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The Model Spinal Cord Injury Care Systems

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The Model Spinal Cord Injury System program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Dept of Education, provides assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery , demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Model System Centers across the United States work together to demonstrate improved care, maintain a national database, participate in independent and collaborative research and provide continuing education relating to spinal cord injury.

16 Model SCI Systems are funded for the 2000-2005 Project Period. They are:


University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System
Amie B. Jackson, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Birmingham, AL 35249-7330
Contact: Linda Lindsey, MA
voice: (205) 934-3283
fax: (205) 975-4691


Model Spinal Cord Injury System
Tamara Bushnik, PhD
Rehabilitation Research Center for TBI & SCI
950 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 2011
San Jose, CA 95128
Contact: Tamara Bushnik, PhD
voice: (408) 295-9896
fax: (408) 295-9913

Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System of Southern California
Robert L. Waters, MD and Rod Adkins , PhD
Los Amigos Research & Education Institute, Inc.
7601 East Imperial Highway, HB 206
Downey, CA 90242-4155
Contact: Robert L. Waters, MD
voice: (562) 401-7161
fax: (562) 803-5623


The Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System  (Craig Hospital)
Daniel P. Lammertse, MD and Gale G. Whiteneck , PhD
Craig Hospital
3425 South Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80110-2811
Contact: Scott Manley, EdD
voice: (303) 789-8214
fax: (303) 789-8219


South Florida Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Marca L. Sipski, MD
University of Miami
P.O. Box 016960, R-64
Miami, FL 33101-9844
Contact: Marca L. Sipski, MD
voice: (305) 324-4455 ext. 4433
fax: (305) 243-3395


Georgia Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System  (Shepherd Center)
David F. Apple, MD and Lesley M. Hudson , M.A.
Shepherd Center, Inc.
2020 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1402
Contact: Lesley M. Hudson, M.A.
voice: (404) 350-7580
fax: (404) 355-1826


New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC)
Shanker Nesathurai, MD, FRCP(C) and Holly Ditchfield
Boston Medical Center
One Boston Medical Center Place, Room F-511
Boston, MA 02118
Contact: Holly Ditchfield
voice: (617) 638-7895
fax: (617) 638-7313


University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System
Denise G. Tate, PhD, ABPP
University of Michigan
300 North Ingalls, Room NI2A09
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0718
Contact: Martin Forchheimer, MPP
voice: (734) 763-0971
fax: (734) 936-5492


Missouri Model Spinal Cord Injury System
Laura H. Schopp, PhD
University of Missouri-Columbia
One Hospital Drive, Dc 116.88
Columbia, MO 65212
Contact: Larry Nossaman
Voice: (573) 884-2899
Fax: (573) 884-2902

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey Model Spinal Cord Injury System
Joel A. DeLisa, MD and Steven Kirshblum
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-1499
Contact: David S. Tulsky, PhD
voice: (973) 243-6849
fax: (973) 243-6861

New York

Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD and Ralph Marino , MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
1 Gustave Levy Place, Box 1240
New York, NY 10029-6574
Contact: Audrey Schmerzler
voice: (212) 659-9369
fax: (212) 348-5901


The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley
John F. Ditunno, Jr., MD
Thomas Jefferson University
132 S. 10th St., 375 Main Bldg.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5244
Contact: Mary Patrick, RN
voice: (215) 955-6579
fax: (215) 955-5152

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury
Michael L. Boniger, MD
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
7180 Highland Dr., Bldg. 4, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Contact: Rosemarie Cooper
voice: (412) 365-4850
fax: (412) 365-4858


Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System
William H. Donovan, MD and Kenneth C. Parsons , MD
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR)
1333 Moursund Street
Houston, TX 77030-3408
Contact: Karen A. Hart, PhD
voice: (713) 797-5946
fax: (713) 797-5982


VCU Model Spinal Cord Injury System
William O. McKinley, MD and David X. Cifu , MD
Virginia Commonwealth University/
Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Richmond, VA 23298-0677
Contact: Michael A. Tewksbury, MBA
voice: (804) 828-0861
fax: (804) 828-5074


Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
Diana D. Cardenas, MD and Charles Bombardier , PhD
University of Washington
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Seattle, WA 98195-6490
Contact: Cynthia Salzman
voice: (206) 685-3999
fax: (206) 685-3244

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