Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc

Attending Physician, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine

Director, Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Phone 513-636-7480

Fax 513-636-7360

Email pediatric.rehab@cchmc.org


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 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 leading a comprehensive cerebral palsy program and serves as the director of the CP clinic. 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 active in leadership roles with the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and serves on the board of Stepping Stones (incorporating United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati) locally.

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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Vargus-Adams JN. Health-related quality of life in childhood cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2005; 86:940-945.

Vargus-Adams JN. Longitudinal Use of the Child Health Questionnaire in childhood cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2006; 48:343-7.

Vargus-Adams JN. Inconsistencies with Physical Functioning and the Child Health Questionnaire in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Pediatrics. 2008; 153:199-202. 

McMahon MA, Vargus-Adams JN, Michaud LJ, Bean J. Effects of Amantadine in Children with Impaired Consciousness Due to Acquired Brain Injury:  A Pilot Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2009; 88:325-32.

Vargus-Adams JN, Martin LK. Measuring What Matters in Cerebral Palsy: A Breadth of Important Domains and Outcome Measures. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009; 90:2089-2095.

Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society, Delgado MR, Hirtz D, Aisen M, Ashwal S, Fehlings DL, McLaughlin J, Morrison LA, Shrader MW, Tilton A, Vargus-Adams J. Practice Parameter: Pharmacological Treatment of Spasticity in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy (an evidence-based review). Neurology. 2010; 74:336-43.

Baozhong X, Jones S, Puffenberger E, Hinze C, Bright A, Tan H, Zhou A, Wu G, Vargus-Adams J, Agamanolis D, Wang H. A homozygous mutation in SAMHD 1 gene causes cerebral vasculopathy and early onset stroke. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 2011; 108:5372-7.

Vargus-Adams JN, Martin LK, Maignan SH, Klein AC, Salisbury S. The GMFM, PEDI, and CP-QOL and perspectives on functioning from children with CP, parents, and medical professionals. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 2011; 4:3-12.

Guo X, Xiang J, Mun-Bryce S, Bryce M, Huang S, Huo X, Wang Y, Rose D, Degrauw T, Gartner K, Song T, Schmit J, Vargus-Adams J. Aberrant high-gamma oscillations in the somatosensory cortex of children with cerebral palsy: A MEG study. Brain & Development. 2012; 34:576-83.

Vargus-Adams JN, Majnemer A. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework for change: Revolutionizing rehabilitation. Journal of Child Neurology. 2014; 29:1030-1035.