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NFL, NHL, MLB consultant brings concussion expertise to Houston

Houston, TX - 8/27/2012

Methodist Concussion Center adds Dr. Kenneth Podell, neuropsychologist and concussion expert

Dr. Kenneth Podell, a neuropsychologist focused on concussion and head injuries, joins the Methodist Concussion Center in Houston as co-director. Podell will also be the team neuropsychologist consultant for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and Rice Athletics.

Podell most recently headed up the division of neuropsychology and served as director of The Sports Concussion Safety Program and co-director of The Concussion Clinic at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He worked with a team of neuropsychologists in the early 1990’s to develop the ImPACT test, the most widely used computerized test for sports concussions, which is used by the NFL, NHL and MLB, and throughout the world for testing players for concussions. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.

“Dr. Podell’s concussion management experience with professional and student athletes is unparalleled,” said Dr. Howard Derman, director of the Methodist Concussion Center and neurologist consultant for the Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo. “He not only brings solid clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of concussion, but he will also expand our community outreach initiatives to educate student athletes, coaches and parents.”

Approximately 140,000 high school students suffer concussions each year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Podell is a board certified neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have sustained any type of brain injury or disease. He has particular expertise with sports-concussion, traumatic brain injury and dementia. Podell is a Fellow of The National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has had prior academic appointments at The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Wayne State University, and University of Windsor. He is a reviewer for various scientific journals, has presented internationally and published in the areas of sports concussion and computerized assessment of concussions, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

Podell served as team consultant for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, and was a clinical consultant to Major League Baseball. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at The City University of New York. He completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania.

The Methodist Concussion Center provides services at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. The Methodist Hospital System is the official health care provider of the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and Rice Athletics. For more information, visit the Methodist Concussion Center or call 713-790-3333. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.