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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Clinical Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury


Accreditation: ACGME-Subspecialty Accredited

Primary Mentors:

  • Sally A. Holmes, M.D., BCM Program Director, Associate Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM; Assistant Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Service, VAMC
  • William H. Donovan, M.D., UT Program Director, Clinical Professor, Department of PM&R, UT; Adjunct Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM.
  • Jeffrey Berliner, D.O., UT Assistant Program Director, Department of PM&R, UT;Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, TIRR
  • Lisa R. Wenzel, M.D., BCM, Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM;


Fellows in both programs will be exposed to the broad spectrum of clinical management of spinal cord injury including acute trauma and neuro-surgical management, acute rehabilitation, and long-term sustaining care provided at the training sites. Fellows may participate in SCI related research with up to 25 percent time commitment. Fellows may share experiences at TIRR and VA.


  • Veterans Health Administration (Baylor/VA Certificate);
  • University of Texas Systems Medical Foundation (UT Certificate);
  • MHHS/TIRR Foundation (UT Certificate).

Fellows: Two


  • Completion of an accredited post-doctoral residency program;
  • Eligibility for Texas Medical licensure OR Physician-in-Training Permit issued by The Texas Medical Board.

Stipend: PGY V

Start Date: July 1

Training Period: 12 months

Goals of Program:

Fellows will:

  • Become proficient in all aspects of care provided to persons with acute and long-term spinal cord injury;
  • Develop expertise in clinical decision making regarding rehabilitative aspects of SCI care;
  • Develop a sound background in diagnosis and management of neurogenic bladder and bowel, sexuality and fertility, spasticity, pressure ulcers, pain and other pertinent SCI secondary complications;
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills of team leadership in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Develop proficiency in teaching medical students, residents, and others;
  • Develop proficiency in research in the field of spinal cord injury.


The fellow will:

  • Participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical activities at MEDVAMC and TIRR SCI services on a rotating basis;
  • Participate in acute SCI consultative activities at Memorial Hermann Hospital on a rotating basis;
  • Supervise and teach medical students and residents under the mentorship of program attendings;
  • Participate in appropriate SCI educational activities at the training locations;
  • Work closely with clinic nurses in monitoring treatment of all aspects of health and rehabilitation.
  • Assume responsibility for at least one research project with clinical or basic subjects relevant to spinal cord injury;
  • Keep pace with development in the field of SCI by discussion of articles or chapters from the literature.

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