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Worsowicz Named President-Elect 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-elect of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As president-elect, Worsowicz will assume a leadership role within the society’s board of governors, which also includes the president, 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.

New PM&R Chief Residents Announced

Welcome to our new chief residents for PM&R in the upcoming academic year.  Dr. Megan Clark, chief, primary administrative duties, and Dr. Brian Toedebusch, chief, primary research duties.

Orthotics Review Course Schedule, April 24-25, 2015

Orthotics review course for physicians and allied health providers will be held April 24-25, 2015 at Rusk Rehabilitation Center, 315 Business Loop 70W, Columbia, MO 65203 in room 1240. Click here for the course schedule.

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.

Kay Conklin Invited by AAIDD to Attend Delegation to Poland

Kay Conklin, MSW, Clinical Instructor in the Department of PM&R, was invited to attend the AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Delegation to Poland on October 12-24, 2014. The goal of this delegation was to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Poland and other countries. To learn firsthand about the Polish approach, the delegation examined the following questions:

  • How has the nation’s history, culture, and context shaped the Polish approach to intellectual disability?
  • What are the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual disability in Poland?
  • How do people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the development of their supports?
  • How does the service system respond across the lifespan with different packages of supports?

Kay Conklin is the Clinical Instructor with the TIPS for Kids grant. Her leadership training program prepares a group of interdisciplinary graduate students to work with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Blueprint Safety Award2014 Blueprint group

ThinkFirst Missouri received an Outstanding Partnership Award at the 2014 Missouri Blueprint Safety Conference, held in St. Louis, MO, on September 30, 2014. ThinkFirst Missouri, along with KRCG and Joe Machens Ford, completed a “Focus on the Road” campaign. Throughout this campaign, over 10,000 Missourians pledged to drive distraction free. Partnership is the driving force behind the success of highway safety efforts. Michelle Gibler, ThinkFirst Missouri Director, served as co-chair on the 2014 Blueprint Coalition Committee.

Brian Toedebusch, MD, Elected Vice President of the Resident Physician Council for AAPMR

Congratulations to Dr. Toedebusch, this honor is very much deserved.

Congratulations to PM&R's Drs. Alm, Clark, and Komes for Published Topic on PM&R Knowledge NOW Website

Congratulations to John Alm, DO, Megan Clark, MD, and Kevin Komes, MD for their published topic, "Sports and Occupational Injuries to the Wrist and Hand". This contribution to the PM&R Knowledge NOW website can be found at the following link:

PM&R's Dr. Casey Martinez Featured in Missouri Lottery A+ Program Commercial

PM&R's own Casey Martinez, MD, was recently featured in a Missouri Lottery commercial to show where some of the Lottery's educational funds are spent. The video was very well done, and Dr. Martinez did a wonderful job of representing the entire department. The commercial is already being aired on television and can be seen at the following link:

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