UPMC Physicians and Researchers Present at the 2019 Association of Academic Physiatrists’ (AAP) Annual Meeting

February 5, 2019

The AAP Annual Meeting will be held February 19-23 in Puerto Rico. The conference provides an opportunity to cultivate meaningful and collaborative relationships between physicians, educators, trainees, and other professionals in physiatry. AAP presentations will include innovate and educational content designed to improve the way residents, physicians, and departments conduct research, diagnose, and treat patients. 

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT, director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International and associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, will be presenting a plenary session titled, “Regenerative Rehabilitation: Physical Medicine Meets Stem Cell Therapeutics.” During this session, Dr. Ambrosio will highlight the potential for synergy between the fields of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation, provide translational examples of regenerative rehabilitation within the context of neuromuscular injuries and diseases, and offer recommendations for ways to leverage activity dependence via combined therapy and technology, with the goal of enhancing long-term recovery.

In addition to Dr. Ambrosio’s plenary session, several other UPMC physicians and researchers will be well-represented at AAP with oral presentations, poster sessions, and workshops. Some of these presentations and workshops include:

2019 AAP Presentations/Workshops

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT
Regenerative Rehabilitation: Physical Medicine Meets Stem Cell Therapeutics 
Friday, February 22, 10-11am

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

Women in Academic Physiatry Panel Discussion  
Thursday, Feb. 21, 12-3pm

Program for Academic Leadership, Session 3: Academic Medical Centers
Thursday, Feb. 21, 3-5pm

Kentaro Onishi, DO
Orthobiologics for Tendon & Joint Mechanistic Understanding to Inspire Clinical Trials  
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9am

Michael Boninger, MD
Getting the Most Out of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship
Thursday, Feb. 21, 1-3pm

James Eubanks, MD
Success in the PM&R Match: Roundtables with Residency Program Directors
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30-11:30am


2019 AAP Resident Oral Presentations

Rohit Navlani, DO
Analysis of Health Care Utilization and Outcomes in Smokers with Low Back Pain
Thursday, Feb. 21, 1-3pm

Allison Schroeder, MD
Does Variability in Knee Extensor and Flexor Torque During Maximal Strength Testing Predict Change in Knee Pain and Physical Function at 60-month Follow-up?: Data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST).
Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) Paper Presentation 
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:30am

Justin Weppner, MD and Joelle Gabet, DO
A Rare Case of Donepezil Induced Rhabdomyolsis
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-6:30pm


2019 AAP Resident Poster Presentations

Alexander D’Angelo, MD
Ultrasound Visualization of Displaced Surgical Screw Resulting in Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow

William Austin Davis, MD 
Factors Associated with Ambulation in Myelomeningocele: A Longitudinal Study from the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry

Lauren Desmarais, DO
Management of Orthostatic Hypotension in a Parkinsonian Type Multiple System Atrophy Patient 

James Eubanks, MD
Successful Use of Social Media by Medical Students Pursuing Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

James Eubanks, MD
An Analysis of Trends in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Using NRMP Match Data 

James Eubanks, MD
Criteria for Acute Inpatient Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A Review for the Non-SCI Physician 

James Eubanks, MD
A Case of Traumatic Heterotopic Ossification (HO) Mimicking Pyomyositis and Cellulitis

James Eubanks, MD
Role of DHA/EPA Utilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Management: A Narrative Review 

James Eubanks, MD
The Educational Impact of a Required, Combined Neurology-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship for Fourth-Year Medical Students: Design, Introduction, and Preliminary Data

Joelle Gabet, DO
Clostridium Difficile Infection Reservoirs in the Environment Within an Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Andrew McCoy, MD
A Rare Presentation of Acquired Sensory Ganglionopathy Secondary to Mycoplasma Pneumonia Infection 

Brittni Micham, MD
Early Chemodenervation for Malignant Tone Improving Long-term Outcomes in Anoxic Brain Injury

Brittni Micham, MD
Reducing Readmissions to Acute Care from Inpatient Rehabilitation: Identifying Trends and Implementing Intervention 

Marissa Pavlinich, MD
Brachiordial Pruritus Treated with Gabapentin, Cervical Traction and Selective Nerve Root Block: A Case Report