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W. David Arnold, MD
david arnoldDr. Arnold completed his medical degree in 2004 at the University of Louisville and PM&R residency training in 2008 at the University of Louisville and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute. He did an additional year of fellowship training in neuromuscular medicine at the Ohio State University and thereafter joined the faculty in 2009. Dr. Arnold is interested in normal development and degeneration of the motor unit and creation of novel electrophysiological techniques to understand these events. Dr. Arnold is currently investigating compound muscle action potential and motor unit number estimation techniques in mouse models of spinal muscular atrophy under the mentorship of Dr. Arthur Burghes, John Kissel, and Bill Pease. The goals of Dr. Arnold’s work are to understand the effects of spinal muscular atrophy on motor unit and to develop biomarkers to translate promising preclinical therapies to the clinic.
Monica Rho, MD
monica rhoDr. Monica Rho received her MD degree from North Western University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. She is a second-year attending physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago with a faculty appointment at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her current research focus is on the motor control of the hip with abnormal morphology, specifically cam-type Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI). Her primary mentor is Yasin Dhaher, PhD. Dr. Dhaher has been awarded two NIH grants as the principle investigator (PI) and co-PI. He has also attained multiple other grants by the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education as the principle investigator. Dr. Dhaher is currently investigating the basic neuromuscular control of the hip in patients with stroke by using an isometric hip target-matching paradigm. Dr. Harden will serve as secondary mentor. He has been the Director of the Center for Pain Studies at RIC since 1993. He was awarded the Addison Chair in Pain Studies in 2001. He has published extensively on pain resulting from a wide array of disorders, including osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. He has a strong understanding of the mechanism of pain, how to measure pain, and its effects on function and quality of life. Heidi Prather, DO will also serve as secondary mentor. Dr. Prather is a physiatrist with a specialty in hip and spine disorders. She will be providing veteran clinical expertise on FAI.
Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH
amy houtrowDr. Houtrow obtained her MD from Michigan State University and subsequently completed residency training in a combined Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. During her residencies, she also completed an MPH in Health Policy and Management at the University of Michigan. From 2005-2012, she is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. While there she completed her PhD in medical sociology. She is now the Vice Chair for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on understanding the family impacts of raising children with disabilities. Her mentoring team is lead by Dr. Paul Newacheck, a leader in health services research for children with special health care needs.
Jennifer M. Zumsteg, MD
jennifer zumstegDr. Zumsteg obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine after completing undergraduate studies in Biology and Psychology at Sonoma State University. She trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington where she also served as chief resident. During her RMSTP fellowship, Dr. Zumsteg will analyze issues of environmental performance and sustainability in PM&R practice. Under the mentorship of a team lead by Dr. Joyce Cooper in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, Dr. Zumsteg will investigate PM&R physician attitudes and behaviors regarding environmental stewardship, applications of environmental performance evaluations and guidelines in the rehabilitation setting, and the use of life cycle assessment in health care. She continues clinical and educational work in physiatry in the University of Washington health care system with a focus on traumatic brain injury.
Qing Mei Wang, MD, PhD
Dr. Qing Mei Wang obtained her PhD and MD from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and subsequently completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center at NY. She currently holds an academic appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is a staff physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusett General Hospital. Her research is focused on investigating the mechanisms of neuroplasticity for stroke recovery in both animal model and stroke patients and developing pharmacological treatment to promote functional recovery. Her mentor team is lead by Dr. Moskowitz at Stroke and Neurovascular Regulation Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and by Dr. Zafonte at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Pradeep Suri, MD
pradeep suriDr. Suri obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington. After attending in Spine and EMG clinics in the Puget Sound VA system, he decided to pursue subspecialty training, going on to complete a Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. As an RMSTP fellow, Dr. Suri is conducting research on the epidemiology of degenerative lumbar spinal disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz. His work involves the identification of traditional and novel risk factors associated with pathoanatomic spinal degeneration, symptomatic disease, and functional limitations in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Gen 3 cohorts. He currently holds an academic appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is a staff physiatrist at The Spine Center of New England Baptist Hospital.
