News and events

McGuire VA Medical Center featured in PBS documentary

PBS released its new documentary, "Polytrauma Rehab in the VA: Compassionate Care", on September 14. It features footage and interviews from the CENC site at the McGuire VA and shines a bright light on the Richmond VA's efforts in polytrauma rehabilitation. A "World Premiere" occurred September 6 at the McGuire VA. The full length documentary and three of the promo trailers are below:

Full Length Documentary

Polytrauma Rehab Long Promo 2

Polytrauma Rehab Promo 30

Polytrauma Rehab Long Promo 1

View the Flyer for the Documentary

1st John & Rosa Cifu Lecture in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Set for Oct. 6

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at VCU is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Karol will present the first John and Rosa Cifu Lecture in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Dr. Karol is a distinguished clinical scientist in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and a board certified rehabilitation psychologist.  In 2015 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Practice Excellence Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division for Rehabilitation Psychology.  He is the co-founder of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Brain Injury Alliance, and the Rehabilitation Psychology Liaison to the American Psychological Association’s Board of Professional Affairs. Dr. Karol practices in Minneapolis, where he is the president of Karol Neuropsychological Services and Consulting. 

Dr. Karol will deliver the John and Rosa Cifu Lecture on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. in the Kontos Building Auditorium on the Medical College of Virginia campus.  The title of his lecture is “Non-Compliance versus Non-Adherence: Conceptualization and Treatment.” The lecture is appropriate for providers in the field of neurorehabilitation, brain injury advocates, and other interested members of the community.  A breakfast reception will follow Dr. Karol’s lecture.

Direct any inquiries to daniel.klyce@vcuhealth.org.  

 

New Faculty Members Join PM&R


VCU PM&R welcomed three new faculty members this month - Mary Caldwell, DO; Melody Mickens, PhD; and Amma Agyemang, PhD, MPH. Caldwell will see sports medicine patients at the NOW Center, and Mickens will see spinal cord injury patients on the inpatient unit at North Hospital. Agyemang has joined the CENC faculty, working on the $62.2 million grant conducting TBI research in Veterans and Service Members.

Welcome to each of you!

PM&R Hosts CENC Researchers for Annual Meeting


Researchers from across the country gathered at VCU on August 11 for the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) 4th Annual Meeting. The meeting was a chance for investigators to come together to discuss their research and further collaborate on important research issues. CENC researchers are investigating mTBI, commonly known as concussion, in the nation's Service Members and Veterans to better understand its effects on late-life outcomes and neurodegeneration, identify Service Members most susceptible to these effects, and identify the most effective treatment strategies. This $62.2 million project is jointly funded by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more about CENC here.

Pai and Webster Awarded VHA Grant


Dr. Ajit Pai and Dr. Joseph Webster, PM&R faculty members at the McGuire VA Medical Center, were recently awarded a three-year, $500,000/year telerehabilitation grant sponsored by the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health and Office of Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Services. Congratulations, Drs. Pai and Webster!

PM&R Welcomes New Residents and Fellows


The VCU Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation extends a warm welcome to the incoming class of residents and fellows beginning their work with the department in 2017. Incoming residents and fellows include:

  • Jordan Adler, MD (Saba University)
  • Ellie Balakhanlou, MD (VCU)
  • Jared Gilman, MD (Caribbean SOM)
  • Steven Hansen, MD (University of N. Texas)
  • Sean Hoge, MD (St. Louis University)
  • Timur Korshin, MD (VCU)
  • Samuel Clanton, MD, PhD (Rehab Institute Chicago) - Brain Injury Fellow
  • Thomas Lione, DO (Hofstra Northwell) - Pain Fellow
  • Siena Ona, MD (East Carolina University) - SCI Fellow
  • Keth Pride, MD (University of Wisconsin) - Pain Fellow
  • Andrew Simoncini, MD (University of Texas Health Sciences Center) - MSK/Amputee Fellow
  • Jack Smith, MD (VCU) - Pain Fellow
  • Godfrey Thuku, MD (VCU) - Pain Fellow

We look forward to working with them during their time here.

