Scientific Advisory Board

Jamie Grimes (Chair)
Chair, Department Neurology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

COL Jamie Grimes is currently Chair of Neurology Department at Uniformed Services University Health Sciences and Chief of Neurology Department at Walter Reed National Military Hospital. COL. Grimes is a graduate of USUHS and has enjoyed many teaching appointments throughout her military career.

Gerard Francisco
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
University of Texas, Houston 

Dr. Francisco is one the nation's leading physicians in the field of brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and spasticity management. He is Chairman and Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Adjunct Professor of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and completed his internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. His residency in PM&R was at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, where he was chief resident. Currently, Dr. Francisco is Director of the UT Health Motor Recovery Lab at TIRR and the TIRR Memorial Hermann S.T.A.R. (Spasticity Treatment and Research Center). He is principal investigator in research in various areas, including robotic therapy in persons with incomplete spinal cord injury and intrathecal baclofen and botulinum toxins for spasticity. He recently received a research grant to investigate novel treatment of spinal cord injury-related pain.

Odette Harris
Chief, Polytrauma Service 
Palo Alto VA Health Care System 

Odette Harris is the DVBIC site director and principal investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where she is also the associate chief of staff of polytrauma. She is the director of Brain Injury at Stanford University Medical Center and associate professor of neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Previously, Harris was an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University, and Chief of Neurosurgery Service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Harris completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College where she graduated with numerous awards in 1991. She received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1996 and a Masters of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, she completed her residency in Neurosurgery at Stanford. She has been the recipient of several academic awards during her educations, including the 2003 recipient of the Van Wagenen Fellowship Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Under the auspices of the fellowship, she conducted associated research at University Hospital of the West Indies, where she served as a visiting consultant in neurosurgery. Harris is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She has received many professional awards and honors. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and books.

Michael Jaffee
Associate Professor; Chief, Division of General Neurology; Director, Trauma, Concussion and Sports Neurology Program
University of Florida

James Malec
Director of TBI Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Indiana University 

James F. Malec, Ph.D., is Professor and Research Director in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. He is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Mayo Clinic and is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and in Rehabilitation Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is active in both lay and professional groups involved with the concerns of people with brain injuries, including the Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society. He has received a number of professional recognitions, including the Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine for interdisciplinary contributions to rehabilitation, the Research Award of the North American Brain Injury Society, the Career Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, and the prestigious Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. He has over 160 peer-reviewed publications as well as other professional publications and continues to conduct research in brain injury rehabilitation and other areas of neuropsychology and behavioral medicine.

Saafan Malik
Director, Research Division DVBIC
Silver Spring, Maryland

Saafan Malik, MD is the Director of Research at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Defense Centers of Excellence for PH and TBI. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and has been working in the field of TBI for over 10 years. He undertook his postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and clinical neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Malik has expertise in basic science, translational and clinical research/care related to TBI. He is recipient of several academic awards and grants including NIH-National Research Service Award and Murray Goldstein Award from the National Neurotrauma Society. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Brian McMahon
Associate Dean for Research, School of Allied Health Professions
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brian T. McMahon, a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, is a full professor at Virginia Commonwealth where he holds appointments in four schools including the School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research for the VCU School of Allied Health Professions and co-founder of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. McMahon is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and a NIDRR Distinguished Research Fellow. He holds certifications in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Case Management. He served on the executive council of four professional associations including the American Counseling Association. McMahon is past president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and a recipient of its Career Research Award. Other honors include teaching or achievement awards from the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Currently, Dr. McMahon studies workplace discrimination and disability for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

Steven Scott
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service 
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital 

Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service; Medical Director of the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center; Co-Director of the Center of Innovation on Disability Rehabilitation Research; and Principle Investigator of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation Defense and Veterans' Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).

Education Background: B.S., Exercise Science, Springfield, MA; M.S., Exercise Physiology, Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA; D.O. Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA, Internship, Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Portland, ME; Residency, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Research Interests: Dr. Steven Scott is a nationally known Rehabilitation Specialist who has dedicated his services and expertise in Chronic Pain Management, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital since 1990. Among many years of awards and honors, he has received the PenFed Foundation Military Hero Award, and is a recipient of the Olin E. Teague Award that is the highest award for treating War-Related Injuries in the VA.

Paul Wehman
Chair, Research Division, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Wehman is a Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling. He pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment with people who have severe disabilities, such as those with severe intellectual disabilities, brain injury, spinal cord injury or autism. Dr. Wehman also is Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the Director of the new VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE). He has written extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates for young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 114 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books.