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Epidural Stimulation Program

The Epidural Stimulation Program focuses on understanding how controlled electrical stimulation to the lower portion (lumbosacral) of the spinal cord enables the recovery of specific functions of the nervous system.

Our mission is to advance the continuum of care and cure.

Program Overview

Epidural Stimulation Program Diagram

Director

Claudia Angeli, PhD
Claudia Angeli, PhD

Principal Investigator

Susan Harkema, PhD
Susan Harkema, PhD

Principal Investigator

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FAANS, FACS
Maxwell Boakye, MD

Principal Investigator

Alex Ovechkin, MD, PhD
Alex Ovechkin, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Enrico Rejc, PhD
Enrico Rejc, PhD

Principal Investigator

Charles Hubscher, PhD
Charles Hubscher, PhD

Principal Investigator

April Herrity, DC PhD
April Herrity, DC, PhD

Principal Investigator

Yury Gerasimenko, PhD, D Sci
Yury Gerasimenko, PhD, D Sci

Principal Investigator

Bonnie E. Legg Ditterline, PhD
Bonnie E. Legg Ditterline, PhD

Principal Investigator


Beatrice Ugiliweneza, PhD, MSPH

Engineer

Yangsheng Chen, PhD
Yangsheng Chen, PhD

Medical Team

Clinical Director

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FAANS, FACS
Maxwell Boakye, MD

 

Sarah Wagers, MD
Sarah Wagers, MD

 

Darryl Kaelin, MD
Darryl Kaelin, MD

Glenn Hirsch, MD, MHS, FACC
Glenn Hirsch, MD, MHS, FACC

Kellen B. Choi, DO, FACOS
Forest Arnold, DO, MSc, FIDSA
Forest Arnold, DO, MSc, FIDSA
Robert Bert, MD, PhD
Robert Bert, MD, PhD
Marcus Stoddard, MD
Marcus Stoddard, MD

Research Team

Sevda Aslan, PhD
Sevda Aslan, PhD
Mariel Basa, BA
Mariel Basa
Kristin Benton, BS
Kristen Benton
Aaron Bullock
Aaron Bullock
Taylor Blades, MS
Taylor Blades, MS
Katelyn Brockman
Katelyn Brockman
Eddie Brown, MS, MBA
Edward Brown, MS, MBA
Manpreet Chopra
Manpreet Chopra
Eric Davis
Eric Davis
Katie Fields
Katie Fields
Meagan Luttrell Greenwell
Meagan Luttrell Greenwell, MS
Steven Gruneisen
Steven Gruneisen
Kundan Joshi, B.Tech, MSE
Kundan Joshi
Brittany Logsdon
Brittany Logsdon
Darrius Lopez, MS, CSCS
Darrius Lopez

Samineh Mesbah, PhD
Matt Peveler, Ms
Matt Peveler, MS
Dylan Pfost
Dylan Pfost
Ricky Seither
Ricky Seither, BS
Curtis Standafer
Curtis Standafer
Rowan Stoneking
Rowan Stoneking, BS
Justin Vogt, BS
Justin Vogt
Dengzhi Wang
Dengzhi Wang, MS
Andrea Willhite, BS
Andrea Willhite, BS
Erin Wyles, MS
Erin Wyles, MS

Post Doctoral Fellows

David Arpin Darryl Atkinson, PhD, PT
Darryn Atkinson, PhD, PT
Collin Bowersock, MS, PhD
Collin Bowersock, PhD, MS
Soo-Yeon Sun

Collaborators

Sunil Agrawal, PhD
Sunil Agrawal, PhD
Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University
Ona Bloom, PhD
Ona Bloom, PhD
Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
Reggie Edgerton, PhD
Reggie Edgerton, PhD
UCLA Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurobiology and Neurosurgery
Gail Forrest, PhD
Gail Forrest, PhD
Kessler Foundation,
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Robert Grossman, MD
Robert Grossman, MD
Houston Methodist, Neurosurgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
James Guest, MD, PhD
James Guest, MD, PhD
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Miami, Florida
Noam Harel, MD, PhD
Noam Harel, MD, PhD
James J Peters VA Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Steven Kirshblum, MD
Steven Kirshblum, MD
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation; Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD
Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD
University of British Columbia, Department of Medicine, ICORD
Todd Linsenmeyer, MD
Todd Linsenmeyer, MD
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation; Director of Urology Services
Michael C. Park, MD, PhD
Michael C. Park, MD, PhD
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota
Jill M. Wecht, Ed D
Jill M. Wecht, Ed D
James J Peters VA Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Sponsors

University of Louisville School of Medicine Frazier Rehabilitation Institute - University of Louisville Health Kessler Foundation - Changing the lives of people with disabilities
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundatuion - Today's Care. Tomorrow's Cure. The Leon M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust NIH - National Institute Of Health
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Medtronic Foundation Craig Neilsen Foundation
SPARC Columbia University - In The City Of New York Spinal Cord Damage Research Center
Kosair Charities Ronald McDonald House Charities WHAS Crusade For Children
NIH The Brain Initiative
EMG Assessment During Stand-scES
Step Stimulation
Voluntary Movement Stimulation

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Epidural Stimulation Timeline


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Cardiovascular and Respiratory


Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Function


Publications – Epidural Stimulation