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10:00am - 5:00pm Conference Workshops
Rooms/Tracks

Workshop 1: Track 1 (Crystal ABC)(2 hours)

3:00pm - 5:00pm

SCI 101; ALS 101; MS 101: Nuts and Bolts of Understanding and Managing SCI&D
Paul Gutierrez, MD, MS
Huned Patwa, MD
William Tyor, MD

Moderator: Amanda Milisits, MPA, BSN, RN

Workshop 2: Track 2 (Crystal DE)(4 hours)

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Battlefield Acupuncture in Action - Certification Course
Limit: 30 Participants
Kenneth Lee, MD

Moderator: Jeri Muse, PhD

Workshop 3: Track 2 (Crystal DE)(1 hours)

4:00pm - 5:00pm

AIS 101: AIS Made Ridiculously Simple
Kenneth Lee, MD

Moderator: Jeri Muse, PhD

Workshop 4: Track 4 (Oceans 11-12)(7 hours)

10:00pm - 5:00pm

Wheelchair Skills Assessment & Training: A Hands-On Practical Workshop for SCI Clinicians
Kendra Betz, MSPT, ATP
Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT
Rachel Hibbs, DPT

Moderator: Steve Mitchell OTR/

5:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception: Oceans 1-8

7:00am - 7:45am

Product Theater: Novartis

Track 2: Crystal DE

7:15am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast + Expo Open

Crystal Ballroom: Pre-Function

8:00am - 8:15am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Opening Remarks:
David Zurfluh, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Carl Blake, Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America

8:15am - 8:45am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Advocacy Clinical Excellence Awards
Amanda Milisits, BSN, RN, Director Medical Services, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paul Gutierrez, MD, MS, Summit Program Committee Chair

8:45am - 10:00am

Plenary Session: 1901

Repair and Regeneration of the Injured Spinal Cord - From Molecule to Man
Dr. Michael Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto

10:00am - 10:30am

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Coffee Break & Expo

Poster Viewing

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1902
Developing a Patient-Centered Measure of Caregiver Relationships
Nicole Yarab, RN, BA

 

Session: 1903
Family Caregiving for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury - Stresses and Benefit
Susan Charlifue, PhD

 

Moderator: Stephen Yerkovich, MD

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1904
Prevention and Treatment of Blood Clots: What You Should Know
Vincent Huang, MD

 

Session: 1905
Low volume Polyethylene Glycol in Spinal Cord Injury Patients Undergoing Colon Cancer Screening Colonoscopy
Bradley Stein, PharmD

 

Moderator: Bill Lawson

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1906
The Diagnosis and Classification of Multiple Sclerosis
Alexis Lizarraga, MD, MS

 

Session: 1907
The Current State of Disease Modifying Therapy Use in Multiple Sclerosis
Eric Williamson, MD

 

Moderator: : Heidi Maloni, DNP

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1908
Packing Your Parachute: The Value of a Proactive Psychosocial Focus for Veteran Care with ALS
Sheryl Fowler, LCSWR
Sarah Bernas, LMSW, ACHP-SW

 

Moderator: Jeri Muse, PhD

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Lunch Provided and Expo

Poster Viewing

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Track 2: Crystal DE

Product Theater: Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America
Lunch Provided

 

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Product Theater: First Nation Group and RespirTech
Lunch Provided

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1909
Update on Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury
Stanley Ducharme, PhD

 

Session: 1910
Gender Differences in Depression Among Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury
Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP

 

Moderator: Stephen Yerkovich, MD

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1911
Development of a Remote Basic Skills Assessment for Wheelchair Service Providers
Satria Ardianuari, BSPO (ISPO)

 

Session: 1912
Refinement and Initial Evaluation of a Mobility-in-Standing Manual Wheelchair
Gary Goldish, MD
Gregory Voss, BSME, MBA

 

Moderator: Steve Mitchell, OTR/L

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1913
MS Disease Modifying Therapy, Beyond the Basics
: Natasha Antonovich, PharmD
Aunali S. Khaku, MD

 

