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UTHealth’s Ifejika selected for rehabilitation medicine leadership program

HOUSTON – (July 1, 2013) – Nneka Ifejika, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, has been selected for the inaugural class of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Academy Leadership Program.

Ifejika is one of just 10 academy members selected from a national pool to participate in the two-year program, which is designed to identify and train early career physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians to assume future leadership positions.

Her interests include research that addresses age- and ethnicity-related disparities in stroke care from the acute onset of symptoms through the post-stroke process with a goal of closing the disability gap in outcome between minorities and non-minorities.

Ifejika is a member of the Stroke Team at the UTHealth Medical School and has served as director of the UTHealth Neurorehabilitation Program since 2007.

Her previous work on the impact of health care-associated infections on stroke rehabilitation outcomes won the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Best Neurological Rehabilitation Research Award in 2010.

Deborah Mann Lake
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