AAP 2018

Challenges in Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation: New Innovations

Thursday, February 15
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Learning Center

Learning Objectives:

Yuxi Chen

Montefiore Medical Center


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K. Rao Poduri

University of Rochester Medical Center

K. Rao Poduri, MD, FAAPMR, Chair and Professor of PM&R and Professor of Neurology. University of Rochester Medical center, Rochester, NY
Dr. Poduri graduated from Karnatak Medical College in Hubli, India. She completed her residency training in PM&R and a fellowship in Geriatric Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. She is Board-certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine and in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. In addition to her clinical responsibilities and resident education, she teaches medical students in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester New York. She served as the PM&R residency program director for 19 years from 1998 till 2017 and the chair of the Division of PM&R for 4 years and established the Academic department of PMR at the University of Rochester in 2008 and has been the Chair since.As a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) for more than 20 years she served on the Academic Affairs Committee and now a member of the Education committee. She was also a member of the Academy of Spinal Cord injury professionals (ASCIP) and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (IPSRM).Dr. Poduri is a member of American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). She has served on the Autonomic standards, prevention of SCI, and the By-Laws Committees before becoming the chair of the By-Laws committee in 2013. She is active the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a member for 25 years, served on the Quality Assurance Committee, was the Chair of the General and Medical rehabilitation Council and the Chair of the Geriatric Forum. She was the AAPMR Liaison and subject matter expert to the American Academy of Neurology for Quality Measurement Set development for Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 and the AAPMR liaison for the CMS Technical Advisory Panels for Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for Measure development work Group for Drug Regimen in 2015. Now she serves on the Clinical Practice guidelines committee at the AAPMR. Her awards include: Leadership Award by the ASIA in 2017 and the Outstanding Service Award of the General &Medical Rehabilitation by the AAPMR in 2016, Top Doctors of USA and America’s Best Doctors in 2003, International Who's Who in Medicine in 1988, World Who's Who in Women in 1985 and Who’s Who in American Women in 1984.
Dr. Poduri was nominated for the Distinguished Academician Award for AAP in 2010 and the 2016 Paralyzed Veterans Association Physician Excellence award. She is active with research grants and has presented several of her work, at the AAP, AAPMR, ASIA and ASCIP annual meetings and published book chapters and peer reviewed articles in PM&R journals. She serves on several editorial Boards and a peer reviewer for PM&R journals and Journal of Neurology. Dr. Poduri has edited a book on Geriatric Rehabilitation from Bedside to curbside that was published in March 2017 by Taylor and Francis.


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Supreet Deshpande

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare


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Dona Rani C. Kathirithamby

Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center


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Subhadra Nori

Regional medical director
Queens Healthnetwork/Elmhurst and Queens Hospital centers

Dr Subhadra Nori M.D
The Regional Director of the Department of Rehabilitatiion Medicine ,QHN (Elmhurst and queens Hospital centers NY,affiliate of the Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai ,N.Y Attending physician Elmhurst and queens Hospital centers NY
Associate professor Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai ,N.Y
Boarded in PMR, EMG
Special interest Pediatric and omcology Rehab and patient safety , QI project development
Actively involved with AAPMR AAP,AANEMand NYSPMR
Author of several chapters in secret series, PMR knowledge now,and two oncology text books.
Author of scientific articles in Muscle and nerve and Indian journal of Clinical Anatomy,Journal of patient safety
Member -TEP panel for AAPMR -post acute care


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