Science

Our approach to building evidence-based solutions

identifying NEEDS

Monitoring the latest research and working with our ecosystem to identify new and emerging needs.

Developing solutions

Working with our network of advisors, partners, and clients, to develop novel targeted solutions.

validating through Clinical Trials

Putting our solutions through multiple double blind randomized trials to validate safety and efficacy.

Our approach to building evidence-based solutions

identifying NEEDS

Monitoring the latest research and working with our ecosystem to identify new and emerging needs.

Developing solutions

Working with our network of advisors, partners, and clients, to develop novel targeted solutions.

validating through Clinical Trials

Putting our solutions through multiple double blind randomized trials to validate safety and efficacy.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

MEND Joint replacement has been shown in 3 double-blind.placebo controlled randomized trials to preserve muscle and improve return to function after surgery

40% more preservation of muscle vs. placebo
Improvement in return of function vs. placebo
Improvement in post-operative inflammatory environment vs. placebo

Published in peer Reviewed Journals

We take a multidiciplinary approach and work with top domain experts to guide our science and solutions

Our Science Board

Robert Marx, MD​

Orthopedic Surgeon
Bio

Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD​

Immunologist, Nationally Televised Expert
Bio

Heidi Skolnik​

M.S., C.D.N, FACSM
Bio

Lauren Antonucci​

M.S., RD, CSSD, CDN, Triathlete, Ironwoman
Bio

Erin Own, PhD

Executive Director Slocum Foundatoin​
Bio

Kevin Spellman, PhD​​

Ph.D. MCPP, Professor, Scientist, Leading Botanical Educator
Bio

Ashlin Alexander, MD, FRCSC​

Facial Cosmetic Surgeon​
Bio

Mackie Shilstone

MA, MBA, Professor, Author
Bio

Gregory A. Buford, MD FACS PCEO​

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Author​
Bio

Jason D. Bloom, MD​

Cosmetic Surgeon​
Bio

Rob Panariello, MS, PT, ACT, CSCS

Partner, Professional PT
Bio

Sheraz Syed, PT, Cert. MDT

Owner Triumph PT
Bio

Laurence Dubensky

MD, FACEP
Bio

Ralph J. Venuto, MD, FACS​

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine​
Bio

Research Partners

MEND RESEARCH LANDSCAPE

We continue to invest heavily in research with the leaders in medicine

PUBLISHED

EAA supplementation mitigates muscle atrophy after total knee arthroplasty (partner: Slocum Orthopedics)

EAA supplementation in patients following total knee arthroplasty (partner: Slocum Orthopedics)

Cellular and morphological changes with EAA supplementation (partner: Slocum Orthopedics)

ADVANCing

Knee arthroscopy functional outcomes (Mayo)

Enhancement of blood albumin in surgical populations (Penn Medicine)

Reduce CNS damage from head impact (DoD)

Muscle wasting in arthritis populations (To be Announced)

Enhance recovery post orthopedic trauma (To be Announced)

DESIGN

Tissue degeneration and injury from wear and tear of athletic exercise

Combat sarcopenia, improve health in elderly

Reduce bruising and inflammation of skin from cosmetic procedures

Nutrition intervention for foot and ankle pathologies

Reduction in respiratory infections caused by coronaviruses

Interested in partnering on research?

Contact research@mend.me

Robert Marx, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Marx is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Marx has published three books, many book chapters, and over one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed scientific publications. He does arthroscopic and open procedures for knee and shoulder problems as well as knee and shoulder joint replacement surgery. Dr. Marx also performs complex and revision surgical cases.

Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD

Immunologist, Nationally Televised Expert

Jacqueline S. Eghrari-Sabet, M.D., was born and raised in New York and is a graduate of Smith College and the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Eghrari-Sabet has been named a Washingtonian Top Doctor in the field of immunology and she has been voted as a Top Pediatrician as well as Top Doctor by the Consumer Research Council of America.

Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD

M.S., C.D.N, FACSM
Considered a thought leader in nutrition, Heidi has influenced millions through her media work, writing and thriving consulting business. Her company, Nutrition Conditioning, oversees the Sports Nutrition programs for The Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet. She continues to see individuals at The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery as well as her office. Skolnik has worked with the The NY Knicks Basketball Team (5 years), NY Giants Football team (18 years), the NY Mets Baseball organization (15 years) and with the NHL, MLS, WNBA, Olympic level Judo competitors, professional cyclists, marathoners, collegiate wrestlers, as well as athletes from numerous other sports and teams. Heidi sits on the board of The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Lauren Antonucci​

M.S., RD, CSSD, CDN, Triathlete, Ironwoman
Lauren is a leading and nationally televised Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Ironwoman and Triathlete. She is a consultant to the New York Road Runners, a member of the ING NYC Marathon team and a member of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute sports network. Lauren has served as nutrition expert and writer for nationally acclaimed magazines such as Fitness, Her Sports, New York Runner and MetroSports. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Gotham Magazine and Runner’s World.

Erin Own, PhD

Executive Director Slocum Foundatoin​

Erin has been the Executive Director of the Slocum Foundation since 2013. To date, Erin has crossed paths with orthopedic research community on three separate occasions – as a biomechanics research student, research associate and orthopedic clinical trial coordinator, and now, as the Slocum Foundation Director. She has over 18 years of healthcare-related experience in both the private and public sectors, ranging from basic research to applied epidemiology, clinical trials, health promotion, and community health program development and evaluation. Erin earned her doctorate in Public Health, in the area of Health Policy, from Oregon State University in 2017, a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from San Diego State University in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Linfield College in 2002.

