Renowned Neuropsychologist, Mark Herceg, Ph.D. Will Lead Planned Concussion Program
SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Dr. Mark Herceg, a neuropsychologist specializing in brain injury and concussion, has joined Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. Formerly, Dr. Herceg, was the Commissioner of Mental Health for Westchester County, from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure, he led the first county conference on concussions and chaired a 28 member County Task Force that developed “10 Best Practices for Concussion Management, “endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America. Over the past 10 years, he has helped shape concussion management practices and increased concussion education in Westchester County in both youth and high school sports.
Dr. Herceg chose to join Phelps because he was impressed by their experienced clinicians and support staff, stating, “The staff utilizes the latest and most evidence based comprehensive tools for assessing and treating vestibular, neurocognitive, ocular, and physical symptoms secondary to concussions. They work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative way, which is essential to rehabilitation and recovery.”
Phelps’ comprehensive concussion program features an interdisciplinary team consisting of Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language therapists who have advanced training in neurological disorders. Your program may begin with your primary physician, in Phelps’ emergency room, or during a consultation with the hospital’s medical leaders in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, or neuropsychology. After a thorough examination is conducted, an assessment will be made and a treatment plan will be developed. Recommendations can be made for Return-to-Sport (previously referred to as Return-to-Play), Return-to-Learn and Return-to-Work for all levels of activity and education.
Dr. Herceg has been a concussion consultant to schools, youth sports, high school, collegiate and professional teams and athletes. Raised in Dobbs Ferry, Dr. Herceg and his wife live in Irvington with their three daughters.
Dr. Herceg began seeing patients at Phelps in October in the 755 Building on the Phelps campus.
He has a few tips for parents:
1) If you are worried about your child playing any sport have them properly evaluated and see the right specialist
2) Make sure specific symptoms are targeted for treatment. For example, see a vestibular therapist for balance or dizziness, or a neuropsychologist for cognitive and/or behavioral changes and assistance with return to school.
3) New CDC guidelines recommend active rehabilitation and/or return to school, approximately 72 hours post injury, in moderation, and not symptom provoking.
4) Don’t panic or compare your child/self to others who have experienced similar injuries. Each brain is different, complex, and needs time to heal.
About Phelps Hospital
Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, about 750 outpatient facilities and more than 13,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu