About APS

American Paraplegia Society
Founded in 1954, and incorporated in 1977, the American Paraplegia Society (APS) is dedicated to improving the quality of medical care delivered to persons with spinal cord impairment (SCI).

The mission of the American Paraplegia Society is to advance spinal cord medicine through state of the art education, dissemination of information, and promotion of research and advocacy.  American Paraplegia Society collaborates with researchers, physicians, and the entire spectrum of health care providers who serve persons with spinal cord injuries/disorders.

In fulfilling this mission, APS partners with the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, convening an annual scientific conference to report state-of-the-art techniques, disseminate information about scientific research and technological breakthroughs, discuss advances in research and the latest standards for achieving optimal health care, including rehabilitation and lifetime care of individuals with SCI. It is a direct result of this exchange of scientific data that research is advanced and encouraged. Examining data arising from scientific investigations and assessing their impact on clinical care are essential to establishing standards of care, adopting new diagnostic techniques, and treatment protocols to provide cost-effective quality care.

Increase knowledge about spinal cord impairment and related problems

  • Present current clinical and research data related to traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Review current information on diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative techniques
    Enhance practice skills and techniques of clinicians working with individuals with spinal cord impairment
  • Explore the spectrum of disease that directly affects the care of individuals with spinal cord impairment
  • Identify research issues and priorities
  • Provide a forum for professional interchange among physicians and other health care professionals

APS Board of Directors

President: Michael Kennelly
Vice President: Jeffrey Johns
Past President: Fred Frost
Secretary/Treasurer: Todd Linsenmeyer
Board Members: Lance Goetz, Trevor Dyson-Hudson, Jeffrey Harrow, Mary Ann Richmond, Ann Spungen

APS Awards Program

Estin Comarr Award
Estin Comarr award for Distinguished Clinical Service  Nominee must be an APS member who has demonstrated exceptional  accomplishment in the area of clinical care of persons with SCI.

  • Active or associate member of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
  • At least 5 years of experience in SCI medicine.
  • Demonstrated exceptional commitment to the field of clinical care of persons with SCI.
  • Accomplishments, contributions, or achievements have had a significant impact on the
    field of spinal cord medicine. These may be of clinical, scientific, or educational importance.
  • Commitment and contributions of the nominee have had a positive impact on the quality of life of persons with SCI.

Comarr Award Recipients
2016 Diana D. Cardenas, MD
2015 Fred Frost, MD
2014  Ken Parsons, MD
2013  Ralph Marino, MD
2012  Inder Perkash, MD
2011  Michael Boninger, MD
2010  Indira Lanig, MD
2009  Jay V. Subbarao, MD, MS
2008  Joel A. DeLisa, MD, MS
2007  Donald R. Bodner, MD
2005  Todd A. Linsenmeyer, MD
2004  Margaret Hammond, MD
2003  Randal R. Betz, MD
2002  Robert Woolsey, MD
2001  Steven C. Kirshblum, MD
1999  Ibrahim Eltorai, MD
1999  John Bach, MD
1997  John George, MD
1993  A. Estin Comarr, MD

Excellence Award
Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in SCI/D health care including service delivery, research, education, prevention, or administration. It is expected that a recipient of this award will have achieved national recognition and leadership, as well as demonstrated scholarship in the care of persons with SCI/D (briefly support your nomination in your section):

  • The nominee has demonstrated leadership and expertise and is a recognized authority in the area of spinal cord medicine or research.
  • Demonstrated exceptional clinical, scientific, educational or administrative achievements in the care of persons with SCI/D.
  • The accomplishments of the nominee have had a positive nationwide impact on individuals with SCI/D and their quality of life.
  • The achievements of the nominee are recognized by peers, professionals, of the community.

Excellence Award Recipients
2016 Donald Bodner, MD
2015 Carolann Murphy, PA
2014 William Bockenek, MD
2013 Kristjan Ragnarsson, MD
2012  Barry Goldstein, MD
2011  Anthony DiMarco, MD
2010  Harry Goshgarian, PhD
2009  MJ Mulcahey, PhD
2008  Daniel Lammertse, MD
2007  Michael J. Devivo, DrPH
2006  Vernon W. H. Lin, MD, PhD
2005  Sunil Sabharwal, MD
2004  Rory A. Cooper, PhD
2003  Michael M. Priebe, MD
2002  William A. Bauman, MD
2000  James W. Little, MD, PhD
1999  Margaret C. Hammond, MD
1999  Jay V. Subbarao, MD
1996  Joseph E. Binard, MD
1995  Joel A. DeLisa, MD
1994  Inder Perkash, MD

Jayanthi Lectureship
The Jayanthi Charitable Foundation (JCF) was established in 1998 by Jay Subbarao, MD, MS, past president of APS, in memory of his parents and his brother who were a major source of inspiration and support to his career. One of the objectives of the foundation is to encourage and support the dedication of professionals to the care of individuals with disabilities. JCF is partially supporting the distinguished lecture to be presented at each annual conference.

