Traumatic Brain Injury/Neurorehabilitation Fellowship Program


Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8518
4444 Forest Park Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Maurizio Corbetta, MD Year Established:  1997 Program Length:  12 or 24 months
Assistant - Gail Zeiter Residents per Year:  1


The goal of the Traumatic Brain Injury/Neurorehabilitation Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine is to provide a strong and well rounded clinical training in the areas of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury.  The Neurorehabilitation (NR) Fellow rotates on the specialized inpatient units at the Rehabilitation Institute of St.Louis (TRISL), a CARF accredited acute rehabilitation facility with 96-beds. The NR Fellow is also responsible for a weekly clinic focused on stroke, brain injury and concussion.  We have a multipl-disciplinary concussion program, and Washington University is one of five clinics in the country selected by the NFL for the care of retired professional football players.  In addition to inpatient and outpatient experience, the NR Fellow rotates at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a consultant in Neurorehabilitation and Brain Injury, with an emphasis on cases in the Neuro- and Trauma-ICU.  The last three months are spent as an Attending on the Stroke and Brain Injury units at TRISL.  The NR Fellow is expected to have a strong teaching role being involved from the beginning in the eduction of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents at Washington University and medical students.  A final requirement is completion of a research or quality improvement project in one of the areas of interest of the faculty.

Current research lines involve: (1) mechanisms of neurological recovery in stroke with advance brain imaging methods (Maurizio Corbetta); (2) mechanisms of injury in TBI (David Brody); (3) neuro-stimulation and recovery in stroke and TBI (Alex Carter); (4) Studies of concussion and heart rate variability (Alejandra Camachasoto); (5) outcome in stroke and motor recovery (Catherine Lang); (6) Nerve transplant for SCI (Zack Ray & Neringa Juknis).

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