Moderator: : Jodie Haselkorn, MD

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1914
Evaluation and Training in Use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication by Clinical Video Telehealth for Veterans with ALS
Sarah Kiefer Luhring, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP, CBIS
Lindsay James Riegler, PhD

 

Session: 1915
Communication Methods for the Veteran Diagnosed With ALS
Heather VanMeter, MS, CCC-SLP

 

Moderator: Huned Patwa, MD

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Coffee Break & Expo

Poster Viewing

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1916
Iatrogenically Induced Secondary Health Conditions (SHC) Among Civilians and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury
Michelle Meade, PhD
James Krause, PhD

 

Session: 1917
Practicing What We Preach: Whole Health Practice by SCI/D Clinicians to Prevent Job Stress/Burnout
Jeanine Penzo, MSW, LICSW

 

Moderator: : Jennifer Gaoteote, CRRN

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1918
Tele-Mental Health Treatment with SCI/D Veterans: Using Technology to Increase Access
Shelley Leiphart, PsyD

 

Session: 1919
Improving Access to Care: The Spinal Cord Injury Outreach Committee in Cleveland
Valerie Fluellen, MSW, LISWS, C-SWHC
Broderick Flynn, RN, BSN

 

Moderator: Katelyn Johnson, BSN, RN

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1920
Exercise: Symptom Management to Disease Modification in Multiple Sclerosis
Gail Widener, PhD, PT
Cinda Hugos, MS, PT

 

Moderator: Rebecca Coffin, PhD, RN

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1921
Spinal Cord Injury Annual Therapy Evaluation Through Telehealth: Improving Access, Efficiency and Veteran Satisfaction
Jana LaMarca, OTD, ATP, MSCS
Colin Lenington, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Meghan Villalobos, RN

 

Session: 1922
Hacking the VA (Legally): Tips and Tricks to Help MS/ALS Telehealth Programs Succeed
Glenn Graham, MD, PhD

 

Moderator: Maureen Jennings, DPT

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Poster Viewing

Refreshments Provided


Track 2: Crystal DE

Product Theater: Quantum Rehab and Stealth Technology
Refreshments Provided


Track 3: Oceans 9-10

MSCOE Meeting

7:00am - 7:45am

Product Theater: Permobil

Track 2: Crystal DE

7:15am - 8:00am

Crystal Ballroom Pre-Function

Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 8:15am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Opening Remarks
Carl Blake, Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America

8:15am - 9:00am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Keynote Speaker
Plenary Session: 1923
Why VA?
Richard Stone, MD, Executive in Charge, Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA)

 

9:00am - 10:15am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

John N. Whitaker Memorial Lecture
Plenary Session: 1924
People-Powered MS Research and Clinical Care: Challenges and Solutions
Robert McBurney, PhD, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

 

10:15am - 10:30am

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Coffee Break & Expo

Poster Viewing

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1925
Building Self-Efficacy Skills After Spinal Cord Injury: Results from Two Clinical Trials
: Jennifer Coker, MPH
Susan Charlifue, PhD

 

Session: 1926
Preventing Community-Acquired Pressure Injury in SCI: Healthcare Provider Perspectives & Veteran Perspectives
Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN
Sameer Siddiqui, MD
Amy Kiefer, MSN, RN

 

Moderator: Katelyn Johnson, BSN, RN

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1927
The Devastated Urethra in Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Patients: An Untold Story of Chronic Urethral Catheterization
Michael Kennelly, MD, FACS

 

Session: 1928
Beating the Bugs: Improving Care of Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Patients Through Antimicrobial Stewardship
Ashley Hughes, PhD
Cara Ray, M

 

Moderator: Paul Gutierrez, MD

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1929
Cognitive Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Practical Guidelines for Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention
Moira Dux, PhD
Terry-Lee Wilk, PhD

 

Moderator: Heidi Maloni, DNP

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1930 (90 minutes)
Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Bowel Management in an Outpatient Setting
Cynthia Hernandez, MSN/ED, RN, CRRN
Charlynn Patrix, RN, CRRN
Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP

 

