David L. Brody MD, PhD

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dr. David L. Brody was named Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), and joined the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) faculty in August of 2017. His primary appointment is as Professor of Neurology in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. Dr. Brody’s research focuses on accelerating implications for better diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in civilian and military populations.

Dr. Brody is a board-certified neurologist with both a research and a clinical specialization in TBI and neurodegenerative diseases. Prior to his directorial and faculty position, Dr. Brody was the Norman J. Stupp Professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Brody was also the Washington University site director for the National Football League Neurological player care program.

He has developed and authenticated advanced imaging techniques to detect injury in the brain’s white matter and showed, for the first time, how to predict neurological function by measuring amyloid, an abnormal protein in the brain. He also helped discover that diffusion tensor imaging -- an advanced magnetic resonance imaging technique -- can reveal blast-related damage.

Dr. Brody previously led a team that worked in partnership with DoD researchers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and at two sites in Afghanistan treating U.S. military personnel who sustained traumatic brain injury. In 2011, he served as a consultant to the medical advisor of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveling to Afghanistan at the request of then-JCS Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen with the “Gray Team”, a group of civilian and military experts evaluating the status of TBIs in troops in the combat zone.

Dr. Brody’s achievements have been recognized with several awards, including a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 award. His clinical monograph entitled Concussion Care Manual: A Practical Guide was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Dr. Brody earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1992 and his M.D. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2000. He completed his internship and neurology residency at Washington University.