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Cristina L. Sadowsky, M.D.

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Clinical Director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Expertise: Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Dysfunction, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Trauma, Traumatic and Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury ...read more

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

Locations

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Appointment Phone: 443-923-9230

801 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 844-334-3211

Contact for Research Inquiries

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.

Dr. Sadowsky is also a founder and a clinical director of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. This program was built on the philosophy that functional restoration is possible for a long time after an injury, utilizing structured medico-rehabilitative interventions through activity-based restorative therapies (ABRT).

She serves as a section editor for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports and is a recurrent invited reviewer for several peer-reviewed medical journals and government and privately funded competitive grant awards for spinal cord injury related research.

Dr. Sadowsky has organized numerous courses and seminars, and has been invited to lecture in different universities and at national and international meetings, such as the American Academy of PM&R, American Spinal Cord Injury Association, International Spinal Cord Society and many more. She has published several manuscripts in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals and chapters in prominent specialty books.

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Titles

  • Clinical Director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Director, Paralysis Restoration Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • 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

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  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

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • Co-chair, Pediatric Networking Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Understanding Activity-Based Rehabilitation - lecture recording, The Transverse Myelitis Association (December 2013)

Bent Out of Shape: What About Contractures? New Mobility (March 2015)

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