The Woman Behind the VA Polytrauma Units

The Woman Behind the VA Polytrauma Units

Wounded combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are surviving at a higher rate but with increased injuries ranging from amputations and burns to traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.

Macaela Cornis-Pop with the VA is credited with the concept of developing integrated facilities now known as the Polytrauma System to deal with those complex injuries.

The Washington Post reports Cornis-Pop “has the innate ability to pull people together and get focused on a task and think creatively, and, most amazingly, develop an end product that is useful and veteran-centric,” Joel Scholten, director of Special Projects at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Office (PM&R) said. “She develops programs and projects that have been sustained because they are clinically relevant. It’s not just policy that is developed and sits there.”


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