Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


January 1, 2022


Christopher T. Plastaras, M.D.


Office Address:

MossRehab Elkins Park, 60 Township Line Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027
MossRehab Center City, 2323 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 663-6856

Education:


8/1988 - 5/1992 Bachelor of Arts Emory University (Physics)

8/1992 - 5/1996 Doctor of Medicine University of Pennsylvania


Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments:


6/1996 - 6/1997 Transitional Internship, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia


7/1997 - 6/2000 Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Faculty Appointments:


7/1999 – 6/2003 Clinical Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Northwestern University School of Medicine


7/2003 – 6/5/2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


6/8/2009 – 6/1/2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


4/9/2019 – present Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine

Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University


Hospital and Administrative Appointments:


7/1998 - 7/1999 Co-director of Medical Informatics Resident Computer Lab

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


7/1999 – 6/2000 Chief Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


7/2000 - 6/5/2009 Attending Physician

Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


7/2002 – 6/5/2009 Co-Director of the Kaiser-Freedman Spine & Sports Clinical Fellowship at RIC/Northwestern University

Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


8/2002 - 6/5/2009 Associate Medical Staff Member

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


1/2009 – 6/2009 SameDay Surgery Network Medical Staff

Spinal Procedures


6/8/2009 – 2011 Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

University of Pennsylvania

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System


6/8/2009 – 2015 Director, Penn Spine Center

University of Pennsylvania

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System


6/8/2009 – 2018 Director of the Penn Spine, Sports Musculoskeletal Clinical Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System


6/8/2009 – 2018 Attending Physiatrist

Clinical Practice of University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania Health System


2015-2018 Physician Co-Lead, Penn Spine Center

University of Pennsylvania Health System Spine Service Line

University of Pennsylvania Health System Neuroscience Service Line


6/20/2016-2017 Opioid Prescription Reduction Workgroup Member

University of Pennsylvania

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System


7/15/2018-present Clinical Director, Musculoskeletal Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Medicine

MossRehab


2019-present Co-Chair, Einstein Spine Institute

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network


2020-present Telehealth Committee

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Specialty Certification:

Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2001 - present

Certification number 6755


Board Certified, Sports Medicine 9/1/2009 – 12/31/2019

ID number ABPMR13783


Board Certified, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine 2009 - 2019

Certificate number 3375


Licensure:


United States Medical Licensing Examination Certified

ID number 4-049-715-8 1996


State of Pennsylvania Training Medical License

License number MT-038546-T 1996 - 1997


State of Illinois Training Medical License

License number 125-035606 1997 - 2000


State of Illinois Controlled Substance License

License number 336-061898 1999 - 7/31/2011


State of Illinois Medical License

License number 036-099397 1999 – 7/31/2011


DEA License number BP6767632 2000 – 3/31/2024


State of Pennsylvania Unrestricted Medical License, Medical Physician and Surgeon-MD437220 5/19/09 – 12/31/2022

Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies:

  1. Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student. Temple University


  1. Outstanding Spanish Student, Emory University


  1. Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, Emory University


1995 Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, Emory University


1995 Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University


1998 Harris Resident, Recognition for demonstrating academic excellence through educational initiative and motivation for learning.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


1999 Walter E. Heller Fellowship, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2000 Helen Cooper Award, Voted as best senior resident teacher by peers

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2005 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

Awarded by the Northwestern University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents in recognition of excellence in teaching and outstanding commitment to education


2007 Outstanding Performance in Problem Based Learning

Awarded by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in recognition of outstanding performance in Problem Based Learning 2006-2007


May 2-4, 2008 U.S. Bone & Joint Decade Young Clinical Investigators Initiative Workshop

Awarded by the United States Bone and Joint Decade Research Committee to promising junior faculty researchers that have been nominated by their department chair


March 28-29, U.S. Bone & Joint Decade Young Clinical Investigators Initiative Workshop

2009 Awarded by the United States Bone and Joint Decade Research Committee to promising junior faculty researchers that have been nominated by their department chair

November 11, 2009

North American Spine Society – Best Papers Session

(<1% of submissions achieve this recognition)

Smuck M, Maxwell M, Kennedy D, Rittenberg J, Plastaras C. “Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections” San Francisco, California


12/21/2009 Certificate of Appreciation for Education Contributions 7/1/09 to 11/30/09

Penn Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


August 2011 Harrison Memorial Fund Grant Award, $5,000 grant to fund physical therapy visit copays for patients that cannot afford it


October 14-16, 2011

“Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association

Bayruns TJ, Angiolillo F, Beery T, Plastaras C. “Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Following a Two Level IDET Procedure: A Case Study” Poster Presentation, Awarded “Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Conference, Valley Forge PA, October 14-16, 2011.


April 30, 2012 Honorable Mention Award in the DEBUT Biomedical Challenge

Alpha version constructed: “The Falcon Project: InjectAlign – A Spinal Injection Guidance Device”

Collaborators: Mahesh Murali, Michelle Bubear, Gabriel Seidner, Paweorn Angsutararux

Plastaras role: Expert Advisor Undergraduate Senior Design Project

Supervised 4 students for 2 semesters to develop a design/prototype

University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA


November 17, 2012

Best Musculoskeletal Medicine Research Poster Presentation

Sung W, Abraham M, Plastaras C, Silfies S, Wattananon P.

“Trunk Neuromuscular Control is Impaired in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain and Improves Following a Lumbar Stabilization Program.” Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. PM&R Journal vol:4 iss:10 2012: S187.


August 2013 “Dynamic Docs” most skilled and best trained physicians – PhiladelphiaLife Magazine. Readers casted votes on PhiladelphiaLifeMag.com to tell which physicians they turn to when it comes to keeping them and their families healthy. 400 physicians named in total from all specialties. Named one of 9 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians in the Philadelphia region. http://www.philadelphialifemag.com/articles/?articleid=800 accessed September 2013


October 4, 2013

Best Pain & Spine Medicine Podium Presentation

Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Sigler JD, Smuck M, Conrad B, Dreyfuss P. “Multi-center Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Particulate versus Non-Particulate Corticosteroids via Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injection for Acute Unilateral, Uni-level Radicular Pain due to Herniated Nucleus Pulposus. Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5 Issue 9 Supplement, September 2013, Page S133.


October 2014 2nd place abstract award at Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session

McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras CT. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL.


October 2015 2nd place abstract award: Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session

McCormick Z, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu AN, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras CT, Kennedy DJ. Dexamethasone versus Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. Chicago, IL.


August 2015 “Best Docs” – SuburbanLife - PhiladelphiaLife Magazine.

Best Doctors 2015-2016 :A healthy dose of the area’s leading physicians, as chosen by their peers and our readers. Named one of 24 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians in the Philadelphia region.

http://suburbanlifemagazine.com/articles/?articleid=1305 accessed October 2015


August 2018 Best Clinical Abstract. Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. McCormick ZL, Lehman V, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston P, Moussallem C, Geske JR, Kennedy DJ, Maus T, Carr C. “Low-pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to International Association for the Study of Pain/Spine Intervention Society Standards Does Not Cause Accelerated Progression of Disc Degeneration in Symptomatic Low Back Pain Patients; A 7 Year Matched Cohort Study”


August 2018 Best Fellow Abstract: Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Marshall B, Garvan C, Plastaras CT, Akuthota V. “Prognostic Imaging Features in Acute Lumbosacral Radiculopathy with Motor Deficits”


May 2019 Philadelphia magazine Top DoctorsTM 2019

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Christopher Plastaras, MD

http://www.phillymag.com/find-a-doctor/


March 2020 2020 Physician Excellence Award

Einstein Healthcare Network


May 2020 Philadelphia magazine Top DoctorsTM 2020

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Christopher Plastaras, MD


May 2021 Philadelphia magazine Top DoctorsTM 2021

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Christopher Plastaras, MD


May 2022 Philadelphia magazine Top DoctorsTM 2022

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Christopher Plastaras, MD

https://www.phillymag.com/find-a-doctor/christopher-plastaras/


June 2022 Five-Star Physicians 2022 - SuburbanLifeMagazine https://www.suburbanlifemagazine.com/article/3093/FiveStar-Physicians-2022


Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2000-present

Association of Academic Physiatrists 2007-present

North American Spine Society 2016-present

Spinal Intervention Society 2001-present

American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Diplomat 4/2009

Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Full Member 1/2014-2018


Professional and Scientific Committees:

1998 - 2000 Medical Care Subcommittee member

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


1998 - 2008 Information Systems Physician User Advisory Group Member

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2000 - 2009 Medical Education Committee member

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2001-2002 Information Technology Executive Steering Committee

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2001-2002 Medical Executive Committee - Attending Staff Representative

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2001 – 2002 Utilization Review Committee member

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2003 - 2007 PASSOR Research Committee

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (national)


2004 - 2005 PASSOR Post Residency Task Force (national)


2004 - 2005 HIPAA Steering Committee

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2004 - 2006 Healthcare Information System Selection Project Core Team

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2004 - 2008 Website Core Team

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2005 - 2007 Healthcare Information System Cerner User Design Team Lead Outpatient Physician Specialist

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2005-2006 Medical Executive Committee - Attending Staff Representative

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


2005 - 2009 Billing and Coding Physicians Committee Meeting

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (local)


6/2009 – 2011 Medical Education Committee

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University of Pennsylvania (local)


6/2009 – 2011 Medical Executive Committee

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University of Pennsylvania (local)


12/2010 – 2012 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Committee on Musculoskeletal Curriculum

Founder member (local)


10/2009 – 2011 American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Program Planning Committee (national)


2017-present North American Spine Society Musculoskeletal Spine Fellowship Work Group Member (national)

Collaborate with other Interventional Spine fellowship directors to establish and organize a match day, fellowship curriculum, and eventual accreditation system for Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowships


2019-present Scientific Advisory Board, BioRestorative Therapies


2020-2022 Board of Directors, McKenzie Institute USA


2020-2022 PM&R Management Committee, MossRehab


2020-present Telehealth Committee Member

Einstein Healthcare Network


Editorial Positions:

  1. Contributing Editor

Rehab in Review


2000 - 2004 Guest reviewer for Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2002 Assistant Editor, Pain Physician


2003 Regional Managing Editor. Rehab in Review

2003 Guest reviewer for Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2005 Peer reviewer for American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2006 North American Spine Society 21st Annual Meeting Scientific Program Reviewer – Non-operative Spine Abstracts

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2007 Book reviewer for Doody Enterprises, Inc.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2008 Peer reviewer for Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


2010, 2014 Peer reviewer for PM&R Journal, University of Pennsylvania


Major Teaching and Clinical Responsibilities:


September 2018 “Spine & Sports Medicine – PM&R” Clinical Rotation Preceptor

  • present Temple/MossRehab Resident supervision.

