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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 provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.