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NABIS Mourns Passing of Robert D. Voogt, PhD, CRC


The North American Brain Injury Society mourns the passing of the it’s founder Robert (Bob) Voogt, PhD, who passed away on February 13, 2018, In Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by those who loved him. 


Bob was a true pioneer in the brain injury field.  Recognizing the need for an organization devoted specifically to addressing the needs of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals,  Bob was the driving force behind NABIS during its formative years and served as its first Chairperson.  He believed that whether in the area of clinical care, research, policy or litigation, the organization he founded should stand behind the premise that advances in science and practices based on application of the scientific evidence would ultimately provide the best outcomes for those with brain injuries and their families.  


In addition to serving as Chairperson of NABIS, he also served the brain injury community as Chairperson of both the International Brain Injury Association and the Brain Injury Association of America.  He was an internationally renowned advocate for persons with brain injury, lecturing and testifying at the federal and state level, and was honored to have been invited to an audience with the Pope in Vatican City.  In addition to his advocacy efforts, he built and managed residential neurological rehabilitation facilities in Louisiana and in Virginia. 


To honor his tremendous contribution to the field of brain injury, the NABIS board of directors is establishing the “Robert D Voogt Founders Award” which shall be announced at the Society’s annual meeting scheduled to take place in March, 2018, in Houston, Texas.


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