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New Brain Injury Rehabilitation Physician Joins Shepherd Center Medical Staff

ATLANTA – Shepherd Center announced today that it is expanding physician coverage in its Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program with the addition of fellowship-trained, board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Ford Vox, M.D.

Dr. Vox joined the staff on Aug. 6, and has begun treating inpatients in the hospital’s Brain Injury Unit. Dr. Vox is also a freelance medical journalist. He writes about health policy and medical science for various publications, including The Atlantic, Newsweek, Reuters and U.S. News & World Report.

“The addition of Dr. Vox to our medical staff gives Shepherd Center’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program a full contingent of physician expertise to care for our acute patients,” Dr. Leslie says. “We are pleased to have him join us in our mission to help patients ‘rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity.’”

Dr. Vox came to Shepherd Center from New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, Mass., where he served as medical director of the hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation program. He was a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston from 2011-12. Dr. Vox earned a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a fellowship in brain injury rehabilitation at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vox’s freelance writing has generated coverage in other news outlets and inspired commentary from organizations including the MIT Knight Science Journalism program and the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins.

He recently shared his views on how the Affordable Care Act will benefit patients with traumatic brain injury in an article in The Atlantic. It is available at:

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.