Dr. K. Rao Poduri, the former Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology, is a nationally renowned physiatrist and board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Medicine, and Pain Management. Dr. Poduri is fellowship-trained in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She is the former Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services at Strong Memorial Hospital and is the former Program Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program. She has a passion for teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Poduri has extensive experience in the treatment of stroke, spinal cord injury, amputations, and chronic pain. She is a member of many prestigious Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation associations such as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Spinal Injury Association, the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and has authored many journal articles. Besides being a busy physician and administrator, Dr. Poduri is active in research and has presented many research studies at national and international meetings. She has been invited to present her research to her peers in Germany, India, and Canada. Dr. Poduri is a patient advocate and is responsible for the annual Spinal Cord Injury Health Fair in the Greater Rochester, NY area.
K. Rao Poduri, MD, FAAPMR, Chair and Professor of PM&R and Professor of Neurology. University of Rochester Medical center, Rochester, NY.
Dr. Poduri graduated from Karnatak Medical College in Hubli, India. She completed her residency training in PM&R and a fellowship in Geriatric Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. She is Board-certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine and in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. In addition to her clinical responsibilities and resident education, she teaches medical students and Fellows at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester New York. She served as the PM&R residency program director for 19 years from 1998 till 2017 and the chair of the Division of PM&R for 14 years and established the Academic department of PMR at the University of Rochester in 2008 and has been the Chair since. Prior to that she served as the Associate Chair of PM&R for 6 years.
As a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) for more than 20 years she served on the Academic Affairs Committee and served for 2 years as a member of the Education committee and currently a member of the Curriculum and CME committees. She was also a member of the Academy of Spinal Cord injury professionals (ASCIP) and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (IPSRM).
Dr. Poduri is a member of American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). She has served on the Autonomic standards, prevention of SCI, and the By-Laws Committees before becoming the chair of the By-Laws committee in May 2013. She is active the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a member for more than 25 years, served on the Quality Assurance Committee and was the Chair of the General and Medical rehabilitation Council and the Chair of the Geriatric Forum of the Medical Rehabilitation council. She was the AAPMR Liaison and subject matter expert to the American Academy of Neurology for Quality Measurement Set Development for Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 and the AAPMR liaison for the CMS Technical Advisory Panels for Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for Measure development work Group for Drug Regimen in 2015. Currently, she serves on the Clinical Practice guidelines committee at the AAPMR.
Dr. Poduri's awards include: Leadership Award by the ASIA in 2017 and the Outstanding Service Award of the General &Medical Rehabilitation by the AAPMR in 2016, Top Doctors of USA and America's Best Doctors in 2003, International Who's Who in Medicine in 1988, World Who's Who in Women in 1985 and Who's Who in American Women by Marquis in 1984.
Dr. Poduri was nominated for the Distinguished Academician Award for AAP in 2010 and the 2016 Paralyzed Veterans Association Physician Excellence award. She is active with research grants and has presented several of her research papers, at the AAP, AAPMR, ASIA and ASCIP annual meetings and published book chapters and peer reviewed articles in PM&R journals. She serves on several editorial Boards and a peer reviewer for PM&R journals and Journal of Neurology. Dr. Poduri has edited a book on Geriatric Rehabilitation from Bedside to curbside that was published in March 2017 by Taylor and Francis.
Dr. Poduri is an Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She graduated from Karnatak Medical College in Hubli, India. She completed her residency training in PM&R and a fellowship in Geriatric Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. She is Board-certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine and in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Poduri was included in Top Doctors USA. In addition to her clinical responsibilities and resident education, she teaches students (second, third and fourth year) in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has presented several papers at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, National Stroke Association, and the American Geriatric Society. Dr. Poduri has also presented internationally on the topics of shoulder pain in stroke patients and spinal cord injury. Her research interests are in the areas of stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, hypertension and DVT. Dr. Poduri is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation and reviewer for the Journal of Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Leadership Award by the American Spinal Injury Association
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Leadership Award by the American Spinal Injury Association
Sponsor: National Academy of Sciences
Outstanding Service Award of the General &Medical Rehabilitation
Sponsor: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Top Doctors of America
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors
International Who's Who in Medicine
World Who's Who in Women
Who's Who in American Women
1981 - 2013
Physician's Recognition Award.
Sponsor: American Medical Association
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Poduri, KR., Bauernfeind, M, Thakur, R. ""Pain/Neuromuscular Medicine Rehabilitation: Acute herpes zoster and post-herpetic neuralgia." Knowledge Now, of the AAPM&R. March". 2017; .
Poduri, K. R :David Essaff. ""Rehabilitation of Central Nervous System Disorders: Dizziness." Knowledge Now, of the AAPM&R. 2016; .
Norton, D:Kuhar,S:and Poduri, K.R. "Functional Outcomes in Patients with a left ventricular assist device." J Phys Med Rehabil Disabil. 2016; : 1:7.
Books & Chapters
Chapter Title: Chapter1. Epidemiology of Aging, Disability, Frailty, Overall Role of Physiatry
Book Title: Geriatric Rehabilitation, edited by Drs. David Cifu, Henry Lew and Mooyeon Oh-Park.
Author List: K. Rao Poduri, MD,FAAPMR
Maria Vanushkina, MD
Edited By: Drs. David Cifu, Henry Lew and Mooyeon Oh-Park.
Published By: Elsevier2018 in Philadelphia, PA
Book Title: 1. Poduri, K.R, Editor: Geriatric Rehabilitation from Bedside to Curbside .
Author List: Poduri,KR
Edited By: Poduri,KR, MD,FAAPMR
Published By: Taylor and Francis2017 in CRC Press United Kingdom
Chapter Title: Epidemiology, Biology &Physiology: Chapter in Geriatric Rehabilitation from Bedside to Curbside. Francis & Taylor, CRC Press
Book Title: Geriatric Rehabilitation from Bedside to Curbside.
Author List: Poduri, K. R
Published By: Taylor ans Francis2017
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