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Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine is a Division of the Department of Neurology. Inpatient rehabilitation services are provided at three sites: The University of Maryland Hospital, the R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.

An expanded program in neuro-rehabilitation has also been developed. Rehabilitation sites for neurologically damaged patients are located at the William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and at Deaton Hospital, both affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical System. Departmental faculty provide most of the medical care to these patients.

Specialized research programs are being developed in the rehabilitation of stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis patients. Stroke, traumatic brain injury and, to a lesser extent, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disease and multiple sclerosis are the neurologic diseases represented at these sites.

The research interests of affiliated faculty members are behavioral neurology, aphasiology and the functional basis for neurologic recovery.


  • clinical trials
  • use of functional MRI to study recovery in stroke
  • use of computerized alternative communication systems to support language recovery
  • use of partial weight suspension to promote recovery from hemiplegia
  • functional electrical stimulation for quadriplegia
  • outcome studies on head injury and stroke
  • in depth cognitive neurophysiological evaluation and treatment studies

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To make an appointment with one of our physicians, please call 410-448-6383