Ann McKee TIME T100

TIME Lists VA Doctor In World’s Top 100 Most Influential People

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced one of its brain doctors is listed by TIME as among the top 100 most influential people in the world.

Chief of neuropathology Dr. Ann McKee was named for her work on concussion, sub-concussion and blast injury for military veterans and athletes. This includes her work in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that alters function.

At Boston VA Medical Center, Dr. McKee also runs the brain banks for Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC), Framingham Heart Study and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, which are all based at VA Boston.

According to the VA press release:

VA’s Dr. Ann McKee Recognized for Her Concussion Research on TIME’S List of 100 Most Influential People

WASHINGTON — TIME magazine has named Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, to the 2018 TIME 100the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, announced April 19.

This recognition comes from McKee’s research into the long-term effects of concussion, sub-concussion and blast injury in contact sports with athletes and military Veterans, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), an ongoing disease of the brain that alters function.

“This acknowledgment from Time affirms the impact of Dr. McKee’s years of research for the VA,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Her work shifted the prevailing thought regarding head trauma, demonstrating that ‘mild’ particularly repetitive head trauma is not just an acute injury. It can provoke a persistent and progressive neurodegeneration CTE that continues long after the traumatic exposure.”

A board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, and recipient of a host of awards for her research, McKee has published over 70 percent of the world’s cases of CTE ever reported.

“Research on CTE began with a VA patient, and from that first case of CTE, morphed into a tremendous research effort involving many other organizations,” McKee said. “It has taken medical researchers and scientists working with business to detect where it first starts — on the battlefield and sports field.”

McKee is credited for creating the VA – Boston University – Concussion Legacy Foundation (VA-BU-CLF) brain bank. The organization is the world’s largest repository of brains from individuals exposed to traumatic brain injuries (over 550) and neuropathologically confirmed CTE (over 320).

McKee did her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to her role as Boston VA’s chief of neuropathology, McKee directs the brain banks for the BUADC, Framingham Heart Study and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, which are all based at VA Boston.

She concurrently holds the titles of professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University School of Medicine; director of the Neuropathology Core and associate director for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC); and director of the BU CTE Center.  


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  1. namnibor, Seymore and everyone – here’s the latest from “Newsmax”!
    Tester’s trying to bullshit us veterans – AGAIN!

    “Tester Responds to Trump, Says He’s Committed to Helping Veterans”

    By Wanda Carruthers
    Saturday, 28 Apr 2018 3:46 PM

    “Sen. Jon Tester responded to President Donald Trump’s call earlier on Saturday that the Montana Democrat step down from office over what the president said were “baseless” allegations he leveled against Adm. Ronny Jackson, the former nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

    “Tester, a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, maintained he had a duty to represent veterans in his state, saying, “I’ll never stop fighting for them, KULR8-TV reported Saturday.”
    (My note – I wonder what Tester’s constituents really think about him?)

    “Trump, apparently incensed by Tester’s allegations against Jackson which resulted in him withdrawing his nomination on Thursday, has tweeted several times on the subject. Most recently, Trump tweeted early Saturday, saying the charges were “false” and calling for Tester to resign.”
    (My note – I think the voters in Montana should vote that worthless democrat outta office.)

    “Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false. The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign. The….. “….great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being. Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester!” Trump tweeted Saturday.”
    (My note: Tester, along with ALL the liars, should be sued for slander!)

    “In a two-page report released Wednesday, Tester accused Jackson of drinking alcohol on the job, improperly prescribing and dispensing medications, and creating a “toxic” work environment. Jackson withdrew his nomination on Thursday saying he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.”
    (My note: See what it takes to get someone to step down from any position? – “baseless false LYING democrat allegations!” This is what 8 + years of “political correctness” has done to Our Republic! Tester, and those “unnamed sources”, NEEDS to be brought up on “Slander Charges” and be forced to pay out the ass!)
    This is complete unadulterated bullshit! And, it’s coming from only one political side – The fucking traitorous pig democrats!
    Rant out for now!!!!!

    1. P.S.
      And if anyone thinks I’m only picking on Democrats, go to hell! I’m including “Rino’s” into the mix!
      “RINO” = “Republican in Name Only”
      They are all cowardly little pieces of shit!
      Like McCain and Kerry! And a whole lot more, up there in that “shithole” called “Washington DC”!

    2. I believe that Tester is committed to helping Veterans donate to the brain bank. Though the VA policy of Delay, Deny, hope they die so they can pick Veterans brains.

