Fellows of ACRM
The Fellow of ACRM designation recognizes active members with an outstanding record of professional service to ACRM who have also made contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Fellows may use the designation "FACRM" after their name to identify this achievement.
congratulations to 2013 fellows
ACRM President Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM and Fellows Committee Chair Mark Sherer, PhD, FACRM are pleased to announce the 2013 ACRM Fellows. These seven active members are recognized for their outstanding records of professional service to ACRM and their contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. They are:
Dr. Leighton Chan is tenured senior scientist and chief of rehabilitation medicine at the NIH Clinical Center, a 260 bed research hospital on the NIH campus. He received his BA degree from Dartmouth College and his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine. He received residency training in PM&R at the University of Washington. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned an MPH at the UW School of Public Health, and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington).
Dr. Chan has concentrated his research efforts on studying the health care and social services provided to individuals with disabilities. Over the course of his career, he has published landmark studies examining the impact of disability on health care. His research has resulted in more than 85 peer reviewed articles, including 10 in JAMA, Lancet, and NEJM.
Dr. Chan’s awards include the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, two outstanding teacher awards from the UW School of Medicine, and four NIH Director’s Awards. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2007, he was one of the youngest individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Flora Hammond is a board certified physiatrist who completed her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and brain injury fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana School of Medicine; chief of Medical Affairs and Brain Injury Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana; medical director at St. Vincent Acute Rehabilitation Unit; and medical director for the NeuroRestorative site in Indiana. She is currently project director of the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and served as project director of the Carolinas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System from 1998-2012. Dr. Hammond is an experienced researcher who has conducted numerous studies on the long-term issues following brain injury and spinal cord injury, and the effectiveness of treatment strategies to improve outcomes. She has authored more than 108 peer-reviewed publications. Her accomplishments in research, teaching, and administration have been acknowledged by receipt of the 2001 Association of Academic Physiatrists Young Academician Award and the 2011 Brain Injury Association of America William Caveness Award.
Dr. Cindy Harrison-Felix has a doctorate in clinical sciences and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is the project director of the TBI Model Systems (TBIMS) National Data and Statistical Center, the co-project director of the TBIMS at Craig Hospital, and also a co-investigator on a number of other TBI studies. She is also the principal investigator of a Department of Defense-funded multi-site RCT titled: “Treatment of Social Competence in Military Veterans, Service Members, and Civilians with Traumatic Brain Injury,” and the lead for the VA PRC Database project.
Dr. Harrison-Felix received the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award in 2008, and the Elizabeth & Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing in 2010. Dr. Harrison-Felix has a 35-year career in disability and rehabilitation research with an emphasis in TBI and SCI, topics on which she has published and presented extensively. She has been involved with the NIDRR-funded SCIMS and TBIMS for over 25 years.
Dr. Mike Jones is vice president for research and technology at Shepherd Center and founding director of the Center’s Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute. He is also co-director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies, a joint research program of Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center.
Dr. Jones’ research interests are focused on the design and management of environments, programs and services that promote independent living and full inclusion of people with disabilities. His projects include applications of universal design, information and communication technology, and behavior management strategies to promote health, wellness, and community participation.
Dr. Jones received his PhD in child psychology from the University of Kansas, where he served as associate director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) from 1983 to 1988. Dr. Jones’ work with RTC/IL culminated in publication of the Guidelines for Writing and Reporting about People with Disabilities. Prior to joining Shepherd Center in 1996, Dr. Jones was executive director of the Center for Universal Design and associate professor of design and technology at North Carolina State University where he and Jim Mueller led a team of architects, designers, engineers and accessibility advocates to establish the Principles of Universal Design.
Virginia “Ginna” Mills, MS, PT, CCM, Licensed NHA started her career as a physical therapist at Braintree Hospital. During 17 years at Braintree, she worked as a clinician, researcher, and manager and eventually became senior vice president. She, along with colleagues, developed several neurorehabilitation programs in stroke and brain injury. After leaving Braintree in 1996, Ginna founded Community Rehab Care, Inc., (CRC) an outpatient neurorehabilitation program in the Boston area. CRC is recognized as a high quality provider of outpatient rehabilitation services.
In 1997, Ginna co-edited a book, Neurologic Rehabilitation: A Guide to Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment Planning, aimed at helping clinicians understand the pathology and natural history of the common diagnoses treated in neurorehabilitation programs. In 2013, she sold her interest in CRC and joined the board at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Community Services (MAB) in Brookline, Massachusetts. MAB provides a school for brain injured adolescents, community services, and day programs. Ginna also has a consulting practice.
Ginna has been an ACRM member for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) and the ACRM newsletter.
Dr. Ronald T. Seel is director of brain injury research for the Crawford Research Institute at Shepherd Center. At Shepherd, he created and directs “ARMED to Succeed,” a TBI rehabilitation medication trials center.
Prior to joining Shepherd, Dr. Seel served as executive director of the Southeastern Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center and as associate director of research and neuropsychological services for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at the McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Seel has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles on brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease outcomes. He has been highly active in ACRM and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Member Award and the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award. Dr. Seel currently serves as chair of several ACRM committees, including the Clinical Practice Committee and the BI-ISIG mild TBI Task Force, and he previously served as a member of the ACRM board. Dr. Seel has served as chair of the BI-ISIG and the BI-ISIG Disorders of Consciousness Task Force. Primary ACRM projects that he has co-led include, the ACRM Practice Parameter on assessment scales for disorders of consciousness, and the June 2012 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Supplement.
Dr. Lance Trexler is director of rehabilitation neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and adjunct clinical assistant professor of PM&R at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a board of directors past-chair for both the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Board and the Brain Injury Association of Indiana. Dr. Trexler has published over 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and has given over 100 presentations at professional conferences.
Dr. Trexler is the current chair of the BI-ISIG. He was awarded the ACRM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Dr. Trexler is the managing editor of the Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice published by ACRM in 2012 and serves as chair of the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Committee.
Dr. Trexler’s research and program development are focused on resource facilitation to improve return to work and school following brain injury. Dr. Trexler and collaborators have developed and studied the effects of resource facilitation on return to work in the context of social networks that serve to eliminate barriers and prevent co-morbidities in persons with brain injury. Dr. Trexler is co-chair of the Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board that oversees delivery of resource facilitation services.
To nominate a colleague, please review the FACRM Nomination Procedures and submit your nomination by 1 June. Self-nominations are also welcome. All qualified nominees are considered by the ACRM Board of Governors, who makes final decisions for acceptance.
Roster of Fellows of ACRM
Herman Flax, MD, FACRM
Dorothea D. Glass, MD, FACRM
Dorothy L. Gordon, DNSc, RN, FACRM
Martin Grabois, MD, FACRM
Diana H. Rintala, PhD, FACRM
Denise G. Tate, PhD, FACRM
Henry B. Betts, MD, FACRM
Bruce M. Caplan, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Diana D. Cardenas, MD, FACRM
Larry E. Cervelli, BS, OTR, FACRM
Keith D. Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
John D. Corrigan, PhD, FACRM
Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM
Susan A. Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM
J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM
Karen A. Hart, PhD, FACRM
Douglas I. Katz, MD, FACRM
James F. Malec, PhD, FACRM
John L. Melvin, MD, MMSc, FACRM
Philip A. Morse, PhD, FACRM
Gladys P. Rodriguez, PhD, FACRM
Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Marcia J. Scherer, PhD, FACRM
Margaret G. Stineman, MD, FACRM
Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM
John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM
Karen Wunch, MS, RN, FACRM
Theodore M. Cole, MD, FACRM
Thomas E. Strax, MD, FACRM
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