University of Colorado, School of Medicine, PM&R Faculty

Assistant Professor


Stephanie Tow MD, FAAPMR, CAQSM

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Tow, MD, FAAPMR, CAQSM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Colorado. She specializes in pediatric rehabilitation medicine, pediatric sports medicine, adaptive/Para sports medicine (addressing sports medicine needs in pediatric and adult athletes with impairments and disabilities), and pediatric pain medicine.

Dr. Tow completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, after which she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (focused in the field of education/teaching) in Hong Kong. She earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) - New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency and chief residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern. Dr. Tow is one of only a handful of physicians in the US currently to have completed dual fellowship training in the subspecialties of pediatric rehabilitation medicine and sports medicine. She performed her pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado and her sports medicine fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Tow is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine, and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Tow has a passion for working with athletes and patients with all types of abilities and is the Head Team Physician for Team USA’s Paralympics Swimming National Team. She also serves as a National Medical Classifier for US Paralympics Swimming. She has a wealth of experience serving as a team physician and medical director of multiple sports medicine teams and events, inclusive of many adaptive/Para sports organizations and events. She previously served as the Director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Adaptive Sports Coalition in 2020-2022. She has also volunteered as a sports medicine physician at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Dr. Tow serves in leadership roles for several national medical societies and has delivered many national presentations. She is involved in multiple research projects related to her clinical interests in adaptive/Para sports medicine; concussion; pediatric sports medicine, musculoskeletal care, and pain; pediatric rehabilitation medicine; and medical education. She sees patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the pediatric rehabilitation medicine program, pediatric chronic pain program, and pediatric sports medicine program.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Pediatric pain medicine
  • Sports medicine in athletes with impairments/disabilities (adaptive/Para sports medicine)
  • Concussion and brain injury medicine
  • Medical education

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO (2019-2020)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO (2017-2019)
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Chief Residency: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX (2016)
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX (2014-2017)
  • Internal Medicine Internship: University of Maryland/Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD (2013-2014)
  • Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ (2009-2013)
  • Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2004-2008)
  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPMR)
  • Board Certified in Sports Medicine by the ABPMR
  • Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine by the ABPMR

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