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UPMC Physicians and Researchers to Present at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting

February 1, 2021

The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are proud to participate in Physiatry ’21! The annual meeting, hosted by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), will bring the physiatric community together virtually February 9-13 to connect, learn, and share their expertise through presentations, workshops, and networking sessions.

UPMC faculty, residents, fellows, and researchers are well-represented with a variety of presentations, workshops, poster, and podium sessions including the following:

Faculty-led Workshops

  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD: Women in Physiatry Workshop: Career Pearls
    Impact of COVID-19 on Female Academic Physiatrists
  • Michael Boninger, MD: Director of RMSTP

Faculty Presentations

  • Allison Bean, MD, PhD: Paths to Leadership in Clinical & Academic Medicine
  • Allison Bean, MD, PhD & Brad Dicianno, MD: Beyond the Case Report - Maximizing Scholarly Activity During PM&R Training
  • Brad Dicianno, MD: VA Research Funding Opportunities for Non-research Faculty
  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD: PAL Presentation: Ethics & Compliance in Research
  • Amy Wagner, MD: PAL Presentation

Resident/Fellow Presentations

  • Kuntal Chowdhary, MD; Colton Hickman, DO; Michael Guthrie, MD: Early Career Physician Financial Wellness
  • Kuntal Chowdhary, MD: Resident/Fellow “Hot Topics” Round Table
  • James Eubanks, MD: Clinical guidelines and literature review on exercise-based and manual therapy interventions for mechanical low back pain

Resident/Fellow Posters

  • Jessica Beardsley, MD: A Rare Presentation of Progressive Encephalomyelitis with Rigidity and Myoclonus in a Child: A Case Report
  • Kuntal Chowdhary, MD
    • Age Attenuates the Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Chondrocyte Health
    • NOTUM - Transcriptomic Evidence of an Exercise-Responsive Myokine Toward the Preservation of Bone Health: An Exploratory Study
  • Kaivalya Deshpande, MD: The Use of Remote Mindfulness Applications for Managing Chronic Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Colton Hickman, DO
    • Utility of Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for an Evaluation of Adolescent Distance Runner with Lateral Foot Pain
    • The Roller Coaster Ride of Disseminated Varicella-Zoster Virus Disease in Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Brian Higdon, MD
    • Incidence of Death Related to Autonomic Dysreflexia in a Spinal Cord Injury Population
    • Acute Onset Horner’s Syndrome and Exacerbation of Incomplete Tetraplegia During Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation: A Case Report
  • James Eubanks, MD: The Influence of Project 100 on Musculoskeletal Medicine Education
  • Andrew McCoy, MD W. Austin Davis, MD; Patrick Polsunas, MD; Kenneth Borecky, MD; Lucas Brane, MD; Jesse Day, MD; Gretchen Ferber, MD; Kristen Harris, MD; Colton Hickman, DO; Jennifer Olsen, MD; Matthew Sherrier, MD; Jeffrey Smith, MD: Opportunities to Improve Access to Care in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinics
  • Andrew McCoy, MD & Jessica Beardsley, MD: The Complete Acute and Post-Acute Care Course of Six Children Affected by Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Western Pennsylvania
  • Grace O'Neale, MD: Use of Bilateral Power Knee and Proprio Foot in a Bilateral Transfemoral Amputee
  • Nicholas Race, MD, PhD
    • Management of Second Impact Syndrome in the Acute Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation Settings
    • Compressive Spinal Cord Injury Secondary to Hematoma: Systematic Review and Contrast with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
  • Matthew Sherrier, MD: Exaggerated Bone Microarchitecture Defects and Osteopenia After Splenectomy in a Thalassemia Mouse Model
  • Matthew Sherrier, MD & Kuntal Chowdhary, MD
    • Sonographically-guided Percutaneous Ultrasonic Tenotomy and Debridement for Chronic Proximal Conjoint Hamstring Tendinopathy
    • Botulinum Toxin A for Treatment of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome in a Collegiate Lacrosse Player in Context of a Failed Compartment Release
  • Jeffrey Smith, MD: A Case of Seizure Secondary to Ciprofloxacin for UTI

Sponsored Student Presentations/Posters

  • Laura Weiss: Using Xsens and Self-Report Data to Analyze Accommodation Times for Patients with Trans-tibial Prosthetics
  • Trey Aguirre
    • Social Determinants of Health in the Adult Spina Bifida Population
    • Assessing the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for Power Wheelchair Driving Training
  • Ayesha Firdous: Poster Presentation
  • Gabrielle Gilmer: Podium Presentation
  • Maya Muenzer: Poster Presentation 
  • Valerio Tonelli Enrico: Poster Presentation

Learn more about Physiatry ‘21 by visiting the conference website here.