Jayanthi Lectureship Recipients
2016  Rita Hamilton, DO
2015  Kristy Borawsi, MD, Raheleh Tschoepe, MS, OT/L, Heather Walker, MD
2014  Steven Kirshblum, MD
2013  Andrei Krassikov, MD, PhD, FRCPC
2012  Steven Kirshblum, MD
2011  M. Douglas Benson, PhD
2010  Susan Harkema, PhD

Munro Lectures
2016  William C. de Groat, PhD
2015  Todd Linsenmeyer, MD
2014  Anthony DiMarco, MD
2013  William A. Bauman, MD
2012  Michael DeVivo, PhD
2011  Randy Betz, MD
2010  Dan Lammertse, MD
2009  P. Hunter Peckham, PhD
2008  Kenneth C. Parsons, MD
2007  Mary B. Bunge, PhD
2006  Williams H. Donovan, MD
2005  Hans Frankel, MB
2004  Stephen G. Waxman, MD, PhD
2003  Inder Perkash, MD
2002  N.D. Vaziri, MD
2001  John D. Banja, PhD
2000  Edward D. Hall, PhD
1999  Joel A. DeLisa, MD, MS
1998  Byron A. Kakulas, MD
1997  Robert Waters, MD
1996   Gale G Whiteneck, PhD
1995   John F. Ditunno, MD
1994   Kenneth M. Viste Jr., MD
1993   Samuel l. Stover, MD
1992   Donald L. Custis, MD
1991   James J Weisman, Esq
1990   Sir Philip Harris
1988   Robert Slater, MD
1987  Thomas E. Harvey
1986  Juan Fonseca, MD
1985  Msgr. Charles Fahey
1984  Erich G. Krueger, MD
1983  A. Estin Comarr, MD

APS Leadership

The American Paraplegia Society (APS) was founded after World War II America by a group of dedicated Veterans Administration (VA) physicians and scientists.  Caring for wounded veterans made these professionals acutely aware of the need for a concerted effort to understand the implications of spinal cord injury (SCI).  To meet this need, they founded the APS in 1954.  The history of its first 50 years mirrors the development of spinal cord medicine, now a subspecialty of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).

The organization took root in the 1970’s when it was incorporated as an independent entity.  Since that time, the APS has flourished, as demonstrated by the proliferation of research, educational and professional activity under its auspices.

For decades, APS members have joined professionals in nursing, psychology, social work and therapy disciplines in hosting an annual meeting that showcases comprehensive clinical care and research in the field. In October of 2009, the American Paraplegia Society officially merged with the ASCIN, PSW and TLC organizations forming the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Sixty years after the founding of APS, the need for specialists to care for patients with SCI is greater than ever. The APS section now sustains the rich legacy of physician and doctoral level spinal cord injury specialists who are committed to interdisciplinary patient care, research and education.

Founders (1956):
Loyal Davis, MD
Paul Budd Magnuson, MD
Donald Munro, MD
Ernest H.Bors, MD
Estin Comarr
George P.Denny MD
Arthur S. Abramson MD

Postincorporation Presidents:

1955-1957  Estin Comar
1957-1961  Estin Comar
1961-1965  Alfred Ebel
1965-1969  Jorge Leal
1969-1973  Emilio Ejercito
1973-1977  Robert D. Brewer
1977-1979  Ahmed Z. El Ghatit, MD
1979-1981  Emanuele Mannarino, MD
1981-1983  Ibrahim M. Eltorai, MD
1983-1985  Robert W. Hussey, MD
1985-1987  John George, MD
1987-1989  Inder Perkash, MD
1989-1991  Joel A. DeLisa, MD
1991-1993  N.D. Vaziri, MD
1993-1995  Donald Bodner MD
1995-1997 Jay V. Subbarao MD
1997-1999  Robert R. Young, MD
1999-2001  Catherine W. Britell, MD
2001-2003  Mario T. Balmaseda, Jr., MD
2003-2005  Todd A. Linsenmeyer, MD
2005-2007  Indira Lanig, MD
2007-2009  Lawrence Vogel, MD
2009-2011  William Bockenek, MD
2011-2013  Steven Kirshblum, MD
2013-2015  Frederick Frost, MD
2015-Present Michael Kennelly, MD

Early Career and Trainee Support Committee

After much planning and dedication, in 2014 the Early Career and Trainee Support (ECATS) Committee became an academy-wide committee with representatives from each ASCIP Section.  The goal of ECATS is to organize ASCIP programming and events that address the individualized needs of students, trainees, and early career members (practitioners within 10 years of beginning their practice).