James J. Hill III, MD
james j hillDr. Hill is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine where he also serves as the Medical Director of the University’s Employee Health Clinic. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fellowship in Occupational & Environmental Medicine at Yale University. He is Board Certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Preventive Medicine/Occupational & Environmental Medicine and has a Masters in Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. He is currently in Phase II of the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). His research interests include absenteeism, lost work time and productivity, organizational and economic incentives and their impact on return to work outcomes, epidemiologic methods related to classification of socioeconomic status, and long term outcomes in returning Afghanistan/Iraq combat veterans.
Richard Wilson, MD
richard wilsonDr. Wilson obtained his MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Wilson is pursuing his research fellowship in health services research under the mentorship of Dr. Neal V. Dawson at MetroHealth Medical Center. His focus is to determine whether there is an association between healthcare resource utilization and psychological traits in those with spinal cord injury. He has a faculty appointment as a general physiatrist at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio.
Vincent Gabriel, MD
vincent gabriel Dr. Vincent Gabriel graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Canada with both MD and Bachelor's of Science in Medicine degrees in 2000. He then completed residency training at the University of Alberta in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2005. Dr. Gabriel also holds a fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Following residency, Dr. Gabriel worked at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital as a consultant physiatrist and clinical services director for the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research funded North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model Systems Project. Dr. Gabriel also graduated with a Master's degree from the UTSouthwestern Clinical Scholar's program. As a participant in the RMSTP, Dr. Gabriel carried out research projects relating to the viscoelastic properties of human skin and scar as well as the genetic response of human skin to burn injury in the development of burn scar.

Currently, Dr. Gabriel is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. He works as the Director of Burn Rehabilitation and Scar Research at the Calgary Firefighter's Burn Treatment Center at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His clinical program is developing a continuum of rehabilitation care for burn and trauma patients from acute presentation through to community re-integration. At the same time, Dr. Gabriel is continuing his research endeavours in the viscoelastic properties of human scarring and the pathways leading to human hypertrophic scarring.

Leslie Morse, DO
leslie mooreDr. Morse completed her medical training at the University of New England and her residency in PMR at Boston Medical Center. She is currently a staff physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Clinical Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor in the department of PMR at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Morse's research is focused on neuromodulation of bone metabolism. She is the PI of an active R01 grant awarded by the NIH and the PI of an active grant awarded by the Department of Defense. Both studies address SCI-induced osteoporosis.
Brad Dicianno, MD
brad diciannoDr. Dicianno is the Associate Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories and Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the Director of the UPMC Adult Spina Bifida Clinic and the Medical Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Director of the RREMS (Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students) for the AAP. His research focus is understanding motor control and movement disorders by studying the interfaces between the upper limb and engineering devices such as power wheelchair joysticks and interfaces for computer access. He completed an RMSTP fellowship at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Rory Cooper, PhD. Brad graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine after obtaining a BS in Evolutionary Biology and a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science as an undergraduate there. He completed residency in the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. During his fellowship he also received a Master's Degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Janna L. Friedly, MD
janna friedlyDr. Janna Friedly grew up in upstate New York, but took the first opportunity she could to move west, attending college at Stanford University. After college, she moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she cultivated her interest in health services research and health care policy working for the medical director of a not-for-profit health plan analyzing physician performance and quality reporting. She then obtained her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and spent a year working with mentor Laurence Huang at UCSF developing her basic research skills through the Training in Clinical Research program and conducting research on the genetic epidemiology of PCP pneumonia. After completing residency training in PM&R at the University of Washington, she returned to her interests in health services research through the RMSTP K12 program. She has been working at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Drs. Rick Deyo and Leighton Chan conducting health services research relating to epidural steroid injections for the treatment of low back pain in the Medicare population. She is currently an Acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and with the Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research. Her primary research interests are in the provision of health services relating to low back pain. She is also extending her research focus to study the delivery of health care services to amputees. Clinically, she works at Harborview Medical Center in the amputee clinic and as an attending on the inpatient acute rehabilitation service. Her other academic interests are in quality improvement, medical ethics, and teaching evidence based medicine to medical students and residents.
Gwen Sowa, MD, PhD
gwen sowaDr. Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Outcomes and Quality Care in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Co-Director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine Research at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also holds joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. She completed her MD/PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by residency training at Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Using her background in biochemistry, Dr. Sowa currently performs molecular laboratory based, translational, and clinical research, investigating the effect of motion on inflammatory pathways and the beneficial effects of exercise. She is Co-Director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine Research, a 3000 square foot laboratory fully equipped to perform molecular assays including gene expression analysis, protein analysis, cell and organ culture, histology, and cellular and spinal biomechanical testing.
