Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc

Attending Physician, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Director, Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Phone 513-636-7480

Fax 513-636-7360

Email rehab@cchmc.org

Clinical Interests

Cerebral palsy; epidemiology; evidence-based practice

Research Interests

Use of medication for spasticity in cerebral palsy; health-related quality of life in cerebral palsy; outcomes research in cerebral palsy; clinical effectiveness in cerebral palsy 

Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc, is a pediatric physiatrist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati. She graduated from Brown University, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Vargus-Adams completed both a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine & rehabilitation and a research fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s. 

She joined the faculty at Cincinnati in 2000 and contributes to the training and education of residents and fellows.  Presently, she is involved in developing a comprehensive CP program and serves as its research director. She has received career development awards from the NIH and CPIRF. Her research projects have included studies of therapy and pharmaceutical interventions for CP and work to evaluate and understand outcome measurement tools.

Dr. Vargus-Adams serves on the editorial board of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics and the medical advisory board of Reaching for the Stars, a national parent advocacy group for cerebral palsy. She is also on the boards of directors of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati.

BA: Brown University, Providence, RI, 1990.

MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1995.

MS: Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Boston, MA, 2002.

Residency: Pediatrics / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995 - 2000.

Fellowship: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Research, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2002

Certification: Pediatrics, 2000.

Sub-specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001; Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2007.

Vargus-Adams JN, Martin LK. Domains of importance for parents, medical professionals and youth with cerebral palsy considering treatment outcomes. Child Care Health Dev. 2010 Jul 19.

Baird MW, Vargus-Adams J. Outcome measures used in studies of botulinum toxin in childhood cerebral palsy: a systematic review. J Child Neurol. 2010 Jun;25(6):721-7. 

Vargus-Adams JN, McMahon MA, Michaud LJ, Bean J, Vinks AA. Pharmacokinetics of amantadine in children with impaired consciousness due to acquired brain injury: preliminary findings using a sparse-sampling technique. PM R. 2010 Jan;2(1):37-42. 

Vargus-Adams JN, Martin LK. Measuring what matters in cerebral palsy: a breadth of important domains and outcome measures. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Dec;90(12):2089-95. 

Vargus-Adams J. Understanding function and other outcomes in cerebral palsy. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2009 Aug;20(3):567-75. 

McMahon MA, Vargus-Adams JN, Michaud LJ, Bean J. Effects of amantadine in children with impaired consciousness caused by acquired brain injury: a pilot study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Jul;88(7):525-32. 

Vargus-Adams J. Quality of life for adolescents with cerebral palsy: perspectives of adolescents and parents. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2009 Mar;51(3):169-70. 

Vargus-Adams JN. Inconsistencies with physical functioning and the child health questionnaire in children with cerebral palsy. J Pediatr. 2008 Aug;153(2):199-202, 202.e1. 

Vargus-Adams J. Longitudinal use of the Child Health Questionnaire in childhood cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2006 May;48(5):343-7. 

Vargus-Adams J. Health-related quality of life in childhood cerebral palsy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 May;86(5):940-5.