Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, Accepts ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award

January 5, 2021

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation MedicineThe American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Awards Committee honored Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and UPMC Rehabilitation Institute with the ACRM 2020 Women in Rehabilitation Science Award for her significant contributions to rehabilitation research. 

Click here to watch Dr. Houtrow’s acceptance speech for this extraordinary achievement at the ACRM 2020 Annual Conference. “It is an incredible honor to receive the Women in Rehabilitation Award from the ACRM. Thank you to all of my mentors and colleagues who have made this possible,” she says.

Dr. Houtrow earned her medical degree from Michigan State University in 2000. She completed residencies in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati in 2005. While in her residencies, she also earned an MPH in health policy and management from the University of Michigan, after which she joined the faculty at UCSF.

Under the mentorship of Paul Newacheck, DrPH, she completed a K award studying the family impacts of childhood disability and earned her PhD with distinction in medical sociology, winning an international award in childhood disability research. In 2012, she was recruited to lead the newly created Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Houtrow has dedicated her career to improving the health, functioning, and well-being of children with disabilities. Her work has identified substantial disparities and inequities for children with disabilities, has highlighted the tremendous care parents of children with disabilities provide, and has uncovered numerous opportunities for the pediatric health care system to improve health services for children with disabilities, such as improving care coordination, optimizing family-centered care, and focusing on outcomes that are important to children and their families.