Congratulations to former CU Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student, Allison Gustavson who received the prestigious Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for exemplary work led by a student. The manuscript is published in the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ).
Chronic pain was something Army Veteran Magdalen Jean-Baptiste believed she’d experience for the rest of her life. That was until one day when a box arrived at her doorstep packed with an iPad, a Fitbit and more. She was now ready to start a 12-week session with the Medically Complex Telerehabilitation program (MCTelerehab) offered through VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS).
Drs. Andrew C. Smith, PT, DPT, PhD and Andrew Q. Tan, PhD, were awarded an AB (CU Anschutz-Boulder) Nexus Research Collaboration Grant Award. Together they will team up on a project:
“Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts sensory and motor pathways, resulting in lifelong mobility impairments and loss of functional independence.” This study will characterize how breathing modest bouts of low oxygen (acute intermittent hypoxia; AIH) may enhance the excitability of spared pathways to the lower limb as well as augment motor adaptation in humans with SCI.”
The prevention of veteran suicides has been an ongoing and high priority for the Veterans Affairs Department. Efforts go far beyond hotlines and other operational measures, and extend into research. Both research and operational support and have a locus at VA’s Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Aurora, Colorado. For an update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Center’s director, Dr. Lisa Brenner.
Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, recently provided an educational session at the national LeaRRn conference titled Shaping the Future of Telerehabilitation through Research. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley provided the audience with a detailed overview of the RESTORE labs existing project Multicomponent Telerehabilitation for Medically Complex Older Veterans.
Five games into the 2021 World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland, and Team USA is positioned at the top of the team standings with a perfect 5-0 record.
The Team of Matt Thums (Weston, Wis.), Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), David Samsa (Green Bay, Wis.), Pam Wilson (Denver, Colo.), and Bat-Oyun “Oyuna” Uranchimeg (Burnsville, Minn.), arrived in Finland last week to adhere to the health protocols from local and national health authorities. While acclimating to the time change, the Team began their Covid testing and underwent 72 hours of self-isolation before hitting the ice for pre-event practice.
A lot has changed in the 20 years since University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, and Marc Moss, MD, started studying the effects of stress on critical-care nurses.
“Twenty years ago, people would say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. We don’t see this at our hospital. What’s wrong with where you work?’” says Moss, pulmonologist and head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine. “And now, even prior to the pandemic, the National Academy of Medicine recognized that this is a major issue in health care. It’s been interesting to see the perceptions change over the past 10 to 20 years.”
A primary care toolkit for brain health assessment and dementia diagnosis has gotten a much-needed update as more research points to the potential for better outcomes with earlier diagnoses, says the Gerontological Society of America.
Members of the RESTORE team (Katherine Seidler, Katie Butera, and Lauren Hinrichs) under the lead of Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley in the Rehabilitation Science Program have developed a project informed by best practice in both education research and implementation science to expand education and training access to rural rehabilitation providers providing care for rural Veterans.
This is one of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) highest honors. Dr. Mealer was honored for her contributions to high acuity and critical care nursing, along with her sustained, pioneering work and collaboration on the body of research related to PTSD in nurses with particular focus on critical care.
Dr. Deborah Hayes, our retired faculty partner, was honored with a generous anonymous donation to support CHCO patients (and their families) with special audiology, speech and learning needs, particularly during this time of immense stress and hardship.
CU Anschutz will be one of 29 sites participating in a phase 3 multi-site clinical research trial. The Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab, led by Cory Christiansen PT, PhD will be coordinating the study for the Denver site.
Congratulations to Andrew Smith, PT, PhD for being named a recipient of a 2020-2021 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pilot Grant for the project, “Machine learning to quantify muscle changes, lean body mass, and function in obese adults.”
Unfortunately, rehabilitation needs for most older adults are often overlooked. Notably, a recent study found that one-third of critically ill older adults who survive a stay in the ICU did not receive rehab services at home after hospital discharge.
While the US Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant strides to prevent veteran suicide, efforts have largely targeted veterans actively engaged in and eligible for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) care, which is consistent with the VHA mission.
It is no secret that health care workers are facing unprecedented pressure during the response to COVID-19. The University of Colorado Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is addressing this need with COVID-19 Narratives, an expressive writing program designed to support health care providers and staff who are experiencing distress from the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Dr. William Niehaus, who helped create this specialized rehab unit noted, “we recently put up a sign near our “discharge bell” that every rehab patient rings when they leave our unit. It states; “May the sound of this bell proclaim to all that today you are stronger than you were yesterday!”
The Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic has demanded an immediate and unprecedented response from both healthcare systems and providers. The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has, at times, overwhelmed existing health care systems.
U.S. News & World Report has released their 2020 rankings of the Best Physical Therapy Programs in the United States. Previously ranked #15, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program has jumped up in the rankings, now at #13.
Rose Excellence in Research Award - The Best Research Article of 2020 in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy awarded to: Home-Health-Care Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery of Medicare Beneficiaries After Total Knee Arthroplasty.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Physical Therapy Program welcomed a new Program Director, Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA on August 1 as Professor and Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Education
We are pleased to announce that Rachel Brakke Holman, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named Medical Director for the CU Sports Medicine and Performance
Center in Boulder, Colorado.
We are pleased to announce that Jaclyn Arends, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named Medical Director of the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at
UCHealth Broomfield Hospital
The University of Colorado (CU) is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Michael Harris-Love to serve as Professor and Program Director of the Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Harris-Love will also serve CU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(PM&R) as the Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Education and continue his role as a Veterans Affairs (VA) investigator through his affiliation with the Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. He will begin
his CU and VA roles at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in August 2019.
UCHealth and Boulder Community Health (BCH) today opened a new, 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital offering comprehensive, individualized services for patients recovering from such conditions as stroke, neurological
disorders, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputation, trauma injuries and complex orthopedic cases.
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Brenner, PhD, for a newly awarded NIH grant titled “Integrating signals of suicide risk from DoD and VHA data to improve upon suicide risk prevention strategies for combat Veterans.
Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, Professor and Research Director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the Senior Editor of the recently released Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, Third Edition, published by
the American Psychological Association.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Physical Therapy Program welcomed a new Program Director, Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA on August 1 as Professor and Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Education.
PM&R faculty Lisa Brenner, Claire Hoffmire and Jeri Forster, along with Trisha A. Hostetter, Rachel Sayko Adams and Kelly Stearns-Yoder, have a newly published study that found military veterans with a history of
traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more than twice as likely to die by suicide compared with veterans without such a diagnosis.
Here at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, ideas flow freely between curious minds, skilled practitioners, collaborative data geeks and groundbreaking researchers. The result? Future-changing advances in personalized medicine, chronic disease
and patient-centered care. Welcome to the New West. Here, the good guys wear the masks.
This fund, established in the 19th year of Dr. Matthews’ leadership in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will provide support of PM&R Scholarship through visiting
professor lectures, workshops, and national presentations.
Congratulations to PM&R Drs. Claire Hoffmire and Nate Mohatt, who along with Dr. Monteith (also from the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention) are part of a team led by Drs. DeBeer (VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence)
and Benzer (Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA) who received notice of funding for a Patient Safety Center of Inquiry VA Suicide Prevention Collaborative (PSCI-VASPC).
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is proud to partner with Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) Colorado, a nonprofit volunteer run rehabilitation
May 10 - 11, 2018 Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon, CO Presented by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Sponsored by University of Colorado
School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.
Earlier this week American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine named Dr. Patricia Heyn the first ever, ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award. This award was created in 2018 and is given to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation
research conducted by a female scientist in the rehabilitation science.
This Childrens Hospital initiative celebrates members of our Faculty Medical Staff each month for their accomplishments. Dr. Aaron Powell, A CU PM&R faculty member, "is being recognized for his exceptional leadership
in the Rehab Team, improving team dynamics through his open communication and professionalism.
CU PM&R faculty member Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard is hosting a conference on clinician burnout at the Westin Riverfront Resort May 10-11. This conference will feature Kathy Gibney PhD, Christine Sinsky MD,
Matthew Wynia MD. CME credits are available. Register today
The Department celebrated its 31st Annual Gersten Day Rehabilitation Symposium on June 15, 2018. The graduating PM&R Residents presented their work on a wide-range of topics including overuse injuries
in high school athletes, pelvic pain and hypermobility, and mindfulness and its implications on pain.
"It is not medically reasonable to disqualify him based on the available literature and the current standard for disqualification," writes Scott Laker of the University of Colorado in a corresponding
CU PM&R is thrilled to announce the recruitment of Dr. Susan Apkon to serve as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as Vice Chair of PM&R
at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.