Traumatic Brain Injuries: Helpful Resources from Recent Conferences





Although most people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during somewhat predictable events, each individual’s recovery experience may vary widely. At the time someone suffers a TBI, that individual may be a little girl, a young man with one or more chronic medical conditions, a female college athlete, an elderly person coping with dementia or another person with a completely unique set of circumstances.

Because no two injured parties are identical, a full range of medical treatment options must be considered.

Locating Added Medical Expertise
While local medical experts must provide the most critical advice to a TBI patient, most doctors remain open to contacting other experts who specialize in certain treatment or research fields. However, finding those experts isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, the New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury, a non-profit educational organization, has been sponsoring useful TBI conferences for more than a decade. These conferences regularly feature experts who address a wide variety of traumatic brain injury issues and treatments.

Current TBI patients and their families, as well as their treating physicians, can benefit from being given the names of specific experts who have been sharing their knowledge and research at various TBI conferences. The following list of experts shared their knowledge and research interests at TBI conferences held between 2006 and 2010.

TBI Conference Participants and Their Subject Areas

• Elderly Patient Needs. Dr. Anne Felicia Ambrose, an Assistant Professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, addressed the special needs of aging or elderly TBI patients.

• Individuals Who Sustain Sports Injuries. William Barr, Ph.D., of the New York University Epilepsy Center in New York City, spoke about some of the new approaches to studying people who have suffered sports concussions. James Thompson, Ph.D., the Director of the ADD Performance Center in New York City, also addressed sports-related injuries.

• Psychiatric Disorders Seen in TBI Patients. Dr. Jonathan Silver, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine in New York City, presented a lecture on this topic.

• Special Fatigue Problems Following TBIs. Tamara Bushnik, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine (and the Director of Research at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City) spoke in 2010 on the current knowledge about TBI fatigue and the most critical issues requiring additional research.

• Day Treatment Programs for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients. Theodore Tsaousides, Ph.D., the Training Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has talked about specific ways to help TBI patients in day treatment programs. More specifically, he spoke about better ways to combine problem solving and emotional skills exercises for such patients.

• Sleep Disorders Suffered by TBI Patients. Dr. Brian Greenwald, the Medical Director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s TBI Unit, discussed this critical treatment topic. Dr. Michael R. Yochelson, who teaches at Georgetown University, also discussed the special needs of TBI patients facing both sleep and fatigue issues following their injuries.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John N. Demas
John N Demas, Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney, is the founding partner of the Demas Law Group, P.C. and has been exclusively representing injured victims for twenty years. John is passionate about helping people and has earned a stellar reputation in the community for his dedication and successful results for his clients. He has extensive trial experience with several multi-million dollar verdicts, including one of the largest verdicts ($4,500,000) ever against Sacramento County and the largest verdict in Tuolumne County ($2,500,000).

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.



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