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Knowledge in Motion
SCI Education Series

Interdisciplinary Primary Care
for People with SCI

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time

presented by

Steve Williams, MD
Michael Stillman, MD
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Center

To attend Free Online Webcast and Live Chat
Register here or contact:
Judi at JudiZ@bu.edu
617-638-7314
866-607-1804 (toll-free)

To attend Dinner and Evening Lecture
Cost: $10 before 11-6-14; $20 at the door
Register here or contact:
Caitlin at CWeiler@partners.org
617-952-6173
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Ave., 1st fl. Cafeteria
Charlestown, MA 02129

About this month’s topic:

The importance of preventive healthcare for those with spinal cord injuries is well known. However, research suggests that patients living with SCI may have limited physical access to health care and receive fewer preventative services than able-bodied patients.  In addition, many individuals feel that their medical teams do not adequately understand disabilities and they rely on physiatrists to provide primary care services.

This lecture will discuss a co-operative model of an interdisciplinary primary care clinic at Frazier Rehab Institute Spinal Cord Injury Model System in KY. This model of primary care offers patients a fully accessible facility and professionals who are experienced with spinal cord injury care and management, ensuring that all patients can receive thorough and coordinated care.

Lecture attendees will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the advantages of an interdisciplinary Primary Care/Spinal Cord Medicine clinic for maintaining optimum health.
  • Learn about the current disparities in primary care in the United States for people living with spinal cord injury.
  • Learn how to advocate for appropriate inter-disciplinary health care for themselves, or others affected by SCI.

About Our Speakers:

Steve Williams, MD,  is Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Chief of Spinal Cord Medicine/Director of Translational Research in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Center, and Co-Principle Investigator of the Kentucky Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center. Prior to his arrival in Kentucky, Dr. Williams served as Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Chief of Rehabilitation Services at Boston Medical Center for nine years.

Dr. Williams’ current research interests include the development of emerging rehabilitation technologies to improve the lives of people with severe disability, translational research to improve function and quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury, and consumer education and advocacy.  He has published over 50 original peer reviewed articles and abstracts covering these topics and presented over 40 invited lectures nationally and internationally on aspects of care for people living with spinal cord injury.

Michael Stillman, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Neurosurgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine.  He runs a primary care clinic for patients with chronic disabilities and spinal cord injuries at Frazier Rehab Institute and teaches Internal Medicine residents in the primary care clinic.  Dr. Stillman is funded through both the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and the Department of Defense.  He is specifically interested in access to health care for people living with SCI and in cardio-metabolic disease in chronic SCI.

Support Group Meetings (Boston)
There will be a Greater Boston Chapter NSCIA peer support group meeting beginning at 5:00 PM.
A family support group will also begin at 5:00 PM. For more info, call 617-952-5643.

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Knowledge in Motion SCI Education Program,
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Judi Zazula M.S., OTR/L
Clinical Research Liaison
617-638-7314
866-607-1804 (toll free)
JudiZ@bu.edu