Veterans Medical Advisor

                                                                            drbash@doctor.com

                   

                     Providing Independent Medical Evaluations

Dr. Bash is a veteran of

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisor Association 

The Gulf war signature injury is TBI and the numbers of injuries are large (approximately 300,000+) and the VA is having a hard time providing accurate ratings for this condition because is involves many complex areas of the rating code. The TBI association goal is to help veteran navigate the maze of rules surrounding TBI and help them obtain correct ratings for their head injuries
 
Currently, many patients are receiving a diagnosis and ratings for only a single PTSD psychological issue (see Eric Hunter ‘s case ABC news “Seven on your side” when in fact these patients really have over lapping signs/symptoms that stem from a major previously undiagnosed TBI.  Many of these patients usually present with decreased cognition, headaches, vertigo and memory loss most of which has never been linked to a TBI.  Many of the TBIs are in the mild to moderate category (80%) and these are not identified on routine MRI brain imaging because the MRI findings are subtle and not seen with the human eve.
 
A new technique called Neuroquant, is a single add on 10 minute MRI sequence that is compatible with 90% of MRI scanners, uses a computer analysis to assess the loss of whole brain volume/regional volumes to help better define each patient’s pathology.  TBIs are medically rated within the VA as either levels 1-2-3 and total.  Most patient’s with serious TBIs have difficulty working and thus usually qualify for VA unemployability (TDIU aka IU).
 

Dr. Bash knows the VA both inside and out.

His Story:

Dr. Bash was injured in service in 1984, requiring a five month stay as an In-Patient at Boston West Roxbury VAMC teaching hospital (part of the Harvard teaching hospital affiliations). He spent the next seven years, subsequent his cervical spine injury, unrelentingly developing and appealing his personal 100% VA benefits.

In the early 1990s, as a medical physician (Resident), at the Washington, D.C., VA hospital, Dr. Bash worked from his wheelchair as he cared for its numerous disabled veterans. In the latter 1990s, he worked as an accredited VA Claims Agent for both the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) foundations in their legal appeals sections. In the early 2000s, he trained at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, performing experimental MRI treatment trial research on patients with Multiple Sclerosis and spine injuries. These two diagnoses are prevalent among VA patients, and they both require intensive Physician/Nurse expertise.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Bash has often provided his expert testimony to BVA Judges at live hearings as an Associate Professor at the Military Medical School (USUHS). He has produced numerous expert medical/legal opinions for other service organizations (American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart, Viet Nam Veterans of America, Wounded Warriors, Veterans Insider, and state Veteran representatives) and numerous DC/national law firms. Additionally, he has provided free outreach medical opinions to homeless veterans.

As a Director of Medical Affairs at the PVA, Dr. Bash performed multiple Quality of Care site visits (boots on the ground) to most of the VA’s largest tertiary medical centers. During this period (2-3 years), he visited several dozen hospitals throughout the US, reviewing quality of care while gathering bedside clinical data for veterans’ claims. He generated a Site Visit Report for each trip, which was sent to the Secretary of the VA and his executive staff for quality improvement.

All of these experiences are invaluably useful in the production and analysis of Dr. Bash’s independent Nexus opinions, allowing him to review most all types of disabled veterans’ claims for both the VA and Social Security. A representative sample of his Board case claim awards is attached to this web site (see Appeals BVA cases). Also, please examine his 600+ BVA case log (dating back to 1996) on the VA’s website by searching www.va.gov Board of Appeal cases (key words Dr. Bash, Craig Bash MD). The following is noteworthy: The best place to independently view outcomes of any medical opinion is on the VA’s web site in the sub section called Board of Appeals cases. The Court of Veteran Appeals site also lists a limited percent of BVA cases that have been appealed forward.

Dr. Bash’s life altering In-Patient convalescence; his personal (seven years) 100% VA claim appeals process; his physician in training; his PVA hospital site visit reporting; his NIH training; his BVA claim representative experiences; and, his dedicated work as an Associate Professor/Veterans Medical Advisor have given him unique perspectives and insights in to the internal care/claim workings of the VA. All combined this has allowed Dr. Bash to become the original VA insider.

 


If you have any confusion about VA medical ratings TBIs please contact:

Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A. -- Associate professor

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Dr. Bash in 2021

Dr. Bash in 1986

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Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A.

Neuro-Radiologist and Associate Professor

Uniformed Services School of Medicine

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