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Medical Staff

Craig Hospital has ten on-site physicians who belong to the CNS Medical Group P.C. and whose full-time practice is in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation. They average 14 years at Craig and are among the world leaders in the field. With offices in the hospital, our physicians are readily accessible to patients, families, and staff. Each patient at Craig has a primary physician, and a team of therapists and nurses that work with each physician. The CNS physicians direct the clinical interdisciplinary treatment teams and are supported by 216 consulting physicians representing the full spectrum of medical specialties.

Craig Hospital Admissions

Phone: 303-789-8344
Fax: 303-599-3990
admissions@craighospital.org

Contact the CNS Medical Group

Phone: 303-789-8220
Fax: 303-789-8470

Team Members

  • Thomas E. Balazy, M.D., Medical Director

    CNS Physician Group

    Thomas E. Balazy, M.D., has been at Craig since 1987 and for 17 years Dr. Balazy was Craig's Medical Director at the Mulitrauma unit at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Balazy received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed a fellowship in spinal cord and brain injury at Craig. He is also assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Balazy is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2006 Dr. Balazy received the Jerome Gersten Clinical Teaching Award from the Dept. of PM&R at the UCHSC School of Medicine. Dr. Balazy is the author of a widely read publication on chronic pain in spinal cord injury.

  • Jeffrey C. Berliner, D.O., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    Jeffrey C. Berliner, D.O., joins the medical staff at Craig Hospital after working as Clinical Director of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He completed his fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine after graduating from residency at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in June 2008. He received his medical degree in 2004 at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berliner’s primary focus is on caring for patients recovering from spinal cord injuries. His clinical and research include current concepts in neurorecovery, treatment of paraplegic and tetraplegic patients, and prevention of secondary complications related to spinal cord injury. He is a member of the American Spinal Cord Injury Membership and Program Committee, Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Academy of Physiatrists, International Spinal Cord Society, and The Neurorecovery Network-Health Committee. Clinical Interests include: Spinal Cord Injury, Dual diagnosis injuries—Brain Injury/Spinal Cord, general rehabilitation, spasticity management and pain management.

  • Morgan Brubaker, D.O., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    Morgan Brubaker, D.O., joined the CNS Medical Group in 2016 after completing her fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Craig Hospital. She leads one of the inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation teams. Dr. Brubaker earned her medical degree at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Mayo Clinic. She served as chief resident for her PM&R residency program and was honored with the Earl Elkins Mayo Resident Award for outstanding patient care, teaching and research. She is board certified in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Spinal Injury Association Membership and Advocacy Committees, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

  • Mark R. Johansen, M.D., Physician; SCI Program Medical Director

    CNS Physician Group

    Mark R. Johansen, M.D., supervises one of Craig's spinal cord injury rehabilitation teams. Dr. Johansen joined the CNS Medical Group in July 2001 following a subspecialty Fellowship program in neurotrauma rehabilitation at Craig. He received his medical degree and completed his residency training in rehabilitation medicine at the University of Utah where he served as chief resident and was honored with the Mark P. Scott Memorial Award for outstanding resident. Dr. Johansen finished his year of internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. In 2004 Dr Johansen received a sub-specialty certification in SCI by the Board of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

  • Gary A. Maerz, M.D., M.B.A., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    Gary A. Maerz, M.D., M.B.A., joined CNS in 2001. He is board certified in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and board certified in the subspecialty of spinal cord injury medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of Colorado residency program, and a licensed professional engineer. He is currently President of the CNS Medical Group. Clinical and research interests include metabolic changes after spinal cord injury, and pain and spasticity management. Dr. Maerz has a special interest in combined brain injury/spinal cord injury patients, and directs the clinical team at Craig Hospital which treats these complex patients.

  • Michael Makley, M.D., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    Michael Makley, M.D., joined the CNS Medical Group in 2013 and leads one of the brain injury treatment teams. Dr. Makley is a neurologist, researcher, teacher, and inventor with 20 years of experience taking care of people with brain injuries. Prior to Craig, Dr. Makley was the Medical Director of a 38-bed specialized brain injury rehabilitation unit at the Kernan Hospital at the University of Maryland. In addition to Dr. Makley’s clinical, research, and administrative work at Kernan, he was the Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic and had an Outpatient Brain Injury Clinic. Dr. Makley served for many years as Chair of Kernan’s Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr. Makley is the author of several publications and has given invited lectures both nationally and internationally.

