Treating TBI as a Chronic Disease

Steven Flanagan, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU’s Rusk Medical Institute is an expert on rehabilitation of adult and child traumatic brain injuries. In December 2011 he will give a talk in Orlando, Florida, offering a rationale for treating TBI as a chronic disease with long-lasting medical problems requiring lifelong follow-up. Patients who suffer a TBI often exhaust the limited health care resources in the period soon after the initial injury – resulting in inadequate long-term care.