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Digby Ormond-Brown

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Digby Ormond-Brown is the principal neuropsychologist at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital, where he has been based since 1994. He has been immersed in the neurosciences for his entire career. Digby underwent training in neuropsychology at the University of the Witwatersrand with Prof Michael Saling, completing a thesis entitled Attentional Dysfunction in Autism: Psychophysiological and Neurochemical Perspectives. He then obtained a position in UNISA’s Health Psychology Unit, which was led by Prof Victor Nell, where he was initially deployed as a statistician on a large-scale project into the epidemiology of traumatic brain injury in Johannesburg. That work soon led to additional roles as a clinician assessing patients in the traumatic brain injury epidemiology project. The Health Psychology Unit had offices in the National Centre for Occupational Health, which led to cooperative projects in neurotoxicology, and he gained experience in patients exposed to organic solvents, organophosphate pesticides, mercury, and manganese. Having gained a solid training in clinical neuropsychological assessment, he was then given further work at the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) clinic at Johannesburg Academic Hospital. During that time period, he had also worked as a tutor at the Neuropsychology Clinic at Hillbrow Hospital, and ended up running the clinic for a few years, providing training not only to clinical psychologists, but also to speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. Digby set up rooms at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital.During his tenure at the hospital he participated in multiple drug trials that led to the development of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor drugs, such as Aricept and Reminyl, that are widely used nowadays in the management of dementia. He began doing medicolegal work, became an expert witness, and has given testimony in countless matters in the High Court. In 2002 he was appointed as consultant neuropsychologist to the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics where he was deeply involved in the assessment and management of concussion. His private practice at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital has morphed into Ormond Neuroscience. 

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