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                                                      January 8, 2012

 

Davis to be Guest Editor of Brain Injury Magazine

By Lori Kersey,
Staff Writer

 

 
 

                                     

The head of a state brain-injury association has been selected as a guest editor of a national trade magazine.

     Michael Davis, president of the West Virginia Brain Injury Association, is the guest editor for the 2011:2012 winter edition of Brain Injury Professional, the official publication of the North American Brain Injury Society.

     The winter edition is devoted to families and professionals who have worked together to improve the lives of brain injury patients, Davis said.

     Davis called the honor the highlight of his 30-year career advocating for patients and their families.

     "It's a pretty good issue and not just because I put it together," Davis said. "It really came together well. The people in this issue are widely known professionals that have worked with brain injury folks for a while."

     The magazine's editor-in-chief, Ronald Savage, said the winter issue is the first edition dedicated to the family/professional relationship.

      "What [Davis] is able to do for professionals is to train them from a family perspective on what he and the authors felt they needed to know from a family perspective," Savage said.

     The magazine is distributed to more than 5,000 medical professionals, he added.

     The edition has several other local ties besides Davis. Davis co-authored an article with both an anonymous West Virginia parent called "Lorie G." as well as Dr. James Petrick, a clinical neuropsychologist with an office in Morgantown.

     C. Michael Bee, who wrote an article about what attorneys must do when they represent brain-injury victims and their families, is Davis' personal attorney and friend.

     Carolyn Rocchio, another featured author, is a West Virginia native who founded the Brain Injury Association of Florida.

     Davis has been advocating for brain injury patients and their families for 32 years, ever since his 8-year-old son sustained brain injuries in a car accident in the Elkview area. A drunk driver struck Davis and his son.

     ''My son is 40 years old now," Davis said. "He functions at a 4 - [to] 5-year-old level and requires 24-hour, one-on-one care. He really is just like a little child".

     At about the same time, the Brain Injury Association of America was forming. The organization reached out to Davis and his wife about becoming the West Virginia representatives for the organization. In 1985, the couple opened the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia. Davis was its first president and executive director. The organization still exists today, although not to the same extent that it did, Davis said.

     "My focus for 32 years has been how to improve lives and to better understand what [brain-injury patients] are experiencing and what they need to improve their quality of life," Davis said.

     Davis is also the president and senior case manager of Neurological Case Management Associates.

     He said seatbelt laws have been one major accomplishment for brain-injury patient advocates during his career.

     "That was a real fight to try to get a seatbelt law," Davis said.

     He and others also are hoping to have traumatic brain injury classified as a chronic disease, which would help with funding for victims, Davis said. Another goal has been a state adult traumatic brain injury waiver to provide in home services to victims who are 21 years and older.

     Davis said his main goal is to raise awareness and to promote brain injury prevention.  People tend to incorrectly think of brain injuries as a “bump on the head,” Davis said, rather than a life-changing event.

Reach Lori Kersey at

lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or

304-348-1240
 

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W.Va. brain-injury group leader to be honored

Jan 8, 2012 12:37pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the West Virginia Brain Injury Association has been selected as a guest editor of a national trade publication.

Michael Davis will be guest editor for the 2011-12 winter edition of Brain Injury Professional, the publication of the North American Brain Injury Society. It's distributed to more than 5,000 medical professionals.

Davis is president and senior case manager of Neurological Case Management Associates. He tells The Charleston Gazette  that he regards the honor as the highlight of his 30-year career as a patient and family advocate.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com