SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) announced that U.S. Army Col. Sidney R. Hinds joined the center as its national director on July 1. Hinds will oversee the execution of DVBIC’s mission to serve active duty military, veterans and their families with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-science clinical care, care coordination, and innovative clinical research, and educational programs.
DVBIC is one of three centers of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as DCoE.
“Col. Hinds has a wealth of expertise and under his leadership, the DVBIC team will continue to lead positive change in TBI prevention and care improving the lives of our service members, veterans, and their families for their service and sacrifice to our nation,” said Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, director of DCoE.
Hinds, a West Point graduate, earned his M.D. at the University of Connecticut and is board-certified in neurology and nuclear medicine. He has held multiple appointments and academic posts, including nuclear medicine consultant for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. Previously, he was the deputy director of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute for Military Medical Operations; the in-theater neurology consultant in Afghanistan, and chief of Nuclear Medicine Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He was the nuclear medicine chief of integration for the Base Realignment and Closure process that combined the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
“I am honored to lead DVBIC and grateful for this opportunity to work with DVBIC to impact the care of our service members and veterans who have given so much to our nation,” Hinds said. “DVBIC must continue to provide clinicians, service members, veterans, and family members with access to the best TBI research, guidance, and support.”
While deployed to Afghanistan from February to July 2012, Hinds oversaw standardization of care at 11 concussion care centers as the theater neurology consultant. Performing site visits allowed him to ensure that staff had appropriate training, education and resources. He reviewed cases, shared best practices, and worked with theater providers to identify and close gaps in patient care. Hinds will be based out of the Silver Spring headquarters of DVBIC.
Hinds is the fifth national director of DVBIC, which marks 21 years of service this year. As a Department of Defense-funded collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, DVBIC supports 16 treatment sites nationwide; conducts clinical research; educates service members, medical personnel, and caregivers; and consolidates and reports DoD TBI-related data.