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NPR show to focus on traumatic brain injuries

Posted Oct 01 2008 9:11pm

By Kelly Kennedy - Air Force Time Staff writer

A two-hour radio program about traumatic brain injuries will feature ABC newsman Bob Woodruff as well as service members, their families and the medical staff that treated them.
At 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow, Talk of the Nation will air live from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The invited audience will include patients with traumatic brain injuries and their families. Woodruff, who suffered a brain injury when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Jadick, a combat doctor who received a Bronze Star for his work in Iraq, will talk about their experiences.
Woodruff was treated at Bethesda. Since his injury, he has reported extensively about service members with traumatic brain injuries.
The program will also include National Naval Medical Center staff members Rear Adm. Adam Robinson, Bethesda commander; Cmdr. Jim Dunne, the lead trauma surgeon; and Dr. Maria Mouratidis, who heads the Traumatic Stress and Brain Injury Program. Doctors will explain how they treat head injuries from the moment they happen to recovery in the United States.
Listeners can call in at (800) 989-8255 or e-mail at To find a local station, visit NPR’s Web site. The program will also be available online as streaming audio.

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