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New Issue of Spinal Column Magazine Features Shepherd Center's Disorders of Consciousness Program

The spring 2018 issue of Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine is now available for download as a PDF file here. Subscribers to the print version will receive copies via postal mail in the coming days.

Shepherd Center’s Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) Program began in 2000 and is one of only a few dedicated programs nationwide providing specialized services for people in low-level states of consciousness caused by brain injury. The program’s proactive philosophy is based on research and experience, according to Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, director of Shepherd Center’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program and founder of the DOC Program. 

This edition's cover story shows how Shepherd Center’s Disorders of Consciousness Program aims to bring healing – and hope – for patients with low-level consciousness due to brain injury. 

The features section includes these stories among inspiring patient profiles, event updates, honorariums and memorials.

Meet Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer at Shepherd Center
New chief medical officer joined Shepherd Center in August 2017

Study Finds that Stiffness, Ineffectiveness of Medication are Challenges for People with Spinal Cord Injury Who Experience Spasticity
Shepherd Center spearheads comprehensive survey of people with spinal cord injury, a majority of whom face daily episodes of spasticity.

Woman Takes the Stage After Rehabilitation for a Brain Injury
Sara Beth Gerard-Summers of Jacksonville, Florida, returns to teaching, acting and directing.

You can subscribe to the print and/or e-newsletter versions of Shepherd Center's magazine here.

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.