Camp Lejeune, NC

Contact Information
Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Intrepid Spirit Concussion Recovery Center
180 Hospital Corps Blvd.
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
United States
910-449-1100

Catchment Area

Camp Lejeune

Leadership

Capt. Thomas Johnson, M.D., U.S. Navy

DVBIC Site Director

Thomas JohnsonCapt. Tom Johnson is a native of Winona, Minn. He graduated with honors from Haverford College in 1985. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota on a Navy Health Professions Scholarship. Upon graduating medical school in 1989, he came on active duty as a lieutenant. He interned at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and then went on for additional training in undersea medicine. He served as a diving medical officer (DMO) for Submarine Squadron 14, Holy Loch, Scotland, from 1990 to 1992. He then did his residency in neurology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was awarded the John Hallenbeck award for outstanding resident. He went on to serve as a neurologist at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. In 1997 he was the DMO for the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy with various other nations in Southeast Asia. Upon completion of the exercise he served as a neurologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego until 2002. He then went on to serve as a DMO at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City Beach, Fla., where he was the principal investigator for the development of repetitive decompression tables for the Mk 16 MOD 1 underwater breathing apparatus. He was then assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth from 2002 to 2006, during which time he served as a neurologist, as well as the specialty leader for Navy neurology community. He was then assigned temporary duty with the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned and deployed to Iraq to evaluate the care provided to service members with possible traumatic brain injury. He then served as a neurologist at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from 2006 to 2010. He then worked as a neurologist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence from 2010-2011. He is currently at Camp Lejeune and is serving as the director of the Marine and Sailor Concussion Recovery Center.

Johnson is board certified in neurology, as well as undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is also certified in acupuncture therapy. In addition, he has earned a diploma from the Naval War College. He has published a number of papers on traumatic brain injury, as well as a book on the psychological and social aspects of military conflict. His personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), Iraq Campaign Medal, and Sea Service Ribbon, and various other service and unit awards.

Program Overview

Mission


NICoE Satellite Center, Intrepid Spirit, Camp Lejeune

The Camp Lejeune site of the DVBIC extends the overall center’s mission of providing education and clinical care services concerning TBI to our region’s active, Reserve, Guard and community populations. This is accomplished through close command and community contact, and integration of clinical care coordination with the health care delivery system, both on-post and in the community network.

Education and Outreach

  • Outreach across our catchment area which includes: Camp Lejeune, local community, South Carolina and Georgia
  • Community awareness and prevention
  • Patient and family education
  • Health care provider education
  • Professional and ancillary staff education
  • College faculty, staff and student workshops
  • High school and grade school presentations
  • Veteran events
  • Yellow Ribbon events
  • Command briefs
  • Facilitate TBI group for all clinic patients to include education and alternative therapies
  • Education at pre-and-post-deployment briefs and ANAM screenings
  • Family Readiness Officers briefs and trainings
  • In-service trainings for Military Family Life Consultants
  • Workshops for licensed clinical social workers in the community
  • Workshops for chaplains on-base and chaplains and pastors in the community
  • Case manager briefs
  • Briefings at town hall meetings and resource fairs
  • Presentations to community nonprofit organizations
  • Presentations to community military organizations
  • Collaboration with the North Carolina Brain Injury Association

Regional Care Coordination

  • Serves as a single point of contact with specialized TBI knowledge and monitors progress
  • Contacts TBI patients and fields calls
  • Provides education and support to TBI patients and their families
  • Provides expert consultation
  • Assists in the evaluation of treatment and discharge plans and eases the transition to the next level of care
  • Advises patients, family members, and providers on ways to manage cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Conducts follow-up interviews at three, six, 12 and 24 months
  • Measures and documents progress in a DVBIC-developed, web-based data repository system

Clinical Care

  • Diagnosis of concussion/TBI
  • Management of symptoms
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Cognition
    • Sleep disturbances
  • Referral for complex symptom evaluation and management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Therapy

Personnel

Site Director
Capt. Thomas Johnson

Principal Investigator
Capt. Thomas Johnson

Senior Clinical Research Director
Dr. Suzanne Martin

Regional Program Manager
Deborah Waun, M.A., LPC, BCPCC

Regional Education Coordinator
Jamie Pope

TBI Recovery Support Specialist
Beth Yoho, RN

Clinicians
Kimberly A. Thomas, MSN, NP-C
LaDonna Miller, SLP
Doris Davis, SLP