Suzanne Groah, MD, Receives Prestigious Grant to Study Urinary Tract Problems for Spinal Cord, MS Patients

Suzanne Groah, MD, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Consultation Liaison Service and of Spinal Cord Injury Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University recently received an exciting new grant award for field initiated research from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

September 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 23, 2016 - Suzanne Groah, MD, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Consultation Liaison Service and of Spinal Cord Injury Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University recently received an exciting new grant award for field initiated research from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).  The grant is approximately $600,000 over three years and will focus on urinary tract health in spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis patients in the community. The work Dr. Groah and her research team conduct could have a lasting impact on those suffering from urinary tract problems who also live with spinal cord injury and MS.

Dr. Groah has been with MedStar NRH for many years. She has a subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) and has written for the ABPMR SCI Subspecialty Examination for the past three years. Dr. Groah reviews regularly for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord, American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, and Journal of NeuroTrauma. She has been an expert panel member for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Consortium Guideline on Bladder Management and is currently an expert panel member for the upcoming PVA Consortium Guideline on Carbohydrate and Lipid Disorders after SCI. Dr. Groah has served as an ad-hoc scientific review board member and grant reviewer for The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Groah was recently named as one of the 'Best Doctors in America' for the District of Columbia and was nominated for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Hall of Fame in 2008.

In addition, she will be the scholarship lecturer at the upcoming 2016 Susan Carter Lecture, being held Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m,, in the MedStar NRH Auditorium (102 Irving St., NW, Washington, D.C.) The Susan Carter Lectureship is brought to MedStar NRH by the generous contributions of Susan A. Carter’s family and friends. Carter, a former MedStar NRH polio patient, was honored by MedStar NRH by having the lectureship created in her name. Her family and friends annually underwrite the lecture series, in which recognized rehabilitation researchers, like Dr. Groah, provide professionals and consumers with the latest information about post-polio and other related rehabilitation issues.

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