Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rothman Institute and Wills Eye Hospital have collaborated to establish the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (J.C.C.C.) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
“The J.C.C.C. will be among the very few concussion centers in the nation to provide clinical care in areas such as neuro-opthalmology, neuroradiology, psychiatry, and complex rehabilitation at one facility,” according to a press release. “In addition to providing clinical care, J.C.C.C. will serve as a center for scientific research into concussion.”
R. Robert Franks, D.O., a pioneer in concussion care at the Rothman Institute; and Mijail Serruya, M.D. Ph.D, a leading cognitive neurologist at Jefferson, will serve as Medical Co-Directors of the new center.
Dr. Franks worked on early plans for J.C.C.C. with Theodore Taraschi, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Thomas Jefferson University. Said Dr. Franks: “Our vision was to bring together the leaders in sports and non-sports concussion management to treat patients with the best clinical pathways and return to activity protocols to provide for successful patient outcomes in one facility—comprising all of the subspecialties needed to treat concussion. The center’s strength will be the collaboration of our three groups. We will be one of the few centers in the country to have sports medicine, neurology, neuropsychology, neuro-opthalmology, ophthalmology, neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, physical, occupational and vestibular therapy in one facility to diagnose and treat mild, moderate or severe concussion with compassion and unparalleled expertise.”
The effects of concussions on the eyes and vision are an important and emerging area of concern in the treatment of these injuries, according to Julia A. Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Hospital. “Concussion and brain injury patients often experience difficulty in tracking and focusing. That can lead to problems reading, driving, concentrating in school and using a computer. These patients need to be diagnosed, evaluated and then receive therapy,” said Haller.
The J.C.C.C. expects to treat a wide range of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injury: accident victims, injured veterans, and athletes.
Dr. Serruya said, “Families will be able to take children, adolescents, and adults to the new Jefferson Concussion Center and get help with every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery all at one accessible location. This is the same concussion team that treats the Philadelphia Phillies and the Flyers.”