Neil A. Segal, MD
neil segalDr. Segal completed his medical training at Vanderbilt University Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. He currently has appointments at the University of Kansas as the Dr. George Varghese Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, where he is Director of Clinical Research, and at the University of Iowa as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology. Along with his principal mentor, Dr. James Torner, Dr. Segal is a co-Principal investigator in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST), an epidemiological study of risk factors for knee osteoarthritis development and progression. His RMSTP studies related to investigating the mechanism for knee osteoarthritis development in the context of obesity. For these studies, he studied body composition analysis (assessment of fat and muscle deposits), and gait analysis. Through continuing these investigations Dr. Segal established a Clinical Osteoarthritis Research Program to continue to explore the relationships between body structure and human function in order to contribute to a model for considering and measuring disablement in older adults with osteoarthritis.
Anthony S. Burns, MD
anthony burnsAnthony S. Burns graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1994. Afterwards, he completed a combined Internal Medicine/PM&R residency training in the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. During his residency training, he received the Arthur A. Siebens Memorial Award presented annually to a senior resident in the Johns Hopkins/Sinai PM&R residency for excellence in academic pursuits and devotion to patient care. He is board certified in two medical specialties: Internal Medicine and PM&R. In addition, he completed a spinal cord injury (SCI) fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical center and has additional certification in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Medicine. He is also a past participant in the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP), an initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From August 2000 through October 2007, he held an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA, and was the Assistant Director of the Regional SCI Center of the Delaware Valley. During this time, he was also appointed an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia PA. In November 2007, Dr. Burns joined the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, the largest program of its kind in Canada. He also holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiatry, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on prognosis following traumatic SCI, neurorecovery and plasticity following SCI, and peripheral nervous system function following SCI.
Pablo Celnik, MD
pablo celnik Dr. Celnik is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician and Associate Professor in Johns Hopkins University. Originally, he completed residency training in neurology in Argentina, followed by a fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Maryland and later a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Hallett at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH). This work culminated in a seminal paper in Nature (Cohen, L. G., P. Celnik, et al. 1997]. "Functional relevance of cross-modal plasticity in blind humans." Nature 389: 180-3). After this work, he entered the PM&R residency program in Johns Hopkins University where he was ultimately appointed chief resident. After this training, he was awarded a K12 Career Development Award, the "Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Training Program” (RMSTP), sponsored by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and NIH, under the mentorship of Dr. Leonardo Cohen in the Human Cortical Physiology Section of the NIH. At the same time, he joined as an assistant professor the PM&R and Neurology Departments at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At the completion of his training in the RMSTP he was awarded the "Clinician Scientist Award” from Johns Hopkins University, the "2006 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award” from the American Geriatric Society, and obtained a Beginning Grant in Aid from the American Heart Association.

More recently, he was awarded an R01 from the NIH to continue his investigations and to start the Human Brain Physiology Laboratory in the PM&R dept. at Johns Hopkins University. Dr Celnik’s research has focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain lesions, and on developing and testing new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke. In this area, he has published several manuscripts in highly regarded peer reviewed journals, as well as chapters in prominent books.

In 2009, Dr Celnik received the"Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)”, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. In 2007, he was recipient of the "Young Academician Award” for outstanding academic performance, and was selected to participate in the Program for Academic Leadership both sponsored by the AAP. He also was recipient of other prestigious scientific awards like the "1997 Fellows Award for Research Excellence” by the National Institute of Health, the "2003 ERF New Investigator Award” by the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the "2005 Best Paper Presentation Award” by the Association of Academic Physiatrists, and the "2006 Best Paper Presentation Award” by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Completing his academic development, Dr Celnik has organized workshops and has been invited to lecture in different universities, and national and international meetings such as the Association of Academic Physiatrists (2005), International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM 2007), Neural Control of Movement (NCM 2007), Pan-American Congress of Neurorehabilitation (2007), Society of Neuroscience Argentina (2006), and Meeting of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (2006). Finally, Dr. Celnik is the Medical Director of Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program of Johns Hopkins Medicine, where care is provided to patients with rehabilitation needs due to neurological conditions.
