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Lou French


Session Title:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Symposium


Dr. French is the Deputy Director for Operations at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), where he participates in a diversified research portfolio. Dr. French is principal investigator on seven studies of TBI in returning service members, including the Congressionally mandated, 15-year study of the natural history of TBI in military service members. He is a lead investigator and Co-Director of the Phenotyping Core with the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, a program that integrates research efforts on TBI and PTSD between the DoD and the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the area of military TBI and neuropsychology. 

Dr. French has helped shape current policy on screening and treatment for TBI on the battlefield and at home with his participation in multiple Federal panels and workgroups about TBI in the military, including the Army Surgeon General’s Taskforce on TBI, whose report provided the foundation for the structure of TBI screening and treatment that is currently in place in the DoD. He was one of the authors who reshaped the Standardized Assessment of Concussion to construct the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation, the standard for concussion screening in theater. 

Dr. French served as Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at WRNMMC, prior to the integration of all TBI services on the WRNMMC campus in late 2014. He is chairman of the Joint Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, which coordinates TBI care in the National Capitol Region Medical Directorate. He is also the site director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Walter Reed, the largest site in that network. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the screening, assessment and rehabilitation of those with TBI at the flagship military care facility in the DoD network. He holds faculty positions in the Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.