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Accolades

TIRR Memorial Hermann received the Caring Heart Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) in November 2014 at the organization’s Gathering of Friends event. ISH’s mission is to further knowledge of the role spirituality plays in health and healing, and to educate and equip healthcare professionals to incorporate spirituality in patient care. Hazel Thomas, chaplain, gave the invocation. Speakers included Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann president and CEO, Captain Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Carl Josehart, Maegan Morrow, MT-BC, NMT, and Deanna Bennett, RN, CRNN, CBIS, accepted the award on behalf of TIRR Memorial Hermann.

Sunil Kothari, M.D., is the recipient of the Tom Dean Humanitarian Award, recognizing a Texan who has made exceptional contributions toward the prevention of brain injury or improvement of the quality of life of individuals with brain injuries. Dr. Kothari also received the Texas Brain Injury Association Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Becky Thayer, RN, CRRN, was named Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Southeast Texas Chapter.

Monique R. Pappadis, Ph.D., was elected the 2014-2016 Early Career Chair of the BI-ISIG Executive Committee of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She is the recipient of the highly competitive 2014-2016 NIH-NIMHD Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award and the Girls and Women with ABI Task Force’s 2014 Early Career Poster Award at the 2014 ACRM Conference.

In Print

Bosques G, Vogel L. Medical Complications and Management. In: Vogel, Zebracki, Betz & Mulcahey, eds. Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult. Clinics in Developmental Medicine. Mac Keith Press. 2014;199-210.

Celik O, O’Malley MK. Vary Slow Motion: Effect of Task Forces on Movement Variability and Implications for a Novel Skill Augmentation Mechanism. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. 2014;21(3):115-22.

Garber SL, Bryce TN, Gregorio-Torres TL et al. Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Health-Care Professionals, 2nd ed. Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. 2014, Paralyzed Veterans of America. Washington, D.C.

Jahanmire-Nezhad F, Barkhaus PE, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. Spike sorting paradigm for classification of multi-channel recorded fasciculation potentials. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2014 Dec;55:26-35.

Jahanmire-Nezhad F, Hu X, Suresh NL, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. EMG-force relation in the first dorsal interosseous muscle of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation. 2014;35(2);307-14.

Li S, Liu J, Bhadane M, Zhou P, Rymer WZ. Activation deficit correlates with weakness in chronic stroke: Evidence from evoked and voluntary EMG recordings. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2014 Dec;125(12);2413-17.

Li X, Liu J, Li S, Wang YC, Zhou P. Examination of Hand Muscle Activation and Motor Unit Indices Derived from Surface EMG in Chronic Stroke. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 2014 Dec;61(12):2891-98.

Liu J, Li X, Li G, Zhou P. EMG feature assessment for myoelectric pattern recognition and channel selection: A study with incomplete spinal cord injury. Medical Engineering and Physics. 2014;36(7);975-80.

Liu J, Li X, Marciniak C, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. Extraction of neural control commands using myoelectric pattern recognition: A novel application in adults with cerebral palsy. International Journal of Neural Systems. 2014 Nov;24(7):1450022.

Liu J, Ying D, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. Subspace based adaptive denoising of surface EMG from neurological injury patients. Journal of Neural Engineering. 2014; Oct;11(5):056025.

Liu J, Ying D, Zhou P. Wiener filtering of surface EMG with a priori SNR estimation toward myoelectric control for neurological injury patients. Medical Engineering and Physics. 2014 Dec;36(12);1711-15.

McDeavitt JT, King K, McDeavitt KR. Learning Brainstem Anatomy: A Simple Mnemonic Device. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal. 2014;6:963-66.

Pehlivan AU, Sergi F, Erwin A, Yozbatiran N, Francisco G, O’Malley MK. Design and validation of the RiceWrist-S exoskeleton for robotic rehabilitation after incomplete spinal cord injury. Robotica Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction. 2014;32(8):1415-31.

Stampas A, Tansey KE. Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation. Seminars in Neurology. 2014 Nov;34(5):524-33.

