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A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be devastating, but the remarkable advances in care we offer can make an enormous difference in your child’s life, even when he faces significant challenges. Our experts offer the latest therapies and care, tailored specifically to your child’s abilities and needs.
Lainie K. Holman, MD Staff Physician
Traumatic brain injury; spasticity management; acupuncture
Douglas G. Kinnett, MD Staff Physician
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Spasticity evaluation and management; traumatic brain injury evaluation and management
Douglas Kinnett, MD, specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation. Children with impairments resulting in restrictions in their ability to function in society are the primary interest of the Pediatric Rehabilitation physician. A majority of these children have injury to their brain from trauma or have cerebral palsy.
Dr. Kinnett has developed expertise in the treatment of spasticity that is often seen in these children. Because of his experience, Dr. Kinnett is frequently asked to lecture on spasticity management in this region of the country. Beyond this special interest, he works with other members of the division of Pediatric Rehabilitation to provide a comprehensive approach to develop the full potential of these children as they grow into adulthood.
Training of new physicians in this area is also a priority in the division of Pediatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Kinnett provides teaching experiences for these physicians in training along with other members of the division. He has twice been honored to receive a teaching award for his efforts in this training. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation training program is considered one of the top programs in the country.
Dr. Kinnett has been a faculty member at Cincinnati Children's since 1993. He accepted this position after being the first resident physician to complete the Pediatric Rehabilitation training program at Cincinnati Children's.
Dr. Kinnett attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati after working four years as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children's. Prior to this, he completed BS and MA degrees at Indiana State University.
Burrow TA, Bailey LA, Kinnett DG, Hopkin RJ. Acute progression of neuromuscular findings in infantile Pompe disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Jun;42(6):455-8.
Kinnett D. Botulinum toxin A injections in children: technique and dosing issues. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Oct;83(10 Suppl):S59-64.
Adams BB, Vargus-Adams JN, Franz DN, Kinnett DG. Hyperhidrosis in pediatric spinal cord injury: a case report and gabapentin therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Mar;46(3):444-6.
Kinnett D, Keebler P. Functional changes and adverse reactions after successful treatment of hereditary myokymia: a case report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Feb;82(2):256-9.
Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc Pediatric Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cerebral palsy; epidemiology; evidence-based practice
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 Vargus-Adams 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 / 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.
Caroline T. Colvin, MSPT Coordinator, Northern Kentucky, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Jann Greenberg, RN, BS, MEd BCMH Nurse and Service Coordinator, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Kelly R. Greve, PT Physical Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Patricia A. Gribben, OTR/L Occupational Therapist II, Aaron W. Perlman Center
Sean C. Jameson Clinic Coordinator, Cerebral Palsy Team
Robin G. Lambert, RN Charge Nurse, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Elizabeth McCarty, OTR/L, ATP Occupational Therapist
Brenda Nicholson, RN Registered Nurse, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hillary Prather Care Coordinator, Aaron W. Perlman Center
Mindy Reagan, RD, LD Registered Dietician, Cerebral Palsy
Jennifer M. Schmit, PT, DPT, PhD Physical Therapist III, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Lisa L. Zimmermann Care Coordinator, Cerebral Palsy
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