Michelle Obama invites LSUHSC with Dr. Paul Harch to TBI Program

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden Join Forces with LSUHSC for military families

LSUHSC hitches onto Obama’s vet program

January 27, 2012
Lea Ciskowski
Contributing Writer for The Daily Reveille

First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” initiative to support and medically treat the nation’s veterans is spanning medical schools nationwide, and while LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is among them, the initiative has been in place there for four years, thanks to Paul Harch.

The initiative, announced Jan. 11, combated post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, in veterans.

Harch, clinical associate professor and director of LSUHSC New Orleans’ Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Department, has been treating veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD and TBI with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, since 2008.

Before the First Lady announced the initiative, she requested that Harch and other collaborators submit research about PTSD and TBI treatment in veterans.

“We’ve got it. I’ve been doing it for years,” Harch responded.

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