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Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) Sponsor Sites


Site Sponsor Application Deadline -
December 11, 2017


Student Application Deadline -
February 1, 2018

2018 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 13, 2017, so please check back frequently.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD, MS
Phone: 914-597-2322
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
RREMS Mentors: Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD; Pasquale Fonzetti, MD; Richard Novitch, MD
Current Research Areas: Retrospective analysis of Risk Factors in Stroke. Evaluation of Role of MMSE on predicting discharges disposition among stroke patients Development of Burke Fall Risk Screening Tool

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Brad G. Kurowski, MD, MS
Phone: 513-636-7480
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4009
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3026
RREMS Mentors: Brad Kurowski, Shari Wade, Nathan Evanson
Current Research Areas: Pediatric brain injury outcomes, neurocognitive and behavioral recovery after pediatric brain injury, animal models of brain injury recovery

Hospital for Special Surgery
Ellen Casey, MD
Phone: 202-606-1149
429 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
RREMS Mentors: Ellen Casey, MD
Current Research Areas: Participate in translational research investigating the role of endogenous and exogenous sex hormones in lower limb neuromuscular control and sports-related knee injuries

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)

Michigan Medicine
Sandra L Hearn, MD
Phone: 734-232-0912
325 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
MSSCE Mentors: Sandra Hearn, MD
RREMS Mentors: Anna Kratz, PhD
Current Research Areas: Chronic symptoms (pain, fatigue) and functional outcomes (cognition, social functioning). Use of qualitative methods and/or wearable technology to collect data.

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: Sewon Lee, MD, Associate Professor, Sports Medicine Program Director; Yuxi Chen, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Rehabilitation; Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH, Professor, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Current Research Areas: Biomechanical alteration of gait to improve low back pain; Biomechanical alteration of gait to improve knee pain; Virtual Reality Analgesia for pain control in pediatric populations. 3D printing for prosthetics and orthotics. Biomechanics pelvic floor training for urinary incontinence in women.

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute/MossRehab Hospital
John Whyte, MD, PhD
Phone: 215-663-6872

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
RREMS Mentors: John Whyte, Director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, is the contact person for this program and one potential mentor. However, all of the Institute Scientists listed on the MRRI website ( are potential mentors for this experience, depending on the student's interests.
Current Research Areas: MRRI focuses on translational neurorehabilitation research related to both cognitive and motor impairments following CNS injury or disease. Research at MRRI spans the spectrum from basic cognitive and movement neuroscience (attempting to understand how the normal brain manages cognitive and motor processes) to treatment interventions intended to enhance cognitive, motor, and social functioning. Any of MRRI's Institute Scientists (see is a potential mentor for this summer experience, but applicants should express their initial interest to Dr. Whyte who will link them to potential mentors.

NYU Rusk
Zena Moore
Phone: 212-263-8022
240 E 38th St., 17th Flr,
Research Admin – Rehab
New York, NY 10016
RREMS Mentors: JR Rizzo, MD, MSCI; Preeti Raghavan, MD; Prin Amorapanth, MD, PhD
Current Research Areas: Stroke Rehab, TBI Rehab, Assistive Tech Rehab -work in eye tracking and upper extremity hardware/software experiments -computer vision and assistive technology in low vision -TBI and emotional regulation meets eye tracking/imaging and neurocognitive testing

The Ohio State University
W. David Arnold, MD
Phone: 614 293 4969
Arnold Lab, Room 105
Rightmire Hall RH, Building 308
1060 Carmack Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
RREMS Mentors: W. David Arnold, MD
Current Research Areas: Dr. Arnold’s lab is focused on translational neuromuscular physiology of genetic disorders of muscle, nerve and the motor neuron, as well as aging-related loss of physical function.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern University
Leslie Rydberg, MD
Phone: 312-238-2907
355 E. Erie
Chicago IL 60611
RREMS Mentors: Leslie Rydberg, MD, Assistant Residency Program Director; Andrea Domenighetti, PhD, Assistant Professor and Research Scientist; Prakash Jayablan, MD, PhD, Attending Physician and Clinician-Scientist; Additional mentors are available based on student’s area of interest.
Current Research Areas: Student will learn and apply tools from molecular biology, cell biology, histology, genomics and druggability to identify new mechanisms relating to muscle tissue and muscle stem cell dysfunction, as well as genetic and epigenetic modifications affecting muscle and nerve plasticity in patients with spinal cord and brain injury (cerebral palsy and stroke). Degenrative joint diseases, management of sports-related concussions, and biomarker analyses to develop exercise regimens for people with musculoskeletal injury or disease.

