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Anthony Panettiere, MD
Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Physician
Anthony Panettiere, MD is neurologist and sleep medicine physician at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a retired Navy Captain who served 25 years on active duty.
Heechin Chae, MD
Heechin Chae, MD was appointed site director of DVBIC at Fort Belvoir and chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury Department at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in 2011. He will become the director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite at Fort Belvoir in 2013.
Inbal Eshel, MA, CCC-SLP
Traumatic Brain Injury Speech-Language Pathologist
Inbal Eshel, MA, CCC-SLP is the lead traumatic brain injury speech-language pathologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She provides diagnostic and therapeutic interventions aimed at minimizing cognitive and language deficits and maximizing quality of life.
Wife and Caregiver of a Wounded Warrior
Cheryl Gansner is the wife of a severely injured soldier. In 2006, Bryan Gansner was hit by an IED that ripped his legs apart and left him with a TBI and PTSD. He nearly died. He spent 20 months in rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The couple recently had their first child.
Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in 1991.
Col. Dallas Hack, MD
Combat Casualty Care
Col. Dallas C. Hack, MD is director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program and chair, Joint Program Committee 6 (Combat Casualty Care), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, MD.
Janna Harris, PhD
Dr. Janna Harris received her PhD in Neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her doctoral research focused on the role of specific extracellular matrix proteoglycans in adaptive synaptic plasticity following brain trauma.
Col. Sidney Hinds, MD
Neurology and Nuclear Medicine
Colonel Sidney R. Hinds, MD, MC, US Army National Director became DVBIC’s national director on July 1, 2013. Previously, he was the deputy director of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute for Military Medical Operations, the in-theater neurologist in Afghanistan, and chief of Nuclear Medicine Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He was the nuclear medicine integration chief for the Base Realignment and Closure process that combined the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center.
Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD
Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe is an Army psychologist who serves as the chief of Clinical Recommendations at the Deployment Health Clinical Center at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
David A. Hovda, PhD
David Hovda, PhD is the director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center. He is past president of the National Neurotrauma Society and past president of the International Neurotrauma Society. He has served as chair of study sections for the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke.
James Kelly, MD
James Kelly, MD is the director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. As a neurologist, he is one of America’s top experts on treating concussions.
Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.)
Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD is a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he has responsibility for a broad research portfolio. Dr. Ling is an authority on traumatic brain injury, especially as it pertains to the military.
Kristen Maisano, OTD
Kristen Maisano, OTD is an occupational therapist and the interim director of Rehabilitation Services for the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. She specializes in evaluating and treating military patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Iraq War Veteran
Derek McGinnis is an Iraq War combat veteran serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He currently serves combat veterans and their families at the Modesto Vet Center. He advocates for veterans coping with pain through the American Pain Foundation and is the author of a book on pain management.
Shane McNamee, MD
Shane McNamee, MD serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Richmond VAMC and has worked extensively on the development and implementation of the Polytrauma System of Care in the Veterans Health Administration.
Elise Mitchell (not her real name) is the wife of a combat veteran and the mother of two kids. Her husband was injured in Iraq and has severe PTSD and a mild brain injury. Her blog, "Household 6: The Civilian Life," is a way to reflect as she and her family fight PTSD and TBI through the good times and bad.
Maria Mouratidis, PsyD
Dr. Mouratidis is a licensed neuropsychologist and currently the command consultant and subject matter expert for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health at the National Naval Medical Center.
Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA
Social Work and Psychology
Glenn Parkinson, MSW, MA works as the psychotherapist on the Traumatic Brain Injury service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She works with active duty and retired military personnel and their families specializing in combat-related injuries.
Gerard Riedy, MD, PhD
Gerard Riedy, MD, PhD, a neuroradiologist with a background in biochemistry and imaging research, serves as the chief of neuroimaging for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.
Michael Roy, MD, Col. (Ret.)
Military Internal Medicine
Michael Roy, MD, Col. (Ret.) is professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Military Internal Medicine at Uniformed Services University and director of Recruitment for USU's Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.
Joel Scholten, MD
Doctor of Physical and Rehablitation Medicine
Joel Scholten, MD is associate chief of staff for Rehab Services at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. He also works in VA Central Office within the PM&R Program Office as the national director of Special Projects.
Col. Beverly Scott, MD
Col. Beverly Scott, MD currently serves as chief of the Neurology Service and Neuro-Ophthalmology staff at Madigan Army Medical Center. Current academic interests include posttraumatic migraine and co-morbidities associated with concussion.
Deborah Shear, PhD
Deborah Shear, PhD is the section chief for the in vivo Neuroprotection Labs, Brain Trauma Neuroprotection & Neurorestoration Branch; Center of Excellence for Psychiatry & Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, MD.
Katherine Sullivan, MS CCC-SLP, CBIS
Traumatic Brain Injury Speech-Language Pathologist
Kate Sullivan, MS is a speech-language pathologist and director of the Brain Fitness Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda. In 2009, she helped launch the Brain Fitness Center, devised as an adjunct to traditional cognitive therapies offered by Speech and Occupational Therapy.
Frank C. Tortella, ST, PhD
Neuropharmacologist and Brain Trauma Neurobiologist
Frank Tortella, ST, PhD serves as the U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Material Command’s subject matter expert on neurotrauma and neuroprotection research for a diverse range of insults to include traumatic brain injury, concussions, and the neurological effects of blast exposure.
Jack Tsao, MD, DPhil, CAPT, MC, USN
Jack Tsao, MD, DPhil, CAPT, MC, USN is a United States Navy neurologist and the director of Traumatic Brain Injury Programs for the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.
Anand Veeravagu, MD
Anand Veeravagu, MD is a neurosurgeon in training at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a former White House fellow and special assistant to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He previously served as chief neurosurgery resident at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD
Social Work and Behavioral Health
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD is the first integrated service chief of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and director of Social Work at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.