Dr. Saafan Malik is the Director of the Research Division at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center is to serve active-duty military, their beneficiaries and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-science clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services. Dr. Malik directs and oversees a portfolio of 66 active clinical research protocols on the topic of TBI across various sites within the DVBIC research network. Dr. Malik has served as the senior research investigator at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, undertook his postdoctoral work at the Department of Neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and clinical neurosurgery training at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Malik has expertise in basic, translational, and clinical research and care related to TBI. He is the recipient of several academic awards and grants, including the National Institutes of Health-National Research Service Award on TBI and the Murray Goldstein Award from the National Neurotrauma Society. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.