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James P. Kelly

Session Title:

The Complexity of Mild TBI : Case Presentations and Panel Discussion

Session Title 2:

Interdisciplinary Intensive Outpatient Program Model


Dr. James P. Kelly, a neurologist who is one of America's top experts on treating concussions, has been appointed director of a new Department of Defense center that will conduct research as well as diagnosis and treatment planning to help members of the military with psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury.

Kelly is on a leave of absence from his position as professor of neurosurgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His past positions include assistant dean for graduate medical education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the neurology residency program director at the Northwestern University medical school.

The new NICoE director has also served as director of the Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He was the neurologist for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League and is consulted frequently by professional, elite amateur and youth athletes who have sustained concussions.

Kelly co-authored the sports concussion guidelines of the American Academy of Neurology and the Standardized Assessment of Concussion that is widely used in athletic and military settings.

In addition, Kelly is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; immediate past-president of the Colorado Society of Clinical Neurologists; and a consulting neurologist to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center - another DCoE component center. He was the first chairman of the Defense Health Board's Traumatic Brain Injury External Advisory Subcommittee for Military Clinical Care, Research and Education.