Programs & Specialties
Disorders of Consciousness Program
A disorder of consciousness (DOC) is a condition of altered consciousness in which patients have severely impaired levels of awareness and wakefulness. It is often seen following a severe traumatic brain injury, an anoxic brain injury or stroke. Examples include patients who are in coma, a vegetative state, or a minimally conscious state.
The TIRR Memorial Hermann Disorders of Consciousness Program focuses on patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. Although these patients are often not ready to begin a traditional rehabilitation program, they can significantly benefit from a program that specializes in treating disorders of consciousness. The DOC Program applies state-of-the-art advances to assess and treat these patients in order to maximize their potential recovery and outcome.
The DOC Program is supported by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who specialize in treating this patient population.
When 33-year-old John Keller was first admitted to TIRR Memorial Hermann on March 26, 2008, he was in a vegetative state. Two hospitalizations and less than a year later, on January 29, 2009, he left the rehabilitation hospital walking and talking. Read the story »