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Committee Members
ECATS Board of Directors Liaison: Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP
ECATS Co-chairs: Jessica Brundage,PhD; and Zac Arnold, OTR, OTA

2016 ASCIP-ECATS Committee Members:
Anthea Gray, MA; Alice Hon, MD; Radha Korupolu, MD, MS; Maggie Lastukhin, PT, DPT; Jason Raad, PhD; Felicia Skelton, MD; Tammy Soukup, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Elizabeth Sullivan, RN, BSc; Raheleh Tschoepe, MS, OT/L; and Wendy Worden, APRN, CNS

ECATS Member to Mention (MM)
Congratulations to our MM’s! Check out their information below.

January 2016 Member to Mention – Jason Raad
Jason H Raad, PhD is an Associated Health Post-Doctoral Fellow at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.

April 2015 Member to Mention – Jessica Brundage
Jessica Brundage, PhD is a psychologist at Milwaukee VAMC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

October 2014 Member to Mention – Trisha Hicks
Trisha Hicks, LSW, MSW, MEd. is a social worker and sex therapist/educator at Magee Rehab Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

January 2014 Member to Mention – Felicia Skelton
Felicia Skelton, MD is now a staff physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

September 2013 Member to Mention – Angela Kuemmel
Angela Kuemmel, PhD is a Staff Psychologist at Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC in Cleveland, Ohio.

SCI Fellowship

2017 is the third year of the SCI Medicine Fellowship Match. Please note that there is no centralized application process so that applicants should contact the individual programs you are interested in applying to for their individualized application. Questions? Contact Steven Kirshblum, MD for further details at skirshblum @kessler-rehab.com.
Visit the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Match website here.


  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellowship is one year in length
  • Certification in SCI medicine is offered to diplomats of all ABMS member boards, particularly from specialties directly related to the care of persons with spinal cord injury whose diplomats wish to be certified in SCI medicine (e.g. anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, and urology).


  • Match Opens for Registration: August 16, 2017
  • Ranking Opens: September 13, 2017
  • Quota Change Deadline: October 4, 2017
  • Ranking Order List Deadline: October 18, 2017
  • Match Day: November 1, 2017

The Early Career & Trainee Support (ECATS) Committee has developed some tips and a “how to” guide for future fellows. Learn more here.


Baylor College of Medicine Program 3454813021
Baylor College of Medicine
PM&R Alliance Education Office
1331 Moursund, Building G, Suite 115
Houston, TX 77030
Director: Sally A Holmes, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 713-799-5033; Fax: 713-797-5982; PMandR@bcm.edu
More information: https://www.bcm.edu/departments/physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation/education/spinal-cord-medicine

Case Western Reserve University Program (MetroHealth) 3453813024
CWRU/MetroHealth Medical Center
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
4229 Pearl Road
Cleveland OH 44109
Director: Greg A Nemunaitis, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 216-957-3551; Fax: 216-957-2008; rkarim@metrohealth.org
More information: http://www.metrohealth.org/sci-fellowship

Hardvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 3452421002
Harvard Medical School / VA Boston Health Care System
1400 VFW Parkway
SCI Service (128)
West Roxbury MA 02132
Director: Sunil Sabharwal, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 857-203-6574; Fax: 857-203-5553; Sunil.Sabharwal2@med.va.gov
More Information: http://pmr.hms.harvard.edu/pages/42/101/

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Program  3453512015
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Box 1240
One Gustave L Levy Place
New York NY 10029
Director: Thomas N Bryce, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 212-824-8361; Fax: 212-348-5901; thomas.bryce@mssm.edu
More information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/departments-and-institutes/rehabilitation-medicine/programs-and-services/spinal-cord-injury-fellowship-program

Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System Program 3451121018
University of  Miami School of Medicine
PO Box 016960 (C-206)
Miami FL 33101
Director: Kevin Dalal, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 305-585-1431; Fax: 305-355-2424; kdalal@med.miami.edu
More Information: http://www.jacksonhealth.org/fellowship-spinalcordinjury.asp

Johns Hopkins University Program 3452321026
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute
801 North Broadway, 4th Floor
Baltimore MD 21205
Director: Philippines G. Cabahug, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 443-923-9227; Fax: 443-923-9540
More Information: http://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/training-disciplines/spinal-cord-injury

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program  3451612020
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program
345 East Superior Street, Room 1600
Chicago IL 60611
Director: David Chen, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 312-238-2870; Fax: 312-238-1219
More Information: http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/pmr/education/clinical-fellowships/spinalcord.html

Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Program  3455613013
Milwaukeee Zablocki VA Medical Center
SCI Service
5000 W National Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53295
Director: Vaishnavi Muqeet, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 414-384-2000; Fax: 414-805-7731; Vaishnavi.Muqeet@va.gov
More Information: http://www1.mcw.edu/physicalmedicine/FellowshipProgram.htm

