Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Critical Review


Every year, our PGY3 residents complete a comprehensive review of the literature on a topic of their choice, and their work is presented at the annual William H. Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature Presentations. Here are the presentation topics done by our residents in the past few years.


William H. Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature Presentations



Adiga, R.  Effectiveness of Augmented or Virtual Reality Mirror Therapy on Phantom Limb Pain in Lower Extremity Amputees

Catalanotto, M.  Role of Testosterone Supplementation in Pain Perception for Patients with Opioid Induced Androgen Deficiency

Ege, E.  The Effect of Spinal Cord Stimulation on Opioid Use in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Isidro, S.  MSK Ultrasound Curriculum in PM&R Residency Programs

Nihn, T.  Effectiveness of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Post Stroke Aphasia

Nweke, N.  Effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections in Hip Osteoarthritis

Vangeison, C.  Does Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Reduce Pain in Patients with Cluneal Neuralgia?

Vidal, E.  Does Administration of Methylphenidate Improve Recovery in Pediatric Brain Injury?


Achilike, E. Role of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell injections in knee osteoarthritis

Charnay, A. Tibial nerve neurotomy for spastic equinovarus foot after stroke

Chi, B. Use of asynchronous telerehabilitation for post-stroke aphasia

Lachman, L. Does neuromodulation decrease chronic pelvic pain and increase function? A review of the literature

Nguyen, N. Does antibody formation decrease the efficacy of botulinum toxin? 

Palmer, S. Do adipose-derived stem cells have a place in the treatment of rotator cuff disease? 

Pham, D. Botulinum toxin use in neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome

Roys, J. Effectiveness of peripheral neuromodulation in treating cancer-related pain


Ahmed M. Benefit of Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy on Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

Gregory E. Is the Superion Interspinous Spacer an Effective and Durable Treatment for Moderate Lumbar Stenosis?

Jiao Y. Does severity of carpal tunnel syndrome based on EMG/NCV studies help guide surgical approach for carpal tunnel release (open/traditional vs endoscopic vs ultrasound guided)?

Kannan H. Evaluating Pain in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Polson G. Effectiveness of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty in reducing Axial Pain for those suffering from Multiple Myeloma

Seymour M. The impact of mobility status on health outcomes after transitioning to adulthood in cerebral palsy - a systematic review

Sun J. How effective is radio frequency ablation for lumbar facet arthropathy?

Quezon I. Tele-Rehabilitation for Stroke: Telemedicine supervised home programs, a viable option in the time of lockdown?


Ayyala H. Does Cervical Catheter Placement in Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Pumps Improve Upper Motor Spasticity?

Darji N. Diagnostic Utility of Electromyography to Assess Consciousness in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Epstein M. Orthobiologic strategies and interleukin-1 as a target for radiculopathy

Hsieh J. Early Mobilization in ICU

Isidro T. Hyaluronic acid (HA) vs platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for hip osteoarthritis

Karri J. Combination Intrathecal Morphine and Bupivacaine for Chronic Cancer Pain

Singh J. Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Song B. Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin in Treating Lateral Epicondylitis: Does Injection Location Matter?


Doan J. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Motor Recovery in SCI

Etesam A. Early Mobilization and Rehab in ECMO Patients

Joshi M, Bruel BM, Grabois M. Intravenous Ketamine for Neuropathic Cancer Pain in Adults: A Critical Review.

Michael A. Radiofrequency Ablation for Knee Pain After Total Knee Replacement.

Newman M. Neurologic Music Therapy, Gait, and Stroke: A Critical Review of the Literature.

Nguyen D. Sensory Deprivation and Pain

Patel S.  Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma for Lumbar Discogenic Pain

Yeh P.  Chondrotoxic Effects of Local Anesthetics on Human Knee Chondrocytes