Expert in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Appointed Chief at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

May 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - May 16, 2012 - Amy Houtrow, M.D., M.P.H., an expert in the care of children with disabilities, has been named the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Houtrow’s main clinical focus is caring for children with disabling conditions to help maximize their health, function and quality of life. Under her direction, providers in the division care for patients with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, rheumatologic disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, and disabilities from orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

Dr. Houtrow, also an associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, comes to Children’s from the University of California at San Francisco, where she was assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and medical director of pediatric rehabilitation. During that time, she also was certified in the subspecialty of pediatric rehabilitation medicine and will complete doctoral studies in medical sociology in June 2012.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Houtrow as the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine,” said Michael Boninger, M.D., chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and UPMC Rehabilitation Institute director. “Her focus on coordinated care through education, research and advocacy will help to improve the health and well-being of children with disabilities and their families.”

Dr. Houtrow will focus on research recognizing the impact on families raising children with disabilities as well as ways to develop channels to improve service delivery. She also works with leaders in health services research around the country and sits on the Executive Steering Committee for Health Services and Information Sciences Research Core at Children’s.

Dr. Houtrow completed residencies in physical medicine and rehabilitation in addition to pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is board certified in both disciplines. She simultaneously earned a master’s degree in public health in the area of health policy and management at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For more information about Dr. Houtrow and the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, please visit

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