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital / MedStar Georgetown University Hospital SCIM Program 3451034001
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
102 Irving St, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Director: Camilo Castillo, MD
Contact Information: Phone: (202) 877-1855, Email: camilo.m.catillo@medstar.net
More Information: https://rehabmedicine.georgetown.edu/simfmnrh

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Program 3453321003
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
90 Bergen Street
Suite 3200
Newark NJ 07103
Director: Steve Kirshblum, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 973-972-3606; Fax: 973-972-7199; SKirshblum@kessler-rehab.com
More Information: http://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/physical_medicine___rehabilitation/fellowship_opportunities.cfm

Stanford University Program  3450521007
Stanford University School of Medicine / VA Palo Alto HCS
3801 Miranda Avenue
SCIM Service (128)
Palo Alto CA 94304
Director: Vandana Punj, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 650-270-9321; Fax: 650-849-1238; Vandanapunj@stanford.edu
More Information: http://www.paloalto.va.gov/sci_training.asp

University of California (UC Irvine) Program 3450521014
University of California at Irvine
101 The City Drive South, Building 53, Room 310C
Orange, CA 92868
Director: Lily K Chen, DO
Contact Information: Phone: 714-456-6444; Fax: 714-456-6557; sdowning@uci.edu
More Information: http://www.pmr.uci.edu/fellowship-program.asp

University of Colorado School of Medicine Program 3450734001
Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program
CNS Medical Group, PC at Craig Hosptial
3425 S Clarkson St
Englewood CO 80113
Director: William M Scelza, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 303-789-8220; Fax: 303-789-8470; wscelza@craighospital.org
More Information: SCI Fellowship Craig Hospital.pdf

University of Michigan Program  3452532023
University of Michigan SCIM
325 E Eisenhower
Suite 300
Ann Arbor MI 48108-5744
Director: Anthony Chiodo, MD, MBA
Contact Information: Phone: 734-936-7201; Fax:734-763-4224; twileyr@med.umich.edu
More Information: http://pmr.med.umich.edu/education-training/fellowships

University of Minnesota/Minneapolis VA SCI/D Center Program 3452634001
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
Minneapolis VA Medical Center
c/o Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417
Director: Gary Goldish, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 612-629-7005; Fax: 612-629-7280
More Information:

University of South Florida Morsani (James A Haley Veterans Hospital) Program 3451121016
University of South Florida
13000 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
RMS 117
Tampa FL 33612
Director: Kevin T White, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 813-972-7688; Fax: 813-903-2483; Laura.Manore@va.gov
More Information: http://health.usf.edu/NR/rdonlyres/3637A85B-32D8-43FF-BD62-AD978029E8C1/0/SpinalCordInjuryScopeofPractice.pdf and http://www.tampa.va.gov/services/sci.asp

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Program 3454821009
1331 Moursund Ave, Suite H-114
Houston TX 77030
Director: Matthew E Davis, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 713-797-7429; Fax: 713-500-0590; kathy.brown@uth.tmc.edu
More Information: https://med.uth.edu/pmr/education/fellowship-program/

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program 3458421012
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
5323 Harry Hines Blvd MS 9055
Dept of Phys Med and Rehab
Dallas TX 75390
Director: Jennifer Yang, MD
Program Coordinator: Natasha Brooks
Contact Information: Phone: 214-648-8581; Fax: 214-648-9207; natasha.brooks@utsouthwestern.edu
More Information: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/medical-school/departments/physical-medicine/education-training/fellowship/spinal-cord-injury.html

University of Washington Program 3455421006
University of Washington
Dept Vet Affairs- Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 South Columbian Way- SCI128
Seattle WA 98108
Director: Jelena N Svircev, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 206-277-4381; Fax: 206-764-2799; jsvircev@u.washington.edu
More Information: http://rehab.washington.edu/education/fellowship/sci/default.asp

UPMC Medical Education Program 3454113017
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
3471 Fifth Ave Room 201 Kaufmann Bldg
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Director: Amanda L Harrington, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 412-864-3721; Fax: 412-692-4410
More Information: http://www.rehabmedicine.pitt.edu/fellowship/fel_SCI.html

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Program 3455121004
VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond VA 23249
Director: Lance L Goetz, MD
Contact Information: Phone: 804-675-5000; Fax: 804-675-5223; Lance.Goetz@va.gov
More Information: http://www.pmr.vcu.edu/Fellowships/sci/default.aspx

APS Resources

Spasticity Answers Website
Information on Subspecialty Certification: https://www.abpmr.org/boi/Cert_BOI.pdf
Fellowships in SCI Medicine: 2015 ACGME list of SCIM Fellowships.pdf
NIDRR Model Spinal Cord Systems: http://msktc.washington.edu/sci/findms.asp
Veterans Administration SCI Centers: http://www.sci.va.gov/