  • DR. BRENDAN CAMPBELL, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center;
  • BUDDY CURRY, Former Linebacker for the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Head Master Trainer for USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program;
  • DR. GERRY GIOIA, Division Chief, Neuropsychology, Children’s National Health System;
  • DR. JASON MIHALIK, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Injury Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • DR. SHELLY D. TIMMONS, Director of  Neurotrauma, Professor of Neurosurgery, Vice Chair for Administration, Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center;
  • DR. CHRISTOPHER WHITLOW, Associate Professor, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Wake Forest Baptist Health; and
  • DR. DAVID S. WEISMAN, Pediatric Trauma, Division of Pediatric Orthopedics, Department of Orthopedic Surgeries, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


This is the second briefing by the Pediatric Trauma Caucus, a committee Reps. Hudson and Butterfield co-chair to raise awareness and find bipartisan solutions to address the rate at which children are dying from traumatic injuries.


*This event is open to the media. If you are interested in attending or scheduling an interview, please contact Tatum Gibson at or (202) 225-3715.

Wednesday, September 21

 Pediatric Trauma Briefing

10:00 a.m.

121 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515