Jay J. Han, MD
jay han Dr. Han is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis. He is also the Director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the MDA Neuromuscular Diseases Clinic at UC Davis. He completed his undergraduate studies from the Stanford University with honors, and attended UCSF School of Medicine. He completed his internship and PM&R residency at the University of Washington, and subsequently completed a focused clinical and research fellowship (K12) in neuromuscular disorders. He worked under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey S. Chamberlain. Dr. Han has clinical focus in neuromuscular diseases affecting both adult and pediatric populations, specifically the various muscular dystrophies, as well as electrodiagnosis. His research interests focus on the development of functional outcome measures in patients with neuromuscular disorders and research using electrodiagnosis/electromyography (EMGs) in the animal models of various neuromuscular diseases.
Preeti Raghavan, MD
preeti raghaven Dr. Preeti Raghavan obtained her MD degree from Rajah Muthiah Medical College, India. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Raghavan is pursuing her research fellowship in motor control under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Gordon at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is studying the kinematic and kinetic features of prehension during functional tasks in normal individuals and patients after stroke. Her research goal is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the recovery of voluntary motor functions in brain-injured patients. In addition she is an attending physician on the brain injury rehabilitation unit of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Yonghua Tai, MD, PhD
yonghua taiDr. Tai is a staff physician of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and research scientist of Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Tai completed his medical education at The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai and holds a PhD in Neuroanatomy from The University of Iowa. His major areas of research are in visual rehabilitation and training programs to treat deficits of visual field and visual spatial processing. Dr. Tai is currently developing visual rehabilitation programs to train patients with homonymous hemianopia to develop conscious vision in the blind field.
Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD
yejia zhangDr. Zhang earned her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania after completing medical school in China. She started her Phase I training in the RMSTP program during her residency at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. In 2002, Dr. Zhang began Phase II training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL. After completing the three-year training period, she joined the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University as an assistant professor. She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (K-08) to continue her studies on the effects of growth factors on intervertebral discs regeneration and the mechanism of disc degeneration under the mentorship of Dr. Maurizio Pacifici, PhD, and Dr. Irving Shapiro, DDS, PhD Since the initiation of her training with the RMSTP, Dr. Zhang has received numerous awards, including the PM&R Foundation New Investigator Research Grant, the Scott F. Nadler, DO, Research Grant from PASSOR, a Stryker Research Grant from the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), a 21st Century Research Grant from the CSRS, and a Research Grant from the North American Spine Society. Her research will provide guidance on the development of treatment strategies for degenerative disc disease, which is associated with low back pain.
Stacy Suskauer, MD
stacy suskauerDr. Suskauer obtained her M.D. from Duke University and subsequently completed a combined Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. Her training continued with a Rehabilitation Research Fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics. Dr. Suskauer’s research interests include the use of neuroimaging techniques and cognitive/behavioral evaluation to better understand deficits commonly observed following pediatric traumatic brain injury.
David Morgenroth, MD
david morgenrothDr. Morgenroth is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, a Staff Physician at the Seattle VA, and an Investigator in the VA Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering. Dr. Morgenroth's interest in human locomotion began at the age of 11 months when he successfully navigated the challenging crawl-to-walk transition. He further developed his interest in the biomechanics of gait as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, studying human hopping and running in Professor Claire Farley's biomechanics lab. After attending medical school in his hometown New York City, Dr. Morgenroth rambled back out west where he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at the University of Washington, receiving the outstanding resident award for 2006-7. PM&R provided the ideal forum to combine his intellectual interest in biomechanics with his clinical interest treating gait disorders, especially in the amputee population. During his RMSTP fellowship and under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Czerniecki, Dr. Morgenroth began studying the biomechanics of transfemoral amputee gait in order to elucidate the forces responsible for the high prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in this population. He has subsequently been funded by a 5-year VA Career Development Award. His research focuses primarily on understanding the mechanical etiology, prevention and treatment of secondary disabilities in the lower extremity amputee population. Other areas of his research include the study of electromyographic control of prosthetics for lower extremity amputees, knee osteoarthritis pathomechanics in the general population, and medical education. His research has been funded by the NIH, VA, and Department of Defense. He has received national recognition for his research, including a 2010 Outstanding Scientific Paper Presentation Award at the Association of Academic Physiatrists annual conference, and the 2010 Ernest W. Johnson Excellence in Research Writing Award as the honorable mention winner. He is a peer reviewer for a number of journals within the fields of Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, and Musculoskeletal medicine. In addition, he is a board certified physiatrist, and active member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Morgenroth has also focused his career on medical education, and was awarded the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Teacher of the Year in 2009. He is the course director for Amputee Rehabilitation and Principles of Prosthetics, and was the course originator of Rehabilitation Biomechanics at the University of Washington. His clinical focus is on amputee rehabilitation, electromyography, and osteoarthritis care, treating outpatients at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center.
