Scientific Advisory Board and Committee
Scientific Advisory Board and Committee
Scientific Advisory Board
This cohesive group of professionals committed to healing and preventing autism is led by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel and Dr. Dan Rossignol.
Generation Rescue is committed to a collaborative approach of helping families affected by autism and other related disorders. Part of this collaborative approach involves interaction with a number of physicians across multiple specialities. While Generation Rescue receives advice from many of these physicians, the views and opinions expressed by these physicians are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Generation Rescue.
Jerry Kartzinel, M.D. — Chair
Dr. Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and—based on this history—obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.
After receiving his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Kartzinel completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, he began practicing general pediatrics. Ten years into his in private practice, his fourth son was diagnosed with autism.
A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical condition, including autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Education courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals.
Dan Rossignol, M.D.
Dan Rossignol, M.D., President of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), has been part of the International Child Development Resource Center (ICDRC) in Florida and is current faculty at the IHC Centers in Irvine, California. He had previously worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine. He received his Doctorate of medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. He is the father of two children with autism, ages five and three. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. In the last 6 years, he has 26 publications and 3 book chapters concerning autism and related conditions. Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. One of his clinical interests is the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in neurodevelopment disorders including autism. He has published peer reviewed studies and many articles on the biomedical therapies for autism, including Hyperbaric treatment for children with autism: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial BMC Pediatr 2009;9:21 and his most recent published article, Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review and analysis Med Gas Res 2012;2(1):6 Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).
Anju Usman, M.D., FAAFP, ABIHM, Hom-C
Dr. Anju Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois and owner of Pure Compounding Pharmacy. She has been using evidence-based integrative medical interventions to help children diagnosed with ADD, autism, allergies, gastrointestinal issues and related disorders for over 15 years. She has conducted research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections, vitamin D in pregnancy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is also co-founder of ACE (Autism Center for Enlightenment) a nonprofit which supports research, education and biomedical therapies for families in need. Presently she acts as science editor for the magazine “The Autism File.” She also serves on the executive board of the Autism Society of Illinois as well as the scientific advisory board for Generation Rescue. A faculty member of the Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University, where she completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and received a board certification in Family Practice. In addition, she is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and holds a certificate in Homeopathy.
David Dornfeld, D.O.
David Dornfeld, DO, has been practicing Family Medicine for almost 30 years, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical family medicine, including children beyond the age of two. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. His experience encompasses all spectrums of family medicine, spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain in patients through hands-on osteopathic therapy, manipulation and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, diving medicine, chelation therapy, weight loss and many areas of holistic medicine and primary care medicine.
He received his degree in Osteopathic Medicine, from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine – Maine, then completed his residency and internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado, and Doctors Hospital of Stark County, Massillon, Ohio. He is Board Certified, Family Practice 1995 ACOFP, and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine by International Society of Anti-Aging 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM , the American College for Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became Certified in Chelation Therapy. He completed his Fellowship training with MAPS. in 2013. Recently he was the only US physician asked to participate in an Autism Summit in Cairo Egypt, expanding his guidance, to help Physicians in the Middle East combat the issues associated with recovering Kids and Adults suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorders. His Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ
Scientific Advisory Committee
Our Scientific Advisory Committee is a group of pre-eminent researchers, diagnosticians and clinicians brought together to design and implement high-quality methods for evaluating biomedical treatments.
Dr. Richard Frye, M.D., PhD — Chair
Richard Frye, M.D., PhD is the Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital/University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.
Dr. Frye is a well-recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and other developmental disorders. Dr. Frye has a broad background including specific training in neurodevelopmental disorders, physiology, psychology and biostatistics. He is fellowship trained in Behavioral Neurology and Psychology and has clinical expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with ASD.
While at the University of Texas he developed a medically based autism clinic, which was specifically designed to diagnose and treat neurological and metabolic abnormalities associated with ASD in order to improve quality of life and promote recovery. Over the past two years he have completed three clinical studies related to ASD, including an open-label trial examining the metabolic and behavioral effects of tetrahydrobiopterin, a clinical study of the metabolic and genetic characteristics of children with ASD and mitochondrial disease, and a clinical study on the prevalence of the folate receptor alpha autoantibody in children with ASD as well as the response to leucovorin treatment in ASD children with the folate receptor alpha autoantibody.
As Director of Autism Research at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital his goal is to develop an integrated autism program that includes a multi-specialty autism clinic, a translational research program focusing on biomarkers and clinical-trials, and a basic science program focusing on mitochondrial and redox metabolic metabolism.
Sydney Finegold, M.D.
Dr. Finegold received his M.D. from the University of Texas, subsequently earning his first faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota medical school. After rising to the Chief of the Infectious Diseases post at Wadsworth VA hospital, Finegold has spent over 50 years teaching and overseeing critical research at the VA and UCLA's School of Medicine. The principal interests of Dr. Finegold's laboratory work include anaerobic bacteria and their role in disease, and the role of intestinal bacteria in autism and other diseases.
Stephen G. Kahler, M.D.
Stephen G. Kahler, M.D. is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is board-certified in clinical and biochemical genetics, and pediatrics.
Dr. Kahler specializes in diagnosing and treating genetic birth defects, hereditary problems and rare metabolic disorders. Kahler, a Princeton alumnus, received his doctorate at Duke University, and trained in pediatrics at UC San Diego and in genetics at the University of North Carolina. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, University of Melbourne (Australia), and Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Kahler's research interests include birth defects, inborn errors of metabolism, newborn screening, and the biochemical and nutritional aspects of autism and other genetic illnesses. He has been an invited speaker on metabolic aspects of autism at several national and international conferences.