Faculty News

Dr. Donna Bloodworth honored with AAPM Award

Donna Bloodworth, M.D., professor of PM&R at Baylor, received the Philipp M. Lippe, M.D. Award at the 35th annual AAPM Conference on March 8 in Denver, Colo. The award honors physicians for their outstanding contributions to the social and political aspects of pain medicine. The American Academy of Pain Medicine recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional service to the academy or the field of pain medicine each year. 

Dr. Bloodworth has practiced PM&R and pain medicine for 26 years in Houston and has served the AAMP since 2011. Serving as AAPM treasurer since 2016, Dr. Bloodworth appreciates the challenges that pain medicine and allied health pain specialists face while caring for patients. 

New chair of ABMS

Dr. Barry S. Smith, associate professor emeritus of physical medicine & rehabilitation and American Academy of PM&R past president, was recently elected chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors. ABMS is the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States.

Jayaram earns New Investigator Award

Dr. Prathap Jayaram, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, received the Richard Materson ERF New Investigator Award from the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for his research, "In Vivo Gene Therapy Treatment Compared to Autologous Conditioned Plasma for Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis."

McDeavitt and Chiou Tan to be honored for PM&R leadership

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will honor two Baylor faculty members in recognition of their contributions to the PM&R field. Dr. James McDeavitt, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, will be honored with the Distinguished Member Award and Dr. Faye Chiou Tan, also a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will receive the Distinguished Clinical Award. They will receive the awards at the AAPM&R 2018 Annual Assembly in October.

Dr. Christian Niedzwecki receives Star Award

Dr. Christian Niedzwecki received the Star Award for his outstanding contributions to the clinical mission at the May 4, 2018, Annual Faculty Awards Day. Dr. Niedzwecki was recognized for his work in developing the traumatic brain injury clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, service as the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, and his endeavors with quality initiatives at both Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Rochelle Dy Selected as Clark Faculty Service Award Recipient

Rochelle Dy, M.D., an assistant professor, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been selected as a 2018 Clark Faculty Service Award recipient. This prestigious award recognizes her significant service with professionalism to Baylor College of Medicine, and her efforts leading to exceptional outcomes relevant to the College’s mission, vision and values.

Clark Faculty Service Awards will be presented at Baylor’s annual Faculty Award Ceremony in Cullen Auditorium Thursday, May 17. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Rayzor Lounge for award recipients, friends and family.

Dr. Lee Named Interim Department Chair

Dr. Michael Lee, professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been selected to serve as interim chair of the department effective March 2018. Dr. Lee takes on the role previously held by Dr. James McDeavitt, who stepped down to devote his full-time efforts as Baylor’s senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs. Dr. Lee joined Baylor last summer. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984 and his Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1999. Prior to joining Baylor, he was the Sidna C. Rizzo Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 1994.

Dr. McDeavitt will continue to work with the Faculty Group Practice to provide enhanced services for patients and to fully integrate Baylor physicians into the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. In addition, he will continue to serve as chief clinical integration officer for the CHI St. Luke's Health System.

T. Dorina Papageorgiou, Ph.D., M.H.Sc.

Dr. T. Dorina Papageorgiou, assistant professor of neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, received a grant from the McNair Medical Institute to continue her work focused on investigational targeted brain neuro-therapeutics, including the rehabilitation of visual cortical blindness, speech/motor impairment and chronic pain as a result of traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, neurodegenerative disease and pain syndromes.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation News

Drs. Lee, Petrosino named new Baylor chairsAug 8, 2019
Dr. Michael Lee has been named as chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Dr. Joseph Petrosino has been named chair of the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology.
Traveling doesn’t have to be a pain this summerJun 21, 2018
An expert at Baylor College of Medicine says the key to a pain-free vacation is to create a plan for the trip ahead of time.
Expert says think twice before skipping physical therapyJul 18, 2017
Melanie McNeal says skipping physical therapy recommendations could make your injury worse.
Don’t be hard-headed about concussion recovery Sep 7, 2016
Pushing the brain too quickly after a concussion can potentially delay healing, said Dr. Craig DiTommaso, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Guided procedures ensure accuracy of therapeutic injectionsJun 23, 2016
Baylor expert encourages those seeking therapeutic injections, to be sure to seek a physician who is trained in image-guided procedures to deliver the medication accurately.