  2. A Republican lawmaker has come out today, “The Horn News”, and “strongly suggested” that “Republicans are retiring enmass due to Assassination Threats!”

    I’ll guarantee y’all the ones who are quitting have ‘jello for guts’! Bunch of pansy assed punks!

    1. Good article Elf.


      The majority of those who are claiming to be retiring are currently under investigation for ethics violations by the house ethics panel. With the leaks in congress about the MeToos that have been caught up in the renewed ethics violations for paying off sexual offenses and harassment claims via taxpayers money you can see what is happening.

      Several prime examples of Congressman who were likely being blackmailed before the leaks, but after the leaks they were forced to resign instead of collecting the benefits of retiring from Congress.

      Trent Franks:

      Republican – former Arizona Congressman resigned in December 2017 after it became known that he had repeatedly offered money to staffers to have his baby. One staffer was pushed to have his baby as many as 4 times. Earlier in Dec he had stated that he was going to retire and would not seek re-election.

      Pat Meehan:

      Republican – former Pennsylvania Congressman who resigned Yesterday. Meehan said earlier this year he would not seek re-election following reports of pay off sexual misconduct settlement out of his office budget.

      Blake Farenthold:

      Republican – former Texas Congressman who resigned April 6th, 2018. Farenthold had already decided in December not to run for re-election following a renewed Ethics Committee investigation into sexual harassment, inappropriate comments to staff and discrimination based on gender. In early December that the Treasury Department had paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with Farenthold’s former communications director, Politico reported.


      You might also note that Pat Meehan has been a member of the House Ethics Panel but was removed following his resignation from congress.

      Also there are certainly more resignations from this so-called retiring Congressman that are coming before the next election this fall. While the Democrats have a list of soon to resign Congressman also. The Dems are not announcing the promises to retire to end the house ethics committee’s investigations against them. So we know it is the Dems who are blackmailing Rep congressman with threats of leaking info to the Lame Stream Media. There by forcing them to resign in shame instead of retiring to end an investigation.

      1. Seymore,
        I get that!
        If a Dem is accused of “sexual misconduct” or any other miscellaneous misconduct, trust me – they’ll fight it tooth and nail!
        Look at Franken[stein] for example. How long did it take his lying ass to resign?
        Or, how about that guy from Michigan(?) who was considered “…an icon!” Remember that ASSHOLE.
        There’s a whole lot of democrats needing to resign or be brought up on charges!
        Damn, I get so fucking tired of hearing these reprobates talk. They need to “…be brought to heel…” ASAP!

  3. this Dr can have my brain tired of living for the VA to rack the shit out of me putting me in denial every time i disclose evidence of a disability. and then V.B.A comes around and tell me its a non service connected disability a VA doctor diagnosis me that i haven’t even been fucking rated for!!!!!! remand after remand, fiduciary after fiduciary proposal, VA doctor denying independent assessment after assessment just so i wont see an outside doctor to contest such evidence.
    10 year wait and longer . its fucking ridiculous and its enough emotional stress for anyone to take the gun out start firing away. am tired of the political empathy and civilian like sympathy that think there is help for us. its game to them has nothing to do with help fucking nightmare ….

    i dont even think its called help anymore they stick label on you shut u up, lock u up and hope to god you have a fucking stroke when u don’t meet there credentials for benefit reduction for the so called improvement gap . VA doctors hate the word stable when it comes to diagnosis. they just hate that they got to dissect a brain to keep people under wraps. i bet you in real life this bitch doctor has no ideas what is normal brain to a fucked up one and is just a show because she found some chemical that reacted differently than any other chemical of association. look at the picture one brain?
    fuck if i remember correctly in a scientific experiment should have two brains for a control variable. talk about a pose for a doctor in photography .

    i mean have u seen articles of veterans with disability that have improve because if you did you see some sad fucking stories. matter a fact when have u ever heard a story about va reducing benefits to a veteran and then the vets shoots himself in the head? happens on a monthly basis and they don’t report it because the suicidal veteran cant explain it fast enough to know his in deep shit. and when he does call the crisis line they only care for a cop to enter that home to do the dirty deed for the VA.

    veteran affairs does a really good job covering it up in the media. or the media just doesn’t give a fuck about us because the va system is that much involved of red tape. a mean veteran affairs is going to start a civil war if these young veterans start grouping up together taking it to the job because of the eight year wait has fucked them up so bad there committing crimes to put food in there mouth or walking aimlessly drunk and homeless until they can find that magic so called bullet.

