On Saturday, June 15, family, friends, colleagues and patients gathered to honor a man who chose to dedicate his life’s work to those who bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. Dr. Don Nidiffer made it his personal mission to serve America’s heroes who had sustained brain injuries at a time when they needed him most. To those men and women, Don was not just their physician, he was their ally.
Dr. Nidiffer’s colleagues at NeuroRestorative proudly dedicated the home where he had spent the past 8 years serving active duty service members with brain injury, a career that spanned more than 30 years in medicine and academia.
“Don had an unwavering commitment to those he served,” said Tori Harding, Vice President of Development for NeuroRestorative. “When patients and family members were asked in satisfaction surveys what made their rehabilitation programs good, the answer was always Don. Don makes the programs good.”
To every participant that walked through his door at what is now known as Nidiffer House, Don readily provided his email address and phone number, along with his word that he was available to them any time of day or night. And whether he was speaking at one of the many professional conferences to which he was invited or spending time with his family – Don always kept his word. He always answered their calls.
“On behalf of my colleagues at NeuroRestorative, we are honored to have had the pleasure of working with a man who provided not only a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of brain injury, but who brought a passion, warmth and openness that touched all those whom he mentored, worked alongside and served.” said Bill Duffy, COO for NeuroRestorative.
~We were deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Don Nidiffer lost his own battle to illness this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will truly be missed.~
Dr. Donald Nidiffer was trained as a behavioral psychologist at Johns Hopkins Medical School before working full-time in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical School for 23 years. He is a Certified Brain Injury Trainer and holds Diplomat status in the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychometricians as well as the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. Dr. Nidiffer most recently held an appointment at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Psychiatric Medicine and served as the Executive Director of NeuroRestorative’s program in Charlottesville, Virginia.