Dr. Maria Romanas Reveals Her Own Struggle with Brain Injury


I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Maria Romanas at the Missouri Brain Injury conference last Fall. Dr. Romanas has been living with a brain injury since before her entrance into college. Yet, despite her brain injury, she had completed her medical training, attained a PhD, worked as a Pathologist for the VA and had raised a family. By all measures, Dr. Romanas is a successful person. However, her struggle with her brain injur led to her to look for answers and help through rehabilitation long beyond her injury. She found such help through specialized cognitive rehabilitation with Dr. Larry Schutz. Recently, Dr. Romanas has written a letter to MedPage addressing the need for extended and targeted cognitive rehabilitation. I applaud Dr. Romanas for stepping forward with her story and offering a prescription for rehabilitation as well as allowing us an up close and personal view of the effects of brain injury. She is one of those exceptional people that I have met through my career. When you read her letter you will find that her personal story and focus on recovery is amazing.

Click here to read the Dr Romanas’ letter.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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