Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a very challenging condition that requires extensive education, financial support and long term medical care. SCI affects all corners of the world. According to the World Health Organization, every year, around the world, between 250 000 and 500 000 people become disabled after an SCI. The majority of cases are due to preventable causes such as road traffic crashes, falls or violence. In the Americas, and despite of all the recent scientific improvements in the understanding of the pathophysiology of SCI, as well as the acute and chronic management of its complications, SCI continues to have a disproportionate variability in functional outcomes between countries, with the worse SCI outcomes in countries with less resources.
The strategic focus of ASIA’s Americas Committee includes:
- Serving as a link for rehabilitation providers in the Americas to foster educational opportunities for those who often care for acute and chronic SCI.
- Enhancing cooperation between the different disability organizations in the Americas to share knowledge and training to improve care of patients with SCI
The Committee for the Americas has an active core of members, and we can always use more help. We are looking for representatives from across the clinical spectrum (physicians, therapist, nursing, etc) as well as those who can speak Spanish or Portuguese. If you are interested in joining the committee or have a special interest in helping SCI patients in our region, please feel free to contact Camilo Castillo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
- Camilo Castillo MD (Chair)
- Keith Tansey MD, PhD, FASNR (Board Liaison)
- Julio Furlan MD, LLB, MBA, MSc, PhD, FRCPC
- Isaac Hernandez Jimenez MD
- Donna Huang MD
- Juan Latorre MD
- K. Tatiana Maldonado MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
- Jorge Mejia-Galvis
- Federico Montero MD
- Geoffrey Smith MD
- Elissa Zakrasek MD