Traumatic Brain Injury

photo of HHRI Researcher Sarah Rockswold

Key Researcher

Sarah Rockswold, MD, is the Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center and Outpatient TBI Program at HCMC, the flagship acute care and teaching hospital of the Hennepin Healthcare System. She is also an assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota. She has been active in clinical research for the past 16 years.

 
photo of HHRI Researcher Uzma Samadani

Key Researcher

Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, has over 14 years of clinical and translational research experience and holds the position of Rockswold Kaplan Chair for TBI Research and is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Research conducted at the Traumatic Brain Injury center has greatly advanced the national understanding of how to treat traumatic brain injuries.

In recently published research findings, Dr. Sarah Rockswold reported that the combined use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) and normobaric hyperoxia (NBH) therapies provides better outcomes in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) than the standard intensive neurosurgical care recommended for this type of injury.

Read more about Dr. Rockswold's HBO2 and NBH therapy findings here.

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
  • Every 15 seconds someone is injured by a TBI in the U.S.**
  • A death due to a TBI occurs every 5 minutes (52,000 deaths annually).*
  • Someone is permanently disabled by a TBI every 5 minutes.**
  • 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur per year.*
  • There are over 1 million emergency room visits due to a TBI each year.*
  • 275,000 TBI injuries require hospitalization.*
  • Direct and indirect costs of TBI injury amount to $60 billion in the U.S. annually.*
  • TBI is the greatest cause of death and severe disability within the young adult age group.**
  • Mild TBIs, or concussions, alone comprise 80% of all brain injuries and cost the United States an estimated 17 billion dollars.**

 

photo of HHRI Researcher Sarah Rockswold

Key Researcher

Sarah Rockswold, MD, is the Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center and Outpatient TBI Program at HCMC, the flagship acute care and teaching hospital of the Hennepin Healthcare System. She is also an assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota. She has been active in clinical research for the past 16 years.

 
photo of HHRI Researcher Uzma Samadani

Key Researcher

Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, has over 14 years of clinical and translational research experience and holds the position of Rockswold Kaplan Chair for TBI Research and is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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