Clinical Specialties : Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Even with increased awareness of safety measures such as seatbelts, use of air bags, and more stringent drunk driving laws, PM&R physicians are involved in about two million new traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases each year. Males aged 15–24 have the highest incidence of TBI, the vast majority being concussions and brain injury.

Since no two patients have the same set of impairments, the physiatrist has to address each patient’s specific issues, which can include cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial consequences of the injury. Studies and experience show that early and ongoing involvement by a physiatrist decreases short-term complications and optimizes long term functional outcome and quality of life.

Gemayaret Alvarez-Gonzalez, MD
Assistant Professor

Douglas E. Johnson-Greene., PhD, MPH, ABPP
Professor and Assistant Vice Chair

David S. Kushner, MD

Lauren T. Shapiro, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor