Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PM&R Residency Critical Review


Every year, our PGY3 residents complete a comprehensive review of the literature on a topic of their choice, and their work is presented at the annual William H. Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature Presentations. Here are the presentation topics done by our residents in the past few years.


William H. Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature Presentations



Ahmed M. Benefit of Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy on Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

Gregory E. Is the Superion Interspinous Spacer an Effective and Durable Treatment for Moderate Lumbar Stenosis?

Jiao Y. Does severity of carpal tunnel syndrome based on EMG/NCV studies help guide surgical approach for carpal tunnel release (open/traditional vs endoscopic vs ultrasound guided)?

Kannan H. Evaluating Pain in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Polson G. Effectiveness of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty in reducing Axial Pain for those suffering from Multiple Myeloma

Seymour M. The impact of mobility status on health outcomes after transitioning to adulthood in cerebral palsy - a systematic review

Sun J. How effective is radio frequency ablation for lumbar facet arthropathy?

Quezon I. Tele-Rehabilitation for Stroke: Telemedicine supervised home programs, a viable option in the time of lockdown?


Ayyala H. Does Cervical Catheter Placement in Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Pumps Improve Upper Motor Spasticity?

Darji N. Diagnostic Utility of Electromyography to Assess Consciousness in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness.

Epstein M. Orthobiologic strategies and interleukin-1 as a target for radiculopathy.

Hsieh J. Early Mobilization in ICU.

Isidro T. Hyaluronic acid (HA) vs platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for hip osteoarthritis.

Karri J. Combination Intrathecal Morphine and Bupivacaine for Chronic Cancer Pain.

Singh J. Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Song B. Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin in Treating Lateral Epicondylitis: Does Injection Location Matter?


Doan J. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Motor Recovery in SCI.

Etesam A. Early Mobilization and Rehab in ECMO Patients.

Joshi M, Bruel BM, Grabois M. Intravenous Ketamine for Neuropathic Cancer Pain in Adults: A Critical Review.

Michael A. Radiofrequency Ablation for Knee Pain After Total Knee Replacement.

Newman M. Neurologic Music Therapy, Gait, and Stroke: A Critical Review of the Literature.

Nguyen D. Sensory Deprivation and Pain.

Patel S.  Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma for Lumbar Discogenic Pain.

Yeh P.  Chondrotoxic Effects of Local Anesthetics on Human Knee Chondrocytes.