Posted on March 6, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

Mr. Johnson,

I will greatly appreciate your assistance in promoting advertisement of the Brain Awareness Weeks activities, that will take place next week at the Milwaukee Veterans Administration.
We are organizing a few lectures on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These lectures are scheduled in the context of outreach activities of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, to patients and families, as well as the general public and health care providers. Next week is the Brain Awareness Week (, which provides a great opportunity for educational and outreach activities.
We need to increase the awareness of people on brain diseases and injuries, and inform clinicians, and patients and families about what modern research on brain/nervous system and clinical neuroscience can do for them, and to increase their awareness on resources and support systems.
We have a lot of veterans who have survived Traumatic Brain Injuries, and their suffering has great impact in their own life, and their families’ lifes (not to mention the burden to our health care system, in general).
So, we think that patients, families and health care providers will benefit a lot from hearing a few experts present their experiences, insights, and some pertinent information and helpful material. The Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin is willing to contribute also.
So, we need to advertise the lecture to include an audience as large as possible: This will be of interest to several practitioners involved in the care of veterans with TBI, as well.

These lectures are to be held at the Matousek auditorium.

Monday, March 10, 12-1 pm: “What physical therapy has to offer to patients with Traumatic Brain Injury”. By Jennifer Batie, PT, CJ Zablocki VAMC Dept of Physical Therapy
Tuesday, March 1, 11-12: “Current advances in pain management”. By H.
Shankar, MD, Pain Medicine Specialist, Assistant professor, CJ Zablocki VA Pain Clinic
Thursday, March 13, 12:30-1:30: “Battle mind: Traumatic Brain Injury and post-combat stress”. By Kenneth Lee, MD, National Surgeon, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, CJ Zablocki VAMC
Friday, March 14, 12-1 pm: “Resources and support for people with Traumatic Brain Injury and families”. Will be presented by speakers from the Milwaukee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (C. Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD), from the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin (Pat David, BIA Director – confirmation pending) and the CJ Zablocki VAMC.

Your help will be highly appreciated,

Constantine Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD

President, Milwaukee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Director, CJ Zablocki VAMC Pain Clinic Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Pharmacology & Toxicology Department of Anesthesiology Medical College of Wisconsin

Dear Dr. Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD:

Thank you for this notification. I will make my best efforts to attend Thursday’s lecture Dr. Lee on TBI and combat stress, as the overlap between organic brain injury and emotional issues is one of my greatest areas of interest.

About the Author

Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447