Contact hours 35 hours/week, 1 resident.


November 28, 2017 “Overview of Interventional Spine / Physiatric Approach”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Interdisciplinary Spine Rounds

Attendings, Residents, Physical therapists, Fellows

Contact hours 1; Attendees 10.


June 23, 2017 “Foot and Ankle Pathologies and Clinical Approach”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


April 14, 2017 “Spinal Procedure Safety: Adverse Events of Spinal Interventions”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


March 17, 2017 “Critical Appraisal of the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines on Non-interventional Treatments for Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


March 15, 2017 “Mindfulness in Spine Rehabilitation: A New Frontier or Jedi Mind Trick?”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 20.


March 10, 2017 “Spinal Procedure Safety: Choice of Corticosteroid Implications in Patient Safety and Efficacy”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


March 3, 2017 “Spinal Procedure Safety: Risk Assessment of Holding Anti-Platelet and Anti-Coagulation Medications”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


February 24, 2017 “Spinal Procedure Safety: Procedure Room Setup and Policies for Patient Safety”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


February 17, 2017 “Functional Evaluation of the Upper & Lower Limb – Physical Examination Pearls”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


February 3, 2017 “Spine Imaging: When to Order and How to Interpret Findings”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


February 2, 2017 “Low Back Pain: Pragmatic Clinical Application of Differential Diagnosis”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


February 1, 2017 “Low Back Pain: Deciphering the History & Physical Examination…The Mystery is in the History”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


January 30, 2017 “Neck and Periscapular Pain Patterns: Clinical Approach to the Differential Diagnosis”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows & Residents

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


January 6, 2017 “Introduction to Mindfulness: Body Scan”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


December 30, 2016 “The Role of Mindful Mental Imagery Training to Obtain Peak Performance in Spinal Procedures”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


December 16, 2016 “Spine Procedures Fluoroscopic Contrast Patterns: Vascular Uptake and Other Pitfalls”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


December 9, 2016 “Explain Pain – Concepts and Tools of Pain Pathophysiology – How to Educate Patients”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


Novermber 11, 2016 “Functional Assessment of Lower Limb/Knee Disorders”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


November 4, 2016 “Traumatic Shoulder Injuries”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 3.


October 7, 2016 “Thoracic Spine Pain Assessment & Treatment”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


September 30, 2016 “Clinical Approach to Sacroiliac Joint Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 4.


September 9, 2016 “Fluoroscopic Anatomy for Interventional Spine Procedures”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 5.


September 2, 2016 “McKenzie Method and Physical Therapy Approaches for Spine Related Pain Disorders”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 5.


August 19, 2016 “Radiofrequency Ablation Interventional Spine Techniques”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 5.


July 15, 2016 “Clinical Approach to Diagnosing Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 5.


July 8, 2016 “Lumbar spine anatomy and biomechanics”

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PM&R Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellows, Medical students

Contact hours 1; Trainees 5.


January 29, 2014 “Ergonomics & Body Mechanics in the Work place”

Nursing In-service for Nurses, Fellows

Pennsylvania Hospital, Tuttleman Center

Philadelphia, PA


2013-2014 Spine Medicine rotation for Neuroradiology Fellows

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Neuroradiology Fellows

4 months per year/4 days per month – Contact hours 128; Trainees 2


2012-2013 Spine Medicine rotation for Family Practice Sports Medicine Residents

1/2010-12/11 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Family Practice Sports Medicine PG2, PG3 Residents

6 months per year/1 hours per month – Contact hours 6; Trainees 4.


January 2010 Spine Medicine Clinic Preceptor for Primary Care Sports Medicine

- June 2012, Fellowship

2013 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Family Practice Sports Medicine Fellows

6 months per year/1 hours per month – Contact hours 15; Trainees 4.


2015 Spine Medicine Clinic Preceptor for Primary Care Sports Medicine

Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Family Practice Sports Medicine Fellows

6 weeks per year/8 hours once a week – Total Contact hours 48; Trainees 2.


2012, 2013, 2014 Faculty Team Preceptor

Interdisciplinary Team Assessment Project

Advise newly integrated Interprofessional Learning Team of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medical Students

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


2011-2013 “Interventional Physiatry” Preceptor

Physical Therapy Orthopedic and Women’s Health Residency Programs

Good Shepard Penn Partners


July 19, 2012 “Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Spinal Procedures”

Nursing In-service for Nurses, Fellows, Residents, Students

Pennsylvania Hospital, Tuttleman Center

Philadelphia, PA


2012 Subject Matter Expert

School of Bioengineering, Entrepreneurship Course


January 6, 2012 “Non-operative Management of Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania

School of Nursing Pain Course for Graduate Level Nurse Anesthetist and Nurse Practitioner Students


November 1, 2011 “Introduction to Clinical Medicine MD 306: The Medical History and the Physical Examination” Preceptor for Musculoskeletal System Day.

University of Pennsylvania 2nd year Medical Student Course – hands on instruction 6.5 hours


September 21, 2011 “Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation: The Functional Evaluation”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lecture. Philadelphia, PA


August 7, 2011 “Patellofemoral Pain and Iliotibial Band Syndrome”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lecture. Philadelphia, PA


August 5, 2011 “Evaluation and Management of Low Back Pain”

Pain Conference for Internal Medicine Resident and Faculty

Presbyterian Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Medicine


February 8, 2011 “Management of Acute Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine Philadelphia, PA


Fall 2010 “Introduction to Clinical Medicine MD 306: The Medical History and the Physical Examination” Preceptor.

University of Pennsylvania 2nd year Medical Student Course – hands on instruction 3 hours per week for 10 weeks


2010-2011 Orthopedics 200 Preceptor

University of Pennsylvania 2nd year Medical Student Course, 14 weeks per year


Fall 2009 “Introduction to Clinical Medicine MD 306: The Medical History and the Physical Examination” Preceptor.

University of Pennsylvania 2nd year Medical Student Course – hands on instruction 3 hours per week for 10 weeks


July 15, 2009 “Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lecture. Philadelphia, PA


April 9, 2009 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam” Northwestern University School of Medicine

2nd year Medical Student Physical Diagnosis Course – hands on workshop


January 13, 2009 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


January 6, 2009 “Introduction to Electrodiagnosis”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


December 17, 2008 “Lumbar Discogenic Pain”

Sports & Spine Conference for Northwestern University Medical Students and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


September 13, 2008 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


September 14, 2008 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Caudal epidural procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


2008-2009 Research Process Mentor for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


April 5, 2008 “Spinal Intervention Injectable Materials, Radiation Safety, and Complications”

James McLean Spinal Procedures Basic Training Course for Residents

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


April 5, 2008 Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy

James McLean Spinal Procedures Basic Training Course for Residents

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


March 12-13, Musculoskeletal Physical Exam Workshop

17-18, 2008 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2nd year Medical Student physical exam workshop

Established musculoskeletal physical exam teaching curriculum, wrote test questions, organized 9 teaching faculty to be at each workshop


February 23, 2008 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


February 24, 2008 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Caudal epidural procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


October 24, 2007 “Fluoroscopically guided hip injection”

Instructed course participants how to place spinal needle in cadaveric hip joint under fluoroscopic guidance and assessed participants ability to perform discrete skills on the Criterion Check List

Northwestern Arthritis and Rehabilitation Institute Peripheral Joint Injection Workshop


October 1, 2007 “Introduction to Electrodiagnosis”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


September 25, 2007 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


September 26, 2007 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop 101 Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Caudal epidural procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


April 24, 2007 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


March 24, 2007 Spinal Intervention Injectable Materials, Radiation Safety, and Complications

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Lecture

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


March 24, 2007 Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Competency Workshop

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


March 25, 2007 Spinal Intervention Injectable Materials, Radiation Safety, and Complications

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Lecture

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


March 22, 2007 Musculoskeletal Physical Exam Competency Workshop Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

4th year Medical Student lecture


February 24, 2007 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Introductory Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


February 25, 2007 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Introductory Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Caudal epidural procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


Fall 2006 - “History & Physical Diagnosis: Patient, Physician, and Society M2” Preceptor

Spring 2009 Weekly history and physical diagnosis teaching and supervision of 2nd year medical students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


February 1, 2007 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam – Lower Quarter” Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

4th year Medical Student lecture


October 31, 2006 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam – Lower Quarter” Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

4th year Medical Student lecture


Fall-Winter 2006 Problem Based Learning Tutor (102)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


Fall 2006 Problem Based Learning Tutor (101)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


September 16, 2006 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Phase I Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


September 17, 2006 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Phase I Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Lumbar zygapophysial joint procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


August 21, 2006 “Introduction to Electrodiagnosis”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 9, 2006 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


Fall 2005 - “History & Physical Diagnosis: Patient, Physician, and Society M2” Preceptor

Spring 2006 Weekly history and physical diagnosis teaching and supervision of 2nd year medical students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Spring 2006 Problem Based Learning Tutor (104)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Winter 2006 Problem Based Learning Tutor (103)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


Fall/Winter 2005 Problem Based Learning Tutor (102)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


Fall 2005 Problem Based Learning Tutor (101)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


August 22, 2005 “Introduction to Electrodiagnosis”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 21, 2005 Lumbar Spine Anatomy: Functional Biomechanics: from the Toe to the Spine

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 21, 2005 Spinal Intervention Injectable Materials, Radiation Safety, and Complications

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Lecture

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 21, 2005 Bevel Control Hands-On Workshop: Introduction to spinal procedure techniques using live fluoroscopy on an anatomically correct model

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Workshop

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 21, 2005 Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine Workshop: Physical exam technique competency testing workshop

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Workshop

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 22, 2005 Bevel Control Hands-On Workshop: Introduction to spinal procedure techniques using live fluoroscopy on an anatomically correct model

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Workshop

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


May 22, 2005 Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine Workshop: Physical exam technique competency testing workshop

Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents Workshop

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


Spring 2005 Problem Based Learning Tutor (104)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


March 5, 2005 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Phase I Faculty - Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy, Spinal Needle Navigation, Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


March 6, 2005 PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop Phase I Faculty - Sacroiliac Joint, Lumbar zygapophysial joint procedures

Instructed novice spinal interventionalists how to place spinal needle in cadaver under fluoroscopic guidance

