ASCIP Mourns the Loss of Dr. David Gater
Dear ASCIP Members:
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr. David Gater, our current Board Chair and highly respected leader in the spinal cord injury community, passed away last evening. We were notified by one of his colleagues that David was riding his bicycle last night and apparently suffered a myocardial infarction. He died shortly thereafter at the Ryder Trauma Center where he spent so much time and effort helping others.
The spinal cord injury community will miss David greatly. As Chair of the ASCIP board, he brought experience, perspective and passion to our deliberations. We will miss those attributes, but most of all we will miss his friendship.
The ASCIP Executive Committee is working on succession plans which will be announced soon. We have many capable people on the Board and the mission of ASCIP will go on uninterrupted.
Joe Fangman, Chair-Elect
Denny O’Malley, Executive Director
Amy Cheatham, Associate Director
ASCIP “Many Minds…One Vision”
ASCIP membership provides medical professionals advanced learning opportunities and professional networking that enhances your professional interests, as well as those of your patients and their families. ASCIP is a not for profit incorporated association comprised of 4 professional sections: American Paraplegia Society (APS), Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (ASCIN), Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors (PSWC) and Therapy Leadership Council (TLC).
Mission Statement - To optimize the health and wellness of individuals with SCI/D through advanced interdisciplinary education, professional development and scientific research.
"One of the many strengths of the Academy is its multidisciplinary membership. As a urologist, the fusion of energy created by the various disciplines focusing on spinal cord injury is tremendous. I find the integrated scientific research possibilities, state-of-the-art annual meetings and networking opportunities invaluable."
-- Michael J. Kennelly, MD, FACS
Immediate Past ASCIP President