Our Purpose

Women for ATSU is a membership program that provides awareness and philanthropic support to A.T. Still University. Supporting ATSU’s programs and students gives members an opportunity to impact healthcare.


Our Impact

The Women for ATSU program is equally committed to providing philanthropic support for the University’s innovative educational models, scholarships for its graduate healthcare students and patient care for vulnerable populations.


Special Event – hosted by Women for ATSU


Concussions: Myths and Facts

Community Luncheon and Presentation

February 12, 2015

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton | 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Our presenters shared the top 10 things to know about sport-related concussion including important tools and strategies parents, coaches, and communities can use to keep children and adolescents safe while participating in sports and physical activity.


Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA


Tamara C. Valovich McLeod,
Professor and Director, Athletic Training Programs, A.T. Still University
National expert on sport-related concussion

Dr. Tamara McLeod is a national expert on concussion and leads ATSU’s Concussion Program. A passionate advocate for youth sports safety, her research focuses on the pediatric athlete and sport related concussion.

Approximately 7,000 Arizona high school athletes suffer a concussion each year. Many more occur at the youth level; however there is a lack of on-site medical providers in club and community sports and therefore, many concussions go unreported, especially in underserved communities.

Dr. McLeod wants to help young athletes play safe by making smart choices. Under her leadership, ATSU’s Concussion Program has provided direct baseline testing services for over 10,000 youth from 2009-2013.

Dr. McLeod earned a PhD in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia and has a master’s degree in kinesiology from the university of Colorado. She is a widely published author, reviewer and a fellow of the national Athletic Trainer’s Association.


Speaker-Javier Cardenas


Javier Cárdenas, MD
Director, Barrow Concussion Network
Director, Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center
Barrow Neurological Institute

Dr. Cárdenas is the director of the Barrow Concussion Network, which provides concussion education and coverage for all Arizona high school athletes. He provides sideline concussion coverage for Arizona State University and the NFL and is committed to the care, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury in children and adolescents.

Dr. Cárdenas graduated from Arizona State University and began his career as a special education teacher instructing children with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. His background in special education and long history of volunteerism guided his career, leading him to the field of child neurology. He graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine with honors in Neurology and completed a residency in pediatrics at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he was recognized for his outstanding care of infants and children.


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