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Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) Sponsor Sites

2017 Sponsor Sites

Below is a list of Institutional Sponsors for the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) program. Site sponsors will continue to be added until December 21, 2016, so please check back frequently.

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Simon Driver, PhD
Phone: 214-820-9014
909 N. Washington Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246
RREMS Mentors: Simon Driver, Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, David Salisbury
Current Research Areas:
Neuro-recovery and health promotion; healthcare utilization; health literacy

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnait College of Medicine
Brad Kurowski, MD, MS
Phone: 513-803-3655
3333 Burnet Avenue
MLC 4009
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3026
RREMS Mentors: Brad Kurowski, MD, MS, Shari Wade, PhD, Nathan Evanson, MD, PhD
Current Research Areas: Pediatric brain injury (mild through severe injury) outcomes and factors associated with recovery. Animal models of pediatric brain injury.

Johns Hopkins
R. Sam Mayer, MD, MEHP
Phone: 410-502-2337
600 N. Wolfe St. / Phipps 198
Baltimore, MD 21287
RREMS Mentors: Pablo Celnik, MD, Professor and Chair; Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor; Frank Pidcock, Associate Professor and Chief, Peds PM&R, Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI); Christina Sadowsky, MD, Assistant Professor, Director International Center for SCI, KKI; Stacey Suskauer, MD, Associate Professor, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, KKI; Stephen Wegener, PhD, Professor, Chief of Rehabilitation Psychology
Current Research Areas: Cerebral plasticity and transcortical magnetic stimulation (Celnik) Dysphagia (Gonzalez-Fernandez) Spasticity in children (Pidcock) Spinal cord injury (Sadowsky) Pediatric Brain Injury (Suskauer) Chronic LBP (Wegener)

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH
Phone: 718-920-2751
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467
RREMS Mentors: Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH Soo Kim, MD Sewon Lee, MD
Current Research Areas: Use of a novel biomechanics device for the modification of gait and biomechanics to improve back and knee pain Virtual reality analgesia to control pain in children undergoing botulinum toxin injections Evaluation of conservative measures to control sacroiliac and pelvic dysfunction in patient with low back and hip pain. Conservative care using biomechanics alterations of pelvic floor mechanics for treatment of incontinence in older women. Investigation of the feasibility and applicability of 3 Dimensional printing for creation of upper extremity prosthetics and orthotics for children and adults.

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute/ MossRehab
John Whyte, MD, PhD
Phone: 215-663-6872
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA, 29027
RREMS Mentors: Multiple mentors available with different interests. Please see MRRI website ("who we are") for list of potential mentors. Each mentor's research interests are listed on the website.
Current Research Areas: Research areas are described on the MRRI website. Applicants should identify the areas they are most interested in.

New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia/Cornell
Anna-Christina Bevelaqua, MD
Phone: 212-305-8592
180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 199
New York, NY 10032
RREMS Mentors: Alfred Gellhorn, MD
Current Research Areas: Dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) injection for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial. dHACM is a novel regenerative treatment option that delivers growth factors derived from donated placental tissue to joints with osteoarthritis via ultrasound guided injection. We are comparing dHACM to a control group treated with corticosteroid injection, and following patients for 6 months to determine the effect on clinical parameters including pain and function.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center
David Gater, MD, PhD, MS
Phone: 717-531-4263
Penn State College of Medicine PM&R HP 28
500 University Drive
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
RREMS Mentors: David Gater, MD, PhD, MS; Andrew Gardner, PhD; Katie Schmitz, PhD
Current Research Areas: 1. Exercise, Nutrition, Body Composition and Metabolism for persons with Spinal Cord Injury 2. Exercise to Ameliorate Peripheral Vascular Disease 3. Exercise Training after Breast Cancer / Reconstruction

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Leslie Rydberg, MD
Phone: 312-238-2907
345 E. Superior St
Chicago IL 60611
RREMS Mentor: Leslie Rydberg, MD
Current Research Areas: spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, pain management, prosthetics, neuromuscular disorders, laboratory research, gait training

