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Heather M. Ma, M.D., M.S.

Heather M. Ma, M.D., M.S.

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

4.7 out of 5 stars
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Locations

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building H
2400 South Clinton Avenue, Suite 150
Rochester, NY 14618

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Rochester

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
601 Elmwood Avenue, Room 5-1200
Rochester, NY 14642

About Me

As a physiatrist (physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), with subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Ma believes in taking a comprehensive approach to helping each patient achieve the best recovery possible following a brain injury. Treatmen...
As a physiatrist (physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), with subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Ma believes in taking a comprehensive approach to helping each patient achieve the best recovery possible following a brain injury. Treatment approaches may include the use of medications, nutrition, therapies, counseling, procedures, and the involvement of other specialists.

Certified Specialties

Brain Injury Medicine - American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (SMD)

Assistant Professor - Department of Neurology (SMD) - Joint

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Fellow, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. 2017 - 2018

Residency, Resident, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. 2014 - 2017

Internship, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. 2013 - 2014

Education

MD | Case Western Reserve University. 2013

Awards

Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabilitation Research. 2017

Pre-Applicant, Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP). 2014 - 2016

The Betty Jean Fratianne, MD, Student Award. 2013

Rita Schaffer Undergraduate Award. 2006

Research

Dr. Ma has a particular interest in the use of neuro-stimulants to accelerate the rate of recovery from traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.

Publications

Journal Articles

Clinical performance of a multiparametric MRI-based post concussive syndrome index.

Meyers SP, Hirad A, Gonzalez P, Bazarian JJ, Mirabelli MH, Rizzone KH, Ma HM, Rosella P, Totterman S, Schreyer E, Tamez-Pena JG

Frontiers in neurology. 2023 14 :1282833. Epub 12/18/2023.

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors to enhance recovery from traumatic brain injury: a comprehensive review and case series.

Florentino SA, Bawany MH, Ma HM

Brain injury. 2022 February 3 :1-14. Epub 02/03/2022.

Time to treatment initiation and outcomes in high-grade glioma patients in rehabilitation: a retrospective cohort study.

Warren KT, Liu L, Liu Y, Strawderman MS, Hussain AH, Ma HM, Milano MT, Mohile NA, Walter KA

CNS oncology.. 2020 October 28 :CNS64. Epub 10/28/2020.

Amantadine and memantine: a comprehensive review for acquired brain injury.

Ma HM, Zafonte RD

Brain injury. 2020 February 2334 (3):299-315. Epub 02/20/2020.

Art at the Bedside in the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting.

Blaine PK, Ma HM

PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation.. 2020 January 10 Epub 01/10/2020.

Effect of extended-release niacin on serum lipids and on endothelial function in adults with sickle cell anemia and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Scoffone HM, Krajewski M, Zorca S, Bereal-Williams C, Littel P, Seamon C, Mendelsohn L, Footman E, Abi-Jaoudeh N, Sachdev V, Machado RF, Cuttica M, Shamburek R, Cannon RO, Remaley A, Minniti CP, Kato GJ

The American journal of cardiology.. 2013 November 1112 (9):1499-504. Epub 09/13/2013.

Lipoprotein(a) levels and long-term cardiovascular risk in the contemporary era of statin therapy.

Nicholls SJ, Tang WH, Scoffone H, Brennan DM, Hartiala J, Allayee H, Hazen SL

Journal of lipid research.. 2010 October 51 (10):3055-61. Epub 07/02/2010.

Laser-induced auto-fluorescence (LIAF) as a method for assessing skin stiffness preceding diabetic ulcer formation.

Tajaddini A, Scoffone HM, Botek G, Davis BL

Journal of biomechanics.. 2007 40 (4):736-41. Epub 11/22/2006.

Direct measurement of intervertebral disc maximum shear strain in six degrees of freedom: motions that place disc tissue at risk of injury.

Costi JJ, Stokes IA, Gardner-Morse M, Laible JP, Scoffone HM, Iatridis JC

Journal of biomechanics.. 2007 40 (11):2457-66. Epub 01/02/2007.

Ratings & Comments

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Ratings

During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.7 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.7 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.7 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.8 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr Ma is excellent and was very helpful and considerate.

Mar 28, 2024

5.0 stars

Good experience.

Mar 22, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Ma is awesome and amazing!

Nov 10, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. is always open to trying new things from his knowledge - to help me as patient feel my best/normal again.

Aug 16, 2023

5.0 stars

My care provider is phenomenal!I look forward to seeing her at my routine check ups (to display progress made).

Aug 01, 2023

5.0 stars

Doctor Ma and her staff are the best!

Jul 26, 2023

2.2 stars

I was a number for her. I was there period. The final experience I was In the room but not speaking to me [...] Awfully stressful.

May 28, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Ma did an excellent job helping me get into rehab! Excellent!

May 09, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Ma always discuss a formulated plan w/me to agree/not on care.

Apr 04, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr Ma was awesome

Mar 11, 2023

Dr Ma was very attentive to all of our questions concerns and anxiety.She has great heart and compassion for her patients.She fully explained in a simple way the progression of the recovery.

Mar 03, 2023

5.0

Good

Oct 01, 2022

5.0

Listens very well to my concerns and explains meds very well.

Aug 24, 2022

5.0

Awesome doctor!!

Jun 14, 2022

5.0

Dr. Heather Ma is excellent [...].

Apr 19, 2022