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Dr. Brent Masel Named BIAA National Medical Director


Dr. Brent Masel, president and medical director at the Transitional Learning Center at Galveston, Texas, has been named the National Medical Director for the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). Dr. Masel takes over from Dr. Gregory O’Shanick, president and medical director for Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, PC, who had served as BIAA’s national medical director for more than 14 years before becoming chairman of BIAA’s board this year.

As the volunteer national medical director for BIAA, Dr. Masel is the on-call expert for media inquiries on all issues pertaining to brain injury from prevention to research to treatment, including rehabilitation. “We’re delighted Dr. Masel accepted the job,” said Susan Connors, BIAA’s president/chief executive officer. “His vast knowledge, career-long commitment and straightforward style will serve BIAA and all of its constituents well.” Dr. Masel will also serve as a resource to staff in responding to the many calls and emails that come into BIAA’s National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC).

Dr. Masel graduated from Loyola Medical School in Maywood, Illinois in 1974. He completed his internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas, in 1978. Following his training, Dr. Masel established a Neurology private practice in Galveston and received certification in 1980 from the Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a clinical assistant professor in the departments of Neurology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at UTMB.

Dr. Masel has conducted research and published in the area of headache pain management. In 1992, he became the medical director of The Transitional Learning Center (TLC), and in January 1994, he left his private practice to become the president of this post acute brain injury rehabilitation facility. He has provided numerous in-service training seminars and lectures at a variety of local, state and national conferences. Dr. Masel is in demand as an international speaker on the topic of Growth Hormone Deficiency and Hypopituitarism and Rehabilitation following an acquired brain injury. He serves on the governing board of The Moody Endowment.

About Transitional Learning Center at Galveston
The Transitional Learning Center at Galveston – TLC – is a pioneer in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Since 1982, TLC has provided survivors of brain injury with the special rehabilitation services they need to re-enter the community. TLC's approach encompasses the tri-fold mission of treatment, research, and education.

About Brain Injuries
An estimated 1.7 million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes each year. Today, more than 3.1 million children and adults in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of TBI and 6.4 million have a disability due to stroke. For more information about brain injuries and the Brain Injury Association of America, visit

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