Shepherd Center Expands Wound Care Services, Adding New Physician
Dr. Lindahl will lead the hospital’s wound care program.
As the medical director for wound care services at Shepherd Center, Dr. Lindahl will focus on the prevention and treatment of wounds, which are frequent secondary complications for people with the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain.
People who have paralysis, limited mobility, or minimal consciousness are often at more risk for developing pressure injuries. While Shepherd Center has long cared for patients with severe pressure injuries through surgical interventions, expanding the hospital’s wound care services will provide care for people who can benefit from earlier and more aggressive non-surgical interventions.
“We are thrilled Dr. Lindahl has joined our medical staff,” said Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer of Shepherd Center. “Dr. Lindahl’s background in physical medicine and rehabilitation means that he understands the extremely unique population we serve. He is trained to think beyond just the medical management of a wound. Whether a person needs a different seating system, new splints, a PT evaluation, or something entirely different. Additionally, as a wound specialist, Dr. Lindahl can offer more advanced procedures at the bedside to help with wound healing.”
Dr. Lindahl attended medical school at St. George University on the Island of Grenada, after which he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship in undersea and hyperbaric medicine at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, New York. During training, Dr. Lindahl obtained extensive training in both wound care and spinal cord injury.
Dr. Lindahl will closely collaborate with Thomas Hagopian, M.D., plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to care for patients who need surgery. Dr. Lindahl will be the primary inpatient physician during the post-operative period to optimize the post-surgical recovery to provide the best possible outcomes.
“I am looking forward to caring for patients during all phases of wound healing, including in the wound clinic and during their rehab course following flap surgery,” Dr. Lindahl said. “I am excited to join Shepherd’s team who provide unmatched expertise with unwavering compassion.”
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.