    pretty soon US will have no choice but to call us accountable for the reckless care in the VA> its already happening and VA really wants to put the blame on something so they can keep doing corrupted favors for yours truly legislation .

    all in the name of medical science ,

    in reality no one can understand a soldiers purpose medically or scientifically its all propreganda to keep the public disclosed up the annie in other situations that need to be hidden in the VA system. one hand washes the other for a reason in the corruption of American politics and administrations.

    they make a system of bureaucratic laws to govern or protect veterans against the very thing the veteran fought for which was basically to go back home,now that we have come home all fucked, its just more money and time that needs to be invested just to keep veterans mouth shut and off the trigger guard just in case America has to kill veterans first to keep the common wealth of any capitalism alive .
    keep the American civilian in question and keep the veteran quite are use his or her words against him .

    we are ponds nothing else in America. and civilians are the fingers that move us around until we are granted another piece of our own(rooks or lawyers usually) or die . even know constitutions says that veterans and civilians are the same the actions u see of theses so called civilians moving us around are different . especially parading around a dr for brain studies rather parading around a veteran that just said no to suicidal thoughts for the moment,medical breakthrough my ass .

    you as a veteran see it every day that we are not civilian like because the law govern us in way that dont govern American civilian the same way. in action we are treated differently and the American laws keep that in play we are the same but indifferent we walk among others, we are the battle borne .

    and if you as a veteran think thats not true ask me this.
    why we haven’t had a judicial branch to take care of the denial appeals long ago when civilians have judicial
    obligations for there appeals for any disability status. its unfair and it does separate veterans and civilian like laws .

    where test subject from the very beginning .

    these so called real articles dont help either. veterans are just test subjects for the united states . American veterans are fucked we will always be fucked since we signed that dotted fuckin line …. no one literally wants to fight for is a lost cause , its just better to create a civil war than to hide a civil war in the veteran affairs. i mean within ten years there going to just stick us in internment camps and do more testing and if we dont cooperate veterans will be executed for failure to comply.

    the more you have your % of service connected pension the more you OBEY the totalitarianism ushered among the bureaucracy needs to end . these young veterans wont stand for it well start grouping up to pull triggers in the public its only a matter of time . and what is the government going to do when the news finds out group of veterans did this , the american public wont call them veterans anymore .

    well i rather not be called a veteran than be treated like on in America if that’s the case.

    Americans treat there veterans like shit.

    and the phony veterans at the Walmart selling disability pamphlet make more money than the average vet on 80% disability any day and get more honors by the watermelons than the true vet huffying paint and drink down in the ally that just got kick out in a va mental facility by corrupted bureaucratic dr. that only cares about employee incentives .

    civilians don’t give a fuck about veterans period.

    rather to arm the rats than lead them to a lab for help. who’s to say that there will be selective testing to the bias to keep the mainstream unaware when developing such research on the brain. NSA is going to be all over that dr ass when the real truth comes out if not the lies or mis procedures .

    . i mean the veterans cant vote in there own secretary .i mean whens the last time congress ask us to vote for our health care boss… never . we are being lied to, ushered in as lab rats as we are and murdered for the sake of American bureaucratic money to keep civilians in the dark into finical slavery and to commit crimes for public attention

    at least when u arm a rat there is no seclusive evidence that the reason for harm was because they themselves where harmed at the very moment of protecting means to live with there own life.

    . medicine is subjective but violence will always be the subject of democracy till it eats itself inside out , that is just the natural flaws of humanity not a fucking chemical imbalance, but rats eating other rats.

    whens the last time this so called dr in the article examined a politician brain. i mean fuck,….. senior bush is almost out the door why dont u crack his shit wide open.

    1. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

      VET TED CRUEL CRUNDEY : Thank you, I really like this post. Also, your P.S.———“P.S
      whens the last time this so called dr in the article examined a politician brain. i mean fuck,….. senior bush is almost out the door why dont u crack his shit wide open.”

      I don’t know why, but that got me laughing good, not an easy thing to do either.

