Official Press Release issued by the Tampa VA on Dec 14, 2018

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PINK Concussions - Tampa VA Summit Brings Together Top Experts in Female Brain Injury 

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TAMPA, FL. – On December 17, the PINK Concussions-Tampa VA Summit, a collaborative full-day summit between the non-profit, PINK ConcussionsJames A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVH), and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, will bring together some of the leading brain injury experts from JAHVH, Stanford University, Harvard University, the Palo Alto and Boston VA Healthcare Systems. This summit will offer providers the most current clinical information across several fields regarding the unique features of female brain injury and outlooks for recovery including endocrinology and the influence of PTSD. Concussion research has shown that women have different injury rates, symptoms, and rates of recovery than men.

Sessions will focus on brain injury sequelae, treatment, and recovery in both female service members and female veterans. The summit also features a panel of female veterans living with brain injury to share their experiences in recovery. The summit will provide the participants with both current research as well as practical clinical guidelines to improve their day-to-day work with active duty and veteran women who have suffered a brain injury.

The Executive Director for PINK Concussions, Katherine Snedaker, LCSW, along with Joe Battle, JAHVH Director, and Dr. Steven Scott, DO, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at JAHVH’s Polytrauma Center, will be welcoming civilian, sport and military researchers and clinicians for this free event.

There will be two keynote speakers: Katherine Helmick Lee and COL(ret.) Paul F. Pasquina

Katherine Helmick Lee, MS, CRNP, ANP-BC, CNRN, Deputy Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). Ms. Lee brings an unparalleled expertise with more than 100 regional, national and international presentations and more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in the field of neuroscience. 

COL(ret.) Paul Pasquina, MD, Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Chief, Dept. of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)is leading NCAA Care Consortium Concussion Research for the US Service Academies. Dr. Pasquina will share concussion data from United States Military, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Academies through the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research which he also directs.

Some of the top experts include:

  • Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson (DVBIC, Neurosurgery/Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine)

  • Brian Anderson, BSW, US Army (ret.) - Former Green Beret (

  • Dr. Laura Bajor (JAHVH, Harvard)

  • Dr. Candace Floyd (University of Utah, Salt Lake City VA)

  • Dr. Catherine Fortier (VA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School)

  • Dr. Georgia Kane (JAHVH, USF Health)

  • Dr. Mark Kindy (JAHVH, USF Health, Shriners Hospital for Children)

  • Dr. Alexander Lin (Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School)

  • Dr. M. Windy McNerney (VA Palo Alto/Stanford University School of Medicine)

  • Dr. Monique Pappadis, (The University of Texas Medical Branch)

  • Dr. Pritesh Parbhoo (NeuroInternational Healthcare)

  • Dr. Terri Pogoda (VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston University School of Public Health)

  • Dr. Ann Rasmusson (National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Science Division, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston U School of Medicine)

  • Dr. Tad Seifert (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)

The PINK Concussions VIP Reception will be hosted by NeuroInternational on Sunday, December 16th from 6-8 PM at University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS) Tampa, FL. 

All seats are now almost reserved. Please for free tickets or to reserve a media pass. Visit PINK 6 for event agenda and speakers’ bios.


PINK Concussions is the FIRST non-profit to focus on female brain injury including concussions from sport, domestic violence, accidents or military service. PINK Concussions mission is to educate the general public as well as civilian and military medical professionals on the sex and gender differences in female brain injury to improve the pre-injury education and post-injury care/support for women and girls. 

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is a tertiary care facility activated in 1972, classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 Facility. JAHVH is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.