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Disorders of Consciousness Require Early Intervention and Specialized Care

In a 10-minute podcast, brain injury specialist Ford Vox, M.D., explains a specialized program that provides pre-rehabilitation and education services.

Patients who are in a reduced or minimally conscious state following a traumatic brain injury are often not ready to begin an active rehabilitation program. But rehabilitation services are critical to optimize recovery until the patient emerges from that reduced state of consciousness. It is also vital to educate and train the patient’s family and/or caregivers about expectations and care.

For these patients, Shepherd Center’s specialized Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) Program provides pre-rehabilitation and education services. In a 10-minute podcast on Shepherd Center Radio, brain injury specialist Ford Vox, M.D., discusses treatment for DOC and research that is under way at Shepherd Center and elsewhere with an eye toward new and innovative treatments for patients with a DOC.

This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.

Dr. Vox is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with additional subspecialty board certification in brain injury medicine. He joined Shepherd Center’s medical staff in 2012. Dr. Vox treats inpatients in the Shepherd Center Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Vox is also a medical journalist who has reported about health care for Bloomberg, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Magazine, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. He is a contributing writer for CNN Opinion specializing in analysis on health care policy, industry and medical practice.

For information on admitting a DOC patient to Shepherd Center, visit our Admissions Department web page.


About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.