Community Hospital

Concussion Clinic
at Community Hospital

Concussions occur when there is trauma to the head or spine that results in temporary impairment of brain function.

When recognized and treated properly, most people fully recover from a single concussion. However, it is imperative to complete one’s recovery from a first concussion prior to risking a second concussion. Individuals who sustain multiple concussions, particularly children playing sports, may take longer to recover each time and may experience extended post concussion symptoms or disability.

Quickly recognizing and responding appropriately to a concussion is important to effectively treat the condition.

Care & Management

If a concussion is suspected, seeking medical care as soon as possible is important to make a full recovery and decrease the chance of developing long-term problems.  Our medical team is experienced in evaluating and treating concussions and provides individualized treatment options to patients.

The Concussion Clinic at Community Hospital is located in the Medical Office Building, 801 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 405, Munster, IN. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 219-836-4461.

Services provided by the Concussion Clinic

  • Diagnosis of concussion
  • ImPACT testing
    • ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Developed in the early 1990's at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages.
  • Plan of care for recovery and rehabilitation
  • Returning to daily activities, including sports, school and work
  • Working collaboratively with your primary care physician

Meet our Team

Mohammad S. Shukairy, MD, neurosurgeon
Dr. Mohammad S. Shukairy completed his neurosurgery training at Henry Ford Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. He has published numerous articles and participated in research initiatives throughout his medical training, including studies on traumatic brain injury and its consequences. His interests and training include traumatic brain injury such as post-concussive syndrome, brain and spinal surgery, and peripheral nerve disorders.

Marc Levin, MD, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Levin received his medical degree from Indiana University, and trained at Cleveland Clinic for his internship and residency. Dr. Levin is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and currently serves as the Past President of the Medical Staff at Community Hospital. Dr. Levin presents educational lectures on a variety of neurological and spinal disease process and treatments. He specializes in both conservative and surgical treatments of spine and neurological disorders as well as traumatic brain injury.

Wayel Kaakaji, MD, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Kaakaji received his medical degree from University of Texas, and completed his residency and internship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kaakaji is Board Certified in neurosurgery and has many years of experience performing complex surgeries of the brain and spine. He specializes in all aspects of complex spine surgery and performs minimally invasive surgeries of the spine, thus offering patients shorter recovery and better pain control. Additional medical interests include traumatic brain injury and the treatment of concussions.

John J. Doherty, MS, PT, ATC, physical therapist
Mr. Doherty is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He obtained a Master’s degree in Physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. He has been the head athletic trainer at Munster High School, Munster, IN since 1985. Mr. Doherty also writes a weekly sports medicine column in The Times daily newspaper. A frequent subject in his column has been concussion care. He is regarded as one of the top experts on concussion among athletic trainers nationally, having addressed the National Association of School Nurses on the topic in 2010 and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011. 

Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy-D., ABPP-CN, consulting clinical neuropsychologist
Dr. Pieroth is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Champaign and obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1997. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Division of Neuropsychology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Dr. Pieroth is a Diplomat with the American Board of Professional Psychology-Clinical Neuropsychology. She has extensive experience in the evaluation of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, particularly traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion. She is the Head Injury/Concussion consultant to the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire, Chicago White Sox and Northwestern University.