Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Meet the Team

    The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs. Learn more about our physicians, nurses and staff.

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    Director

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    Mary A. McMahon, MD
    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Mary A. McMahon, MD

    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Certification: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2006; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000; Pediatrics, 1997.

    Director of Research

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    Shari Wade, PhD
    Director of Research

    513-636-7480

    shari.wade@cchmc.org

    Shari Wade, PhD

    Director of Research

    Research Professor

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: shari.wade@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Psychological impact of chronic medical conditions on children and their families

    Education and Training

    PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988.

    Fellowship: Clinical Psychology, Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, Conn., 1987; Pediatric Psychology, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1989.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Long-Term Functional Outcomes of  Early Traumatic Brain Injury. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Sep 2009 - Aug 2014.

    Physicians

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    Ashlee K. Bolger, MD
    Associate Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Pediatrics Combined Residency Program

    513-636-7480

    pediatric.rehab@cchmc.org

    Ashlee K. Bolger, MD

    Associate Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Pediatrics Combined Residency Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Email: pediatric.rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele; cerebral palsy; traumatic brain injury; spasticity management

    Research

    Medical education; transition of care from pediatric to adult healthcare

    Education and Training

    BS: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 2005.

    MD: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 2009.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2014.

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    Lainie K. Holman, MD
    Staff Physician II, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    lainie.holman@cchmc.org

    Lainie K. Holman, MD

    Staff Physician II, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: lainie.holman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Traumatic brain injury; spasticity management; acupuncture

    Education and Training

    BS: Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1993.

    MD: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 2002.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2006; American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008.

    Publications

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    Douglas G. Kinnett, MD
    Staff Physician

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Douglas G. Kinnett, MD

    Staff Physician

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spasticity evaluation and management; traumatic brain injury evaluation and management

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994 (re-certification, 2004); Pediatrics, 1997 (re-certification, 2004)

    Publications

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    Brad G. Kurowski, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Traumatic brain injury, specifically mild TBI and concussion in children

    Research Interests

    Genetic influence on cognitive and behavioral recovery after pediatric traumatic brain injury; improving evidence-based management of pediatric TBI

    Biography

    Brad Kurowski, MS, MD, holds a BS and MS in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. Dr. Kurowski completed his medical school training at Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine in 2004. Subsequently, Dr. Kurowski completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2008 and his fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Kurowski joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center through the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in July of 2010.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

    MS: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Genetic Influence on Cognitive and Behavioral Recovery after Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Jul 2010–Jun 2013. #7K12 HD1001097-13.

    Long-term Executive, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Functioning After Adolescent Traumatic Brain Injury: Importance of Environment, Genetics, and a Behavioral Intervention. Principle Investigator. Ohio Department of Public Safety. Jul 2011-Jun 2012.


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    Mary A. McMahon, MD
    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Mary A. McMahon, MD

    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Certification: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2006; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000; Pediatrics, 1997.
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    David W. Pruitt, MD
    Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit

    513-636-7480

    david.pruitt@cchmc.org

    David W. Pruitt, MD

    Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit

    Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: david.pruitt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Inpatient pediatric rehabilitation; child and adolescent spinal cord injury; neuro-oncology and musculoskeletal oncology

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1994.

    MD: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1998.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2007; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2004.

    Publications


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    Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc
    Pediatric Rehabilitation, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc

    Pediatric Rehabilitation, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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 

    Biography

    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.

    Publications

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