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


February to May, 2005 “Physical Diagnosis: Patient, Physician, and Society M2” Preceptor Weekly physical diagnosis teaching and supervision of 2nd year medical students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


February 8 & 22, 2005 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam – Upper Quarter” May 6, 2005 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

4th year Medical Student lecture


February 7, 2005 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


Winter 2005 Problem Based Learning Tutor (103)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Fall 2004 & Problem Based Learning Tutor (102) Fall 2005 1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


February 1 & 15, 2005 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam – Lower Quarter” April 26, 2005 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

4th year Medical Student lecture


January 21, 2005 “Introduction to Electrodiagnosis”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


July 24, 2004 “Hands-On Experience of Non-Operative Treatments”

Workshop at an Interactive Physiatric Approach to the Management of Lumbar Spine Disorders

Resident Physician Council and Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation


May 25, 2004 “Spinal Injection Boot Camp”

Workshop focusing on safe performance of fluoroscopically guided spinal injections, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


May 6, 2004 “Basic Nerve Conduction Studies”

Loyola Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


February – May, 2004 “Physical Diagnosis: Patient, Physician, and Society M2” Preceptor Weekly physical diagnosis teaching and supervision of 2nd year medical students

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


December 1, 2003 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathy”

Schwab Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


June 25, 2003 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathy”

Northwestern Interdisciplinary Spine Conference


June 5, 2003 “Nerve Conduction Studies” Loyola Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Resident Lecture


February 26, 2003 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam” Northwestern University School of Medicine

1st year Medical Student ‘hands on’ practical


July 2000-2007 “Sports and Spine Conference”

Weekly lecture for Northwestern University Medical Students and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


July 2000-6/2009 Musculoskeletal Journal Club

Weekly supervision of Sports & Spine Fellow and Northwestern University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


July-September Cadaveric Prosections

2000-2002 Supervision of weekly lecture for Northwestern University Medical Students and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents


April 18, 2002 “Modalities in Sports Medicine: An Adjunct to Exercise”

RIC Resident Lecture


April 8, 2002 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies”

RIC Resident Lecture


March 5, 2002 “Musculoskeletal Physical Exam” Northwestern University School of Medicine

1st year Medical Student ‘hands on’ practical


February 14, 2002 “Shoulder Injuries in Weight Lifters”

RIC Resident Journal Club lecture


Fall 2001 - 2002 Problem Based Learning Tutor (101, 102)

1st year Northwestern Medical Students

Northwestern University School of Medicine


May 10, 2001 “Modalities”

RIC Resident Lecture


January 19, 2001 “Electrodiagnosis of Radiculopathies and Plexopathies”

RIC Resident Lecture


January 10, 2001, “EMG Boot Camp: Basic Training for EMG/NCS”

February 4, 2002, RIC Resident Lecture

April 28, 2003


November 13, 2000 “Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Physical Exam Journal Club” RIC Resident Lecture


October 16, 2000 “Concussion Management”

RIC Resident lecture


Oct.-Nov. 2000 “Physical Examination of the Cervical Spine and Shoulder”

Weekly practical lecture for RIC Residents


August 25, 2000 “Assessment of Spinal Stability”

RIC Resident lecture


April 8, 2000 “Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries”

Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthotic student lecture


February 18, 2000 “Martin Gruber Anastomosis”

RIC Resident EMG Case Conference


February 11, 2000 “Lumbosacral polyradiculopathy in a Diabetic Patient”

RIC Resident EMG Case Conference


January 3, 2000 “EMG Basic Training”

RIC Resident Lecture


December 9, 1999 “Central post stroke pain journal club”

RIC Resident Lecture


August 1999 “Spina Bifida”

Lecture for RIC Summer Extern Didactic Series


August 1998 “Rehabilitation of Rheumatologic disorders”

Lecture for RIC Summer Extern Didactic Series


February - May Tutor of junior high, high school, and college students in math and science

1996 A+ Tutoring, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


1989 - 1992 Tutor of minority college students in chemistry and physics

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia


Lectures by Invitation:


February 9 2022 “Complications of Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal

Procedure: Risk Mitigation and Management”

NASS Interventional Spine Fellowship Grand Rounds

Virtual / Zoom lecture


October 25, 2021 “Telemedicine Experience - PM&R Musculoskeletal”

AMRPA Fall 2021 Virtual Conference Panel - Implementing and Sustaining Telehealth and Advanced Technology in Inpatient Rehabilitation ‎

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) Fall Educational 2021 Virtual Conference and Expo


March 2021 “Positive Telemedicine, When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade”

Finding Silver Lining of Covid Pandemic

Video presentation for International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Conference for virtual ISPRM21


April 22, 2020 “TeleMedicine Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine”

Temple/Moss Resident Lecture on Zoom


May 3, 2019 “Einstein Spine Institute Initiatives”

Clinical Performance & Integration Committee Meeting

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, East Falls, Philadelphia, PA


May 3, 2019 “Ask the Experts Panel”

Broad Street Run Expo

Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA


May 15, 2019 “Degenerative Joint Disease of the Spine”

Care Management Meeting

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA


March 12, 2019 “Rehabilitative Management of Spinal Disorders”

Grand Rounds

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rheumatology

Philadelphia, PA


January15, 2019 “Non-Surgical Approach to Spine Care”

MossRehab Advisory Board Presentation

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Elkins Park , PA


October 26, 2018 “Advancing Physiatry’s Future: Explore NEW Models of MSK Care”

Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative. Panel discussant.

AAPM&R Annual Assembly, Orlando, FL. (national)


June 9, 2018 “Bone density health”

Excel Physical Therapy, Philadelphia, PA (local)


January 27, 2018 “Delivering ‘Valuable’ Care – How are we responding to the market signals to provide better ‘value’ care? What work remains to be done?”

Co-Presentation with Neil Malhotra, MD

Penn Medicine Spine Program Retreat

University of Pennsylvania Health System Spine Service Line

Philadelphia, PA (local)


September 15, 2017 “Interventional Cervical Spine Procedures and Techniques”– Lecture

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

North American Spine Society

Specialty Education & Research Center

Burr Ridge, IL (international)


September 15, 2017 “Lumbar Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

North American Spine Society

Specialty Education & Research Center

Burr Ridge, IL (international)


September 15, 2017 “Cervical and Lumbar Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

North American Spine Society

Specialty Education & Research Center

Burr Ridge, IL (international)


September 16, 2017 “Cervical Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

North American Spine Society

Specialty Education & Research Center

Burr Ridge, IL (international)


September 16, 2017 “Cervical and Lumbar Injections II”– Hands-on technique instruction

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

North American Spine Society

Specialty Education & Research Center

Burr Ridge, IL (international)


February 8, 2017 “Functional Physical Examination of the Lower Limb Kinetic Chain”

Hands-on Lab, 3 hours, 30 students

Medical Students, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop: “Sex Differences in Sports Medicine”

Las Vegas, NV (national)


February 8, 2017 “Functional Physical Examination of the Upper Limb Kinetic Chain”

Hands-on Lab, 3 hours, 30 students

Medical Students, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop: “Sex Differences in Sports Medicine”

Las Vegas, NV (national)


November 4, 2016 “Low Back Pain Pathways”

University of Pennsylvania Health System Spine Service Line

Philadelphia, PA (local)


May 17, 2016 “Penn Spine Center Interventional Spine Program Overview”

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Faculty Meeting

Philadelphia, PA (local)

September 3, 2014 “Low Back Pain in the Athlete”

3B Fellow Conference

Philadelphia, PA (local)


February 7, 2014 “Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Spine Conditions”

Lecture - Cervical Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 7, 2014 “Panel Discussion”

Cervical Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 7, 2014 “Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections Course - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 7, 2014 “Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections Course - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 7, 2014 “Lateral Cervical Zygapophysial Joint”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections Course - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 8, 2014 “Panel Discussion”

Cervical Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 8, 2014 “Posterior Cervical Zygapophysial Joint, C1-2 Joint, Lower Cervical Medial Branch”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections Course - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 8, 2014 “Third Occipital Nerve Injections, Upper Cervical Medial Branch Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections Course - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)

October 14-15, 2016

May 9-10, 2014

November 1-2, 2013 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Cervical Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Pre-Course Online Lecture (local)


October 14-15, 2016

May 9-10, 2014

November 1-2, 2013 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Lumbar Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Pre-Course Online Lecture (local)


October 8, 2013 Moderator, Greater Philadelphia Pain Society

“’Modic’ Anterior Column Pain- A New Insight Into Persistent Low back pain, or a Distraction?”

Mark Laslett, PhD, FNZCP, Dip.MT, Dip.MDT

Senior Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology, School of Rehabilitation and Occupational Studies, Auckland, New Zealand

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia PA (local)


April 19, 2013 “Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Spine Conditions” Lecture

Cervical Spinal Injections

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 19, 2013 “Panel Discussion”

Cervical Spinal Injections

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 19, 2013 “Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 19, 2013 “Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 19, 2013 “Lateral Cervical Zygapophysial Joint and Lower Cervical Medial Branch Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 20, 2013 “Panel Discussion”

Cervical Spinal Injections

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 20, 2013 “Posterior Cervical Zygapophysial Joint, C1-2 Joint and Cervical Medial Branch Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 20, 2013 “Third Occipital Nerve Injections and Upper Cervical Medial Branch Injections”– Hands-on technique instruction

Cervical Spinal Injections - Bio-skills Lab

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


November 17, 2012 “Musculoskeletal Medicine for Indigent Populations: Why, When, Where, and How?”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly Lecture

Atlanta, GA (international)


September 19, 2012 “Nonoperative Management of Low Back Pain in the Athlete” 3B Fellow Conference

Philadelphia, PA (local)


September 15, 2012 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Cervical Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Neumann University, Aston, PA (local)


September 15, 2012 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Lumbar Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Neumann University, Aston, PA (local)


September 12, 2012 “Diagnostic Imaging of the Spine”

Good Shepherd Penn Partners

Orthopedic Residency Program

Philadelphia, PA (local)

September 7, 2012 “Non-Operative Lumbar Spine”

Kessler Institute Grand Rounds

North Branch, Saddlebrook, NJ (regional)


June 1, 2012 “Bevel Control & Lumbar Medial Branch Block Needle Placement”

Hands on Lab Instruction with Fluoroscopy on Anatomically correct model

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Lumbar Interlaminar Needle Placement on Anatomic Model”

Hands on Lab Instruction with Fluoroscopy on Anatomically correct model

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Lumbar Transforaminal Needle Placement on Anatomic Model”

