CHICAGO – Dr. James Young, chair and associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center, received the 2008 James Brady Award at the annual Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA of IL) conference held on October 24-25 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
The mission of the BIA of IL is to create a better future through brain injury awareness, prevention, education, and advocacy for those with brain injuries, family members, friends and professionals. The James Brady Award is given to honor a person or organization that not only supports the mission and goals of the BIA of IL, but also goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve lives. The BIA of IL selected Young as the 2008 recipient for his vision in addressing the complex needs of persons with brain injury and his compassionate treatment to assist each patient and family in rebuilding their lives.
Young participated in the development of the new “Be Smart Be Well” project in 2008, a joint venture between the BIA of IL and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The health and wellness Web site is designed to raise awareness of prevalent, but preventable health and safety issues. “Be Smart Be Well” uses interviews with medical professionals and video documentaries with individuals whose lives have been changed to motivate people to make healthy life choices.
Young is a past executive board member of the BIA of IL and is presently an honorary board member. He received the Make A Difference Award in 1997 and the inaugural James Farley Award in 2008. He travels worldwide lecturing on traumatic brain injury.
Young holds degrees from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed training at the Los Angeles County- USC Medical Center and Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, specializing in neurology. He is double-boarded as a physiatrist and neurologist.
About the Rush Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that involves the process of restoring lost abilities for a person who has been disabled as a result of disease, disorder, or injury. The musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and central nervous systems are most often involved. Using a multidisciplinary approach, PM&R covers everything from cardiac rehabilitation to pain management. PM&R can be used to retrain a person on the basics of daily living, or may be used to help an elderly person recover from a fall. Regardless of what caused the disability, rehabilitation specialists work to restore maximum function and quality of life for the patient - at home, in the workplace, and in the community.
About Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center is an academic medical center that encompasses the more than 600 staffed-bed hospital (including Rush Children’s Hospital), the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center and Rush University. Rush University, with more than 1,730 students, is home to one of the first medical schools in the Midwest, and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges. Rush University also offers graduate programs in allied health and the basic sciences. Rush is noted for bringing together clinical care and research to address major health problems, including arthritis and orthopedic disorders, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, neurological disorders and diseases associated with aging.
About the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
The Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA of IL) is a not-for-profit, statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends and professionals. BIA of IL is part of a network of brain injury associations across the United States, and is a subsidiary of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc. (BIA) which was founded in 1980. The BIA of IL is the only organization in Illinois serving individuals with TBI, their families and professionals who treat them and is dedicated to providing information, advocacy, and support.