2023 Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

Course Description

This interdisciplinary symposium will focus on the current evidenced-based practice and research for the treatment of those with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. The symposium will provide an educational opportunity for rehabilitation professionals focusing on the medical management and rehabilitative treatment interventions.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will be able to describe how medical interventions affect functional recovery.
  2. The participant will describe current research in acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  3. The participant will be able to identify challenges associated with living with a disability.
  4. The participant will be able to list therapeutic interventions utilized post acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Registration Information

Early Bird (Before 9/22/23)Late registration (after 9/22/23)
Visiting Professionals$200.00$225.00
Barrow/Dignity Health Employees$175.00$200.00
Student Attendee$75.00$75.00
Registration fee includes: Symposium, program materials, and continuing education credits.
Refund and cancellation policy: Barrow reserves the right to cancel or change the program for due causes. Cancellation of this program by Barrow or by the participant before October 14th will result in a full refund of tuition.

CME Information and Disclosures

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Date, Time, and Location

In-Person Goldman Auditorium & Virtual Availability
Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2023

Target Audience

This program is designed for allied health professionals who treat people with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time (Pacific Daylight Time).

Day 17:55 AM
Candyce Williams, MDWelcome
Gerard E. Francisco, MDDefining the Role of Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Chronic Post-Stroke Motor Recovery (8:00 AM)
Nicholas Theodore, MD, FACS, FAANSAdvances in Brain and Spinal Cord
Injury: The NFL and Military Conditions Research (9:00 AM)
Break10:00 AM
Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, ScM, CCC-SLPManagement of Dysphagia After
Extubation from Oral Endotracheal
Intubation (Concurrent at 10:15 AM)
Alina Van Ruff, OTD, OTR/L
The Assessment and Implementation of Treatment Strategies for Ocular Alignment (Concurrent at 10:15 AM)
Annette Alyafi, MA, CCC-SLPHard to Swallow: Dysphagia after ACDF (Concurrent at 11:00 AM)
Alina Van Ruff, OTD, OTR/L
Visual Therapy Lab Continuation (Concurrent at 11:00 AM)
Lunch Break12:00 PM
Christina Kwasnica, MDCognitive Impairments After Stroke: How to Evaluate and Treat (1:00 PM)
Anjail Z. Sharrief, MDAchieving Health Equity in Management of Neurological Disorders (1:45 PM)
Melissa Nemeth, MS, OTR/L
Kristin Palmiscno, OTD, OTR/L
UE Management Post Acquired Brain Injury (Concurrent at 2:30 PM)
Christina Kang, SLPVoice Care Throughout the Rehabilitation Continuum: From Inpatient to Outpatient (Concurrent at 2:30 PM)
Break3:15 PM
Joseph Ostler, MD, PhDTraumatic Brain Injury Latest Research Review (3:35 PM)
Erik Ortega, MDCentral Sensitization (4:20 PM)
Discussion/Q&A5:05 PM
Adjourn5:15 PM
Day 27:55 AM
Candyce Williams, MDWelcome
Michael Stubblefield, MDCancer Related Myelopathy (8:00 AM)
Gary KarpEmergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities (9:00 AM)
Break9:45 AM
Moderator: Gary Karp
Athletes: Kaitlyn Verfuerth, MS, CTRS, PLY; Ernie Chun; Andrew Bogdanov; Ryan Pinney
From Injury to Athlete Ability 360 (10:00 AM)
Jill Sclease, CTRS, CDRSSteps to Driving Independence (10:45 AM)
Kim Gorgens, PhD, ABPPAdvocacy in Action—Self-Advocacy and Legislative Strategy to Promote Well-Being for People with Brain Injury (11:30 AM)
Lunch Break12:30 PM
Pamela Klonoff, PhD
Lori Lindman, OTR/L
Margaret Sanchez, MA, CRC
CTN Work Re-Entry Process and Coordination of Care with Vocational Rehabilitation Services (1:30 PM)
Glynnis Zieman, MD, FAAN, FAHSSocial Determinants of Health in Traumatic Brain Injury (2:15 PM)
Debbie Fuchigami, MNS, CCC-SLP
Stephanie Voss, MS, CCC-SLP
Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury Discussion with Case Subjects (3:00 PM)
Discussion/Q&A and Evaluation3:45 PM
Adjourn4:00 PM


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