Hands on Lab Instruction with Fluoroscopy on Anatomically correct model

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Needle Placement on Anatomic Model”

Hands on Lab Instruction with Fluoroscopy on Anatomically correct model

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Ablation Needle Placement on Anatomic Model”

Hands on Lab Instruction with Fluoroscopy on Anatomically correct model

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Spinal Intervention Procedures & Indications – Interlaminar & Transforaminal Epidurals” Lecture

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


June 1, 2012 “Spinal Intervention Injectable Materials, Radiation Safety, and Complications” Lecture

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction to Lumbar Spinal Procedures Workshop

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


May 31, 2012 “Low back pain in athlete”

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Session with Lectures & Paper Presentations

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


May 31, 2012 “Cervical Spine & Periscapular pain generators”

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Round Table on Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Thessaloniki, Greece (international)


May 16, 2012 “Non-Interventional Management of Low Back Pain”

Temple University / MossREHAB PM&R Didactics

Moss Rehab Rehabilitation Hospital, Elkins Park, PA (local)


May 5, 2012 “Non Operative Management of the Low Back Pain”

Excel Physical Therapy Inservice Invited Speaker

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (local)


February 22, 2012 “Non Operative Management of the Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds Invited Speaker

John Pryor Emergency Medicine Conference Theatre, Philadelphia, PA (local)


February 7, 2012 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Lumbar Spine”

Arcadia University Orthopedic Certified Specialist Preparation Course

Evidence Based Examination and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Sacroilliac Joint

Moss Rehab Rehabilitation Hospital, Elkins Park, PA (local)


February 3, 2012 “Epidural Steroid Injections” – Lecture on Technique

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 3, 2012 “Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections / Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections / Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 3, 2012 “Cases & Panel Discussion” – Faculty member of faculty panel discussion

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 3, 2012 “Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint and Medial Branch Block Injections / Sacroiliac Joint Injections Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 4, 2012 “Spinal Nerve Blocks / Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint and Sacroiliac Joint Injections / Epidural Steroid Injection Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


October 14, 2011 “Nonoperative Management of Low Back Pain in the Athlete” 3B Fellow Conference

Philadelphia, PA (local)


September 17, 2011 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Cervical Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Glen Mills, PA (local)


September 17, 2011 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Lumbar Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Glen Mills, PA (local)


August 26, 2011 “Nonoperative Interventional Options in the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Disorders”

Good Shepard Penn Partners Physical Therapy Invited Lecture

Spine Special Interest Group Lecture

3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA (local)


Aug-Sept, 2011 Director, Musculoskeletal Module Curriculum

University of Pennsylvania

PM&R Resident Education

Philadelphia, PA (local)


July 16, 2011 “Non-operative Management of Low Back Pain”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Invited Speaker

Translational Research Building, Philadelphia, PA (local)


June 3, 2011 “Lumbar Spine Pain in the Athlete”

12th Annual Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress

The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA (local)


February 25, 2011 “Epidural Steroid Injections” – Lecture on Technique

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 25, 2011 “Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections / Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections / Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 25, 2011 “Cases & Panel Discussion” – Faculty member of faculty panel discussion

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 25, 2011 “Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint and Medial Branch Block Injections / Sacroiliac Joint Injections Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


February 26, 2011 “Spinal Nerve Blocks / Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint and Sacroiliac Joint Injections / Epidural Steroid Injection Hands–on Bio-skills Lab”

Lumbar Spinal Injections Course

North American Spine Society, Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ (international)


December 4, 2010 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Cervical Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Valley Forge, PA (local)


December 4, 2010 “Medical Management and Non Operative Management of the Lumbar Spine”

Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation, Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Valley Forge, PA (local)


November 12, 2010 “Low Back Pain in the Athlete” 3B Fellow Conference

Philadelphia, PA (local)


November 4, 2010 “Best Research Presentations – Musculoskeletal Medicine Moderator”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Seattle, WA (national)


November 3, 2010 “Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint: A Comprehensive Literature Review: History and Physical Exam”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Seattle, WA (national)


November 2, 2010 “Lumbar Spine Update”


October 3, 2013 Oakstone Publishing, CMEInfo (national)

October 9, 2010 “Pain Referral Patterns in the Cervical Spine and Shoulder”

North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (international)


October 9, 2010 “Sorting Out Neck, Shoulder & Scapular Pain Panel Discussion”

North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (international)


September 25, 2010 “Cervical Radiculopathy: A Real Pain in the Neck”

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Update on Musculoskeletal Care for the Primary Care Physician

Villanova Conference Center, Radnor, PA (local)


July 10, 2010 “Non-Operative Treatment for Spinal Pain”

Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society

Annual Scientific Meeting

Hershey, PA (regional)


June 24, 2010 “Non-operative Management of Neck Pain in Tennis Players”

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

61st Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia

Philadelphia, PA (national)


June 4, 2010 “Lumbar Radiofrequency” – Indications, Contraindications, Complications, and Technique Lecture

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 4, 2010 “Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections / Selective Nerve Root Blocks Bio-skills Lab” – Hands-on technique instruction

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 4, 2010 “Medial Branch Blocks Bio-skills Lab” – Hands-on technique instruction

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 4, 2010 “Panel Discussion” – Faculty member of faculty panel discussion

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 4, 2010 “Lumbar Radiofrequency Bio-skills Lab” – Hands-on technique instruction

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 5, 2010 “Lumbar Discography Bio-skills Lab” – Hands-on technique instruction

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


June 5, 2010 “Panel Discussion” – Faculty member of faculty panel discussion

Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections: A Hands-on Course

North American Spine Society, Spine Education & Research Center, Burr Ridge, IL (international)


April 20, 2010 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Grand Rounds, Department of Physiatry

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY (regional)


April 7, 2010 “Hip and Knee Functional Physical Examination”

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop

Workshop. Bonita Springs, Florida (national)


April 7, 2010 “Foot and Ankle Functional Physical Examination”

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop

Workshop. Bonita Springs, Florida (national)


March 5, 2010 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Grand Rounds, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ (regional)


2010-2011 Mentor – Scholarly Pursuit Project, 4th year medical student

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA (local)


2011-2012 Expert Advisor – Undergraduate Senior Design Project

Supervised 4 students for 2 semesters to develop a design/prototype

University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Science

Philadelphia, PA (local)


2011-2013 Committee Member, Doctoral Thesis

University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering

Advisory committee that will supervise Dr. Nico Jaumard during his K01 award to provide him with feedback on and clinical contextualization of his results, as well as guidance for further research and grant application

Philadelphia, PA (local)

2012 University of Pennsylvania Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs) team member. The National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium selected 11 health professional schools as designated CoEPEs will act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools to enhance and improve how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment. Twenty institutes, centers and offices at NIH are involved in the consortium. (national)

November 21, 2009 “Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Hip”

Lower Extremity Update 2009 Lecture

Philadelphia Orthopaedic and Sports Rehab Foundation

Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Philadelphia, PA (local)


November 21, 2009 “Clinical Examination of the Hip”

Lower Extremity Update 2009 Workshop

Philadelphia Orthopaedic and Sports Rehab Foundation

Elite Rehabilitation Solutions, LLC

Philadelphia, PA (local)


September 10, 2009 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Good Shepard Penn Partners Physical Therapy Invited Lecture

Spine Special Interest Group Lecture

3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA (local)


February 25, 2009 “Cervical Spine X-Ray Imaging”

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop

Colorado Springs, Colorado (national)


February 11, 2009 Fluoroscopic Visualization/Lumbar Spine Anatomy

Residents Competency Workshop

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lecture. Philadelphia, PA (local)


January 24, 2009 “Is it lumbar radiculopathy or myelopathy?. The use of electrodiagnostic studies in making the diagnosis”

Special Guest –Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation section

7th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium

Montego Bay, Jamaica (international)


January 22, 2009 “Work safety”

7th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium, Total Spine Workshop, The University of the West Indies, Surgical Skills Lab Total Spine Workshop, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (international)


January 22, 2009 “Zygapophysial Joint Injections”

7th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium, Total Spine Workshop, The University of the West Indies, Surgical Skills Lab Total Spine Workshop, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (international)


January 22, 2009 “Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural Injections”

7th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium, Total Spine Workshop, The University of the West Indies, Surgical Skills Lab Total Spine Workshop, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (international)


January 22, 2009 “Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injections”

7th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium, Total Spine Workshop, The University of the West Indies, Surgical Skills Lab Total Spine Workshop, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (international)


December 18, 2008 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Rheumatology Grand Rounds (local)


November 28, 2008 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

University of Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Resident Lecture. Philadelphia, PA (local)


November 25, 2008 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Featured presentation at Meeting of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (local)


November 20, 2008 “Cervical Spine X-Ray Imaging”

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly Workshop. San Diego, California (national)


September 13, 2008 “PASSOR Spinal Procedures 101 Roundtable Discussion”

Lumbar Interlaminar, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Caudal epidural, Fluoroscopic contrast flow patterns

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


May 12, 2008 “The Clinic As Our Research Lab: Informing the Consent for Lumbar Spinal Injections. What are the Complications?”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Research Grand Rounds

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (local)

March 12, 2008 “Peripheral Nerve Response to Injury”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy

31th Annual Electrodiagnosis and Clinical Neurophysiology: A High Intensity Review (national)


Febuary 23, 2008 “PASSOR Spinal Procedures 101 Roundtable Discussion”

Lumbar Interlaminar, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Caudal epidural, Fluoroscopic contrast flow patterns

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


Febuary 20, 2008 “Cervical Spine X-Ray Imaging”

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop

Anaheim, California (national)


Febuary 20, 2008 “Late Responses: F-wave & H-Reflex”

Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident/Fellow Workshop

Anaheim, California (national)


January 24, 2008 “Lumbar Interlaminar, Transforaminal, Caudal Epidural Injection”

6th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium Spine Workshop

Montego Bay, Jamaica (international)


January 24, 2008 “Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint, Sacroiliac Joint”

6th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium Spine Workshop

Montego Bay, Jamaica (international)


January 25, 2008 “Percutaneous Radiofrequency Lumbar Medial Branch Neurotomy”

6th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium

Montego Bay, Jamaica (international)


December 20, 2007 “Traumatic Shoulder Injuries”

Athletico University Lecture Series (local)


October 24, 2007 “Integrating Joint Injections Into Your Clinical Practice”

Northwestern Arthritis and Rehabilitation Institute Peripheral Joint Injection Workshop Lecture (local)

September 25, 2007 “PASSOR Spinal Procedures 101 Roundtable Discussion”