Moderator: Jennifer Gaoteote, CRRN

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Lunch Provided and Expo

Poster Viewing

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Track 2: Crystal DE

Product Theater: Genentech
Lunch Provided

 

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Product Theater: 3M
Lunch Provided

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1931
Influence of Personal and Wheelchair Characteristics on Skin Pressure in Elite Wheelchair Racing and Basketball
Joseph Peters, MS
Ian Rice, PhD, MSOT

 

Session: 1932
Trunk Control System for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder
Christine Onley, PhD, RN
Gary Goldish, MD

 

Moderator: Kenneth Lee, MD

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1933
Getting to Zero: A Standardized Best Practice Program Results in 61% CLABSI Rate Reduction among Inpatient SCI/D Veterans
Shirelyn Smith, MSN, RN-ED
Christina DiBernardo, MSN, RN-BC, CNL
Judy Lim, DNP, RN

 

Session: 1934
Rare Multidrug Resistant Organism in SCI/D Center: Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management
M. Fides Pacheco, MD
Maria Castro, MSN, MHA
Tiffany Villamin, MSN, RN, CRRN

 

Moderator: Katelyn Johnson, BSN, RN

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1935
Teamwork Makes the MS Care Dream Work: A Model of a Neurology Collaborative Practice
Natasha Antonovich, PharmD, BCPS
Aunali S. Khaku, MD

 

Session: 1936
Multiple Sclerosis Recognizes No Borders: A Model of Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Jesse Roberston, PharmD
Melissa Ramirez Knezevic, DPT, PT, NCS, ATP
Ernest Acheampong RN, MSN, CNL

 

Moderator: Huned Patwa, MD

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1937
Working Like Dogs: The Role of Dogs in the Rehabilitation of Veterans with Disabilities
Andrea Dube, RN, CRRN
Ellen C. Herlache-Pretzer, EdD, MA, OTRL

 

Session: 1938
Addressing Patient Safety Across the Continuum of SCI Care
Sunil Sabharwal, MD

 

Moderator: Jeanine Penzo, MSW

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Oceans Ballroom 1-8

Coffee Break & Expo

Poster Viewing

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1939
Utilization of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Jennifer Coker, MPH
Abby Welch, BS, BA
Bria MacIntyre, MS

 

Session: 1940
Mind-Body Integration in Spinal Cord Injury Through Adaptive Yoga and Dance
Sarah Brindle, PhD
Janice Kim, OTR/L, ATP, ROT
Linda Mona, PhD

 

Moderator: Maureen Jennings, DPT

ASHA and APA CE Available

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1941
Health Care for Women with SCI/D: Updates in Preventative Care Guidelines, Barriers and Interventions
Mary Ann Richmond, MD
Monique Washington, RN
Mathew Carlisle
Brooke Blakey, BSPH

 

Moderator: Stephen Yerkovich, MD

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1942
Decision Making in Disease Modifying Therapy and Symptomatic Therapy for MS: Lessons from Case Studies
Mitch Wallin, MD
Chetan Gandhy, MD

 

Moderator: Terry Lee-Wilk, PhD

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1943
Mobile-Health based Physical Activity Intervention for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Shivayogi Hiremath, PhD

 

Session: 1944
Cardioendocrine Disease after SCI: Methods to Alter Myostatin Gene Expression in Treating Prevalent Sarcopenic Obesity
Mark Nash, PhD

 

Moderator: Paul Gutierrez, MD, MS

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Oceans Foyer

Poster Viewing

5:15pm - 6:30pm

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

VA SCI/D Meeting

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Oceans 1-8

PVA Healthcare Appreciation Reception

7:30am - 8:15am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Continental Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Opening Remarks:
Paul Gutierrez, MD, MS, Summit Program Committee Chair

8:30am - 8:45am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Poster Awards
Rebecca Coffin, PhD, RN, Poster Award Committee Chair

 

8:45am - 10:00am

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Homer Townsend, Jr. Memorial Lecture

 

Session: 1945
Resilience: Bouncing Back in the Face of Adversity
Kimberley R. Monden, PhD, Principal Investigator, Craig Hospital

