Dr. Susan Apkon joins CU PM&R and Children's Hospital Colorado
as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
14 December 2018
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. Dr. Apkon will begin in January 2019 to
oversee a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine program known across the
world. She succeeds Dr. Dennis Matthews in one of his many leadership
roles. Dr. Apkon returns after a tour de force at Seattle Children’s,
where she served as Director of Rehabilitation Medicine and the
Neuromuscular Program. Dr. Apkon attained the status of full Professor
at University of Washington School of Medicine.
After an initial career as a Speech Language Pathologist, Dr. Susan
Apkon graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1994.
She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of
Colorado. She began her academic career as a faculty member at CHCO and
CU where she remained until 2009. Her clinical and research interests
are in the care of children with neuromuscular conditions. Dr. Apkon is
an avid clinical researcher and has participated in numerous clinical
trials focused on the use of novel drug therapies to improve the lives
of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular
Congratulations to our PM&R Research Core pilot awards
join us as we congratulate the 2018 awardees:
Michael Bade, PT, PhD ("Multimodal Edema Management Program Post TKA")
Mark M. Manago, DPT, PhD (“Instrumented motion analysis of hip and trunk movement compensations for people with multiple sclerosis”)
Maryam Tahmasbi Sohi, MD (“Short term Effects of
Intraarticular Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection on Serum Testosterone,
LH and FSH Levels in Cohort of Male Veterans with Osteoarthritic
Should a 13-year-old play youth football?
16 July 2018
"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
Annual Gersten Day
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. Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD, one of our combined
Pediatrics/PM&R residents, won the Annual Resident Research Award
for her presentation, “Cerebral Palsy All Grown Up 2.0: What Adult
Outcomes Can Teach Us About Pediatric Management.” The symposium also
highlighted the research of our Pain Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury
Fellows as well as Jean Marie Berliner, PT, DPT, NCS, and PhD Candidate
with the Rehab Sciences program. Dr. Berliner’s presentation was
titled, “Visual, Vestibular, and Oculomotor Symptoms in Parkinson’s
Disease: Are they related to Fatigue.” The day concluded with two
outstanding lectures from faculty. Sarra Nazem, PhD presented on the
importance of assessing sleep in clinical research populations, and
Michael Zuscik, PhD presented on Bifidobacteria and role it can plan in
the development of osteoarthritis. Dr. Zuscik is coming into the
Department of Orthopedics as the Mack Clayton (Endowed Chair) Visiting
Professor and will be the Director of the Musculoskeletal Research
Join us in Avon for a Conference on Physician Burnout
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
Dr. San Millàn featured in Washington Post article on Metabolic Inflexibility
30 April 2018
Dr. Iñigo San Millàn, director of the Sports Performance Program at
the University of Colorado Sports Medicine Center in Boulder spoke with
the Washington Post about metabolic efficiency in athletes. According to
Dr. San Millàn, metabolic efficiency is the body's ability to switch
between fat and carbohydrates to fuel exercise.
Read more about Dr. San Millàn's work
Dr. Aaron Powell Named Provider of the Month at Childrens Hospital
28 March 2018
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. These skills combined with his
ability to consider others’ perspectives make him a valued and
appreciated mentor, garnering excitement for his guidance for years to
come!" Dr. Dennis Matthews adds, "Aaron got a well-deserved recognition.
He has been a great new leader of the in-patient team."
Dr. Akuthota Helps Patient Rise Above the Pain:
27 March 2018
Dr. Akuthota, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, was part of team of specialists who assisted Patrick
Gaines recover and thrive despite chronic pain. While Akuthota couldn’t
offer a miracle cure for the nerve damage Patrick had suffered, he did
ask a critical question. “He said, ‘I know you’re in pain. Tell me about
your life before this happened.’” Patrick uses intense physical
activity to overcome his pain.
Read more about Patrick's story
Patricia Heyn Given First Ever ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award!
20 March 2018
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. The award presentation, where she will
receive the prestigious award, will be made during the ACRM 95th Annual
Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) ACRM Henry B.
