St. Petersburg, FL (June 23, 2019) Voices of Hope for Aphasia, a 501(c)3 non-profit, have named David H. Baras M.D. to the Board of Directors of the organization devoted to helping those, who through stroke or traumatic brain injury, have lost much of their ability to communicate.
Dr. Baras holds a bachelor’s degree in Science (Biology) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.D. from St. Georges University of Medicine. He was in residence at the VA Wadsworth and at the UCLA Medical Centers in Los Angeles CA., focusing on Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is also a Fellow of the American Medical Association and an active member of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the Southern Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Dr. Baras has always been a fierce advocate for everyone living in our community, serving on the board of trustees and the executive board of the Florida Holocaust Museum and has served on the board of directors of The Exchange Club, focusing on the prevention of child abuse. In 1988, Dr. Baras was appointed by the Mayor of St. Petersburg to the City Government Committee to Assist the Physically Injured.
“David Baras brings an extensive set of skills and experience that are a perfect addition to the Voices of Hope for Aphasia leadership,” said Voices of Hope for Aphasia Board Chair, Ken Bado. “His background as a physiatrist gives him unique expertise in the issues that our members face, and his guidance will help us continue to expand our innovative programs. I look forward to working with David.”
About the foundation: Voices of Hope for Aphasia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting communication skills and developing community among individuals who have lost their ability to speak, understand, write, or read. The organization was formed in 2011 by founders Mike and Kathy Caputo after Mike’s stroke at the age of 51. Aphasia is a language disorder that occurs primarily due stroke; 40% of strokes cause some form of aphasia. There are two times more people living with aphasia than Parkinson’s and 150 times more than those with ALS. For more information on our programs – please visit http://www.vohaphasia.org