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
Greg Carter, MD
Phone: (509)473-6910
711 S. Cowley St.
Spokane, WA 99202
RREMS Mentors: Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS, Medical Director; Douglas L. Weeks, PhD, Director of Clinical Research
Current Research Areas: St. Luke's conducts translational clinical research aimed at alleviating impairment due to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative conditions, cardiac, pulmonary and orthopedic conditions in adults and children. The specific line of work a student would be involved in examines interventions to address sleep disorders in patients receiving inpatient therapy services following acquired brain injury.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Danielle K. Powell, MD, MSPH
Phone: 205-934-5674
1717 6th Ave
South SRC 144
Birmingham, AL 35249
RREMS Mentors: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD; Victor Mark, MD; Amie McLain, MD
Current Research Areas: Ketogenic diet and SCI, SCI and pregnancy, stroke treatments

University of Pittsburgh
Brad Dicianno, MD
Phone: 412-822-3691
3471 5th Avenue, Suite 201
Pittsburgh PA 15213
RREMS Mentors: Several mentors available. Please see website
Current Research Areas: Several projects and mentors available. Please see website

University of Texas - Houston
Kathy Brown
Phone: 713-797-7429
6431 Fannin St., MSB G550A
Houston, TX 77030
RREMS Mentors: Sheng Li, MD, PhD Research Sponsor Associate Professor Director, NeuroRehabilitation Research Laboratory; Dr. Nuray Yozbatiran MD, PhD Research Sponsor Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current Research Areas: Dr. Li - Neuropathic pain management with neuromodulation after SCI and amputation, Spasticity and disordered motor control after stroke, with non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS); 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.

University of Utah
Anna Tingey
Phone: 801-587-0232
30 N 1900 E 1C299
Salt Lake City, UT, 84132
RREMS Mentors: Zachary McCormick, MD FAAPMR, Assistant Professor (Clinical), Director of Clinical Spine Research
Current Research Areas: Our Division of PM&R at the University of Utah has implemented systematic data collection within our musculoskeletal clinics, using validated patient reported outcome instruments. As a result, we have a wealth of high-quality data related to related to treatment outcomes specific to a variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses. This presents an excellent opportunity of a summer extern to engage in a retrospective chart review of our clinical outcomes database. Several projects are underway and can be selected for potential extern(s) depending on specific interests. In particular clinical outcomes and prognostic factors related to the treatment of cervical radicular pain, lumbar radicular pain, whiplash injury, cervical facet joint syndrome, and lumbar facet joint arthropathy are all underway.


UT Southwestern Medical Center
Cindy Dolezal
Phone: 214-648-2735
Website: or
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9055
RREMS Mentors: Kathleen Bell, MD, Professor PM&R; Thiru Annaswamy, MD, Professor PM&R: Amy Mathews, MD, Assistant Professor PM&R; Mariana Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor PM&R; Lindsay Ramey, MD, Assistant Professor PM&R; Radha Holavanahalli, PhD, Professor, PM&R; Shannon Juengst, PhD, Assistant Professor PM&R; Candice Osborne, PhD, OT, Assistant Professor PM&R; Nicholas Fey, PhD, Assistant Professor PM&R
Current Research Areas: Spine Pain Management Electrodiagnostic Medicine Human Gait & Biomechanics Telerehabilitation Virtual Reality Applications in Rehabilitation Amputee & Prosthetic Management Musculoskeletal Disorders Concussion and Brain Injury Stroke Burn Injury and Rehabilitation.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH
Phone: 615-936-8508
2201 Children's Way, Suite 1318
Nashville, TN 37212
RREMS Mentors: Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor
Current Research Areas: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Epidemiology, Outcomes Research, Clinical Trials

Washington University School of Medicine
Heidi Prather, DO
Phone: 314-747-2828
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
Current Research Areas: Hip-spine syndrome, prearthritis hip discorders, PROMIS outcomes reporting, acupuncture in treatment benefit

Wayne State University
Michelle Brock, MA
Phone: 313 375-7226
10000 Telegraph Road
Taylor, MI 48180
RREMS Mentors: Dr. Jean Peduzzi; P. Tyler Roskos; Darren Fuerst
Current Research Areas: Preclinical studies: In collaboration with Dr. Harini Sundaraghavan (Bioengineer) and Dr. Asad Mazhari (Neurosurgeon), we designed and grafted an artificial spinal cord into rats that had a segment of spinal cord removed. Some of these rats regained forelimb-hindlimb coordination and would appear to walking normally to a person unfamiliar with rat locomotion as opposed to other rats with segment removal that dragged their hindlimbs. The artificial spinal cord replicates the normal cytoarchitecture of spinal cord and contains several cell types, factor and bioengineered scaffolding to direct axonal growth. Other preclinical studies have focused on traumatic brain injury. After intranasal delivery of human olfactory mucosal progenitor cells, cells were found in the subarachnoid space and ventricles confirming cell migration through the cerebrospinal fluid. Intranasally delivered HOMPCs target sites of axonal injury and cell soma atrophy in rats with DAI. Clinical Trial: In an on-going clinical trial with Drs. Peduzzi, Roskos and Fuerst, we will determine the effects of exercise or exercise & environmental enrichment on cognition and balance in people with traumatic brain injury. There have been 32 rodent studies demonstrating enrichment improves brain function but no clinical studies. Participants received 2 hours of testing before the 8 weeks of exercise classes and are currently being tested again.


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