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Henry S. York, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute


UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Phone (Primary):



(410) 448-6617

Education and Training

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkin University, BA, Biology/English

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, MD

Internship: Johns Hopkins University / Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Internal Medicine

Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R)

Fellowship: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology / Kernan Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM)

Certifications:  American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPM&R) Diplomate

ABPM&R Subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


Dr. York is the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UM Rehab), formerly known as Kernan Hospital.

Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), he is a physiatrist who holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Additionally, he is board-certified in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM).

As a physiatrist, Dr. York strives to maximize function and quality-of-life and advocate for patients with any disability who are navigating complicated medical problems. In addition to his interest in SCI rehabilitation, he is also interested in severe disability, trauma, dual-diagnosis (Traumatic Brain Injury and SCI), stroke, multiple sclerosis, and medically-complex rehabilitation.

Dr. York has special skills in managing spasticity using a customized, multi-modal approach including traditional techniques such as positioning, therapeutic exercise prescription, and oral medications, as well as advanced tools such as chemodenervation and intrathecal baclofen pumps. He performs many of these procedures as well as joint injections using electromyography and/or high-frequency musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance.

He also enjoys working with disabled youth who are transitioning to an adult-care rehabilitation model, including young adults with a history of spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and SCI. He provides medical consultation for the UM Rehab wheelchair rugby team, the Maryland Mayhem.

Dr. York is a faculty member in the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore PM&R Residency Training Program and has been honored twice with their Golden Goniometer Outstanding Teaching Award. He is a faculty advisor for the UMSOM PM&R Interest Group and enjoys mentoring medical students interested in pursuing careers in PM&R. He is proud to have helped dozens of students match within the best PM&R residency programs in the country. He is the President of the Maryland Society of PM&R and actively participates as a Fellow of the American Academy of PM&R. He was named a Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor in 2014.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spasticity, Wheelchair, Disability, Function, Quality of Life, Patient-Centered Outcomes, Ultrasound, PM&R, PMR, Rehab

Highlighted Publications

Gorman PH, Geigle PR, Chen K, York H, Scott W.  Reliability and relatedness of peak VO2 assessments during body weight supported treadmill training and arm cycle ergometry in individuals with chronic motor incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2014 Apr;52(4):287-91.  PMID: 24534779

Gorman PHScott WYork HTheyagaraj MPrice-Miller NMcQuaid JEyvazzadeh MIvey FMMacko RF.  Robotically assisted treadmill exercise training for improving peak fitness in chronic motor incomplete spinal cord injury: A randomized controlled trial.  J Spinal Cord Med. 2016;39(1):32-44.  PMID: 25520035