Research Programs

Research is an important aspect of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has a strong research focus. Our investigators are involved in dozens of studies covering a wide range of research topics including traumatic brain injury, burn rehabilitation, and wound care.

Below is a summary of our current research efforts. Studies are marked as Active (pre-enrollment or enrollment) and Data Analysis (enrollment completed but still active).

Principal InvestigatorResearch StudyStatus
Musculoskeletal and Spine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Thiru Annaswamy, M.D. Benefit of Lumbar Bracing for Chronic Low Back Pain Due to Degenerative Disc Disease (Foundation for PM&R) Active
Thiru Annaswamy, M.D. NetSE: Large: Collaborative Research: Exploiting Multi-modality for Tele-Immersion (NSF) Active
Thiru Annaswamy, M.D. Lumbar Zygopophyseal Joint Arthropathy Mediated Pain: Double Blind Randomized Study Comparing Triamcinolone with Hyaluronic Acid Data Analysis
Thiru Annaswamy, M.D. NetSE: Large: Long Term Outcomes of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis/an extension of the “Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis (LESS): Randomized Controlled Trial (PCORI) Data Analysis
Ankit Patel, M.D. Neuralgic Amyotrophy (Parsonage-Turner syndrome) and Phrenic Nerve palsy Data Analysis
Amy Phelan, M.D., D.V.M. Subscapular Muscle and Nerve Function after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Data Analysis
Pelvic and Abdominal Rehabilitation
Kelly Scott, M.D. Rehabilitation of Urinary Incontinence Following Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy Active
Kelly Scott, M.D. R Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pelvic Pain after Mesh Resection Active
Kelly Scott, M.D. MR Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Cauda Equina Syndrome Data Analysis
Kelly Scott, M.D. Outcome Analysis of Computer Tomography Guided Injections for Pain Data Analysis
Kelly Scott, M.D. Rehabilitation Outcomes of Chronic Pelvic Pain after Mesh Resection Data Analysis
Kelly Scott, M.D. MR Neurography in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pelvic Pain Data Analysis/
No Funding
Medical Complexity/Cancer Rehabilitation
Kim Barker, M.D. Rehabilitation of Liver Transplant Patients: A Preliminary Study on Post-Liver Transplant Patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center Active
Benjamin Nguyen, M.D. Assessing the Effectiveness of HI-ROC (High Risk Osteoporosis Consult) Following Hip Fracture Active
Wound Care and Ulcer Prevention
Jean de Leon, M.D. Skin IQ™ Microclimate Manager Compared to SOC (Industry Sponsored) Interim Data Analysis
Spasticity
Fatma Gul, M.D. Incidence of Granuloma with Intrathecal Pump: A Case Series Active
Fatma Gul, M.D. Effectiveness of Medtronic Intrathecal Drug Delivery Pump Personal Therapy Manager in spasticity management (myPTM) Data Analysis
Fatma Gul, M.D. BOTOX® Pediatric Lower Limb Open-label Study Protocol 191622-112 (Allergan) Active
Fatma Gul, M.D. BOTOX® Pediatric Upper Limb Open-label Study. Protocol: 191622-105 (Allergan) Active
Fatma Gul, M.D. BOTOX®Pediatric Upper Limb Double-blind study. Protocol: 191622-101 (Allergan) Active
Fatma Gul, M.D. BOTOX® Pediatric Lower Limb Double-blind Study. Protocol: 191622-111 (Allergan) Active
Burn Rehabilitation
Radha Holavanahalli, M.D. Evaluation of a Web-based Social Skills Training Program for Survivors of Burn Injury (NIDILRR) Data Analysis
Karen Kowalske, M.D. The Impact of Hypnosis on Post-burn Pain and Itch: A Randomized Controlled Trial (NIDILRR, North Texas Burn Model System) Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. The Effect of Heat Intolerance on Exercise and Physical Function (NIDILRR) Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Randomized, Controlled, Multicenter Study of the Effect of In-Patient Exercise Training on Length of Hospitalization, Mental Health, and Physical Performance in Burned Patients (Department of Defense) Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System (NIDILRR) Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Spinal Cord Injury after High Voltage Electrical Burn Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Pamidronate to Treat Heterotopic Ossification after Burn Injury Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Decreasing Delirium in Burn Patients in the ICU Active
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Botulinum Toxin Injections to Calf Muscles to Treat Heel Cord Contracture after Burn Injury Data Analysis
Karen Kowalske, M.D. Demographic and Racial/Ethnic Differences among Children with Burn Injury Data Analysis
Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
Christine Johnson, M.D. Evaluation of Diffuse Axonal Injury During Post-Acute Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury Active
Benjamin Nguyen, M.D. Multi-modality study of brain function using near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Active
Kathleen Bell, M.D. CON-TEX: North Texas Youth Concussion Registry (Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair) Active
Kathleen Bell, M.D. CONTACT: Concussion Treatment after Combat Trauma (INTRuST, Department of Defense) Data Analysis
Kathleen Bell, M.D. North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NIDILRR) Active
Kathleen Bell, M.D. TWILIGHT: Phototherapy to Improve Sleep after Acute TBI (NIDILRR) Active
Kathleen Bell, M.D. TWIST: Treatment With Sumatriptan for Post-Traumatic Headache (NIDILRR) Active
Kathleen Bell, M.D. APP: Amitriptyline for Post-Traumatic Headache Prevention (NIDILRR) Active
Pediatric Rehabilitation
Didem Inanoglu, M.D. Effects of selective percutaneous myofascial lengthening (SPML) on gait in children with spasticity (Mobility Foundation Center) Active