Fort Bragg, North Carolina (excluding Camp Lejeune) and Tennessee
Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Newcomb, U.S. Public Health Service
DVBIC Site Director (Acting)
LCDR Joseph Newcomb is the Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) site director and the chief of concussion care within Womack Army Medical Center’s Department of Brain Injury at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He received his master's of science in physician assistant studies from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia in 2004. He has over 30 years of military service, including army infantry and combat medic, Marine Corps crash rescue and Air Force flight nursing. He commissioned as a physician assistant into the U.S. Public Health Service in 2004. He has served in rural isolated hardship environments, sea service billets and with aviation postings.
Fort Bragg’s Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center site supports the national DVBIC mission by providing education, clinical care and research services for TBI to our region’s active, Reserve, Guard and community populations.
Regional Education and Outreach
- Coordinates community awareness and prevention of TBI
- Provides educational resources for:
- Members of the armed forces and their family members
- Health care providers
- Professional and ancillary staff
- Co-leads weekly TBI classes for service members enrolled in the rehabilitation program
- Briefs and screens post-deployment service members
- Provides TBI briefings to service members upon inprocessing to Fort Bragg
TBI Recovery Support Program
Please visit: http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/tbi-recovery-support-program
Current Research Projects:
- A Psychometric Comparison of Brief Computerized Neuropsychological Assessment Batteries: Test-Retest Reliability. (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- Psychometric Comparison of Brief Computerized Neuropsychological Assessment Batteries: Validity (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- Deployment Related TBI: Incidence, Natural History, and Predictors of Recovery in Soldiers Returning from OIF/OEF (Warrior STRONG) (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- “Epidemiology of Headache Disorders in a Military Cohort With and Without Traumatic Brain Injury (Warrior STRONG Sub-Study) (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- “The Effect of Telephone Follow-Up on Outcome for Service Members with Mild TBI/PTSD” (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- Data Analysis for Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program (DVHIP) Protocol IV: Combat Training Traumatic Brain Injury. A Surveillance Study in Paratroopers. (Principal Investigator: Steven C. Lewis, M.D.)
- Post-traumatic Headache in Soldiers: A retrospective record review of patients presenting to the TBI Center for evaluation and treatment of headache” (Principal Investigator: Sammy Choi, M.D.)
How do I make an appointment?
Service members who are still experiencing symptoms following a TBI or concussion may benefit from evaluation and treatment at the Intrepid Spirit Center. They should discuss a referral to the Intrepid Spirit Center with their primary care manager. Self-referrals are also accepted. Service members are seen by appointment Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact the clinic at 910-907-7777.
Fort Bragg Traumatic Brain Injury Services
The Department of TBI at Womack Army Medical Center provides comprehensive treatment for mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Treatment includes medical management of symptoms, vestibular and cognitive rehabilitation such as speech, occupational, vision and physical therapies. The center also offers neuropsychological testing, patient education through classes and written materials, and referral for pain management. RN case management and regional care coordination services are available for service members and their families to help them navigate through military, VA and civilian systems of care. The DVBIC site supports TBI clinical care, research and education at Fort Bragg.