Washington, DC—Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) presented its 2015 Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Award in the Physician category to Dr. I. Manosha Wickremasinghe, during Paralyzed Veterans Summit 2015 and Expo in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Wickremasinghe is the Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center at North Texas VA Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Wickremasinghe said, “I’m truly honored to receive this recognition. Working with our veterans speaks to my heart, and none of this would be possible without my dedicated team.” She continued, “As I look out on this room, we are all advancing care for veterans. We need to continue to work as a team and we will continue to make progress. Paralyzed Veterans of America—thank you for always being there to support us.”
Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Awards are given in the following categories: (1) physician, (2) registered nurse, (3) social worker, (4) psychologist, and (5) therapist (physical, occupational, kinesiology, or recreational). Recipients are nationally recognized in their professions, having demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in/or advocacy for care of persons with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D) and multiple sclerosis (MS).
“We’re proud to recognize Dr. Wickremasinghe for the invaluable care she provides to veterans living with spinal cord injuries, and diseases like MS,” said Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of medical services and health policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Chairman of the Paralyzed Veterans Summit Task Force. “Dr. Wickremasinghe represents the highest standards of care that veterans dealing with some of the most catastrophic injuries deserve.”
In addition to her duties as Chief of the SCI Center at North Texas VA Medical Center, Dr. Wickremasinghe holds a faculty appointment at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Wickremasinghe is nationally recognized as a medical leader directing the care of veterans with SCI and related disorders including MS. She represents American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) as a liaison for the American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement on the Quality Improvement Advisory Council. She is also a Merit Reviewer for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development. She is a member of Clinical Practice Recommendation workgroups for VA Central Office and works to enhance regional Communities of Practice between Department of Defense and VA.
Paralyzed Veterans’ Summit is an intensive, three-day learning and sharing experience that provides the most up-to-date and vital information, state of the art research and emerging science, which can be put to immediate use in caring for individuals with SCI/D, MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Attendees representing multiple disciplines from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as private health care institutions, come together to network, collaborate and share knowledge. Summit 2015 will present more than 73 plenary and break-out sessions, with up to 23.5 continuing education credits available. This year Paralyzed Veterans will host more than 700 attendees at its annual Summit.
The Expo will be open to attendees September 1 and 2 and will feature the latest in technology, medical devices and supplies, and other equipment to assist individuals living with spinal cord injury or disease, MS, ALS and TBI live life to its fullest.
For more information about Summit 2015, please visit www.summitpva.org
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. (www.pva.org)