Paralyzed Veterans of America to Educate Hundreds of Health Care Professionals at 5th Annual Summit + EXPO

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Paralyzed Veterans of America to Educate Hundreds of Health Care Professionals at 5th Annual Summit + EXPO

Veterans Affairs Health Undersecretary David Shulkin to give Keynote Address


Paralyzed Veterans of America (Summit Host)
Clinicians, researchers and health care professionals in spinal cord injury-disease , MS,  ALS and TBI specialty


Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) will host its 5th annual Summit + EXPO, bringing together hundreds of doctors, nurses, occupational, recreational, physical therapists, social workers, psychologists,  pharmacists and researchers to learn about the latest scientific achievements,  treatments and therapies in spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D), multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) health care.

Highlights of this year’s Summit program include:

  • Opening Remarks: Tuesday, September 1, 7:45 am - Al Kovach Jr., National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Sherman Gillums Jr., Deputy Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Plenary Session: Microvascular Disruption and the Potential Therapeutic Mesenchymal Stem Cells in SCI—Tuesday, September 1, 8:30am - Jeffrey D. Kocsis, PhD
  • Plenary Session: A Gene Therapy Approach to SCI: Progress and Challenges—Tuesday, September 1, 9:15 am - Murray Blackmore, PhD
  • Keynote Speaker: Wednesday, September 2, 7:45 am - David Shulkin, MD, Honorable Undersecretary of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Plenary Session: Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and PTSD, A Military Perspective—Wednesday, September 2, 8:00 am - Daniel Perl, MD
  • Plenary Session: Mechanisms of Head and Spine Injury in Vehicle Crashes—Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 am - Frank Pintar, PhD
  • Keynote Speaker: Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: Mobility Skills Impact on Health Outcomes—Thursday, September 3, 8:00 am - Ann Spungen, EdD, Associate Director of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Plenary Session: The Impact of Comorbidity in Multiple Sclerosis—Thursday, September 3, 8:30 am - Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Awards will be presented to four recipients on Tuesday morning after opening remarks. Paralyzed Veterans of America established the Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Award in 2013 to recognize clinicians for providing exceptional professional achievement, contributions, and advocacy for spinal cord injury/dysfunction  and multiple sclerosis health care.

The EXPO will be open September 1 and 2 and will feature the latest in technology, medical devices, supplies and other equipment to help individuals living with spinal cord injury live life to their fullest, including Quantum Rehab’s new iLevel technology allowing the wheelchair user to elevate to eye level standing height and be mobile up to 3 mph, and the ReWalk exoskeleton, the only exoskeleton that has FDA consumer approval and leads the exoskeleton market.

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September 1-3, 2015


Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, FL

NOTE TO MEDIA:  To arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople, please e-mail

About Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (


Travel Info

Jacksonville International Airport

Airport Code: JAX
2400 Yankee Clipper Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone: (904) 741-4902

$ Dollar (United States Dollar)

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Paralyzed Veterans of America
5th Annual Summit + Expo
September 1-3, 2015
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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Paralyzed Veterans of America has a long track record in helping to change lives and build brighter futures for all people who live with SCI and related diseases, such as MS. We look forward to partnering with you to hurry history in this vitally important area of medicine and health care.

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For general information about the Summit + Expo, including registration, please contact us at:

  • 1-800-424-8200
  • 801 Eighteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20006-3517