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Dr. Sarah Hwang Accepted to Attend the 2016 Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar


Dr. Sarah Hwang was accepted to attend the 2016 Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar sponsored by AAMC on July 9-12, 2016 in Englewood, Colorado.  In addition to this exciting news, she received an MU Early WIMMS 2016 travel award from the School of Medicine to assist with expenses for this trip.

This popular and highly interactive seminar provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the academic medicine enterprise as well as continue on the path to leadership.  It is a three and a half-day seminar that is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments.  Seminar attendees develop academic medicine career building skills such as communication, conflict management, and financial acumen.  They employ strategic thinking about their career and leadership development.  Faculty mentors at this course come from all around the United States chosen for their specialized knowledge in particular areas and demonstrated leadership capabilities.


New PM&R Chief Residents Announced

Welcome to our new chief residents for PM&R in the upcoming academic year.  .

Dr. Joseph Shurtz—Chief Resident of Administration
Dr. Liz Barton—Co-Chief Resident of Research/QI
Dr. Jeremy Stanek—Co-Chief Resident of Research/QI

Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - 5th Edition

9780323280464Congratulations to Gregory Worsowicz, MD, Sarah Hwang, MD, and Christopher J. Wolf, DO, on their contributions to Braddam's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - 5th Edition. Dr. Worsowicz served in the capacity of book editor and Drs. Hwang and Wolf were both chapter contributors.

The most-trusted resource for physiatry knowledge and techniques, Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation remains an essential guide for the entire rehabilitation team. With proven science and comprehensive guidance, this medical reference book addresses a range of topics to offer every patient maximum pain relief and optimal return to function.

Braddam's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is available for purchase on Amazon in physical and ebook forms.


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Congratulations to Mohammad Agha, MD on the Release of the New Book, "Guide to Musculoskeletal Injections with Ultrasound"

As an attending physician at an academic medical center, Dr. Agha frequently has residents and fellows rotating through his clinics to gain exposure to musculoskeletal ultrasound. Most of them want to learn how to do the “textbook” injections under ultrasound guidance. Up to this point, the comprehensive “textbook” they were referring to simply did not exist. Specifically, they were looking for a book that could both help the beginner transition to an intermediate level and also provide the information in an easy to digest format that they could easily use in clinic. With this book, bridging the experience gap has just gotten much easier.

Thus, the goals of this handbook are simple; 1) help those who are new to the world of musculoskeletal ultrasound safely and effectively learn common injections and 2) provide the full range of information needed to either allow them to grab a small piece of information quickly or to read about the full range of specifics contained in an entire section. All of this is focused on giving the beginner the knowledge and skills needed to know how to perform an injection in clinic. This handbook makes a process that requires a lot of practice, easier by building confidence and beginning clinicians on the road to proficiency.

The book can be purchased on

Worsowicz Named President of Physical Medicine Society

Gregory Worsowicz, MD, MBA, HealthSouth Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and medical director of the Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center, has been named president of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As president, Worsowicz will assume a leadership role within the society’s board of governors, which also includes the past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, members-at-large and strategic coordinating committee chairs. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a national medical society representing more than 8,000 specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Worsowicz joined the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care in 2002. He earned a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville and completed residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Samantha Voney Receives Most Creative Fundraiser Award

Sam Voney United Way AwardCongratulations go out to Samantha Voney, Department of PM&R's United Way representative, who is a recent recipient of the first-ever MU/UM United Way Campaign Awards for her exceptional service as a United Way representative. Samantha won the category of Most Creative Fundraiser. Her Turkey Shoot and Mizzou Homecoming Football Score Game fundraisers wowed the Committee Chairs. Congratulations and thanks to Samantha for all her hard work for United Way!

Christopher Wolf, DO, Receives Brain Injury Medicine Board Certification

Congratulations go out to Dr. Wolf for successfully passing the board certification exam in the subspecialty of Brain Injury Medicine. This is the first year the ACGME PM&R Brain Injury Medicine subspecialty certification has been offered. This further attests to the excellent care that Dr. Wolf provides to our patients with traumatic brain injury.

Christopher Wolf, DO, has Chapter Published in New Book

Dr. Wolf recently wrote a chapter covering stroke rehabilitation in the newly published book, "Stroke: Interventions to Support Occupational Performance", by Timothy J. Wolf. The book, which can serve as a textbook for advanced-level occupational therapy students and assist in skill development for practicing clinicians, can be found on

Sarah Hwang, MD, Offers Unique Non-Invasive Treatment Options for Pelvic Pain

A new University of Missouri Health Care specialty clinic gives women throughout the state a non-invasive option for treatment of pelvic floor pain. Pelvic floor pain is a common problem that is often ignored. Sarah Hwang, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at MU Health Care and an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the MU School of Medicine, is one of approximately 10 physicians in the country specially trained in treating musculoskeletal problems in women, specifically with pelvic pain.

“Pelvic pain is a surprisingly common problem, and it can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about,” Hwang said. “Pelvic pain can occur anywhere from the belly button to the bottom of the buttock, or it can be pain in your lower back. It is often related to a group of muscles that run along the bottom of the pelvis. Those muscles are responsible for keeping women continent of urine, holding the pelvic organs in place and are even important muscles used when walking.”

MU Health Care’s pelvic pain clinic uses physical therapy, medication management, injections and lifestyle changes to help get women back to health. They treat women who have pain — whether constant, sporadic or at specific times such as during or after intercourse — constipation or other musculoskeletal problems, as well as pregnant women who are experiencing pain. The clinic is located in the new Mizzou Therapy Services clinic at 4040 Range Line St.

Hwang and specially trained physical therapists educate patients on how the muscles work and how to relax and re-train those muscles to prevent further pelvic floor disorders. “It is similar to treating muscles in other parts of your body, such as in your neck,” said Jennifer Stone, PT, clinical supervisor of rehabilitation services. “Many people don’t really know what pelvic muscles do, but once they understand their function, patients are empowered in their therapy.”

To learn more about pelvic floor pain and disorders, as well as non-invasive treatment options, please call MU Health Care’s pelvic pain clinic at (573) 884-1587.

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