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David W. Pruitt, MD

  • Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit
  • Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine


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: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, recertification 2014; Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, recertification 2014.


Inpatient pediatric rehabilitation; pediatric cancer rehabilitation; pediatric neuro-oncology

Services and Specialties

Rehabilitation Medicine, Brain Tumor, Leukemia


Functional outcomes of children with brain tumors

Research Areas


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Functional Impairment in Pediatric Cancer Survivorship. Pruitt, DW; Haas, MT; Bolikal, PD. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:501-515.

First year impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric physiatrists. Houtrow, AJ; Pruitt, DW. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 2022; 15:647-654.

Cancer Rehabilitation. Pruitt, DW; Bolikal, PD; Bolger, AK; Chaviano, KN. Handbook of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. : Springer Publishing Company; Springer Publishing Company; 2022.

Assessing the Field of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine's Interest in Expanding Fellowship Training to Pediatricians. Pruitt, DW; Zigler, CK; Massagli, TL; Houtrow, AJ. PM&R. 2021; 13:1136-1147.

Cancer. Pruitt, DW; Bolger, AK; Bolikal, PD. Pediatric Rehabilitation. : Springer Publishing Company; Springer Publishing Company; 2020.

Cerebral Palsy. McMahon, M; Pruitt, D; Vargus-Adams, J. In: Alexander MA; Matthews D; Murphy K, Ed. Pediatric Rehabilitation. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2020.

Gender-Based Salary Inequities Among Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians in the United States. Houtrow, AJ; Pruitt, DW; Zigler, CK. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2020; 101:741-749.

The Impact of Spatial Distribution of Pain on Long-Term Trajectories for Chronic Pain Outcomes After Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment. Williams, SE; Homan, KJ; Crowley, SL; Pruitt, DW; Collins, AB; Deet, ET; Samuel, ND; John, A; Banner, K; Rose, JB. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2020; 36:181-188.

The State of the Field: Results from the 2014 and 2017 Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Practice Surveys. Houtrow, AJ; Zigler, CK; Pruitt, DW. PM&R. 2020; 12:168-179.

Rehabilitation Considerations in Pediatric Brain Tumors. Pruitt, DW; Bolikal, PD; Bolger, AK. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2019; 7:81-88.

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