  4. Tester is kinda shaped like a plump suppository…a bit like long-lost twin brother of AFGE Pres. David “little” Cox… 😀

  5. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

    The VA tooting its own horn. This article pisses me off to no end, namnibor, asked some pretty damn good questions. I would like to add, if this Dr is so righteous, in her research, etc. then why the FUCK has her ‘research” not developed into a COMMON SENSE approach to a SIMPLE FUCKING C+P EXAM???????????????????????
    It hasn’t has it? NO IT SURE THE FUCK HAS NOT……. As namnibor has pointed out, how many Veterans have been to unqualified HACKS? Why is there even such a thing as an UNQUALIFIED HACK performing c+p exams on TBI Veterans? If this Dr is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo great, then why hasn’t she developed a standard protocol for the ENTIRE VA system to follow?? Oh I know………….stop making sense. The VA will NEVER STOP USING UNQUALIFIED HACKS………………EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR….

    Fuck her, fuck the VA, no……………really I mean FUCK THE FUCKING VA…

    ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ……….”…\………. _.·´

    Even more pissed now…………………………………………..

    VA to WWII Veteran: There is no record of you being shot in the head.
    WWII Veteran: But you put a steel plate in my head.
    VA to WWII Veteran: Yes I see that.
    WWII Veteran: Okay then, why did you put a steel plate in my head?
    VA to WWII Veteran: There is no record of you being shot in the head.
    Circle Jerking at it’s finest….Don’t laugh, this actually is an ongoing dispute with the VA, Don’t worry VA, he is a WWII Veteran, how much longer can he possibly live?

    DELAY, DENY, HOPE THEY DIE, and nothing this “great Dr” has done, or will ever do, is going to change the VA creed.

  6. @Sgt Grit
    In my opinion, to answer your question, you would receive a correct diagnosis from Mayo. Because they would make sure proper and appropriate testing was performed to make that conclusion VHA would have to pay for that genuine healthcare. If this extends and improves your life circumstances, well guess how that gets paid as well. The VA does not want veterans to easily have their share of the promise.

  7. Veterans who reads this can you please tell me why the Veteran Affairs Administration Choice Card won’t accept Veterans go to the Mayo Clinics?

    1. Because the Mayo Clinic has many contracts with the VA at numerous VAMCs. Such as the one in Minneapolis where they use the VAMCs as training grounds for Doctors and use the Veterans for numerous research studies. In fact the Mayo Clinic is contracted to provide hundreds of doctors to the different VAMCs.

      As a result the Mayo Clinic only accepts Veterans under other payment programs where they are paid more for each Veteran seen. Also, it eliminates the middleman administrators of the choice program and insures that the Mayo Clinic will receive timely payment without Health Net or TriWest getting their sticky hands on the VA payment and taking a cut of the money as middlemen for the the Choice Program.

      Also, if you check, you will find that most heads of the different clinic at the VAMCs, which are controlled by the Mayo Clinic. The Department heads also work at the Mayo Clinic in a teaching position drawing salaries from both the Mayo Clinic and the VAMC.

      Also if you check

  8. @MollyMarineJD
    Your post above is the first I have seen from you, which gives me no gauge on how many previous of Ben’s entries you have read. Let me state that in a perfect VHA world, your post makes absolute perfect common sense; therein lies THE issue.

    As has been revealed by many on this board throughout the many years, common sense is one of many details the VHA insists it can operate without. “T” is correct, in that until you have run and exhausted the gammut within at least one of the VA medical facilities you can not possibly understand what an veteran has to go through in their individual circumstance. Compound that with the modus operandi being insular within each facility and no answers allowed to any veteran’s querries (all union ya know!).

    I do hope you will avail yourself of the previous articles and postings, and if I may be so bold, please shine an illumintion where you can, to help us get this mess closer to normalcy.

  9. As my usual me, I wish to invoke logic, common sense, and bias so to speak….

    I notice there was no mention of her having a support network of peers regarding her as such. You know, from Johns Hopkins, Yale, and/or Cedar Sinai…..

    I find it hard to believe that the VA has in its realm of employees, a doctor of this caliber. This kinda reminds of the day obama took the nobel peace prize, of which he was not deserving except for the fact he was black. Or was he half black??
    Either way, if this doctor truly exists, then where on earth is her cast of other idiots??

  10. Today’s bad VA art example is missing an obvious component. A thought bubble above her head with the words, “That fool! I told him to bring me a healthy brain!!!”

    It’s the best thought I can offer. When it comes to the area of the brain I’m afraid I am just not equipped to contribute anything decent. My best idea ever in fact was to enlist in the United States
    Marine Corps…

    Semper Fi

    1. Dennis,
      Was there a mixup in the brains?
      You know – “Normal” and “A. B. Normal” –
      as when the hunchbacked “Igor” got them mixed up for his “scientist” friend – Dr. Frankenstein!

