UPMC Physicians and Researchers to Present at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2019 Annual Assembly

October 18, 2019
UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a part of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, will be well-represented at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) 2019 Annual Assembly, from November 14-17 in San Antonio, TX. 

The event brings together over 3,000 physiatrists from around the globe to one location for cutting-edge research and hands-on training. The theme of AAPM&R 2019 is, “Uniting PM&R through evidence & best practices,” which will give attendees an opportunity to learn from a multitude of perspectives, discuss key challenges and propose solutions, broaden the collective outlook of the field, and inspire new thinking.

Following is a list of courses and presentations to be delivered by physicians and researchers from  
UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:


Wednesday, Nov. 13

Intervention Spasticity: Case Based Assessment and Skills Training
1 to 5 p.m.
Michael Munin, MD

Thursday, Nov. 14

Ultrasound Guidance for Chemodenervation Procedures: Upper Limb 
2 to 5 p.m.
Michael Munin, MD

PM&R Bold Project for PRM – Present Results from the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Practice Survey 
2 to 5 p.m.
Amy Houtrow, MD, MPH

Feeding the Fire: Finding Solutions to the Burnout Epidemic in PM&R

2 to 3:15 p.m.
Allison Bean, MD, PhD

Friday, Nov. 15

Everyone’s A Little Bit Biased (Even Physiatrists)
8 to 9:15 a.m.
Allison Bean, MD, PhD

Ultrasound Guidance for Lower Limb Chemodenervation Procedures 

8 to 11 a.m.
Michael Munin, MD

Fundamental Ultrasound of the Lower Extremity 
8 to 11 a.m.
Kentaro Onishi, DO

Ultrasound Guidance for Head and Neck Chemodenervation Procedures 
2 to 5 p.m.
Michael Munin, MD

Meniscus Update: Evolving Research Models and Clinical Practice 
3:45 to 5 p.m.
Kentaro Onishi, DO

Saturday, Nov. 16

Advanced Sports Ultrasound Pearls 
8 to 11 a.m.
Kentaro Onishi, DO

More Than Just ‘Dispo’: Using Evidence and Best Practice to Integrate Physiatry into the Neurologic Intensive Care Unit 
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Kevin Franzese, DO
Gary Galang, MD
Mark Linsenmeyer, MD
Amy Wagner, MD

PHIT Fire: Rapid Fire Presentations on Uniting PM&R
10 to 11:15 a.m.
James Eubanks, MD

Manuel Medicine Treatment for Low Lumbar, Sacroiliac and Pelvic Dysfunction 
2 to 5 p.m.        
James Eubanks, MD

Resident Bootcamp 3: Spasticity Management – Reviewing Chemodenervation Techniques Incuding the Use of Ultrasound Guidance and Baclofen Pump Management

2 to 5 p.m.
Mark Linsenmeyer, MD


Post-Operative Zolpidem for Treating CNS Hypotension Induced Brain Injury
Lauren Desmarais

Prolotherapy for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis and Sports-Related Injuries
When to consider Intra-Articular Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for the Treatment of Knee Pain: A Narrative Review
James Eubanks

The Effect of Distraction on Intracortical Brain-computer Interface Performance
Michael Guthrie

Prolotherapy salvage for chronic groin pain persisting after surgery: A case report
Alexander Lloyd

Treatment of Breast Lymphedema in Breast Cancer – A Case Serie
Romer Orada

Calcific Insertional Peroneus Brevis Tendinosis Treated with Percutaneous Ultrasonic Tenotomy: A Case Report
Allison Schroeder

Informational Patient Handouts for Procedures Performed in Sports Medicine Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Allison Schroeder, Jenna Meriggi

A curious case of acute onset bilateral hand weakness in a youth hockey player
Matthew Sherrier

Not Always as it Seems: A Case of Ascending Paralysis
Joseph Staszel

Additionally, Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will host a cocktail reception on Thursday, November 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please click here.