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Gersten Day 2016

Rehabilitation Scientific Symposium


A celebration of scholarship in research for more than two decades, the 29th Annual Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gersten Day, June 10, 2016 • Gossard Forum - Fulginiti Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

In Memory of Jerome W. Gersten, MD

Having joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1949, Dr. Jerome Gersten became Chairman in 1957. Under Dr. Gersten’s leadership, the Department expanded tremendously in clinical service, education, and research. He greatly understood the need for diversity of clinical expertise and training. Dr. Gersten was one of the first, true “academic physiatrists.”

He conducted basic science research on the use and effects of physical agents; muscle and nerve function; effects of stress on muscle function; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; electromyography; and the delivery of rehabilitation health services. The Department was a nationally recognized Research and Training Center in cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Gersten was a visionary expanding the concept of the Rehabilitation Team. He was instrumental in establishing affiliations with other regional rehabilitation programs. These included resident rotations at Denver Veterans Affairs Hospital, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver General Hospital, Rose Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Sewall Rehabilitation Center and Craig Rehabilitation Hospital.

Presentation Schedule

Dennis Matthews, MD., Professor & Chair
Venu Akuthota, MD., Professor, Vice Chair & Residency Program Director
Lisa Brenner, PhD, Professor & Director of Research, @LisaABrenner
Presentation of Graduating Resident Research Projects
8:00 AM Kyle Littell, MD
The Association of Speech Therapy with Physical Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injury Patients with Cognitive-Communication Limitations
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8:30 AM Jessica McCabe, MD
Gait Training After Spinal Cord Injury
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9:00 AM Jessica Pruente, MD
Trauma and Mild TBI in a Pediatric Population
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9:30 AM Thomas Xu, MD
Efficacy of Intra-articular Cervical Facet Injections
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10:00 AM BREAK
Presentation of Graduating Fellow Research Projects
10:15 AM Christopher Kudron, MD (Pain Medicine Fellow)
Evaluation of the Achilles Tendon in Cross Country Athletes
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10:45 AM Ajay Vellore, MD (Pain Medicine Fellow)
Urine Drug Screening in an Academic Practice: What do we know?
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11:15 AM Morgan Brubaker, DO (Spinal Cord Injury Fellow)
Does Timing of Urinary Catheter Removal Effect Incidence of Urinary Tract Infection in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury?
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11:45 AM BREAK
Faculty Presenter
12:00 PM Nathaniel Mohatt, Ph.D.
Empowerment and Social Justice: How Community Engagement Enhances Rehabilitation and Improves Wellbeing
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