Lumbar Interlaminar, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Caudal epidural, Fluoroscopic contrast flow patterns

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


April 11, 2007 “Fellowship Panel Discussion”

Panel member, Association of Academic Physiatrist Resident Workshop (national)


March 15, 2007 “Upper Limb Mononeuropathies”, co-present with Peter Hoepfner, MD

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy

30th Annual Electrodiagnosis and Clinical Neurophysiology: A High Intensity Review (national)


February 24, 2007 “PASSOR Spinal Procedures Introductory Roundtable Discussion”

Lumbar Interlaminar, Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Caudal epidural

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


September 30, 2006 “Keep Your Joints Jumpin’ - Arthritis and Joint Health”

Speaking of Women’s Health hosted by Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago, IL (local)


September 16, 2006 “PASSOR Spinal Procedures Phase I Roundtable Discussion”

Lumbar Interlaminar, Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint, Sacroiliac Joint Injections

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


May 6, 2006 “Running Injuries Treatment and Prevention”

Red Cross Run Red Running Group (local)


October 27, 2005 “Adult Thoracic Spine Pathology”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Lecture (national)


June 18, 2005 “Exercise Prescription: Lumbar Spine”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain (national)


June 18, 2005 Moderator: “Musculoskeletal Pain Lumbar, Pelvis, Sacrum, and Lower Limb: Case Histories/Panel Discussion”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain

(national)


June 17, 2005 Moderator: “Musculoskeletal Pain Neck, Shoulder, and Arm: Case Histories/Panel Discussion”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain

(national)


June 17, 2005 “Exercise Prescription for Neck and Shoulder Pain”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain (national)


June 17, 2005 “Physical Exam: Shoulder and Upper Limb”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain

(national)


June 16, 2005 “General Principles of Treatment: Case Histories/Panel Discussion”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain

(national)


June 16, 2005 “Exercise Prescription for Pain (General Principles)”

AAPM&R Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain

(national)


April 16, 2005 “Innovative Medical Approaches to Low Back Pain”

Community Lecture, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL (local)


March 5, 2005 “Spinal Procedures Medications and Materials”

PASSOR Spinal Procedures Workshop (national)


June 17, 2004 “Update on Functional Rehabilitation of the Lumbar Spine”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy Controversies in Pain Management

Chicago, IL (regional)


May 16, 2004 “Treatment and Prevention of Injuries”

Community lecture, Relax the Back “Spring Into Action” Event

Chicago, IL (local)


April 22, 2004 “Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Body”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy Sports & Spine Symposium, Chicago, IL (regional)


February 28, 2004 “Core strength – importance in upper extremity rehabilitation” lecture

American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course

Las Vegas, NV (national)


February 27, 2004 “Examination of the hand and wrist” Workshop

American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course

Las Vegas, NV (national)


February 26, 2004 “Examination of the shoulder” Workshop

American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course

Las Vegas, NV (national)


February 26, 2004 “Cervical spine – developmental to degenerative” lecture

American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course

Las Vegas, NV (national)


February 26, 2004 “Neurologic injury of the upper extremity” lecture

American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course

Las Vegas, NV (national)


October 8-9, 2003 “Functional Rehabilitation of the Shoulder”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Workshop Lecture (national)


June 21, 2003 “The Aging Spine: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis”

Arthritis Foundation & RIC Arthritis Center Symposium on Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (local)


June 19, 2003 “Nonoperative Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis”

Harvard Medical School/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Continuing Education Course at PriMed MidWest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL (local)


April 25, 2003 “Shoulder Pain Case Presentations”, Moderator

RIC, Annual Sports Medicine Conference – Upper Limb Dominant Sports (regional)


April 19, 2003 “Prevention & Rehabilitation of Running Injuries”

AIDS Marathon Running Program (local)


February 27, 2003 “Physiatric Approach to Low Back Pain”

Rotary Club of Chicago (local)


January 18-19, 2003 “Management Algorithms”

Chiropractic Rehabilitation III – Albany, NY

Southern California University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (national)


January 15, 2003 “Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction”

Lecture at East Bank Athletico Physical Therapy (local)


June 13, 2001 “Office Management of Knee Pain”

Grand Rounds, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital Dept. of Medicine (local)


June 1, 2001 “Iliotibial Band Syndrome”

Grand Rounds, Kansas University Department of Rehabilitation (regional)


December 6, 2001 “Running: Relevant Lower Limb Biomechanics”

RIC, Annual Sports Medicine Conference (regional)


November 3, 2000 “Functional Rehabilitation of Patellofemoral Syndrome”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Workshop Lecture (national)


February 2, 2000 “Prevention of Running Injuries”

Leukemia Society (local)



Organizing Roles in Scientific Meetings:


2003 Course Co-Director, Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Annual Course XV

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


April 22-24, 2004 Course Co-Director, Sports & Spine Symposium: Lower Body Approach

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy


April 29 to Course Co-Director, Sports & Spine Symposium: Lower Body Approach


May 1, 2005 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy


May 21-22, 2005 Course Co-Chairperson, Spinal Procedures Basic Training for Residents An introductory course to lumbar spine intervention indications/safety, physical exam, introduction to spinal procedure techniques using live fluoroscopy on an anatomically correct model

Northwestern University PM&R Residents


March 24-25, 2007 Course Co-Chairperson, Spinal Procedures Basic Training for

Residents

An introductory course to lumbar spine intervention indications/safety, physical exam, introduction to spinal procedure techniques using live fluoroscopy on an anatomically correct model

Northwestern University PM&R Residents


March 12-13, Musculoskeletal Physical Exam Workshop Organizer

17-18, 2008 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2nd year Medical Student physical exam workshop

Established musculoskeletal physical exam teaching curriculum, wrote test questions, organized 9 teaching faculty to be at each workshop


April 5-6, 2008 Course Co-Chairperson, Spinal Procedures Basic Training for

Residents

An introductory course to lumbar spine intervention indications/safety, physical exam, introduction to spinal procedure techniques using live fluoroscopy on an anatomically correct model

Northwestern University PM&R Residents


2009- 2017 Course Director

PMR302 Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine Rotation

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


November 4, 2010 Program Planning Committee Coordinator

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

“Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint: A Comprehensive Literature Review”

Seattle, WA


November 5, 2010 Program Planning Committee Coordinator

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

“Orthotics for the Athlete: A Practical Approach”

Seattle, WA


November 5, 2010 Program Planning Committee Coordinator

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

“Functional Core Exercise: From Olympians to Grandmas”

Seattle, WA


November 5, 2010 Program Planning Committee Coordinator

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

“Debate on Core Strengthening for Lumbar Spinal Conditions”

Seattle, WA


August 27-29, 2010 Comprehensive Management of Cervical Spine Disorders, A Spinal Procedures Workshop, Program Director

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Chicago, IL


  1. Spinal Procedures Workshop Director

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


May 30, 2012 Chair, Session with Lectures & Paper Presentations

18th European congress of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine: Science & Art in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Thessaloniki, Greece


2012-2018 Conference Co-Director

Multidisciplinary Spine Rounds Conference, monthly

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


February 7–8, 2014 Course Co-Chair, Cervical Spinal Injections

Didactic instruction and hands-on lab-based training

North American Spine Society

Science Care Training Lab, Phoenix, AZ


2015-2017 Chairperson & Moderator – Fellow Symposium

Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Fellow Symposium – Triannual Symposium

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


2016-2017 Course Director

Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Fellow Didactic Conference, 3-4 trainees 2-3x/month

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Bibliography:


Publications, peer reviewed:


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Palmitier RA, Huston CW, Sterenfeld EB: “Symptom Provocation of Fluoroscopically Guided Cervical Nerve Root Stimulation: Are Dynatomal Maps Identical to Dermatomal Maps?” Spine 23(20): 2235-42, October 15 1998.


  1. Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Plastaras CT, Jackson HB, Yang ST, Meyer AM: “Therapeutic zygapophyseal joint injections for headaches emanating from the C2-3 joint.”American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 80(3): 182-188, March 2001.


  1. Roth EJ, Plastaras CT, Mullin MS, Fillmore J, Moses ML: “A Simple Institutional Educational Intervention to Decrease Use of Selected Expensive Medications” Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 82 (5): 633-636, May 2001.


  1. Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Plastaras CT, Jackson HB, Vresilovic EJ, Lenrow DA, Braverman DL: “Fluoroscopically guided therapeutic sacroiliac joint injections for sacroiliac joint syndrome” American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 80(6): 425-32, June 2001.


  1. Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Jackson HB, Plastaras CT, Vresilovic EJ: “Outcomes of therapeutic selective nerve root blocks for whiplash induced cervical radicular pain” Pain Physician 4(2): 167-174, 2001.


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Isaac Z, Chow D, Garvan C, Pauza K, Furman M “Provocative cervical discography symptom mapping” The Spine Journal, 5(4): 381-388, July-August 2005.


  1. Akuthota V, Plastaras C, Lindberg K, Tobey, J, Press J, Garvan C “The Effect of Long-Distance Bicycling on Ulnar and Median Nerves: An Electrophysiologic Evaluation of Cyclist Palsy” American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(8), 2005.


  1. Plastaras C, Heller D, Sorosky B, Houle T. “Pain reproduction during lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injection does not affect outcome” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 19(2-3): 57 – 60, 2006.


  1. Plastaras CT, Marciniak CM, Sipple DP, D'Amore KG, Garvan C, Zaman SM: Effect of interelectrode distance on sural nerve action potential parameters. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 87(3):183-188, March 2008.


  1. Fasen J, O'Connor A, Schwartz S, Watson J, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Bulcao C, Johnson S, Akuthota V. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Hamstring Stretching: Comparison of Four Techniques. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 23(2):660-667, March 2009.


  1. McLean JP, Sigler JD, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD. The Rate of Detection of Intravascular Injection in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections With and Without Digital Subtraction Angiography. PM&R Journal. 1(7): 636-642, July 2009.

  2. Plastaras CT, Casey E, Goodman BS, Chou L, Roth D, Rittenberg J, Inadvertent Intradiscal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A Case Series Examining the Prevalence of Intradiscal Injection as well as Potential Associated Factors and Adverse Events. Pain Medicine. 2010; 11: 1765–1773.

  3. Smuck M, Maxwell MD, MD, Kennedy DJ, Rittenberg JD, Lansberg MG, Plastaras CT. Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections. The Spine Journal 10 (2010) 857–864.

