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


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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.

Education and Training

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.


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