 

10:00am - 10:30am

Oceans Foyer

Coffee Break

Poster Viewing

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1946
Culturally Competent Sexual Healthcare for Veterans with Disabilities
Linda Mona, PhD
Mariam Ter-Petrosyan, PsyD
Sarah Brindle, PhD

 

Moderator: Jeri Muse, PhD

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1947
Fracture Prevention and Management: Perspectives of Veterans with SCI/D Who Have Experienced a Fracture
Bella Entingen, PhD
Laura Carbone, MD, MS

 

Session: 1948
Lower Extremity Edema Management in the Neurological Population using Lymphedema Techniques
Anna Elmers, MD, JD
Myrtice Atrice, PT, DPT

 

Moderator: Kenneth Lee, MD

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1949
Disease Modifying Therapies and Symptomatic Management of Multiple Sclerosis during Pregnancy
Ryan Mizell, MD

 

Session: 1950
Barriers and Facilitators to Employment Among Participants with Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury
James Krause, PhD
Kristian Manley, BS

 

Moderator: Terry Lee-Wilk, PhD

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1951
Update: The New Autonomic Dysreflexia and Autonomic Dysfunctions Clinical Practice Guidelines
Todd Linsenmeyer, MD
Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD

 

Moderator: Cheryl Vines, M

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Oceans Foyer

Lunch and Poster Viewing

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1952
Improving Access to Care for Women with Spinal Cord Injury
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Karion Waites, DNP
Heather Taylor, PhD

 

Moderator: Rebecca Coffin, PhD, RN

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1953
Assessment of Body Composition and Obesity in Patients Living with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease
Brooks Wingo, PhD

 

Session: 1954
Patient Self-Referral Direct Scheduling Implementation for Veterans for Wheeled Mobility Devices within Veterans Health Administration
Joel Scholten, MD
Bill Wenninger, DPT

 

Moderator: Maureen Jennings, DPT

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1955
Imaging Spinal Cord Hidden Pathology
Francesca Bagnato, MD, PhD

 

Session: 1956
Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Inhibitor (TNFi) Associated Demyelination: A Case Based Discussion of Multiple Sclerosis Mimicry
Michael Lane, MD

 

Moderator: Jodie Haselkorn, MD

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1957
Update - The New Neurogenic Bowel Management after SCI Clinical Practice Guidelines
Jeffery Johns, MD
Gianna Rodriguez, MD
Wilda Montero-Colon, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, DNP, CRRN

 

Moderator: Cheryl Vines, MS

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Oceans Foyer

Coffee Break

Poster Viewing

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1: Crystal ABC

Session: 1958
Long-term Outcomes of 30-year Survivors of Pediatric Onset Spinal Cord Injuries
Lawrence Vogel, MD
Kathy Zebracki Jefson, PhD

 

Session: 1959
Employment Opportunities for Veterans with SCI/D and their Caregivers
Genia Hachenberg
Tiffany Miller

 

Moderator: Bill Lawson

Track 2: Crystal DE

Session: 1960
A Qualitative Study of Negative Health Spirals in Spinal Cord Injury: Conceptual and Methodologic Considerations
James Krause, PhD
Kristian Manley, BS
Michelle Meade, PhD

 

Session: 1961
How Well Can Wearable Devices Track Physical Activity Intensities in People with SCI?
Akhila Veerubhotla, MS

 

Moderator: Steve Mitchell, OTR/L

Track 3: Oceans 9-10

Session: 1962
TeleRehabilitation for Care of Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis
Denys Robertson, OTR/L

 

Session: 1963
An Individualized Exergaming Telerehabilitation Program for Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis
Shane Chanpimol, PT
Susan Conroy, PT
Kimberly Benson, DPT, PT

 

Moderator: Rebecca Coffin, PhD, RN

Track 4: Oceans 11-12

Session: 1964
Update: The New Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in SCI Clinical Practice Guidelines
Charles Bombardier, PhD

 

Moderator: Cheryl Vines, MS

 

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9th Annual Healthcare Summit + Expo
August 15-17, 2019
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