RUSK Rehabilitation, New York University School of Medicine
Zena Moore
Phone: 212-263-8022
240 East 38th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10016
RREMS Mentors: Dr. Preeti Raghavan, Vice Chair Research, Director Motor Recovery Research Lab; Dr. Tamara Bushnik, Associate Professor; Dr. John Ross Rizzo, Assistant Professor, Director Visuomotor Integration Lab; Dr. Prin Amorapanth, Clinical Instructor; Dr. Barbara Siminovich-blok, Clinical Assistant Professor
Current Research Areas: Several research projects are currently underway in upper extremity stroke rehabilitation, recovery after TBI, visuomotor rehabilitation, and integrative medicine in rehabilitation among others. The student will have the opportunity to consult with the PI's of the projects and carve out a proposal for the summer. Students are encouraged to contact the program early.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Rani Haley Lindberg, MD
Phone: (501) 526-7724
4301 West Markham #602
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
RREMS Mentors: (1) Kevin M. Means, MD, Professor and Chair (2) Kamara Savage, MD, Assistant Professor
Current Research Areas: Quality improvement projects for outpatient clinic efficiency and patient show rates; falls/gait evaluations; drug study for upper limb motor recovery after stroke.

University of Kansas Medical Center
Neil Segal, MD, MS
Phone: (913) 945-8282
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mailstop 1046
KUMC Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Kansas City, KS 66160
RREMS Mentors: Neil Segal, MD, MS, Professor and Director of Clinical Research; Randolph J Nudo, PhD, Professor & Vice Chair of Research; Shawn Frost, PhD, Research Assistant Professor; David Guggenmos, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
Current Research Areas: Our rehabilitation research program includes diverse projects relating to neuroplasticity in recovery from brain injury and spinal cord injury, brain-machine interface, musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a focus on knee and shoulder function, and cancer rehabilitation.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Brad Dicianno, MD
Phone: 412-648-6666
3471 5th Avenue, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
RREMS Mentors: A variety of mentors are available. Please check our website for more details.
Current Research Areas: A variety of projects are available. Please check our website for research interests of individual faculty.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Kathy Brown
6431 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-797-7429
RREMS Mentors: Sheng Li, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, NeuroRehabilitation Research Laboratory; Dr. Nuray Yozbatiran MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current Research Areas: Dr. Li - Neuropathic pain: heart rate variability as a biomarker in patients with SCI and amputation, Spasticity quantification: correlation of resting angle with other clinical assessment of spasticity in stroke patients; Dr. Yozbatiran - Non-invasive brain and non-invasive spine stimulation coupled with robotic-assisted training for improving arm and hand functions after incomplete spinal cord injury.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Thiru Annaswamy, MD
Phone: 214-857-0273
Contact email:
4500 S. Lancaster Road
PM&R Service
Dallas, TX-75216
RREMS Mentors: Thiru M. Annaswamy, MD MA, Professor, PM&R; Kelly Scott, MD, Associate Professor, PM&R; Kathleen Bell, MD, Professor and Chair, PM&R; Nicholas Fey, PhD, Assistant Professor, PM&R.
Current Research Areas:  Spine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Human Gait & Biomechanics, Telerehabilitation, Virtual Reality Applications, Amputee & Prosthetics, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Concussion and Brain Injury.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH
Phone: 615-322-7578
2201 Childrens's Way, Suite 1318
Nashville, TN 37212
RREMS Mentor: Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center Director of PM&R Research and Co-Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research
Current Research Areas: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Shoulder Disorders, Physical Therapy, Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Healthcare Utilization

Washington University School of Medicine
Heidi Prather, DO
Phone: 314-514-3901
14532 South Outer Forty Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005
RREMS Mentors: Heidi Prather, DO , Professor, Vice Chair Department of Orthopedics, Division Chief, Phyiscal Medicine and Rehabilitation; Devyani Hunt, MD, Associate Professor, Director of Resident Research, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current Research Areas: Sports study in soccer athletes, hip deformity, hip spine syndrome, dance

Wayne State University SOM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Oakwood
Jean Peduzzi Nelson, PhD
Phone: 313-577-8995
7133 Scott Hall
540 E Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
RREMS Mentors: Jean Peduzzi Nelson, PhD
Current Research Areas: Please contact Dr. Peduzzi-Nelson directly for this information.


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