In keeping with the University of Michigan’s reputation as a leading academic institution, the PM&R Resident Research Program is designed to be productive and rewarding for residents with all levels of prior research experience. Prospective residents will find the program flexible and supportive with expert faculty willing to tailor the experience to their unique interests and prior research experience. 


Resident Peer-Reviewed Publications







Claflin ES, Daunter AK, Bowman A, Startup J, Reed E, Krishnan C, Kratz AL. Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 and Neurological Complications Experience More Frequent Decline in Functioning and Greater Rehabilitation Needs. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Aug 1;100(8):725-729. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001807. PMID: 34257184.


Mattson LM, Alomar-Jimenez WO, Hearn SL. An Atypical Presentation of Hirayama Disease with Lower Limb Myelopathic Findings Only: A Case Report. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Jul 14. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001850. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34267058.


Chator AA, Ganesh Kumar N, Drolet BC, Sullivan WJ, Kennedy DJ. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Directors' Perspectives on USMLE Step 1 Scoring Changes. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Apr 8. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001700. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33496437.


Sarma K, Kohns DJ, Berri MA, Joyce E, Smith SR. Interventional and Non-interventional Medical Rehabilitation Approaches to Axial Spine Pain in Vertebral Metastatic Disease. Front Pain Res (Lausanne). 2021 Jun 4;2:675787. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2021.675787. 


Liu J, Ding Y, Camelo-Piragua S, Richardson J. Vasculitic Tibial Mononeuropathy Associated with Inherited Immune Dysregulation: A Review of Tibial Mononeuropathies with Electrodiagnostic Considerations. Case Rep Neurol Med. 2021 Nov 12;2021:7161757. 


McNeish BL, Richardson JK, Bell SG, Whitney DG. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy increases nontraumatic fracture risk in breast cancer survivors. JBMR Plus. 2021 Jun 10;5(8):e10519. doi: 10.1002/jbm4.10519. PMID: 34368609; PMCID: PMC8328798.




Etter JP, Kannikeswaran S, Hurvitz EA, Peterson MD, Caird MS, Jepsen KJ, Whitney DG. The respiratory disease burden of non-traumatic fractures for adults with cerebral palsy. Bone Rep. 2020 Oct 27;13:100730. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2020.100730. PMID: 33195765; PMCID: PMC7645631.


Roy R, Stephens AJ, Daisy C, Merritt L, Newcomb CW, Yang J, Dagher A, Curatolo A, Sachdev M, McNeish B, Landis R, van Bokhoven A, El-Hayek A, Froehlich J, Pontari MA, Zurakowski D, Lee RS, Moses MA. Association of Longitudinal Changes in Symptoms and Urinary Biomarkers in Patients with Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A MAPP Research Network Study. J Urol. 2021 Feb;205(2):514-523. doi: 10.1097/JU.0000000000001391. Epub 2020 Oct 7. PMID: 33026902; PMCID: PMC8139408.


Kalpakjian CZ, Haapala HJ, Ernst SD, Orians BR, Barber ML, Wiseman AL, Mulenga L, Bolde S, Rosenblum S, Jay GM. Development of a new pregnancy informational and decisional needs survey for women with physical disabilities. Disabil Health J. 2021 Jul;14(3):101056. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.101056. Epub 2020 Dec 24. PMID: 33451968; PMCID: PMC8222421.


Bell SG, Dalton L, McNeish BL, Fang F, Henry NL, Kidwell KM, McLean K. Aromatase inhibitor use, side effects and discontinuation rates in gynecologic oncology patients. Gynecologic Oncology. 2020 Aug 23.


McNeish BL, Zheutlin AR, Richardson JK, Smith SR. Primary cancer location predicts predominant level of brachial plexopathy. Muscle & Nerve. 2020 Jun 8.


Whitney DG, Bell S, Etter JP, Prisby RD. The cardiovascular disease burden of non-traumatic fractures for adults with and without cerebral palsy. Bone. 2020 Apr 23:115376.


Hall OT, Hall OE, McGrath RP, Haile ZT. Years of life lost due to opioid overdose in Ohio: temporal and geographic patterns of excess mortality. Journal of addiction medicine. 2020 Mar 1;14(2):156-62.  








Strengths and Features

Dual Mentorship: residents work closely with both Clinical Faculty Mentors and Research Faculty Mentors. Dual Mentorship ensures that resident research is patient-centered, methodologically sound and ready to bridge the gap from bench to bedside.

Institutional Resources: here at U of M, residents have access to powerful institutional resources, including data analytics, as well as personnel and funding to help them access data, implement research and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Presentations: residents have the opportunity to present their projects at our annual Theodore Cole Resident Research Day-- and are encouraged to submit abstracts to national conferences, including AAPM&R.

Protected Time: six weeks of research are provided so that residents may focus on completing their projects away from clinical duties.  These six weeks can be carved from select rotations to enable research time at the point in a project's trajectory where it would be most useful. 

Departmental Research Context & History: residents work with and have access to faculty who pursue research and academic work across the range of PM&R.  Our annual departmental James Rae Scientific Day features departmental research and visiting guest speaker each fall. 

Leadership Opportunity: The position of Resident Research Lead is awarded annually to a senior resident who has demonstrated a special commitment to advancing the culture of resident research at U of M PM&R. The Resident Research Lead works closely with co-residents and faculty to ensure program quality, provides peer-mentoring to underclassmen and presents at least one research-based lecture during senior year.

  • Current Resident Research Lead (2023-24): Drs. Nicholas Stoyles and Jonathan Heyl
  • Past Resident Research Leads: Trent Hall, DO (2018-2019), Brendan McNeish, MD & Stephan Pirnie, MD, PhD (2019-2020). Stephan Pirnie, MD, PhD (2020-2021), Krishna Sarma, MD, PhD (2021-23)


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