1.5 CE Credits
Nathan D. Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST
CEO & Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd.
CEO & Medical Director, Tree of Life Services, Inc.
Professor, affiliate, VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, Virginia
Associate Professor, adjunct, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
This webinar will review current practices, research and advances in the use of psychopharmacological agents to modulate impairment in persons with neurobehavioral impairment following TBI. This plenary session will focus on presenting current information on psychopharmacologic assessment and management principles and practices.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Recite caveats regarding holistic behavioral assessment and treatment principles.
- Discuss drug treatment paradigms for persons with TBI and compare proposed methodologies for choosing drug interventions and the role of multidimensional nature of assessment.
- Explain the common types of neurobehavioral impairments that are theorized to be causally related to TBI and list pharmacological management of each as relevant based on current literature and EBM.
- List caveats regarding drug use, side-effects, lab monitoring and drug interactions as related to psychotropic medication use in persons with TBI.
- Describe the importance of adequate differential diagnosis of behavioral change following TBI and the myriad factors that need to be considered across the TBI severity spectrum prior to implementing psychopharmacological prescription.
Target Audience: Clinical neuropsychologists, psychologists, Ph.D. students in training and non-psychologists
Instructional Level: Intermediate-to-Advanced
About Nathan D. Zasler, M.D.
Nathan D. Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST is an internationally respected physician specialist in acquired brain injury (ABI) care and rehabilitation. He is CEO and Medical Director of the Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, an outpatient neurorehabilitation practice, as well as Tree of Life Services, Inc., a living assistance and transitional neurorehabilitation program for persons with acquired brain injury in Richmond, Virginia.
He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship trained in brain injury. Dr. Zasler is an affiliate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, as well as associate professor, adjunct, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia where he also serves on the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Zasler is a fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Zasler has lectured and written extensively on neurorehabilitation issues related to acquired brain injury. He has won numerous awards for his work in TBI research, clinical care, and advocacy. He was the NHIF’s (now BIAA) first recipient of the “Young Investigator Award.” He was the recipient of the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Services award from BIAA in 2011. He has also been, repeatedly, nationally recognized by “Best Doctors” for practice excellence in brain injury medicine. Dr. Zasler is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with acquired brain injury and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant and board member roles. He has edited six books including “Rehabilitation of Post-Concussive Disorders,” “Medical Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury,” “Rehabilitation of Functional Disorders,” “Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice”, Editions 1 and 2, and “Clinical Manual for the Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury”. He currently serves as a reviewer for over 10 peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Zasler is chief editor of the international scientific publications, “Brain Injury” and “NeuroRehabilitation”. He also serves as associate editor of the IBIA’s “Neurotrauma Letter.” Dr. Zasler recently completed almost a decade of service as the chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) for which he now serves as Vice-Chairperson.
His main areas of clinical and research interest include neuromedical issues in acquired brain injury (particularly mild TBI), neuropsychopharmacology and disorders of consciousness, differential diagnosis in ABI, community-based care issues, as well as chronic post-traumatic pain rehabilitation including headaches. Dr. Zasler is an advocate, educator, clinical researcher, entrepreneur, inventor and busy practicing clinician who is involved with community based neurorehabilitation and neuromedical assessment in management of persons with acquired brain injury, neurodisability, as well as chronic pain. He is also involved in international ABI healthcare consultation, including clinical and technical programmatic development, as well as medicolegal consultation.
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