Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Faculty

The PRM Fellowship faculty are dedicated to both the children and families they serve, and training the best pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists. Their work, research and community service exemplify the very best qualities in pediatric physiatry.

 

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH is an associate professor of PM&R and Pediatrics. She is the program director for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship. She is also vice chair in the Department of PM&R, chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Her clinical interests include spina bifida and medically complex populations.  She conducts health services and outcomes research for children with disabilities.  She holds multiple national leadership positions and actively advocates for health policy change to optimize access for children with disabilities. Dr. Houtrow joined the faculty after 7 years as the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at the University of California San Francisco. She obtained her medical degree from Michigan State University and completed combined residency training in Pediatrics and PM&R at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati.  She also received her MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and her PhD from the University of California San Francisco in Medical Sociology.  

 

Jason Edinger, DO is an assistant professor of PM&R and Pediatrics. He is the associate program director for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship. His clinical interests include Cerebral Palsy, brain injury, spasticity management and neuromuscular disease. He is the medical director for the Woodland’s Foundation camps and is active in advocating for accessible leisure activities for children with disabilities. Dr. Edinger received his osteopathic degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic and completed combined residencies in Pediatrics and PM&R from Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems at the Medical College of Virginia. He joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh after completing Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship at the Ohio State University. 

 

Angela Garcia, MD is an assistant professor of PM&R. Her clinical interests include congenital and acquired musculoskeletal disabilities, concussion, and rehabilitation through sports and physical activities. Dr. Garcia serves as a medical volunteer in Haiti, bringing rehabilitation care to children during her annual visits. She received her medical doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2006 and completed the physical medicine & rehabilitation residency at UPMC. Dr. Garcia was the first graduate of our ACGME accredited PRM fellowship.

 

Brad Dicianno, MD is an associate professor of PM&R and the medical director of the UPMC Center for Assistive Technology and the director of the UPMC Adult Spina Bifida Clinic. Dr. Dicianno evaluates patients with disabilities for assistive technologies such as wheelchairs and addresses the complex assistive technology and rehabilitation needs of individuals with complex disabilities including spina bifida. He is an important bridge between pediatric and adult rehabilitation providing continuity as young adults transition to adult care. His research interests focus on developing and studying interventions targeted to improving health and wellness in individuals with complex disabilities (wheelchairs, adaptive sports, telemedicine, virtual reality, and preventative care programs).  Dr. Dicianno received his medical doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UPMC where he served as chief resident. Dr. Dicianno also completed a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Engineering and Human Movement at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Amit Sinha, MD, is an assistant professor of PM&R and the medical director of the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit. Dr. Sinha’s clinical interests include spasticity, concussion, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury. Dr. Sinha is involved in the US Paralympics where he serves as an official classifier for track and field athletes. He completed medical doctorate studies in 2007 at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and his residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where was also chief resident. Dr. Sinha completed his Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

 

Unoma Akamagwuna, MD is an assistant professor of PM&R. Her clinical focus is the care of children with congenital and acquired disabilities. Dr. Akamagwuna is a strong advocate for the young adult patient moving on to adult level medical care and will ensure the correct tools are in place for a successful transition. Dr. Akamagwuna received a doctorate of medicine from George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences and went on to complete the PM&R residency and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado.

 

Dina Patterson, MD is a clinical assistant professor of PM&R. Her clinical interests are cerebral palsy, concussion, and general pediatric rehabilitation. She completed her doctorate of medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Patterson completed a comprehensive a fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in 2007 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. 

 

Melissa K. Sutcliffe, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Sutcliffe provides neuropsychological and school planning services to children with acute traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders who are patients on the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit. She also provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations through the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Sutcliffe completed her doctoral studies with a focus on child clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Florida. She was accepted to a specialized internship in neuropsychology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Sutcliffe supervises a practicum for doctoral level trainees in her outpatient pediatric neuropsychology clinic.

 

Daryaneh Badaly, PhD is a clinical assistant professor and provides neuropsychological services to children and adolescents with a wide variety of medical concerns, including genetic, neurological, hematological/oncological, and chronic health conditions as well as gestational and neonatal complications. She has a particular interest in the cognitive, behavioral, and social outcomes of youths with congenital heart defects, both in terms of clinical practice and research endeavors. In addition to clinical services and research, Dr. Badaly is involved in the supervision and training of pre-doctoral trainees.

 

Amery Treble-Barna, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Treble-Barna provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for children with a variety of medical conditions affecting the brain. Patients served include children with acquired or neurodevelopmental conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.

for more information contact:
Stacey Snead-Peterson, MS
GME Academic Manager
Department of PM&R
Building B, Suite 11522
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
sneadpetersons@upmc.edu

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Faculty Fun Facts

Amy Houtrow
member of Shakespeare's Stepchild improv theatre group



Jason Edinger
likes a good dunk at
Camp Inspire



Angie Garcia
Loves sled hockey...
but keeps falling over!



Brad Dicianno
still plays with Lego



Amit Sinha
The only thing that scares this lion is c.diff



Unoma Akamagwuna
is a Superhero fanatic



Dina Patterson
Looks like a tiger
Sweet as a KITTEN



Melissa Sutcliffe
loves mini dachsunds...and
dressing Hank up for holidays



Daryaneh Badaly
expert at finding doors to fairyland

Amery Treble-Barna
Handstand FANATIC!