Kevin Spellman, PhD​​

Ph.D. MCPP, Professor, Scientist, Leading Botanical Educator
Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP, is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicine. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow, Dr. Spelman is a coauthor of 6 chapters and 23 scientific papers. He is the previous Clinical Chair for Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Clinical Herbal Medicine program and an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at NCNM and Bastyr University and a distinguished lecturer at MUIH

Ashlin Alexander

MD, FRCSC​
Dr. Alexander completed medical school at prestigious Queen’s University. He then went on to undertake Residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto, where he took a shine to all things Head & Neck. In 2011, he moved to New York City to pursue an acclaimed fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at New York University. He then went on to practice in Australia before finally returning to start his very own practice in Toronto. Dr. Alexander is also Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery / Department of Otoaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto. He is a staff surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System.

Mackie Shilstone

MA, MBA, Professor, Author
For more than 4 decades, Mackie has been at the forefront of sports performance, fitness & wellness. He has been the fitness coach for over 3000 elite athletes, like Serena Williams – volunteering with members of the U.S. Army Special Operation Command, and helping many everyday people through his various hospital-affiliated sports performance and wellness program, to find their path to better health and performance. Having author seven books on wellness topics, a former columnist for such publications, as the Washington Post’s online NFL Fantasy League website – the League, and numerous other media outlets, hosting his weekly Maximum Wellness Podcast, and 23 year history, as the fitness & nutrition expert – with weekly television segment for the CBS affiliate in New Orleans – Mackie had positively impacted all areas of the wellness and performance continuum.

Gregory A. Buford

MD, FACS, PCEO
​Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Author​
Dr. Gregory A. Buford has been the recipient of multiple awards, including repeated winner of Doctor’s Choice for top Plastic Surgeon. In 2006, the Consumers’ Research Council of America named him one of “America’s Top Surgeons.” A nationally recognized judge for the Miss America Foundation and media and industry darling, Dr. Buford has been a featured expert on numerous television talk shows, plastic surgery websites, books, magazines, and newspapers. He has published several leading white papers on plastic surgery, and is a premier expert trainer in the industry, leading CME courses and training seminars. Dr. Buford is a graduate of the Baker/Stuzin/Baker Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship in Miami, making him one of the few cosmetic Plastic Surgeons in the Rocky Mountain Region to complete formal post-graduate training. Dr. Buford holds higher degrees from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of “Eat, Drink, Heal: The Art and Science of Surgical Nutrition”.

Jason D. Bloom

MD​, Cosmetic Surgeon​
Dr. Jason D. Bloom is an award winning, double board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a Clinical Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Dermatology at the Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Bloom completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and then attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where he graduated Cum Laude and was Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). Dr. Bloom has authored over 35 journal articles and book chapters, and has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Rob Panariello

MS, PT, ACT, CSCS​
Partner, Professional PT
Rob is founding partner and chief clinical officer of Professional PT. He has more than 35 years of experience in the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Training of Athletes. His experience includes the study of the Science of Strength and Conditioning of weightlifters and various sport athletes in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and former East Germany. He previously held the positions of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York (1986-1995), the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights (1991), and the WUSA NY POWER Women’s Professional Soccer League (2001-2002). He continues to rehabilitate, athletic performance train, as well as serve as a consultant to many NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Collegiate and University teams, coaches, and players. Rob has more than 60 peer-reviewed Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research, Sports Physical Therapy Research, and Strength & Conditioning Journal Articles and Book Chapter publications. He has also presented his research at the International World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Washington, D.C. He is nationally renowned and lectures throughout the country with regard to the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy and the Performance Training of Athletes.

Sheraz Syed

PT, Cert. MDT
Owner Triumph PT
Physical therapist and strength and conditioning specialist, Sheraz Syed is a co-founder of MEND and owner of successful physical therapy clinics in New York City. Sheraz has over two decades of clinical experience treating orthopedic and sports related conditions. Sheraz suffered a major accident in 2005 where he fell 80 feet from a waterfall while hiking in upstate New York. He suffered severe trauma and had 8 major surgeries to help put his body back together. Sheraz has always been nutritionally conscious and believes in a holistic approach to healthcare. He noticed an absence of scientifically credible nutritional products to aide in healing from surgeries and trauma. This led him to contribute to the development of MEND. He attributes to MEND his full recovery and return to his passion of treating his patients.

Laurence Dubensky

MD, FACEP
As a board certified emergency physician, Dr. Dubensky has practiced medicine in New York, where he completed his training at Northwell Health, as well as in Miami, Florida since 2010. He is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and critical care at the FIU School of Medicine and Nova South Eastern osteopathic and allopathic schools. He helped found and serves as the Director of Education and Assistant Program Director for an emergency medicine residency program in South Florida.

Ralph J. Venuto

MD, FACS
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine​
Board-certified orthopedic and sports medicine expert specializing in the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders. Dr Venuto received his orthopedic training at Columbia University and he has been in private practice in Newport Beach, CA for over 35 years. A recognized expert in sports medicine, he has treated some of the top professional, olympic and college level athletes from around the world and also specializes in utilizing many non-surgical and regenerative medicine procedures to optimize orthopedic outcomes.