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Chad Cook
  1. Johann Windt
  1. Correspondence to Johann Windt, Experimental Medicine Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V5Z 1M9, BC, Canada; johannwindt{at}

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What is your fondest career memory?

Definitely completing my PhD training. For my PhD education in Texas, I drove 2 h each way to classes from Midland to night school at Lubbock, 3–4 days a week. I was working a full time day job as an academic in Odessa. Driving home after I successfully defended my dissertation I was almost delirious thinking I would never have to do that again. Ever.

If you could write a letter to a high school version of yourself, what would it say?

Be nice to everyone, be patient, and relish the failures. My failures are instrumental in any of the accomplishments I've had thus far.

What does your average weekday morning look like?

A 31 min drive to work, listening to sports talk on the radio, opening 150 or so emails from predatory journals and drinking about four cups of coffee.

Most memorable sporting moment you've witnessed?

I watched the 1980 US Hockey team (Miracle on Ice) beat the Soviet Union on an old Philco television when I was 15 years old. I remember how proud it made everyone in the USA and how much we needed a boost as a country.

What do you think is your most valuable contribution to the field?

I think I have a unique skill in taking complex information and simplifying it in a way that is useable to rehabilitative clinicians. At present, I think I've most influenced the understanding of diagnostic accuracy.

Who is your hero?

My heroes are those individuals who are service oriented, who do so in anonymity, and who sacrifice so that others can gain. I've …

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