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ACCOLADES

Cindy B. Ivanhoe, M.D., received the Distinguished Clinical Award last October at the meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held in New Orleans. She was named Alumnus of the Year at the Baylor/UTHealth Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance in June 2016.

Carl Josehart graduated from the American Leadership Forum’s (ALF) Class XXXVI at a commencement ceremony held in May 2016. The ALF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good. Each year, established leaders from various sectors in the community participate in a yearlong national leadership development program in which they engage in dialogue, explore differences and build relationships. After graduation, senior fellows serve as catalysts in Houston, bringing stakeholders from all walks of life together to create opportunities to work together and address urgent public concerns.

Dharmendra Kumar, M.D., Manuel Mas, M.D., and Fabiolla Kopp, M.D., have received board certification in Brain Injury Medicine through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Sheng Li, M.D., Ph.D., will receive the prestigious Early Career Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP). Of the last 20 recipients of this honor, at least 10 have become department chairs and most have received multiple federal research grants. The award will be presented at the AAP's 50th anniversary meeting in Las Vegas on February 10, 2017.

Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM, has been awarded the Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence by the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. The award is given for the most highly rated paper published in the previous year. Dr. Yuker was a psychologist who was born with cerebral palsy and is best known for his work on attitudes about disability. The award was presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association held last August in Denver.

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D., was admitted to the incoming class of the highly competitive Program for Academic Leadership (PAL) of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. PAL is a three-year program aimed at developing the academic leadership skills of early career faculty. She also was recently voted by the faculty senators as chair-elect of UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School Faculty Senate. Following a one-year term, she will ascend to the position of chair of the senate, the first PM&R faculty member to hold the prestigious position. In addition, she received certification by the American Board of Medical Quality and is vice-chair for quality and patient safety.

Ping Zhou, Ph.D, director of the NeuroRecovery Research Center Myo-Neuro Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory, will be promoted to the rank of professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at the beginning of the new academic year in September. Dr. Zhou has received multiple federal grants; his laboratory is supported by the Memorial Hermann Foundation Neuroscience Campaign.

IN PRINT

Bahdane MY, Liu J, Rymer WZ, Zhou P, Li Sheng. Re-evaluation of EMG-torque relations in chronic stroke using high-density EMG recordings. Scientific Reports. 2016 June;6:28957, doi: 10.1038/srep28957.

Chen M, Holobar A, Zhang X, Zhou P. Progressive FastICU Peel-Off and Convolution Kernel Compensation Demonstrate High Agreement for High-density Surface EMG Decomposition. Neural Plasticity. 2016;3489540.

Chen Y-T, Li S, Zhou P, Li S. Different effects of conditioning startling acoustic stimuli (SAS) on TMS-induced responses at rest and during sustained voluntary contraction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2016 5 Aug;10, 396, 2016. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00396.

Conrad M, Qiu D, Hoffman G, Zhou P, Kamper D. Analysis of muscle fiber conduction velocity during finger flexion and extension after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. (In press) 2017 Jan 5:1-7. Epub ahead of print.

Davis LC, Sander AM, Bogaards JA, Pappadis MR. Implementation of resource facilitation to assess referral needs and promote access to state vocational rehabilitation services in persons with traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 2016. Epub ahead of print Oct 31:1-16. PMID: 27796176.

Kadivar Z, English A, Marx BD. Understanding the Relationship Between Physical Therapist Participation in Interdisciplinary Rounds and Hospital Readmission Rates: Preliminary Study. Journal of Physical Therapy. 2016 Nov;96(11):1705-1713.

Kratz AL, Sander AM, Brickell T, Lange R, Carlozzi NE. Traumatic brain injury caregivers: A qualitative analysis of spouse and parent perspectives on quality of life. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 2017; 2017;27:16-37.

Li S, Davis M, Frontera J, Li S. A novel non-pharmacological intervention - Breathing-controlled electrical stimulation (BreEStim) for neuropathic pain management after spinal cord injury: a preliminary study. Journal of Pain Research. 2016 Nov 3;9:933-940.

