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David O. Okonkwo, is associate professor of Neurological Surgery and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at  the University of Pittsburgh. He is also clinical director of the Brain Trauma Research Center. Okonkwo’s clinical interests are traumatic injuries to the brain and spine as well as scoliosis and spinal deformity. His research endeavors involve developing novel therapeutic interventions for brain and spinal cord injury. He is principal investigator of a nationally funded core center of excellence for traumatic brain injury. Okonkwo has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals, authored numerous book chapters, and garnered several awards for his scientific research.