Betts Awards Gala, on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at the Hilton Anatole in
Congratulations for wonderful acheivement Dr. Heyn!
Conference - Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders
26 February 2018
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.
This conference is directed towards physicians and allied health
professionals who are interested in the complex subject matter of
physician burnout. The objective of this conference is to focus on the
root of physician burnout as well as provide tools and resources for
mitigating burnout and achieving a holistic approach to physician
wellness. This conference will provide extensive educational content
over the course of two days while also incorporating a number of
wellness activities throughout the program.
Learn more and register
Dr. Lisa Brenner, the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award Recipient!
26 February 2018
The American Psychology Association Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology awarded Dr. Lisa Brenner
with the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution
Award. This annual award is conferred upon an individual who is judged
to have made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation
psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical
development or both. The award was announced at the Rehabilitation
Psychology Mid-Winter Meeting during the Awards Ceremony.
Drs. Carollo and Heyn are ACRM Rock Stars!
11 February 2018
ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) announced their
"Rock Star" faculty for the 95th Annual Conference in Dallas, 30
September - 3 October. Drs. Carollo and Heyn will be presenting at the
Special Symposium: Neurodegenerative Disease. Dr Heyn will also be
presenting at Special Symposium: Cross-Cutting as part of the 2nd Annual
Women in Rehabilitation Science Symposium.
For more about this conference please visit https://acrm.org/meetings/2018-annual-conference/
9News wants to Know about Altitudes Effect on Athletes - They Ask Inigo!
6 February 2018
Denver's Channel9News program Verify posed this question after the
Super Bowl (spoiler alert: the Eagles won!) Sunday "Does Denver's mile
high altitude really affect the outcome of sports games?" When it comes
to sports know-how there is one go to guy - CU PM&Rs Dr. Inigo San
Millan, Director of the sports performance program at the University of
Colorado’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder.
Watch the video
CU PM&R and RSVP Colorado
29 January 2018
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 clinic.
Per the RSVP website: Recognizing that uninsured individuals with
disabilities in our Colorado community lacked access to rehabilitation
services, a group of rehabilitation professionals joined together in
early 2015 with the hope to create a clinic where they could volunteer
their time and skills to provide care to these patients.
The vision of Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) is a
community in which people with disabilities lead lives of maximum
independence, inclusion, and meaning. Recognizing that rehabilitation
can contribute to this outcome, our mission is to provide outpatient
services and medical equipment to people who lack access to these
After obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and receiving an angel
donation from the Lanig Family Fund, the clinic opened its doors on
April 2, 2016.
Visit their web page to learn more about their story, ways to get involved, or schedule a visit https://coloradorsvpclinic.org/
Drs. Hoffmire and Mohatt Receives Funding for a Suicide Prevention Collaborative
2 January 2018
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
overarching mission of the PSCI-VASPC [will be] to develop, implement,
and evaluate practical solutions to reduce suicide among Veterans who
are not receiving VA care.”
CU PM&R Announces the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund
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. This year also inaugurates the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D.
Lectureship featuring Visiting Professor Michael Boninger, M.D.,
Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and
Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.
Dennis J. Matthews, M.D., a living legend of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, attended medical school at the University of Colorado
and went on to train in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Frederic Kottke,
one of the founding fathers of the field. In 1997, Dr. Matthews was
recruited back to Denver by Dr. Jerome Gersten to be the 4th Chair of
Dr. Matthews’ work with pediatric muscle disease, cerebral palsy, and
rehabilitation is internationally known and has identified him as a
pioneer in his field. Dr. Matthews’ remarkable work with pediatric
rehabilitation and practice development has laid the foundation for
pediatric subspecialties and the advancement of major medical
associations in the field of rehabilitation.
Dr. Matthews is Department Chair and Professor of the University of
Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine as well as
PPAARDI-in-Chief and Fischahs Chair Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine,
Children’s Hospital Colorado.
For information on how to donate to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund, please go to: www.cufund.org/MatthewsExcellenceFund
You may also contact the CU Foundation Office at 303-813-7935.
Video: Aspen Ideas Festival | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
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. Watch the video on YouTube.