Lu Z, Chen X, Zhang X, Tong KY, Zhou P. Real-time control of an exoskeleton hand robot with myoelectric pattern recognition. International Journal of Neural Systems. 2016 Oct;6:1750009 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27873553.

Nosek MA, Robinson-Whelen S, Hughes RB, Nosek TM. An Internet-Based Virtual Reality Intervention for Enhancing Self-Esteem in Women with Disabilities: Results of a Feasibility Study. Rehabil Psychol. 2016 Oct 6. 61(4):358-370. PMID: 27709978. doi: 10.1037/rep0000107.

Pappadis MR, Sander AM, Lukaszewska B, Struchen MA, Leung P, Smith DW. Effectiveness of an educational intervention on reducing misconceptions among ethnic minorities with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Epub ahead of print 2016 Dec 19. PMID: 28007444.

Peng Y, He J, Yao B, Li S, Zhou P, Zhang Y. Motor Unit Number Estimation Based on High-Density Surface Electromyography Decomposition. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2016;127(9):3059-65. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2016.06.014. Epub 2016 Jun 25.

Philippus A, Mellick D, O’Neil-Pirozzi T, Bergquist T, Bodien YG, Sander AM, Dreer LE, Giacino J, Novack T. Impact of religious attendance on psychosocial outcomes for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. 2016 Sept 13. Epub ahead of print. PMID:27625074.

Robinson-Whelen S, Taylor HB, Feltz M, Whelen K. Loneliness among people with spinal cord injury: Exploring the psychometric properties of the 3-item Loneliness Scale. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Oct;97(10):1728-34. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.04.008

Sander AM, Maestas KL, Pappadis MR. A multicenter study of sexual functioning in spouses/partners of persons with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2016;97(5):753-759.

Seel RT, Macciocchi S, Velozo CA, Shari K, Thompson N, Heinemann AW, Sander AM, Sleet D. The safety assessment measure for persons with traumatic brain injury: Item pool development and content validity. NeuroRehabilitation. 2016;39:371-387.

Calhoun Thielen CL, Sadowsky C, Vogel LC, Taylor H, Davidson L, Bultman J, Gaughan J, Mulcahey MJ. Evaluation of the Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury II (WISCI-II) in Children with Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord. 2016 Oct 18. doi: 10.1038/sc.2016.142

Wang D, Zhang X, Gao X, Chen X, Zhou P. Wavelet packet feature assessment for high-density myoelectric pattern recognition and channel selection toward stroke rehabilitation. Frontiers in Neurology. 2016;7:194.

Zhang X, Wang D, Yu Z, Chen X, Li S, Zhou P. EMG-torque Relation in Chronic Stroke: A Novel EMG Complexity Representation with A Linear Electrode Array. IEEE - Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 2016 Nov 16. doi: 10:1109/JBHI.2016.2626399.

Zhou P, Li X, Li S, Nandekar SD. A Dilemma in Stroke Application: Standard or Modified Motor Unit Number Index? Clinical Neurophysiology. 2016 Apr. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2016.05.185.

ON THE PODIUM

Cachola K, Podobinski TK, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Hematoma of the Thoracic Spine: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Carson CS, Ross E, Williams JM, Taylor H, Tallavajhula S, Struchen MA. Sleep Problems in Acute Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Presented at the 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, Nov. 2016.

Chang R, Mas M, Joseph PJ, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Rehabilitation of Bickerstaff Brainstem Encephalitis: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Criswell L. Let’s Get Busy: Addressing Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury; Optimizing Independence in Self-care for Patients with Tetraplegia; and Get Comfortable: Let’s Talk about Sex (co-presented with Lisa Beck). Presentations at the American Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Nashville, Sept. 4-7, 2016.