Zhang X, Zhou P. Myoelectric pattern identification of stroke survivors using multivariate empirical mode decomposition. Journal of Healthcare Engineering. 2014;5(3):261-73.

Zhou P, Nandedkar SD, Barkhaus PE. Voluntary contraction direction dependence of motor unit number index in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 2014;22(5):992-96.

On The Podium

Euliarte MA, Thomas L, Reimers A. Nursing Certification: Journey to Excellence. Presented at the 40th Annual Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Education Conference, Anaheim, California, October 2014.

Euliarte MA, Davis K, Roberts D, Reimers A. Staying Connected: Utilizing Smartphone Technology at the Bedside to Improve Interdisciplinary Communication and Patient Care. Presented at the 40th Annual Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Education Conference, Anaheim, California, October 2014.

Harold AO, Pandya D, Bertini JE. Cranberry extract for the prevention of urinary tract infections in spinal cord injury patients. Presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, California, December 2014.

O’Malley MK. Techniques for Active User Engagement in Robotic Rehabilitation. Invited talk presented as part of the Sensory Motor Performance Program Seminar Series at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, November 2014.

Pappadis MR, Sander AM, Leung P, Parrish DE, Epstein MW. Impact of gender role conflict on adjustment in women with traumatic brain injury. Presented at the 2014 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 2014.

Phillips T, Kuck J, Dharap U, Edwards S, Tankovich D, Watts R, Euliarte MA, Wallace SL. Partnership with Patients to Achieve Safety Goals. Presented at the 40th Annual Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Education Conference, Anaheim, California, October 2014.

Sander AM, Maestas K, Pappadis MR. Education on sexuality for persons with traumatic brain injury: Impact on comfort and satisfaction. Presented at the 2014 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 2014.

Thai J, Pandya D, Clayton D. Implementation of a protocol to reduce complications of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube medication administration. Presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Houston, December 2014.

Upcoming Education Courses

For more information about the courses below, including CEUs, visit the education section.

Spasticity: What Is It and What Can We Do with It?

April 11, 2015
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Cori Ponter, PT, NCS, and Kate Grove, OTR, will lead this course focused on the basic pathophysiology, clinical presentations, assessment and treatment of spasticity for occupational therapists and physical therapists. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Course: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Differential Diagnosis & Management of Acquired Dysarthrias

May 16, 2015
Hermann Conference Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Joseph R. Duffy, Ph.D., will address the neurologic substrates, differential diagnosis and management of acquired dysarthrias. Dr. Duffy is a member of the division of Speech Pathology in the department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic and a professor at Mayo College of Medicine. He is the author of three editions of the book Motor Speech Disorders: Substrates, Differential Diagnosis, and Management, and a member of the Certification Board of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and of ANCDS Practice Guidelines committees for dysarthrias and apraxia of speech. He is a fellow in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been awarded the Honors of ASHA. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Course: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advancing Best Practices for Brain Injury Rehabilitation

June 5-7, 2015
The Westin Houston Downtown

Presented by TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program members, this conference will examine collaborative team processes for professionals who serve those with brain injury, spanning the continuum of care from inpatient treatment to community reintegration. Sessions will focus on medical perspectives, contextualized memory interventions, behavior management programs and spasticity treatment, with collaborative team breakout sessions across disciplines. Course hours: Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Course: Brain Injury Specialist Certification Training Course

June 4, 2015
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Nova Sbrusch, PT, CBIS, will teach this training course from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists for occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. For more information, visit tirr.memoriahermann.org/professional-resources-education/education. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Course: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Course: Spasticity – What Is It and What Can We Do with It?

June 4, 2015
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Cori Ponter, PT, NCS, and Kate Grove, OTR, will lead this course focused on the basic pathophysiology, clinical presentations, assessment and treatment of spasticity for occupational therapists and physical therapists. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Course: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Amputee Management

June 12-13, 2015
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Danielle Melton, M.D., will present this two-day rehabilitation team-approach course for occupational therapists and physical therapists. Topics include medical perspective and history, advocacy, upper and lower extremity management, treatment and prosthetics. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Course: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.