  4. Fitzgerald CM, Plastaras C, Mallinson T. “A Retrospective Study on the Efficacy of Pubic Symphysis Corticosteroid Injections in the Treatment of Pubic Symphysis Pain.” Pain Medicine 2011 12(12), 1831–1835.


  1. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB, Garvan C, Chimes GP, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Lento P, Stanos S, Fitzgerald C. "Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided sacroiliac joint injections." PM&R Journal July 2012 4(7), 473-478. PMID 22543036


  1. Visco CJ, Kennedy DJ, Chimes GP, Rittenberg J, McLean J, Dawson P, Margolis S, Ihm J, Sliwa J, Smeal W, Sorosky B, Plastaras C. “Programmatic Design for Teaching the Introductory Skills and Concepts of Lumbar Spine Procedures to Physiatry Residents A Prospective Multiyear Study.” American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 92(3): 248-257, March 2013.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. “Lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injections are equally effective for treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain in the obese compared to non-obese population: A pilot study.” Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 2013 Jan 1;26(2):183-8. doi: 10.3233/BMR-130366.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Casey E, Rittenberg J, Conrad B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. "Vasovagal Rates in Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional Procedures: A Study of Over 8,000 Injections." Pain Medicine 2013 (14:12): 1854-1859.


  1. Plastaras C, Appasamy M, Sayeed Y, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. “Fluoroscopy Procedure and Equipment Changes to Reduce Staff Radiation Exposure in the Interventional Spine Suite.” Pain Physician. 2013 (16): E731-E738.


  1. Marciniak C, Caldera F, Welty L, Lai J, Lento P, Feldman E, Sered H, Sayeed Y, Plastaras C. “High-Resolution Median Nerve Sonographic Measurements Correlations With Median Nerve Conduction Studies in Healthy Adults.” J Ultrasound Med 2013; 32:2091–2098.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Rittenberg JD, Conrad B, Sigler J, Dreyfuss P. “Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial.” Pain Medicine (2014) 1526-2375.


  1. Schneider B, Kennedy DJ, Casey E, Smuck M, Conrad B, Plastaras C. “Trainee Involvement in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Associated With Increased Incidence of Vasovagal Reactions.” PM&R Journal 6 (10) October 2014:914 -919. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.04.003


  1. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Macron D, Garvan C, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J. "Adverse Events Associated with Fluoroscopically Guided Zygapophyseal Joint Injections." Pain Physician 17 (2014): 297-304.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Casey E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. "Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014). doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.07.404.


  1. McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers E, Cameron SA, Smith MC, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Concordant Pain Provocation During Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” Pain Physician. January/February 2015 (18:1): E19-E26.

  2. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. "The Use of Moderate Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions" Pain Medicine. April 2015 (16:4): 673 -679.

  3. Cushman D, McCormick Z, Casey E, Plastaras CT. “Discrepancies in Describing Pain: Is There Agreement Between Numeric Rating Scale Scores and Pain Reduction Percentage Reported by Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain After Corticosteroid Injection?” Pain Medicine 2015 (16:5): 870-876.


  1. Sung W, Abraham M, Plastaras C, Silfies SP. “Trunk Motor Control Deficits in Acute and Subacute Low Back Pain are Not Associated with Pain or Fear of Movement” The Spine Journal 2015, Volume 15, Issue 8, Pages 1772–1782.


  1. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. "Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2015. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000296. PMID:25888660


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Study. Journal of Nature and Science, 1(8) 2015:e140. PMID:26251843


  1. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. "Adverse Events Associated With Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections." The Spine Journal (Volume 15, Issue 10, 1 October 2015, Pages 2157–2165). PMID 26065819; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2015.05.034


  1. Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Adams SL, Markova DZ, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, Plastaras CT, An HS. "Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Publish Ahead of Print, October 22, 2015. PMID 26495812


  1. Joshi AB, McCormick ZL, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. "Factors That Predict Satisfaction With Medical Care: Data From 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed for 14 Years" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Nov 12 2015. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000578. PMID: 26565708


  1. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F. "Is Hip Abduction Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?" The American Journal of Sports Medicine 43(11), November 2015: doi: 10.1177/0363546515611632. PMID 26566993.


  1. ElYahchouchi CA, Plastaras CT, Maus TP, Carr CM, McCormick ZL, Geske JR, Smuck M, Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ. "Adverse Event Rates Associated with Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A MultiInstitutional Study." Pain Medicine (2015 Nov 23). doi: 10.1111/pme.12896. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26593277


  1. Plastaras CT, Popescu A, McLaughlin CA, Sanderson SO, Biaesch AG, Bosley JC, Kaplan B, Pukenas BA. “C-Arm Fluoroscope Angle Settings for Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injections” Pain Medicine 2015; 0: 1-7 doi 10.1093/pnv013.


  1. McCormick ZL, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study. Pain Medicine. 2016 Feb 24:pnv122. PMID 26917626.

  2. McCormick ZL, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu A, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ. Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. PM&R Journal. 2016 Apr 6. PMID 27060648.

  3. Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick ZL, Kennedy DJ. Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Medicine. 2016 Apr 15:pnw051. PMID: 27084412.

  4. Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Nguyen C, Schuster JM, Pukenas B. “’Scout No Scan’ Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure During CT-Guided Spine Biopsy‎“ American Journal of Roentgenology. 2017 Nov; Vol.209(5), p.1158-1161‎. PMID: 28834446

  5. Akuthota V, Marshall B, Boimbo S, Osborne MC, Garvan CS, Garvan GJ, Buzanowska M, Sauerwein K, Sridhar BV, Plastaras CT. Clinical Course of Motor Deficits from Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Due to Disc Herniation. PM&R. 2019 Jan 28. PMID: 30689304

  6. McCormick ZL, Lehman VT, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston III P, Moussallem C, Geske JR, Verdoorn JT, Kennedy DJ, Maus TP, Carr CM. Low-pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to Spine Intervention Society/International Association for the Study of Pain Standards Does Not Cause Acceleration of Disc Degeneration in Patients with Symptomatic Low Back Pain: A 7 Year Matched Cohort Study. Spine. 2019 Aug 5. PMID: 31261283

  7. Dillingham T, Annaswamy TM, Plastaras CT. Evaluation of Persons with Suspected Lumbosacral and Cervical Radiculopathy: Electrodiagnostic Assessment and Implications for Treatment and Outcomes (PART I) [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 17]. Muscle Nerve. 2020;10.1002/mus.26997. doi:10.1002/mus.26997. PMID: 32557709

  8. Dillingham T, Annaswamy TM, Plastaras CT. Evaluation of Persons with Suspected Lumbosacral and Cervical Radiculopathy: Electrodiagnostic Assessment and Implications for Treatment and Outcomes (PART II) [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 21]. Muscle Nerve. 2020;10.1002/mus.27008. doi:10.1002/mus.27008. PMID: 32564381

  9. Dillingham T, Kenia J, Popescu A, Plastaras C, Becker S, Shofer F. Pain Outcomes with an Elliptical Regimen (POWER) Study: Identifying the Proper Dosage of Exercise for Therapeutic Effect in Persons with Chronic Back Pain. Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2020; 2, 23 – 28. PMCID: PMC7377601, PMID: 32705088



Abstracts:

  1. Hamamoto JT, Guo K, Darji JY, Plastaras CT. Telehealth Experience and Quality Assurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Musculoskeletal Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Medicine. American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly. Nashville, TN. November 2021. (Poster with Audio Presentation)


  1. McCormick ZL, Lehman V, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston P, Moussallem C, Geske JR, Kennedy DJ, Maus T, Carr C. “Low-pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to International Association for the Study of Pain/Spine Intervention Society Standards Does Not Cause Accelerated Progression of Disc Degeneration in Symptomatic Low Back Pain Patients; A 7 Year Matched Cohort Study”. Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Pain Medicine. 2018 Sept; 19(9).


  1. August 2018 Best Fellow Abstract: Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Marshall B, Garvan C, Plastaras CT, Akuthota V. “Prognostic Imaging Features in Acute Lumbosacral Radiculopathy with Motor Deficits”. Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Pain Medicine. 2018 Sept; 19(9).


  1. McCormick Z, Lehman V, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston PM, Moussallem CC, Geske J, Kennedy DJ, Maus T, Carr C. Poster 372: Low-Pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to International Association for the Study of Pain/Spine Intervention Society Standards Does Not Cause Accelerated Progression of Disc Degeneration in Symptomatic Low Back Pain Patients: A 7 Year Matched Cohort Study. PM&R. 2018 Sep 1;10(9):S123.


  1. Dillingham TR, Kenia J, Popescu A, Plastaras CT, Shofer F, Becker S. Poster 153: Pain Outcomes with Elliptical Regimen (POWER) Study: Identifying the Proper Dose of Exercise Necessary for Pain Reduction. PM&R. 2018 Sep 1;10(9):S52.


  1. McCormick Z, Lehman VT, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston III PM, Kennedy DJ, Maus TP, Carr C. Friday, September 28, 2018 1: 00 PM–2: 30 PM abstracts: a new look at imaging: 209. Low pressure lumbar provocation discography according to international association for the study of pain or spine intervention society standards does not cause accelerated progression of disc degeneration in symptomatic low back pain patients: a 7-year matched cohort study. The Spine Journal. 2018 Aug 1;18(8):S103.


  1. Lee H, Caldera F, Bonner W, Usman I, Wei E, Plastaras C,”The Safety of Cooled RFA”. Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2018 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 14, 2018.


  1. Lee H, Bonner W, Plastaras C, Caldera F. “Adverse Events Associated with Cooled Radiofrequency of Medial Branch, Dorsal Ramus, and Sacral Lateral Branch Neurotomy Procedures”. Poster session presented at the American Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Denver, CO. October, 2017.


  1. Lee H, Bonner W, Plastaras C, Caldera F. “Adverse Events Associated with Cooled Radiofrequency of Cervical Medial Branch, Lumbosacral Medial Branch, Dorsal Ramus, and Sacral Lateral Branch Neurotomy Procedures.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2017 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 8, 2017.


  1. Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. "Radiation Dose Reduction for CT guided Spinal Procedures using the “Scout no CT scan” Technique." Radiological Society of North America’s 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Abstract No. 1681. November 27-December 2, 2016.


  1. Bress A, Schuster J, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Significant Dose Reduction During Neurointerventional CT Cases Using Table Side Parameter Controls.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 26, 2016.


  1. Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Percutaneous CT Guided Laminotomy and Fenestration for Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Synovial Cysts.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 25, 2016.


