As part of our celebration of World Stroke Day (October 29) we are pleased to announce that John D. Phillips, Ph.D. is Disruptive Women in Health Care’s October Man of the Month. John, co-founder of the Stroke Comeback Center, is a visionary who saw an unmet need, and helped to create an innovative solution.
John was one of those well-connected Washington insiders, who had served as a deputy commissioner for higher education in the Ford Administration, then served as founding president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and then ran an executive search practice specializing in recruiting college presidents. Then, his hectic workaholic lifestyle came to a sudden halt when he suffered a stroke. During his recovery, he noticed and felt some very large gaps in resources needed for recovery, particularly for people whose stroke had caused communication difficulties. Working with his speech therapists and others, he co-founded the non-profit Stroke Comeback Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Question: John, tell us a little about your stroke.
Answer: Most people who are attacked by stroke suffer the more common blockade stroke — where a clot or constriction in the blood vessel prevents oxygen from getting to the brain, and rapidly kills brain cells until the obstruction is removed. (more…)