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Gregory joins CDC brain injury panel

Aug. 23, 2012, 9:25 AM

Andrew Gregory, M.D., associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, will play a key role in improving the clinical care of youth with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Andrew Gregory, M.D.

Gregory has been invited to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup, charged with developing clinical diagnosis and management guidelines for acute mild TBI among children and teens that occur both on and off the sports field.

According to the CDC, clinical guidelines are available for adults but there are no current U.S. guidelines to help clinicians care for children and teens with mild TBI, a diagnosis which includes concussion.

“These national guidelines are important to give the best available evidence to help clinicians who treat children with head injuries every day,” said Gregory, who is also co-leader of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.

The CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control‘s Board of Scientific Counselors established the 57-member group of leading experts in the field of TBI, which will create a clinical guideline for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments within 18-24 months.

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