  1. Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras C, McCormick Z. “Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain with a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series” Poster #210 at American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting; 2016 Feb 18-21; Palm Springs, California.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu AN, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras CT, Kennedy DJ. Dexamethasone versus Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. Poster at the Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2015.


  1. McCormick Z, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Percutaneous Lumbar Disk Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective 8-Year Outcome Study. Poster at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA. February 18-21, 2016.


  1. McCormick ZL, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu A, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ. “Dexamethasone versus Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy.” Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2015 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, July 31, 2015. Pain Medicine, 2015 vol: 16, Issue 8: 1655-1656.


  1. McCormick ZL, Kotcharian A, Fang J, Chhatre A, Plastaras C. “Percutaneous Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: 8-Year Outcomes.” Poster presentation at International Spine Intervention Society – 2015 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, July 28, 2015.


  1. Sully K, Joshi A, McCormick Z, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. “Factors that Predict Satisfaction with Medical Care: Data from 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed Over 14 Years.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.


  1. Tsay T, Plastaras C, Schran S, Becker S. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis Treated Successfully with Physical Therapy: A Case Report.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.


  1. Gleason W, Hahn M, Plastaras C. “Brachial Plexopathy Associated with West Nile Virus Injection: A Case Report.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.


  1. Joshi A, McCormick Z, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. “Abstract 112: Factors that Predict Satisfaction with Medical Care: Data from 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed Over 14 Years” Oral abstract presentation, 2015 American Occupational Health Conference, May 3, 2015, Baltimore, MD.


  1. Bress A, Popescu A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Where's That Vert? Anatomic Location on CTA Can Improve Safe Landing on Fluoroscopic-Guided Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections” Poster presented at ASNR American Society of Neuroradiology Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 25-30, 2015.


  1. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Rivers WE, Garvan C, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MA, Plastaras CT. Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.


  1. McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers WE, Cameron SA, Smith MA, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras CT. Concordant Pain Provocation during Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras CT. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu S, Babu A, Walega D, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy D, Plastaras C. “Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction After Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study” Poster 124 Pain Medicine's 31st Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, March 19-22, 2015.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu S, Walega D, Marciniak C, Press J, Babu AN, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study” Paper presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.


  1. McCormick Z, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Garvan C, Plastaras C. “Concordant Pain Provocation during Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” Poster 802 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.


  1. McCormick Z, Garvan C, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Plastaras C, Cameron SA, Temme K. “Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy” Poster 803 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.


  1. Axelrod A, Plastaras C, Popescu A, McCormick Z. “Pain Relief from Topical Compounded Medications” Poster 820 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.


  1. Sayeed Y, Plastaras C, Appasamy M, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. “Fluoroscopy procedure and equipment changes to reduce staff radiation exposure in the interventional spine suite” Poster presentation New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Newton, MA. December 2014.


  1. Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Adams SL, Markova D, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, An S, Plastaras CT, An HS. “Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found Elevated in Patients with Back Pain.” The Philadelphia Spine Research Society 2014 Spine Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania’s Smilow Center for Translational Research, Philadelphia, PA. October 28, 2014. http://www.philaspinemeeting.org/posters.html accessed 10/29/14.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Casey E, Plastaras C. "Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after a First-time Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." Poster 459 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014. PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346-S347.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron DS, Joshi A, Chimes GP, Smeal WL, Rittenberg JD, Kennedy DJ. "Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: Adverse Events and Predictive Factors." Poster 460 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014. PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S347.


  1. Nahm LS, Smuck M, Plastaras C, Schneider BJ, Kennedy DJ. "Next Day Adverse Events from Interventional Pain Procedures" Poster 457 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014. PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346.


  1. Schneider BJ, Smuck M, Plastaras C, Nahm LS, Maus TP, Kennedy DJ. "Delayed Complications Following Interventional Pain Procedures" Poster 458 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014. PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346.


  1. Sayeed Y, Plastaras C, Appasamy M, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. “Fluoroscopy procedure and equipment changes to reduce staff radiation exposure in the interventional spine suite” Poster Presentation, Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference, Morgantown, WV September 2014.


  1. Carr CM, Plastaras C, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ. “Adverse Event Rates in Interventional Spine Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study”. Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1436.


  1. El-Yahchouchi CA, Plastaras C, Maus TP, Carr CM, McCormick Z, Geske JR, Smuck M Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ. “Complication rates of transforaminal and interlaminar epidural steroid injections: a multi-institutional study”. Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1437.


  1. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Garvan C, Casey E, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after a First-time Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbrosacral Radicular Pain.” Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1441.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. “Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: Adverse Events and Predictive Factors.” Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1441.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A. "Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided zygapophyseal joint injections." Poster 488 presented at The 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, Tampa, FL. Journal of Pain, April 2014, Volume 15, Issue 4, Supplement, Page S98.


  1. Nguyen C, Harsha A, Stein J, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Spinal pain injections.” American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA May 2014.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Sigler JD, Smuck M, Conrad B, Dreyfuss P. “Multi-center Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Particulate versus Non-Particulate Corticosteroids via Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injection for Acute Unilateral, Uni-level Radicular Pain due to Herniated Nucleus Pulposus. Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5 Issue 9 Supplement, September 2013, Page S133.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Schneider BJ, Conrad B, Casey E, Plastaras C. “Vasovagal Rates in Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional Procedures: A Study of Over 8000 Injections. Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5 Issue 9 Supplement, September 2013, Page S304.


  1. Schneider BJ, Casey E, Plastaras C, Smuck M, Conrad B, Kennedy DJ. Trainee Involvement in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Associated with Increased Incidence of Vasovagal Reactions. Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5, Issue 9, Supplement, September 2013, Page S296.


  1. Schneider B, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ. “The Use of Conscious Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – July 16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Sigler JD, Smuck M, Conrad B, Dreyfuss P. “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Multi-center, Prospective Study Comparing the Efficacy of Particulate vs. Non-Particulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radiculitis due to an Acute Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.” Paper Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY. Pain Medicine, August 2013 vol:14, Issue 8: 1271.


  1. Chhatre A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Acute Chest Pain During a Cervical Interlaminar Injection”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – July 16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.


  1. Chhatre A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Complete Short Term Pain Relief After Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression for Far Lateral Disc creating ‘neurogenic claudication’ symptoms”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – July 16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.


  1. Sung W, Abraham M, Plastaras C, Silfies S, Wattananon P. “Trunk Neuromuscular Control is Impaired in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain and Improves Following a Lumbar Stabilization Program.” Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2012. PM&R Journal vol:4 iss:10 2012: S187.


  1. Plastaras C, Becker S, Pukenas B, Schran S. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis Treated Successfully with Physical Therapy: A Case Report.” Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2012. PM&R Journal vol:4 iss:10 2012:S208.


  1. Popescu A, Plastaras C, McLaughlin C, Sanderson S, Lee J. ”C-arm fluoroscope angle settings for fluoroscopically guided lumbar transforaminal epidural injections”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2012 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL.


  1. Won Sung W, Silfies SP, Wattananon P, Abraham M, Plastaras C. “Trunk Neuromuscular Control is Impaired in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain and Improves Following a Lumbar Stabilization Program” Drexel Research Day, April 19, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.


  1. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carniero K, Cucchiara A, Lee J, Press J, McClean J. “Hip Abductor Strength in Pre-Clinical Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome”. Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S257. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lumbosacral Radicular Pain in Obese, Overweight, and Non-overweight Populations; a Pilot Study”. Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S279. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Radicular Lumbosacral Pain Caused by Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis: A Case Series”. Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S239. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.


  1. Bayruns TJ, Angiolillo F, Beery T, Plastaras C. “Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Following a Two Level IDET Procedure: A Case Study” Poster Presentation, Awarded “Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Conference, Valley Forge PA, October 14-16, 2011.


  1. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lumbosacral Radicular Pain in Obese, Overweight and Non-overweight Populations; a pilot study” International Spine Intervention Society 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, August 11-13, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.


  1. Macron D, Chimes GP, Garvan C, Plastaras C, Rittenberg JD, Smeal WL. “Informing the Consent Process: Adverse Effects of Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Zygapophyseal Joint Injections” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71th Annual Assembly, November 3-6, 2010, Seattle, Washington. PM&R Journal Vol 2, Issue 9S, 2010: S59, October, 2010.


  1. Joshi A, Chimes GP, Fitzgerald CM, Garvan C, Plastaras C, Rittenberg JD, Smeal WL. “Informing the Consent Process: Adverse Effects of Fluoroscopically Guided Sacroliliac Joint Injections” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71th Annual Assembly, November 3-6, 2010, Seattle, Washington. PM&R Journal Vol 2, Issue 9S, 2010: S59, October, 2010.


  1. Casey EK, Chou LH, Goodman BS, Plastaras C, Roth, DC. “Inadvertant Intradiskal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A case series examining the occurrence of intradiskal injection as well as potential risk factors and adverse events” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 70th Annual Assembly, October 22-25, 2009, Austin, Texas. PM&R Journal Vol 1, Issue 9S, 2009: S216, October, 2009.


  1. Fitzgerald C, Mallinson T, Plastaras C. “A Preliminary Study Of The Efficacy Of Pubic Symphysis Corticosteroid Injections In The Treatment Of Chronic Pelvic Pain” Poster presentation at the 2009 IPPS Annual Meeting, October 16-18, 2009, Phoenix, AZ.


  1. Casey E, Roth D, Plastaras C, Rittenberg J, Chou L, Goodman BS. “Inadvertant Intradiscal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A case series examining the occurrence of intradiscal injection as well as potential risk factors and adverse events” Poster Presentation. International Spine Intervention Society 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 22-25, 2009, Toronto, Ontario Canada.


  1. Sigler JD, McLean JP, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD: “Digital Subtraction – Does It Matter? The Rate of Intravascular Uptake in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with and without Digital Subtraction” Accepted Paper Presentation. International Spine Intervention Society 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 22-25, 2009, Toronto, Ontario Canada.


  1. Smuck M, Maxwell M, Kennedy D, Rittenberg J, Plastaras C: “Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections”. North American Spine Society Podium Presentation – Best Papers Session, San Francisco, California, November 11, 2009.


  1. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Visco CJ: “Programmatic Design for Teaching Residents the Fundamentals of Spinal Procedure: A Prospective Multiyear Analysis”. Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO, February, 2009. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 88(3) Supplement 1: S66, March 2009.


  1. Smuck M, Maxwell M, Kennedy DJ, Rittenberg J, Plastaras C: “Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections” – Accepted Poster Presentation. North American Spine Society 24th Annual Meeting 2009.


