Compassionate Allowances Outreach Hearing on Brain Injuries and Stroke

November 18, 2008

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9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Statements

  • Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security Administration
  • Lynda Davis, PhD., Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military and Community and Family Policy
  • Walter Koroshetz, MD, Deputy Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Ellen Embrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness 
  • David A. Rust, Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration
  • Nancy Griswold, Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration

9:30 - 10:40 a.m.

TBI and PTSD:  As Seen from Different Perspectives

  • James P. Kelly, MA, MD, Chairman, Traumatic Brain Injury Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado [Kelly's testimony]
  • Nancy Hogan, Associate Executive Director for Veterans Benefits, Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Carla Sarno, MD, Chief Psychiatric Consultant, State of Maryland, Disability Determination Service[Sarno's testimony]
  • Katherine Helmick, Director, Clinical and Educational Affairs, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

10:40 - 10:50 a.m.

Morning Break

10:50 - 11:50 a.m.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Today and Tomorrow

  • Jerome Herbers, Jr. MBA, MD, Medical Consultant, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs [Herbers's testimony]
  • John W. Sharpe, MBA, MS, PT, Service-Connected Veteran with a TBI [Sharpe's testimony]
  • Ali R. Rezai, MD, Director, Center for Neurological Restoration & Professor of Neurosurgery, The Cleveland Clinic [Rezai's testimony]

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Children and Adults with Brain Injuries

  • Rachel P. Berger, MD, Associate Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, U. of Pittsburgh Medical Center [Berger's testimony]
  • Greg Ayotte, Director, Consumer Services, Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) [Director's testimony]
  • Kelly L. Lang,  Parent of a Child with Traumatic Brain Injury [Lang's testimony]

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Stroke and Disability

  • James Baranski, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, National Stroke Association [Baranski's testimony]
  • Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, Chairman, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center [Zorowitz's testimony]
  • Jose Maldonado, Co-Founder Centre TEK , Stroke Survivor and Advocate [Maldonado's testimony]

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

Closing Remarks

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