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

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-3273

Fax: (585) 442-2949

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Patient Care Setting

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


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.

Professional Background

Dr. Ma earned her medical degree at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Training Program, a residency at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) and a fellowship at Harvard University’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She joined the staff at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital to lead the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Ma’s goal is to provide outstanding patient-centered care, which includes educational opportunities for all learners, and explores novel interventions and therapeutics to accelerate recovery for patients.


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.




    MD | Case Western Reserve University

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/24/2017 - 07/23/2018
    Fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

    07/02/2014 - 06/30/2017
    Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

    07/01/2013 - 07/01/2014
    Internship in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

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    Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabilitation Research
    Sponsor: Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

    2014 - 2016
    Pre-Applicant, Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP)
    Sponsor: Association of Academic Physiatrists

    The Betty Jean Fratianne, MD, Student Award
    Sponsor: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Rita Schaffer Undergraduate Award
    Sponsor: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biomedical Engineering

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    Journal Articles

    Florentino SA, Bawany MH, Ma HM. "Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors to enhance recovery from traumatic brain injury: a comprehensive review and case series." Brain injury. 2022 Feb 3; :1-14. Epub 2022 Feb 03.

    Warren KT, Liu L, Liu Y, Strawderman MS, Hussain AH, Ma HM, Milano MT, Mohile NA, Walter KA. "Time to treatment initiation and outcomes in high-grade glioma patients in rehabilitation: a retrospective cohort study." CNS oncology.. 2020 Oct 28; :CNS64. Epub 2020 Oct 28.

    Ma HM, Zafonte RD. "Amantadine and memantine: a comprehensive review for acquired brain injury." Brain injury. 2020 Feb 23; 34(3):299-315. Epub 2020 Feb 20.