  1. Plastaras CT, Casey E, Carneiro K: “Knee Injury-Cycling” - Vertical knee tibial plateau fracture – Cycling: A case report, 56th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, Washington, May 29, 2009. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 41:5 Supplement.


  1. Sigler JD, McLean JP, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD: “Digital Subtraction – Does It Matter? The Rate of Intravascular Uptake in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with and without Digital Subtraction” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 89 Issue 11 Page 96, 2008.


  1. Marciniak C, Feldman E, Lai J, Lento P, Plastaras CT, Sered H: “Median Nerve High-Resolution Ultrasonographic Measures: Correlates with Median Nerve Conduction Studies in Normal Subjects” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 89, Issue 11, Pages e86-e87, November 2008.


  1. Marciniak C, Feldman E, Lai J, Lento P, Plastaras CT, Sered H: “The Effects of Demographic and Anthropomorphic Characteristics on Median Ultrasonographic Measurements” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 89, Issue 11, Pages e90, November 2008.


  1. Chimes GP, McLean JP, Plastaras CT: “An innovative, self-perpetuating anatomy curriculum for PM&R residents” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S92, 2007 April. Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting. San Juan, PR


  1. Plastaras CT, Rittenberg JD, Sorosky BS, Chimes GP: “Programmatic design for teaching residents the fundamentals of spinal procedures” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S114, 2007 April. Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting.


  1. McLean JP, Stier K, Visco C, Garstand S, Chimes GP, Plastaras CT: “A Course in the basics of electrodiagnostics for PGY-2 residents” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S145, 2007 April. Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting.


  1. Smeal WL, Plastaras CT, Garvan C, Eggers MB, Bosse A: “Complications of Fluoroscopically Guided, Contrast-Enhanced Injections of the Lumbar Spine”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87(11): e39, 2006 November


  1. Plastaras CT, Heller DS, Sorosky BS, Houle TT: “Pain Reproduction During Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Does Not Affect Outcome”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87(11): e22, 2006 November


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Isaac Z, Chow D, Garvan C, Pauza K, Furman MB, Provocative Cervical Discography Symptom Mapping, PASSOR Research Presentation, American Academy of Physical Medicine Annual Assembly, October 9, 2003.


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Patel R, Chow D, Furman M, Pauza K: “Provocative Cervical Discographic Symptom Mapping,” 17th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 2002.


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Chow D, Furman M, Pauza K: “Provocative Cervical Discographic Symptom Mapping” Proceedings of the Cervical Spine Research Group, September 2002.


  1. Plastaras CT, D’Amore K, Marciniak C: “The Effect of Interelectrode Distance On Sural Nerve Action Potential Parameters,” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 79(2): 210-211, 2000 Mar/Apr.


  1. Plastaras CT, Mullin MS, Fillmore J, Moses ML, Roth EJ: “Influencing Prescribing Behavior: A Simple Educational Intervention Is Associated With Cost Savings.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 80(9): 1176, 1999 Sept.


  1. DeLuca KG, Irwin RW, Plastaras CT, Goldman J: “Neurosarcoidosis Without Other Systemic Manifestations.” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(2): 176, 1998 Mar/Apr.


  1. Slipman, CW, Plastaras CT, Palmitier RA, Huston CW, Sterenfeld EB: “Symptom Provocation of Fluoroscopically Guided Cervical Nerve Root Stimulation: Are Dynatomal Maps Identical to Dermatomal Maps?” Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 1997.


  1. Slipman CW, Meyers AM, Plastaras CT, Yang ST: “Therapeutic Zygapophyseal Joint Injections for Headaches Emanating from the C2-3 Joint.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 78(9): 1022, 1997 Sept.


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Jackson HB: “Outcomes of Nerve Root Blocks for Whiplash Induced Cervical Radiculitis.” Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 1996.


  1. Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Yang ST, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Outcomes of Therapeutic Fluoroscopically Guided Sacroiliac Joint Injections for Definitive Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 937, 1996 Sept.


  1. Slipman CW, Anghel B, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Conservative Management of Synovial Cyst Induced Radiculopathy.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.


  1. Slipman CW, Yang ST, Plastaras CT, Huston CW: “Cervical Facet Joint: An Unusual Cause of Bilateral Headaches.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.


  1. Slipman CW, Anghel B, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Percutaneous Aspiration of Lumbar Facet Joint Synovial Cyst: Case Presentation.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.


Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, including participation in committee reports:

  1. Plastaras CT: “Electrodiagnostic Challenges in the Evaluation of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis” Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 14:57-69, February 2003.

  2. Plastaras C. “A New Age: RIC makes recommendations for adopting technology” feature article in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation vol 12, number 9, September 2003, p 87-90.

  3. Press JM, Plastaras CT, Wiesner SL. Physical Modalities and Pain Management in Frontera, W (ed), Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries, Malden, MA, Blackwell Science, 204-231, 2003.

  4. Sorosky B, Press J, Plastaras C, Rittenberg J “The Practical Management of Achilles Tendinopathy” Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 14(1): 40-44, January 2004.

  5. Frank LW, Fredericson M, Furman MB, Plastaras CT, Robinson HW. Musculoskeletal Practice After Residency. Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Task Force, AAPM&R, 2004.

  6. Plastaras C, Rittenberg, J, Rittenberg K, Press J, Akuthota V. “Comprehensive Functional Evaluation of the Injured Runner” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 16(3): 623-649, August 2005.

  7. Rittenberg J, Plastaras C. Invited Review on Radiation Safety for the Spine Provider, SpineLine May/June 2006 vol 7 Issue 3, p 9-13.

  8. Plastaras CT. Book Review of "Minimally Invasive Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, 1st Edition" Journal of the American College of Surgeons 206 (6) (2008): e1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2008.02.027 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1072751508002846

  9. Plastaras CT, Sowa G, Sorosky B. Lumbar Degenerative Disc in Slipman CW, Derby R, Simeone FA, and, et al. Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 813-826, 2008.

  10. Cifu D, Plastaras C, Prather H. PM&R fellowship training. PM&R Journal. 2009 Dec;1(12):1104-8.

  11. Bayruns TJ, Angiolillo F, Beery T, Plastaras C. “Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Following a Two Level IDET Procedure: A Case Study.” Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice Vol 23;4:2011: 198-202.

  12. Plastaras CT. F-Waves in Visco CJ, Chimes GP. McLean Course in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, New York, DemosMedical, 37-41, 2011.

  13. Plastaras CT, Casey E, Goodman BS, Chou L, Roth D, Rittenberg J, Intradiscal Injections Following Transforaminal Block-Etiology and Evidence for Withholding Prophylactic Antibiotics Response. Pain Medicine. 2011; 12: 1691.

  14. Plastaras CT, Schran S, Kim N, Sorosky S, Darr D, Chen MS, Lansky R. “Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Neck Pain: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, TENS, Massage, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Feldenkrais.” Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 2011 22 (3): 521–537.

  15. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB. The Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Neck Pain. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 22 (2011) 429–438, 2011.

  16. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB. The Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Radiculopathy. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 22(1):59-74, February 2011.

  17. Plastaras CT, Pang S. Cervical Spine Injuries and Conditions. in Harrast M & Finoff, J. Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. Demos Medical, 199-208, 2011.

  18. Plastaras CT, Beery TP, Chhatre AM. “Non-Operative Management of a Cervical Zygoapophyseal Joint Cyst: Case Report.” Journal of Pain & Relief 2(116), 2167-0846 doi:10.4172/2167-0846.1000116 2013.

  19. Vasudevan JM, Plastaras C, Becker S. Cervical Radiculopathy in Wyss JF, Patel AD. Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorder, New York, DemosMedical, 279-288, 2013.

  20. Plastaras CT, Schran S, Kim N, Darr D, Chen MS. Manipulative Therapy (Feldenkrais, Massage, Chiropractic Manipulation) for Neck Pain. Current Rheumatology Reports, Volume 15, Issue 7. 2013.

  21. Plastaras CT, Fang J. Meniscus injuries of the knee. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=141 . Published 9/20/13.

  22. Furman MB, Plastaras CT, Popescu A, Tekmyster G, Davidoff S, Kennedy DJ. "Should Antiplatelet Medications Be Held Before Cervical Epidural Injections?" PM&R Journal 6, no. 5 (2014): 442-450.

  23. Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. "Perioperative Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries." Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45.1 (2014): 55-63.

  24. Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. "Perioperative Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries." Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45.1 (2014): 47-53.

  25. Plastaras CT, Fang J, Gleason W. Peripheral neuropathies associate with systemic disease. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=283 . Published 9/20/14.

  26. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. "Transforaminal epidural steroid injection in the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain caused by epidural lipomatosis: A case series and review." Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation 27, no. 2 (2014): 181-190.

  27. Plastaras CT, Schran S, Constantino J. “Complementary and alternative medicine for neck pain: Focus on manipulative therapies-chiropractic and osteopathic techniques.” TANG 4, no. 4 (2014): 25-28.

  28. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Rittenberg JD, Conrad B, Sigler J, Dreyfuss P. "Response to Dr. Candido et al." Pain Medicine (2014) doi: 10.1111/pme.12573.

  29. Plastaras CT, Kotcharian AS, Chhatre A. Lumbar Epidural Injections: Review of Efficacy and Discussion of Practice Options. Journal of Orthopedics & Rheumatology 2015;2(1): 12.

  30. Plastaras CT, Huang LY, Metzger CJ, Sorosky S. “Yoga Therapy for Management of Neck and Low Back Pain” Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy 5(4) 2015 http://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/yoga-therapy-for-management-of-neck-and-low-back-pain-2157-7595-1000215.pdf

  31. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. "Response to: Letter to the Editor Regarding Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2015 APR 16 [epub ahead of print]

  32. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. “Response to Letter by Dr. Lipetz.” Pain Medicine. (August 2015) doi: 10.1111/pme.12879. PMID:26272826

  33. Plastaras C, Tsay T, Schran S, Zhang Y, Becker S, Pukenas B. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis.” PM&R Journal. 2015 Aug 7. pii: S1934-1482(15)00922-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.07.013. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 26261025

  34. Plastaras CT, Tsay T. Injury Prevention and Return to Competition in Biagioli B. Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning. National Council on Strength & Fitness, 623-627, 2015.

  35. Plastaras CT, Tsay T. Common Sports Injuries in Biagioli B. Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning. National Council on Strength & Fitness, 627-655, 2015.

  36. Plastaras CT, Appasamy M. Interventional Procedures for Musculoskeletal Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Efficacy and Safety in Fitzgerald CM, Segal NA. Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum. Springer, 115-134, 2015.