      1. They all ended-up tossed into the Canteen Cafeteria’s Meat Loaf. Today’s ‘Bad VA Art’ shows a finished loaf fresh from the cranium oven. 😀

  11. Have you done the research on the VA contracting every possible Neuro doc, clinic, and hospital making it impossible for 100% rated Veterans to go get private care on their own dime?
    I’d love to see how that pans out.

    1. Yes you can. It’s simple. Call the doctor you want to see pay out of pocket unless you have Tricare or Champ VA or other insurance then submit it back to the VA for reimbursement. You’re not stuck @ VA & you’re not stuck @ the one you currently go to. If you don’t like it, call the VA system you prefer & make appointments there. You can even go to the Boston VA if you wanted. You just have to call them.

      1. Molly. “It’s simple.” Who are you trying to BS? You must be special, fortunate, lucky, if things are so easy and “simple” for you to do. Far from reality across the board and in every individuals circumstances or needs.

      2. Molly,
        You’ve evidently never tried switching to another clinic or hospital.
        IF you had, you’d know there’s more to it than just “calling”!
        Vets files must be transferred!
        That, in itself, IS very time consuming! And, NOT the only thing which must be done!
        There’s other issues as well.
        I would suggest, NOT coming on a “vetcentric website” and giving false information!

  12. Pop Your Popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Meanwhile, back at the still-feuding swamp monsters over Admn. Jackson’s accusations by nebulous sources of reference and POTUS Trump is calling for resignation of a ….swamp congress critter making said accusations against Dr. Jackson:…Congress Critter Tester…(testing patience of Veterans)

    “Fuming Trump insists Dem’s claims against White House doctor Jackson are ‘proving false”

    “[…Trump called for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to resign after he alleged the president’s pick for secretary of Veterans Affairs had a dubious record of prescribing and drunk driving.

    In a Saturday morning tweet, the president took aim at Tester, after White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs over Tester’s shocking allegations…]”


    1. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

      nam: Thank you for posting this. If those allegations were false? That fucking asshole Tester “the testicle” should resign. Fuck resigning, you know how I like a good public hanging, and how ironic it would be to see a hanging testicle, I mean Tester…..

      1. cj,
        In one of the articles, Tester admits those “…20…” unnamed sources were “military members”! Meaning, they were/are active duty personnel!
        More than likely, these punks had a beef to slandering Admiral Jackson!

        I’m not sure, but in my opinion, their names better remain unnamed!

      2. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

        Unreal Ce, yes they best keep on hiding. Thanks for the info.

  13. This is wonderful news for Dr. McKee and everyone connected with that team in VA healthcare and civilian brain trauma care. That said, the downside to this, and yes I perceive one, is that Joe & Jane Citizen patently take this to assume, “See, all is well with veteran healthcare…”!

    The veteran community knows full well the tens of thousands of its brain injured that will never get within sniffing distance of Dr. McKee’s teammembers or ever truly benifit from their collective research. That my friends is the very sad reality of the VHA for the millions of us that keep hoping for our crumbs from the pie.

  14. Wait, I think I get it. Dr. McKee’s research at the VA and Boston Brain Bank primarily *benefits* SPORTS MEDICINE/Pro Teams/National Felon League(NFL)?? (while using brains of soldiers from battlefield)??

    1. Nam, you hit the nail on the head. This is eerily similar to the Hep-C research funded by VA, then having the bill shoved up the taxpayers ass.

      FUCK VA

      1. …and the VA will develop a new suppository specifically for taxpayer impactus, then keep-on thrusting without missing a stroke…of Uncle Sugar’s checkbook pen…

    2. 1.) Took me a long time to get connected to the net again and to Ben’s blog specifically, FB, and to get my emails functioning again. Must have pissed someone off… up there.

      2.) My first thoughts on this article:
      Activist, special interest groups are behind many things today. Anyone noticing the Marx Feminist, Feminist, Hollywood fems, or NOW orgs push for control over us evil men. “Polishing” up for showing certain people. Haven’t experienced it at the VA or elsewhere, used for untouchable/unmentionable retaliation tactics? Identity politics and more? Then hold thy tongue. March for Women that has never been defined for purposes much except funny hats, pushing victim status, more power positions, ‘phony ‘equality,’ etc. Things a human male is not to dare question like AFGE female staff breaking laws and doing harm or psycho type harassing for daring to offend one.

