Dr. Cohen Studies Civilians Hurt Supporting War
"...Everyone is understandably focused on the troops, but wars have fundamentally changed. Today, roughly half of those deployed in Iraq and two-thirds in Afghanistan are not members of the military," said study leader Steven P. Cohen, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. "These individuals are increasingly an integral part of the mission but have been almost completely ignored in the medical literature. That needs to change so that we can develop better methods of injury and disease prevention."
Cohen suggests that money may be one main reason that nonmilitary personnel return to work more often than those in the military. "Private contractors and other civilian workers tend to have significantly higher salaries than soldiers, and if they don't return to work on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan, they don't get paid," he said. Soldiers, by contrast, will still get paid even if they are sent back to the United States, losing only the small percentage of their pay that's attributed to hazardous duty. Full Story >>
Dr. Raja Receives Award for Pain Medicine Achievements
Srinivasa Raja, M.D., Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, and Director of Pain Research and the Division of Pain Medicine, has been honored with the 2010 John J. Bonica Award from The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). This award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the development, teaching and practice of pain medicine in the tradition of Dr. John J. Bonica. Continue reading >>
As an Anesthesiology faculty member, Dr. Srinivasa Raja’s clinical interests have included acute and chronic pain management, sympathetically maintained pain, postherpetic neuralgia and post-amputation pain. Dr. Raja is the author or coauthor of more than 175 publications, and was an associate editor of Pain and editor of the "Anesthesiology" journal for nine years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society.