John T. Povlishock, Ph.D.
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Virginia’s leading voice on brain injury, honored John T. Povlishock, Ph.D., as the 2018 BIAV Legacy Award winner. The Legacy Award recognizes significant, long-term contributions of lasting impact to the field of brain injury.
Povlishock is professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of the Commonwealth Center for the Study of Brain Injury in the VCU School of Medicine. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurotrauma.
Povlishock was recognized on March 2 during BIAV’s 35th anniversary celebration and awards event. The event was attended by Gov. Ralph Northam, legislators, policymakers, caregivers and members of the brain injury community from across the state.
“We are so proud to see Dr. Povlishock honored in this way,” says Peter F. Buckley, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. “He has a national and international reputation.”
BIAV’s 2018 honorees were selected for their innovative and outstanding contributions to the brain injury field.
“We are absolutely delighted to recognize these individuals for their exceptional and inspiring work on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families and caregivers and for their extraordinary contributions to the brain injury community,” Brain Injury Association of Virginia Executive Director Anne McDonnell says. “Researchers such as Dr. Povlishock are often the unrecognized heroes of trauma care. His groundbreaking research has changed the field of brain injury as we know it and it is our great honor to present Dr. Povlishock with BIAV’s inaugural Legacy Award.”
The celebration’s other honorees are Legislator of the Year, Senator John Edwards, 21st District, and the Weinstock Awardee Greg O’Shanick, M.D., president and medical director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services.
The mission of BIAV is to advance education, awareness, support, treatment and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.