The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), Knoxville, Tenn, has named Terrence Sheehan, MD, formerly the chief medical officer for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, as its new medical director.

Sheehan will chair the group’s 13-member medical advisory committee comprised of top limb loss-care specialists, which sets standards of care for amputees and for educating health-care professionals on issues concerning those with limb loss.

He spearheaded efforts in 2006 on behalf of the ACA and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities to establish the first-ever national standards of care for addressing the needs of individuals with limb loss. The standards, which became effective in January 2008, require amputation programs to provide a holistic, interdisciplinary team approach to care, and to offer post-care assistance in transitioning back to the community.

Sheehan is board certified by the American Board of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves as director of the comprehensive amputee program at the hospital. He works with Physicians for Peace, an international, humanitarian, nonprofit medical-education organization, to create contemporary care for those with limb loss through educating health care professionals in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital furnishes comprehensive rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports-related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders.