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Paralyzed Veterans of America Healthcare Summit + Expo to return after two-year hiatus to help veterans and others living with paralysis

Post Date: August 23, 2022
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Four-day conference to bring together scholars and clinicians from across the U.S., and include an appearance by VA’s Under Secretary of Health   

WHAT:               2022 Paralyzed Veterans of America Healthcare Summit & Expo


WHO:                 Charles Brown, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America

                             *Dr. Rita Hamilton, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, and Chief of Physical                                                 Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor University Medical Center

                              *Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs

                             *Dr. Huned Patwa, Professor of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs, Yale School of Medicine

                             *Dr. Kathryn Tortorice, National Clinical Program Manager and Chair of the National Drug File Support Group, National Pharmacy Benefits                                      Management Services

                              Cheryl Vines, Director of Research & Evaluation and Healthcare Summit + Expo Lead, Paralyzed Veterans of America

                              Heather Ansley, Associate Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America


WHEN:           Sun., Aug. 28 and Wed., Aug. 31, 2022

                         Expo Media Window:

                         Mon., Aug. 29 and Tues., Aug. 30, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

      • Exoskeleton and Exo-suit, developed by ReWalk Robotics, to enable wheelchair users to walk
      • iBOT, developed by Mobius Mobility, to help wheelchair users navigate varied terrain, as well as climb steps, curbs, and more
      • Jaco robotic arm, developed by Partners in Medicine, to help people with upper-body disabilities perform tasks, like picking up objects and opening doors
      • The People Picker Upper, developed by IndeeLift, to help people with paralysis stand, transfer, and safely recover from falls
      • The Freedom Bed, developed by ProBed, to help catastrophically injured individuals turn and meet positioning requirements
      • Toyota Sienna with VMI Conversion, sponsored by NMEDA, to help people with mobility impairments to regain their independence and remain on the go

NOTES. 1) *2022 Keynote speakers and exhibits available upon request. Please RSVP to Oname Thompson at 703-864-5980 or 2) Photos and video available


WHERE:       Omni Dallas Hotel
                           555 S. Lamar Street
                           Dallas, TX 75202

WHY:   In 2021, more than 26,000 Veterans with a spinal cord injury received care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. An additional 28,000+ Veterans with MS regularly receive care from the VA annually, while more than 1,000 Veterans are newly diagnosed with ALS each year. These are just a few stats facing our nation’s Veterans and impacting today’s healthcare system. They are also the reason PVA regularly hosts the Healthcare Summit & Expo.

ABOUT:      PVA’s Healthcare Summit & Expo is a four-day conference, complete with attendees from over 100 acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and community care centers across the country, more than 75 speakers, more than 50 exhibitors, and some 60 breakout sessions. Attended by VA physicians, nurses, therapists, and psychologists, as well as private health-care professionals, the Summit features some of the brightest minds in spinal cord injury and diseases (SCI/D), like MS and ALS. Designed to be a learning and sharing experience that provide up-to-date information, state of the art research, and emerging science impacting paralyzed Veterans and others living with paralysis, the Summit is one of the largest and most sought-after healthcare conferences in America. This year’s Summit offers clinical training sessions, visionary keynotes, and more than 50 innovative exhibits, especially designed to help clinicians who care for and treat individuals with SCI/D, MS, and ALS.

Among some of the topics scheduled to be discussed are solutions to air travel issues for wheelchair users; sexual health and fertility; scuba diving as recreational therapy; fall management; healthcare provider bias; concussion treatment in para-sports; bone health; caregiver support; and much more. PVA is grateful to our generous sponsors for the support of this year’s Healthcare Summit and Expo, which include Smith&Nephew, Inc., Biogen, Onward Medical Inc., Novartis, NMEDA, First Nation Group, and Quantum Stealth. Visit to learn more.



About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or diseases. The organization ensures veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitors their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funds research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, PVA also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Learn more at