Veterans Medical Advisor



                          Why Use Veterans Medical Advisor?

Dr. Bash is a veteran of

1. Veterans medical evaluations that meet VA-specific guidelines.

Since 1986, Dr. Bash has concentrated his practice on completing independent medical evaluations (IMEs) for disabled veterans. Dr. Bash will analyze your medical record and prepare a written statement presenting all medically sound evidence that can help ensure a positive decision.

While Dr. Bash will not present anything that is not true, he can and will use the right language and procedures to build the facts in a professional way. (VA doctors rarely do this for a veteran.) Your IME will present solid evidence of your level of disability, as supported by your medical record and substantiated, as he deems necessary, in light of relevant medical research, protocol, and expected standard of care.


3. High success rate in helping veterans get a positive decision.

Often, veterans say the VA Compensation and Pension system is stacked against them. For instance, a common complaint is that C&P examiners do not have time to review medical records properly or do a thorough exam.

Veterans need someone who knows the system. With a thorough independent medical evaluation, some veterans can avoid delays caused by incomplete or inaccurate C & P exams, as well as avoid any need for legal representation.

Dr. Bash is both a board certified physician and a former VA-accredited service organization representative. His 20 years experience as a physician, and his VA background adds credibility for each IME he painstakingly prepares.

With two decades of experience, Dr. Bash knows what evidence the VA or the Social Security Administration must have to rule in your favor. He specializes in presenting your medical evidence to meet the requirements for filing claims or appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other disability programs.

As a disabled (quadriplegic) veteran himself, Dr. Bash understands the medical and administrative needs of fellow veterans. He works closely with the veteran, their family, and close friends. Dr. Bash also works closely with veterans service organizations and lawyers who represent veterans. He will be glad to work with anyone who is representing you.

A well-prepared statement could make the difference between receiving a positive rating decision and being declined. He is highly successful with claims assistance, which has yielded crucial medical benefits such as, access to hospital care, medications, and surgeries and significant retroactive monetary awards (back pay). As a veteran who served your country with honor, you deserve the most accurate and fair decision possible.

4. Referrals, if needed.

If you need assistance outside the parameters of Dr. Bash's medical and administrative advice, he will gladly refer you to veterans service organizations, private lawyers, or others who can help you. Please send a detailed e-mail to Dr. Bash, if you think you need further assistance.

Note: Remember, Dr.Bash may be able to help PTSD claims, if, and only if, the client already has a diagnosis of the exact disorder.

Dr. Bash is a busy Washington, D.C. physician so please be persistent in contacting him. He is willing to help veterans, but be aware that time with him is precious. Do all you can to preserve and make useful the time he can give to your case.

Listed below are some Dr. Bash's experiences with the VA, which involves veteran medical opinions:

  1. Over 4000 patient independent veteran medical opinions-IMOs/IMEs.
  2. Over 500 Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) cases processed with veteran medical opinions.
  3. Over 1000 name mentions in Court of Veterans Appeal (CVA) with veteran medical opinions.
  4. Over 50 Personal expert witness testimonies/veteran medical opinions for veterans at regional office rater/ DRO and Board of Appeals levels.
  5. Over 50 site visits to 20 of the largest VA tertiary care hospitals with veteran medical opinions on quality of care for hospitalized spinal injured veteran in and outpatients.
  6. Over 20 VA nursing home visit with associated veteran medical opinions on quality of care.
  7. Over 10 VA clinic visits with associated veteran medical opinions on quality of care.
  8. Over 3 years as a medical director for Paralyzed Veterans of America. (PVA).
  9. Over 7 veteran service organizations have used my veteran medical opinion reports.
  10. Over 40 lectures to large groups of veteran service officers.
  11. Over 50 VA advocacy lawyers have used my Veteran Medical opinions.
  12. Over 3 years as a resident in radiology at the Washington DC VA hospital.
  13. Over 6 years as a member of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Spinal cord research committee.
  14. Over 10 years as research director of Shapiro spinal cord research foundation for vets/non-veterans.
  15. Over 3 years studying spinal cord CSF flow in veterans and non-veteran patients at the NIH.
  16. Over 15 years studying Multiple Sclerosis in vets/non-veterans with research MRI scans at the NIH.
  17. Over 25 years teaching Uniformed Services medical students medical issues common in Veterans.
  18. Over 12 “Bash Bulletins” concerning veteran medical opinions on my web site.
  19. Over 30 years as an over 100% service connected for my own spinal cord medical issues.
  20. Over 5 months as an inpatient in Boston West Roxbury VA hospital.
  21. One year as Neuro-radiology Fellow at University of Maryland/Shock Trauma/Baltimore VAMC.
  22. Helped formulate VA formulary, VA clinical practice guidelines for spinal cord and Multiple Sclerosis.
  23.  Advised VA committee on benefit/care guidelines for VA offspring with Spina Bifida.
  24. SES level committee chairman for CDC injury prevention (veteran and non-veteran) sub-committee.

Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A. -- Associate professor--Cell 925-381-7561


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

Neuro-Radiologist and Associate Professor

Uniformed Services School of Medicine


4938 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, Md 20814

Cell/Text 925-381-7561
Fax 301-951-9106