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Student Musculoskeletal Society leadership

The Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) is a student-run organization which fosters clinical experience, education and professional development in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

Max Cornell grew up in Jermyn, Pa., just a short distance from where he attended college at the University of Scranton. During his time there, he started a health informatics consulting company that focused on streamlining Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements and initiating alternative payment models. In May 2017, after earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, Max went straight into medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). While at GCSOM, Max’s main focus has been revamping the Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS). He has led the development of the Dr. Balsamo Lecture Series – a lecture series that provides first- and second-year medical students with a longitudinal curriculum focused on musculoskeletal health. He has also collaborated with community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters to promote physical activity and mentorship in the Scranton community. Max has published in the fields of health psychology and cancer metabolism as an undergraduate. His current research focuses on pediatric orthopaedics and medical app development. Max is currently a reviewer for the American Journal of Men’s Health. In the future, Max plans to pursue a surgical career in academic medicine. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, playing sports and spending time with family.

Dan Sylvestre earned both his bachelor's of neuroscience and master's of medical sciences degrees from Boston University, where his extracurriculars included the roles of first violin in the Boston University All-Campus Orchestra and Captain of the BU inline hockey team. Upon graduating, he developed an interest in connective tissue biochemistry – first as a dermatology medical assistant and subsequently as an ophthalmic technician where he was certified in Riboflavin/Ultraviolet-A Corneal Collagen Cross-linking for the treatment of progressive keratoconus. Dan went on to publish his master’s thesis on optimizing this pioneering treatment. While at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), Dan has helped manage and organize numerous Student Musculoskeletal Society events and lectures, and has taken a leading role in establishing and developing the Early Clinical and Operating Room Experiences program. In collaboration with more than 15 orthopedic surgeons throughout northeast Pennsylvania, this initiative greatly expands the opportunity for student-physician mentorship within orthopedics. Dan hopes to one day apply his leadership and creativity to a career in surgery. Until then, he continues to enjoy hockey and music, skiing, studying (of course) and the occasional round of golf.

Mark A. Seeley, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic specialist. His clinical interests include pediatric and young adult hip reconstruction, pediatric sports medicine, pediatric trauma and upper/lower extremity deformity. Dr. Seeley is also associate program director for orthopaedic surgery and associate professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. Seeley earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In his personal life, Dr. Seeley enjoys basketball and woodworking.

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society