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Cristina L. Sadowsky, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Interests: Efficacy of activity-based restoration therapies in helping individuals with long-term spinal cord injury and paralysis recover sensation, movement and independence; Prevention of complications in patients with paralysis ...read more

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Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

Background

Dr. Cristina L. Sadowsky is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include spinal cord injury and paralysis restoration.

She is the clinical director of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Born in Romania, Dr. Sadowsky received her medical degree from the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Meridia Huron Hospital/Case Western Reserve University, where she served as a chief resident. She then performed a second residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation followed by a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sadowsky was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. She joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2004 as director of the paralysis restoration clinic and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Sadowsky currently serves as director of the spinal cord injury medicine fellowship program at Johns Hopkins.

Her research focuses on prevention of complications in patients with paralysis and the efficacy of activity-based restoration therapies in helping individuals with long-term spinal cord injury and paralysis recover sensation, movement and independence.

Dr. Sadowsky has served as president and treasurer of the St. Louis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society and previously held positions on the advisory boards of the St. Louis Wheelchair Athletic Association and the Sam Schmidt Foundation. She has been named a Top Doctor in Baltimore, as one of America’s Top Physicians, and to the Best Doctors in America list.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Education

Additional Training

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1997, Physical medicine and rehabilitation; Mediai Huron Hospital / Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1994, Internal medicine

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Sadowsky’s research focuses on prevention of complications in patients with paralysis and the efficacy of activity-based restoration therapies in helping individuals with long-term spinal cord injury and paralysis recover sensation, movement and independence.

Selected Publications

  1. Hammond ER, Metcalf HM, McDonald JW, Sadowsky CL. "Bone mass in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury: associations with activity-based therapy, functional and neurologic status, a retrospective study." Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jul 29. pii: S0003-9993(14)00890-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.07.395. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Hammond ER, Recio AC, Sadowsky CL, Becker D. "Functional electrical stimulation as a component of activity-based restorative therapy may preserve function in persons with multiple sclerosis." J Spinal Cord Med. 2014 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Selvarajah S, Schneider EB, Becker D, Sadowsky CL, Haider AH, Hammond ER. "The epidemiology of childhood and adolescent traumatic spinal cord injury in the United States: 2007-2010." J Neurotrauma. 2014 Sep 15;31(18):1548-60. doi: 10.1089/neu.2014.3332. Epub 2014 Aug 12.
  4. Mertins R, Becker D, Martin R, Sadowsky C, McDonald J. "Application of aquatic therapy to a land therapy program emphasizing gait and balance training in an adult with neuromyelitis optica: A case report." Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy. 2014;22(1):2-10.
  5. Sadowsky CL, Hammond ER, Strohl AB, Commean PK, Eby SA, Damiano DL, Wingert JR, Bae KT, McDonald JW. "Lower extremity functional electrical stimulation cycling promotes physical and functional recovery in chronic spinal cord injury." J Spinal Cord Med. 2013 Nov;36(6):623-31. doi: 10.1179/2045772313Y.0000000101. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Best Doctors in America, 2007 - 2012
  • America's Top Physicians, 2009 - 2011
  • Top Doctors in Baltimore, 2007
  • Outstanding Performance Award from the Spinal Cord Injury Board, Washington University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Best Teaching Attending of the Year, Washington University School of Medicine, 1999
  • Best Resident of the Year in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Washington University School of Medicine, 1998
  • Outstanding Resident Award in Medicine, Meridia Huron Hospital, 1995
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