Bruce Pinson Capehart, MD


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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Translational Neuroscience
Durham VA Medical Center
OEF/OIF Program (116 O)
Durham, NC 27705
Office Telephone:
919-286-0411, extension 5112
  • MD, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, 1991
  • Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, 1995
Clinical Interests:
Evaluation and treatment of mental health problems in combat veterans; posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), other disorders of mood, anxiety, or cognition; co-morbid substance use disorders
Research Interests:
My research focuses on the clinical problems seen in military veterans. These interests include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the co-occurence of these two conditions. Several projects involve blast injury and how blast can affect normal physiology in both the body and brain. With my Duke colleagues at the engineering school's Injury Biomechanics Laboratory, and our collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, we are investigating the thresholds at which blast exposure leads to clinically significant changes. Specific topics of interest are blast injury as a cause for neurophysiologic changes, behavioral changes, injury risk modeling, and immune system response to injury.
Representative Publications:
  • Wood, GW; Panzer, MB; Shridharani, JK; Matthews, KA; Capehart, BP; Myers, BS; Bass, CR. Attenuation of blast pressure behind ballistic protective vests. Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. 2013;19:19-25.  Abstract
  • Bass, CR; Panzer, MB; Rafaels, KA; Wood, G; Shridharani, J; Capehart, B. Brain injuries from blast. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2012;40:185-202.  Abstract
  • Capehart, B; Bass, D. Review: managing posttraumatic stress disorder in combat veterans with comorbid traumatic brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2012;49:789-812.  Abstract
  • Capehart, BP. Benzodiazepines, posttraumatic stress disorder, and veterans: good news and why we're not done yet. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2012;73:307-309.  Abstract
  • Jeffreys, M; Capehart, B; Friedman, MJ. Pharmacotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: review with clinical applications. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2012;49:703-715.  Abstract
  • Mehlenbacher, A; Capehart, B; Bass, D; Burke, JR. Sound induced vertigo: superior canal dehiscence resulting from blast exposure. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012;93:723-724.  Abstract
  • Panzer, MB; Bass, CR; Rafaels, KA; Shridharani, J; Capehart, BP. Primary blast survival and injury risk assessment for repeated blast exposures. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2012;72:454-466.  Abstract
  • Rafaels, KA; Bass, CR; Panzer, MB; Salzar, RS; Woods, WA; Feldman, SH; Walilko, T; Kent, RW; Capehart, BP; Foster, JB; Derkunt, B; Toman, A. Brain injury risk from primary blast. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2012;73:895-901.  Abstract
  • Rafaels, K; Bass, CR; Salzar, RS; Panzer, MB; Woods, W; Feldman, S; Cummings, T; Capehart, B. Survival risk assessment for primary blast exposures to the head. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2011;28:2319-2328.  Abstract