Cruz D. Strategies for Weaning High SCI Ventilated Patients. Presented at the 2016 South Region Sun and Surf Texas Society for Respiratory Care, Galveston, Texas, Oct. 27, 2016.

Davis K, Bennett D, Welch J, O’Brien K. Rehabilitation Nursing: Role in Caring for Patients with Disorders of Consciousness. Presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 2016.

Denton C, Tamm L, Schatsneider C, Epstein J, Arnold LE, Taylor H. Effects of ADHD Treatment and Intensive Reading Instruction for Children with Comorbid ADHD and Significant Word Reading Difficulties. Presented at the 45th Annual International Neuropsychology Society, Boston, Feb. 2016.

Euliarte MA, Zhang S, Reimers A. Nursing Certification: Journey to Excellence. Presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 2016.

Gutierrez A. Hispanic Patient Education: Culturally and Literacy Appropriate. Presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 2016.

Hou S, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Newly diagnosed spinal cord injury caused by vertebra osteomyelitis in a patient with a complicated traumatic brain injury. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Li S. Reticulospinal Contributions after Stroke: Spasticity versus Motor Recovery. Presented at the annual meeting of the Mexican PM&R Congress, Acapulco, Nov. 11, 2016.

Li S. Central and Peripheral Interventions for Spasticity Management. Presented at the annual meeting of the Mexican PM&R Congress, Acapulco, Nov. 11, 2016.

Li S. Respiratory-Motor Coupling: Mechanisms and Applications. Presented at Beijing Sports University, Beijing, China, Sept. 26, 2016.

Mimbella P, Podobinski TK, Irvine M, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. The Rehabilitative Management of a Patient with Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor Encephalitis: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Mimbella P, Podobinski TK, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Remarkable Recovery of Function After Low-Velocity, Penetrating Head Injury and Retained Foreign Body: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Petrishin J, Ricarte N. A Multidisciplinary Model Improves Pain Management in the Outpatient Setting. Presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 2016.

Podobinski TK, Cachola K, Mimbella P, Verduzco-Gutierrez, M. Pathologic Vertebral Body Fracture after Chronic Steroid Use in an Older Adult with Orthotopic Heart Transplant: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Podobinski TK, Irvine M, Mimbella P, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Bilateral Hip Fracture during Hospitalization for Spasm Exacerbation in an Adult with Stiff Person Syndrome: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Robinson-Whelen S, Taylor HB, Hughes RB, Nosek M. Enhancing Self-esteem in Women with SCI: Testing the Feasibility of a Virtual-Reality Intervention Program. Presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, Oct. 2016.

Sander AM. Adapting ACT for TBI-related emotional distress: Special considerations. In: T. Hart’s Adapting Behavioral Health Interventions for Cognitively Impaired Populations. Symposium presented at the 93rd annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 2, 2016.

Sander AM. Supervision needs following veteran and service member moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. In: C. Dillahunt-Aspillaga’s Traumatic Brain Injury Caregiving and Family Needs. Symposium presented at the 93rd annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 2, 2016.

Thayer B. Employee Safety in the Challenging Rehabilitation Environment and Patient Population. Presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 2016.

Thayer B, Funesti T. Nursing Outcome Improvements with Spinal Cord Injury Patients and Management with Shorter Lengths of Stay. Presented at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Nashville, Sept. 4-7, 2016.

Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Improving Assessment and Maximizing Intervention Options for Patients with Spasticity, Dystonia, and Related Movement Disorders. Invited presenting faculty at an Intensive Hands-on International Workshop, AAPM&R Annual Assembly, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Verduzco-Gutierrez M. ITB Pump Management Pearls for Patients with Spasticity, Dystonia and Related Motor Disorders. Invited presenting faculty at an Intensive Hands-on International Workshop, AAPM&R Annual Assembly, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.

Verduzco-Gutierrez M. The Wide World of Spasticity: Evidence-Based Successful Practice Habits. International session presenter and moderator, AAPM&R Annual Assembly, New Orleans, Oct. 2016.