19th Alumni Lecture Held June 16th


VCU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held its 19th Annual Alumni Lecture on Friday, June 16, 2017. W. Randal Westerkam, M.D., FAAPMR, RMSK, a 1997 graduate of the department's residency program, gave the lecture entitled, "Physiatry Phirst". In his lecture, Westerkam stressed the importance of promoting physiatry in the patient care team and knowing the benefits of a physiatrist being the first physician to evaluate a patient. The lecture was held in conjunction with the 2017 resident and fellow graduation, held later that evening at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club.

2017 Alumni Lecture

Cifu Named Associate Dean for Innovation and Systems Integration

David X. Cifu, M.D, the Herman J. Flax, MD Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of PM&R, has been appointed as Associate Dean for Innovation and Systems Integration for the VCU School of Medicine. In this role, he will advance the strategic goal of integrating across VCU systems our scientific, clinical and educational developments in artificial intelligence and biomarkers for traumatic and cognitive neuroscience. He will also further advance VCU's vital VA and DoD partnerships, including his groundbreaking research through the Chronic Effects of NeuroTrauma Consortium, both locally and nationally. Click here to read more. Congratulations, Dr. Cifu! 

Dr. Katherine Dec Named AMSSM President


Congratulations to our own Katherine Dec, M.D. on being named the new President of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM)! Dec delivered the State of the Union address at the AMSSM 26th Annual Meeting last week in San Diego. 

Dec Speech

Best Practices in Pain Management Conference Set for Sept. 16-17


The Best Practices in Pain Management Conference is scheduled to be held September 16-17, 2017 in Williamsburg, VA at the Williamsburg Lodge. The conference is primarily aimed towards primary care physicians, pain specialists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, orthopedists, internists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals who are engaged in treating chronic pain. CME credit is available for physicians, nurses and physician assistants through this event. To learn more, view the event information, and to register, click here. Registration is only available online.

RRTC, ACE Research Develops Program to Help Youth with Autism Gain & Keep Jobs


Researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the Autism Center for Excellence at VCU have completed the first randomized clinical trial to show that if young people with significant autism receive a combination of job skills training and behavioral support, they have a higher chance of gaining competitive employment. Read more about the study here

Acupuncture Services at the Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and Wellness Center

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Huntoon will be offering Acupuncture services at NOW. This is the first time in the history of VCUHS that these services are being offered, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Huntoon on our team! The primary focus of treatment will be pain and addiction, but can be used to treat headaches, fibroid myalgia, and restless leg syndrome. 

Kreutzer Awarded 2017 Jennett Plum Award


Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D., director of neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology in PM&R, was awarded the International Brain Injury Association's 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine. The award is presented biennially to clinicians and researchers who have made substantive and historical research contributions to the field of traumatic brain injury through clinical, translational, or basic science research. Kreutzer was chosen in recognition of the impact of his clinical research on the field of brain injury medicine. The award will be presented at the 12th World Congress on Brain Injury taking place in New Orleans from March 29-April 1.

Wehman to Lead $4.375 Million Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, led by Paul Wehman, Ph.D., a professior in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Department of Counseling and Special Education, recently received a $4.375 million to investigate best practices for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. Read more about the grant here.

41st Williamsburg Brain Injury Conference to Be Held May 3-5, 2017

Join us for our 41st brain injury rehabilitation conference. Known informally as the “Williamsburg Conference,” this VCU-sponsored event provides a thought-provoking opportunity to learn and interact alongside leading nationally- and internationally-recognized experts. The conference provides a unique focus on practical solutions and interventions to improve brain injury rehabilitation practice. Conference events span three days (May 3-5, 2017), including two day-long preconference workshops, and the two-day long main conference. Topics are relevant for a variety of rehabilitation professionals, including psychologists, counselors, social workers, case managers, CBIS, OT, PT, SLP, and physicians. For more information, please visit www.williamsburgtbiconference.com or email williamsburgtbiconference@gmail.com. For questions, please contact Lisa McCarthy at 703-451-8881 ext. 224.