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New Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury:
Evaluation and Treatment

Leighton Chan, M.D.
Chief
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Clinical Center


Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Portrait of Leighton Chan, MD

Dr. Leighton Chan is the Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NIH Clinical Center. He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire with a major in political science. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Chan then completed postgraduate training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington. During his training he also obtained a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation science. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned a master of public health degree at the University of Washington School of Public Health and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington).

From 1994 to 2006, Dr. Chan was on the faculty of the University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. From 2002 to 2006, he was associate professor. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and in electrodiagnostic medicine.

His research interests include health services research, quality of care given to Medicare beneficiaries, and Medicare payment policy issues. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters. Dr. Chan’s awards include the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists and a Presidential Citation Award for excellence in research from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2007.

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