Camp Pendleton, CA

Contact Information
33 Area DVBIC
Building 33305
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5380
United States
760-763-1693
760-763-9467

Catchment Area

Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Southern California

Program Overview

Mission

DVBIC Camp Pendleton was established in 1999 (originally housed with 1MEF). The clinic serves active duty service members from all military branches within our region, which includes Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada.

Clinical Services

DVBIC Camp Pendleton provides optimal care and treatment for active duty service members with TBI. Service members referred to DVBIC-Camp Pendleton receive specialized TBI consultation, including TBI screenings, and neuropsychological assessment. Auxiliary services if required include: coordination of other specialty services, duty status determination, and recommendations to the medical evaluation board and Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. Additionally, DVBIC Camp Pendleton supports post-deployment mTBI screening regionally. Together with 1 MEF, BUMED, MARSOC, and other national and local entities, a comprehensive post deployment screening procedure has been developed. Across local service provided by DVBIC Camp Pendleton, service members are offered educational resources, including a wide range of topics related to TBI and co-morbid conditions. They also have the opportunity to participate in TBI related research.

Patient Volume/Population

DVBIC Camp Pendleton evaluated 450 new patients and completed more than 200 post-deployment screenings in 2011. In recent years, a large number of referrals have been for service members returning from theater. In addition to evaluating combat-related TBI, we also recognize the importance of evaluating service members sustaining a TBI from other mechanisms such as, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, falls, sports-related injuries and military training injuries. Currently, our patient population is primarily active duty service members from the Navy and Marine Corps. Our team also provides clinical and educational resources to underserved regions. Our outreach services have extended to Alaska, Nevada, and Hawaii, and other areas of California including Twenty-nine Palms and Fort Irwin where we provided mass post-deployment screening and provider education.

Regional Education

Education, regionally, at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Camp Pendleton aims to increase the understanding of TBI for DoD, VA and civilian providers through comprehensive and engaging presentations.  With the help of the regional education coordinator, DVBIC has equipped neuropsychologists, social workers, behavioral and mental health staff, service members, and their families with clinical tools, public awareness materials, and caregiver information to better handle the diagnosis and management of TBI. Through Yellow Ribbon Reintegration events, exhibit tables at national conferences, and collaboration with other treatment facilities, DVBIC continues to educate providers and service members by disseminating the most accurate and up to date information about traumatic brain injury.

Research

DVBIC Camp Pendleton works in conjunction with DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego conducting clinical research focused on the behavioral, emotional and cognitive consequences of TBI. Nationally, we are involved in two multi-site longitudinal investigations collecting valuable data on the long-term consequences of TBI. Locally, our research team is focused on using the immense amount of information that our site has collected as part of our clinical services in the last decade. We are retrospectively examining clinical data that was collected through the treatment of military personnel during OEF/OIF. This data will be used for research to help address some critical questions about military TBI. Additionally, our site is investigating the influence that TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder has on irritability, anger, and aggressive behavior in our combat veterans.

Current Research projects can be viewed at Current DVBIC Studies, Camp Pendleton.