2009. In it Mr. Thompson interviews Dr. O'Shanick, a neuropsychiatrist in Virginia who also heads the Brain Injury Association of America.
I have worked with Dr. O'Shanick
on cases and present this article here to assist in making the point that delays in treatment in cases of traumatic brain injury can have devastating impact.
Gregory O'Shanick has been the Medical Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services in Midlothian, Virginia since 1991.
After attending Ohio State University, he entered the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and graduated in 1977.
post-graduate studies were at Duke University Medical Center
academic career includes faculty appointments at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
, Medical College of Virginia
and most recently, in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia
has authored more than 100 publications, including editing or co-editing three textbooks.
As a result of his international reputation in neuropsychiatry and neurorehabilitation, he was asked to be the first National Medical Director of BIAA in 1996, a post he still holds.
Dr. O'Shanick is a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
has previously chaired a panel developing evidence-based guidelines for the evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury.
"Even when someone looks fine initially, it can still have devastating consequences," said Dr. Greg O'Shanick, national medical director for the Brain Injury Association of America.
"The critical issue is that you don't have to lose consciousness to sustain a significant brain injury," he
"In this case, Richardson had what's called an epidural hematoma," O'Shanick
organization received many phone calls and Web site hits in the days after Richardson's injury.
"They wanted to find out a lot about the basics of head injury, prevention issues, how much of a hit does it take to create that kind of injury," he
"If there's a question of what's going on, don't let the person be by themselves," O'Shanick
"Make sure there's a person in attendance, watching over them.
If you see someone once and they go off to their hotel room, unless there's someone there watching, no one's going to know about any changes in behavior.
You really do need to make sure there's someone watching."
Watch for behavior changes.
If the person becomes suddenly drowsy, irritable or confused, acts in a drunken manner, begins repeating statements or has trouble walking or speaking, get the person to an emergency room immediately for treatment, O'Shanick