NMC San Diego, CA

Contact Information
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
34800 Bob Wilson Drive
Bldg. 3, First Floor
San Diego, CA 92134-3201
United States
619-532-7230
619-532-5508

Catchment Area

Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Southern California

Program Overview

Mission

DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego was established in 1992. The clinic serves active duty service members from all military branches within our region, which includes Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada.

Patient Volume/Population

DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego evaluates more than 200 new patient referrals per year. 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.

Areas of Specialty

Clinical Services

DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego provides optimal care and treatment for active duty service members with TBI. Service members referred to DVBIC-Naval Medical Center San Diego 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, service members are offered educational resources including a wide range of topics related to TBI and co-occurring conditions. They also have the opportunity to participate in TBI related research.

Education

Educational efforts at DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego aim to increase the understanding of TBI for DoD, VA and civilian providers through comprehensive and engaging presentations conducted by Dr. Boyd. With the help of the regional education coordinator, DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego 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 Naval Medical Center San Diego continues to educate providers and service members by disseminating the most accurate and up to date information about TBI.

Past efforts have included TBI training to independent duty corpsmen, surface warfare medical officers, MACE training, military medical providers, mental health providers and JAG.

Research

DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego works in conjunction with DVBIC Camp Pendleton 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, NMC San Diego.

Additional staff include:

Clinical and research neuropsychologists, TBI coordinator, regional education coordinator, research coordinator, psychometrist, program manager and administrative personnel.