      3.) Good for Dr. McKee with kudos. However like Nam mentioned she, others, of her caliber are not for us. Maybe for McCain, college sports jocks, “NFL”, celebrities, etc. Far beyond our reach. In past attempts to see those with her credentials just in my state alone was impossible and for the elite, wealthy, other professionals, MDs, and sports celebrities only. Insurance sure wouldn’t allow for it or pay to see such people. Has it changed? I don’t know. Been years back and too late in the game and too broke to play that game today. Besides, with the revolving doors of PCPs in the health community today I doubt any suggestions from those like Dr. McKee would stay in force very long if at all due to some ego issues, total incompetence and uncaring attitudes.

      Nam, don’t’ feel like the Lone Ranger you are not alone. I am one bitter character today and not ashamed or fearful to admit it. Earned the rights, hard knock PHDs, tracks and labels to prove it.

      1. @sunvale- “brain bank” is a bit like ‘The Hotel California’, in that everyone is welcome to enter, but none are ever permitted to leave. Deposits only. VA tinkering with Million Vet Genomes, splice this, attach that…VA Sponsored…Zombie Mad Cow Apocalypse…

        …wait for it…

      2. I’ve got the song in my head from Pinky & the Brain. One is a genius, the other one insane…..
        For more information read the Press Release from Jan. 24, 2018: VA’s National PTSD Brain Bank Collaborates With PINK Concussions Group. Women Veterans Urged to Donate Brains for Research “” & Women donate brain pledge: “” & also National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Brain Bank “”
        Before each night is done Their plan will be unfurled By the dawning of the sun They’ll take over the world

      3. “The situation’s changed

        For Pinky and the Brain

        No laboratory

        Alone in the rain.

        And someone’s looking ’round

        For where they might be found

        It’s stinky

        For Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,

        Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,


        Their pressure magnified

        With every lab they tried

        They had to flee constantly

        Needing a place to hide.

        Trapped inside a store

        A girl ran in the door

        She bought a discount turtle

        But ended up with more.

        Elmyra: Furry things are nice

        I love my talking mice

        I take them to school

        And make them eat rice.

        I spray them with perfume

        In my own bedroom

        Chorus: They’re crinkly

        And often in great pain, pain, pain, pain,

        Pain, pain, pain, pain,


        So Pinky and the Brain

        Share a new domain

        It’s what the network wants

        Why bother to complain?The Earth remains a goal

        Some things they can’t control

        They’re Pinky

        Elmyra and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,

        Brain : (vo) I deeply resent this.

        Chorus: Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,

        Pinky : (vo) Troz! (laugh)”…*NARF*

        Elmyra: Mousies!!

  15. Awesome M.D. and researcher…but why no talk about the VA failing to send all those unqualified TBI examination Veterans to the likes of Dr. McKee? Am I missing something or is that the point; the VA touts world class healthcare while having this brilliant MD/Researcher, while sending the very Veterans affected by TBI to unqualified hacks that could never hold a candle to Dr. McKee.

    Maybe I’m just bitter but anytime the VA or it’s Big Pig Minions are in light of accountability and scrutiny, they ALWAYS manage to polish their very best turds for world class health presentation…usually in advance of a money-grab, for emphasis.

    Again, WHY were ALL those wrongly diagnosed, shortchanged, hung-out-to-die, TBI Veterans sent to Dr. McKee’s office? We Vets are USED to standing in-line…do crows fly in Dr. McKee’s direction or is that not even in the Choice of things?

    Again, forgive my bitterness but the VA polishes turds like genie bottles, and with same results…

    1. No offense intended, but once they reach Dr. McKee’s Table, they are dead. I don’t believe there is anything preventing people from pledging to donate their brains to the VA BU Brain Bank. I think Chris Nowitzskii of WWE fame, is running a concussion legacy foundation which is trying to get more brains donated to Dr. McKee’s studies. Dissecting brains requires corpses. Better would be to improve quality of life measures while people are still living.

      1. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

        Marty Salo: Are you saying this Dr, has no contact with “living Veterans”?, and that her studies are only contained to those who are deceased? She studies only the actual “brain” , by dissecting, imaging, chemical reactions, etc?

      2. So do you support the Veterans Affairs policies of Delay, Deny, until they die and then they will pick their brains?

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