James Eckner, MD
james eckner Dr. James (J.T.) Eckner graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in 2003 and completed his residency training in PM&R at the University of Michigan in 2007. Since that time he has held a faculty position in the UM Department of PM&R. As a junior faculty member, he also earned a Master of Science degree in 2009 from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis through the UM On Job-On Campus Master of Science Program. His area of research interest is mild traumatic brain injury, with a particular emphasis on mTBI, or concussion, in athletes. He has conducted work under the mentorship of Drs James K. Richardson in the Department of PM&R and James A. Ashton-Miller in the Department of Mechanical Engineering aimed at developing better sideline tests for diagnosing and managing sport-related concussions, specifically through the assessment of reaction time. Dr. Eckner’s RMSTP project investigates the role of neck strength and head movement capacity measures in concussion susceptibility through the use of biomechanical modeling techniques. The ultimate goal of this work is to reduce athletes’ susceptibility to concussion by developing more effective pre-participation neck strengthing and conditioning programs.
Erik Hoyer, MD
erik hoyer Dr. Hoyer obtained his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in 2006 after completing both his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Brandeis University. He is currently completing residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University and received the outstanding resident award for 2008-9. As an RMSTP fellow, Dr. Hoyer is interested in studying neuroplasticity of the human motor system. Under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Bastian and Dr. Pablo Celnik, Dr. Hoyer will be exploring bimanual control from both behavioral and neurophysiological perspectives, as well as the application of non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance bimanual task learning.
Brad Kurowski, MS, MD
brad kurowski Dr. Kurowski received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Kurowski completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Dr. Kurowski joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in July of 2010. He currently is a clinical instructor of PM&R and Pediatrics in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and CCHMC. He is the current director of the Head Injury Clinic developed as part of the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) at CCHMC. His clinical interests include pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically concussion and mild TBI in children. His research interests revolve around better elucidating the neurophysiologic and molecular genetic underpinnings of cognitive and behavioral recovery after pediatric TBI with the ultimate goal of improving evidence-based management of TBI in children.
Eric Y. Chang, MD
eric changDr. Eric Y Chang completed his B.A. in East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven, CT in 1999. He completed his medical degree from Albert Enstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 2006 with a Distinction in Musculoskeletal Disorders. He spent 2 years during that period working in Dr. Paul E. DiCesare’s musculoskeletal laboratory at New York University – Hospital for Joint Disease, New York, NY. Subsequently, he completed his residency at UCLA/ Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Residency Program in Los Angeles. He then completed an ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship at University of California, Irvine to pursue his research interest in neuropathic pain and spasticity in the Spinal Cord Injured population. His primary mentor, Dr. Z. David Luo, is a well established investigator in the mechanisms of neuropathic pain. His co-mentor, Director Dr. Oswald Steward of the Reeves-Irvine Research Center, is renowned in the field of Spinal Cord Injury and also a seasoned mentor of previous clinical fellows. Dr. Gwen Sowa, from the University of Pittsburgh, adds her expertise to his mentoring team as a Spinal Cord Injury physician-scientist and as a researcher on degenerative mechanisms of the spine. Dr. Chang will provide clinical service at the UCI Multi-disciplinary Pain Clinic, which serves as a model system for an integrated MSK, pain management, and electromyography clinic in Orange County.
Nanette Joyce, DO
nanette joyceDr. Joyce earned her D.O. from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine as valedictorian in 2004. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan State University where she was chief resident from 2007-2008. After completing a year fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the University of California Davis in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department, Dr. Joyce was awarded a stem cell training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop a cellular therapy for treatment of motor neuron disease. Her mentoring team is led by Dr. Jan Nolta, a leader in the stem cell field and director of the UC Davis stem cell program and Institute for Regenerative Cures. While continuing her research using mesenchymal stem cells, Dr. Joyce will treat patients with neuromuscular diseases as faculty in the UC Davis healthcare system.

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