Oregon Health & Science University Concussion Program Director Joins TeachAids
TeachAids is excited to welcome Dr. James C. Chesnutt, Medical Director of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Concussion Program, to the CrashCourse Medical Advisory Board!
Dr. Jim Chesnutt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, and Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, and is board certified in Sports Medicine. In his 24 years at OHSU, Chesnutt touched many lives as a general practitioner in family medicine and team doctor for his local high school, before deciding to dive deeper into the field of sports medicine and concussion research. He participates in the Oregon Governor’s Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force and advises the Oregon School Activities Association on safe play and healthy recovery. Dr. Chesnutt also practices Sports Medicine at Rebound Orthopedics and is the Team Physician for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Outside of the classroom and clinic, he co-directs the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program (OCAMP), a program that is active in state legislation to best protect the brains of youth. The team developed practice and policy guidelines, better known as Max’s Law and Jenna’s Law, that inform schools and other administrations about when athletes can return to play safely. A Portland native, Chesnutt is very involved in advocating for the health of the community, not just with regards to concussion safety, but also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He spent his undergraduate career at Stanford University, who he continues to partner with on numerous TBI-related projects.
With all of his experience in sports medicine, concussion research and community education, TeachAids is privileged to be working with Dr. Chesnutt to help youth athletes live long, healthy lives. We are looking forward to the change we can make together.