tobinIn a recent news release, United Spinal Association announces that Paul J. Tobin, (pictured right) president and CEO, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Leadership Award. The award reflects Tobin’s work in advancing the needs of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Steven Kirshblum, MD, president, ASCIP, notes that, “Paul has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of SCI/D through the development of high-quality programs, public policy, community advocacy, and promotion of expertise among professionals in the field…” The release notes that ASCIP is a nonprofit interdisciplinary organization centered on improving the care of individuals with SCI through knowledge sharing and expertise.

Tobin was appointed president and CEO of United Spinal Association in June 2006, and his leadership, United Spinal notes, helped pave the way for its official merger with National Spinal Cord Injury Association in 2011; the acquisition of New Mobility Magazine, which is dedicated to active lifestyle matters and products for individuals with disabilities; and the addition of UsersFirst, a program geared toward advocating for enlightened public policies regarding the capacity of individuals with disabilities and to assist individuals with disabilities in making informed choices regarding durable medical equipment.

“I urge individuals with disabilities everywhere to continue the tradition of service that is the legacy of United Spinal and its membership, which is to continually challenge the limitations imposed by attitudes, medical technology, society, and government,” Tobin emphasizes.

The release also notes that Tobin and United Spinal also played a key role during the formation of the Spinal Cord Leaders Council (SCLC), which is a coalition representing organizations, providers, and professionals serving the needs of the SCI/D community.

Prior to this appointment as president and CEO, Tobin, a US Navy veteran, reportedly served as deputy executive director from July 2003 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1995 to 1996. The release notes that Tobin holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and pursued a master’s degree in public health administration at Columbia University.

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[Source: United Spinal Association]