Our Center was founded in 2014, and is part of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care. The Center Director is Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, a Stanford neurosurgeon and international leader in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Dr. Jamshid Ghajar has consistently impacted the science and clinical care of TBI. In 1986, he established the Brain Trauma Foundation, providing best practice guidelines to doctors and trauma centers, decreasing the death rate following injury in some centers by 50%. Our clinical team at the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center provides compassionate and expert care to our patients every day.
Dr. Ghajar directs the Stanford Brain Trauma Evidence-Based Consortium (B-TEC), a national research collaboration focused on classifying all types of TBI and integrating evidence-based medicine for children and adults, in the hospital setting as well as in the pre-hospital setting. Clinical research operations at the Center are directed by Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, an emergency medicine physician at Stanford, as well as pediatrician. As the Director of Research and Co-Director of the Stanford B-TEC, Dr. Lumba-Brown works with colleagues nationwide to advance the science behind TBI and concussion subtypes with a goal of delivering cutting-edge care to children and adults. Dr. Lumba-Brown is a lead author on the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention's (CDC) Guidelines for the management of mild traumatic brain injury among children, and also works clinically at the Stanford Pediatric Emergency Department.
Dr. Jamshid Ghajar completed the MD/PhD program at Cornell University Medical College. During his residency training in neurosurgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, he invented and patented several neurosurgical devices that are currently used worldwide. After residency, he joined the faculty at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and was a founder of the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) in 1986. The mission of the BTF is to improve the outcome of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). He joined the neurosurgery faculty at Stanford in February 2014.
Dr. Lumba-Brown completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of California San Diego in 2012. Dr. Lumba-Brown is an expert workgroup member and the first-author on the Centers for Disease Control's Guidelines on pediatric mild traumatic brain injury. Dr. Lumba-Brown joined Stanford in 2018 and works clinically in the Stanford Emergency Department seeing infants, children, and young adults. Dr. Lumba-Brown also directs clinical research at the Center, focusing on traumatic brain injury including concussion subtypes and therapeutics.
Dr. Harris completed her undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Medical School at Stanford University School of Medicine, Neurosurgery Residency at Stanford and earned a Master of Public Health, Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. At the completion of residency, Dr. Harris was awarded the AANS van Wagenen Fellowship. Following her Fellowship, Dr. Harris joined the Faculty of Emory University as Chief of Neurosurgery at Grady Hospital, specializing in Neurotrauma and serving also as the Director of the Neuro ICU. Dr. Harris was recruited back to Stanford in 2009 and holds a joint role at the Palo Alto VA as Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation; focusing on injury and rehabilitation of the neuro-axis. Dr. Harris has won numerous academic, research and humanitarian awards, including recognitions by Forbes, Ebony Magazine Power 100 List, the National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Dr. Harris manages the care of patients suffering from traumatic brain injury implementing treatment algorithms aimed at improving outcomes.
Stanford Neuroscience Health Center
Melissa Lewis, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology & Neurosurgery
Kristin Morris, PT, DPT, NCS
Stanford Sports Medicine
Stanford Pediatric Concussion Clinic
Anna Viet, NP
Junior Investigator, Johns Hopkins University
Junior Investigator, Columbia College
Junior Investigator, UC Berkeley
Junior Investigator, Stanford University
Junior Investigator, Stanford University
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Brain Injury Support Group
A student-run service organization based at Stanford University and a chapter of Synapse National. Stanford Synapse provides individuals with acquired brain injuries with support, exposure to additional resources, and opportunities to connect with and learn from one another; and provides Stanford students an opportunity to serve as leaders within the local community and learn about the patient perspective of living with a brain injury.