  • Leslie Morse, D.O., Medical Director of Research

    Research

    Dr. Leslie Morse, DO, is Medical Director of Research, Craig Hospital and Associate Professor of PMR, Colorado School of Medicine. She is Co-Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System. Her research, as well as her clinical focus, is the care of individuals with SCI, with a long-term goal of developing mechanism-based therapies to prevent and treat SCI-induced osteoporosis. To that end, she is studying the impact of exoskeleton-assisted ambulation on bone health after SCI (a clinical trial supported by the Department of Defense); and the mechanisms of rapid-onset, SCI-related osteoporosis. She also studies the neuro-regenerative potential of dental pulp stem cells. Dr. Morse completed her medical training at the University of New England and her residency in PM&R at Boston Medical Center. Author of more than 50 publications, she has received several national best-paper awards and presented her work nationally and internationally.

    Research interests: spinal cord injury and osteoporosis, therapies for bone health in SCI, affect of FES-rowing on bone and cardiac health in SCI, markers of bone health in SCI.

  • William M. Scelza, M.D., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    William "Bill" Scelza, M.D., joined the CNS Medical Group and Craig Hospital in 2011. Dr. Scelza completed his medical training at Case Western University in 1998. He then went on to his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan followed by a Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the Kessler Institute in 2002-03. Prior to joining CNS, he was the Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Scelza has a wealth of personal and professional spinal cord injury experience, having lived with paraplegia since 1988. He is active with his family, recreation, and disability advocacy.

  • ​Eric T. Spier, M.D., Physician

    CNS Physician Group

    Eric T. Spier, M.D., joined the medical staff at Craig Hospital in 2016 after building and serving as the Medical Director for Mentis El Paso, a 24 bed post-acute neuro rehabilitation program that served the West Texas/New Mexico and surrounding areas. He also ran a private practice that oversaw all aspects of Brain Injury Medicine care for patients, including serving as an attending at the Paul Foster School of Medicine in the department of Neurology. Dr. Spier earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed his residency at The Yale School of Medicine in New Haven and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is boarded in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Medicine. He serves on multiple national boards including the Board of Governors for the Academy of Certification of Brain Injury Specialists, the Association of Academic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Health and Legislation Committee and a panel member for the BIAA/Mt. Sinai investigation to develop guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBIs. Dr. Spier is an avid photographer, cyclist, and rock climber.

  • Alan H. Weintraub, M.D., Physician; BI Program Medical Director

    CNS Physician Group

    Alan H. Weintraub, M.D., has been Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital since 1986. Dr. Weintraub also served as Medical Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System, a federally designated Model System of Care with extensive clinical research and dissemination activities. Dr. Weintraub has served as Medical Director of a post acute residential brain injury program and long term subacute brain injury program during his tenure in practice. He also is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and an active consultant to the Colorado Division of Worker's Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines TBI Task Force. He is board certified in PM&R and is fellowship trained in neurotrauma, brain injury and spinal cord injury. Dr. Weintraub has special interests in pharmacological management of adults with brain injury, spasticity, sports-related concussion and the long term consequences of brain injury. He is actively involved in local, regional and national organizations and is devoted to the aging and long term needs of brain injured survivors and their families. Dr. Weintraub continues to lecture to broad audiences and has written on a number of specific topics related to traumatic and acquired brain injury.

Consulting Services

Craig has 41 active primary physician consultants and an additional 175 other physician consultants. These consulting physicians have expertise in SCI and TBI and work with Craig patients as consultants to the attending medical staff.

Referring Physicians

If you are a physician anywhere in the U.S. and you want to refer a new patient to Craig for inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient evaluation, ask your discharge planner or office staff to call our Admissions Department directly (303-789-8344). If you would like to discuss your referral with one of our Craig doctors, we encourage you to call our CNS Medical Group (303-789-8220) and ask for the On-Call Referral physician. One of our doctors will speak with you personally, take the referral information, discuss the patient's condition, and facilitate the referral process with our Admissions Department. We recommend that the referral be called in as soon as possible to expedite admission. If you would like to receive physician reports from Craig during the patient's treatment at Craig, please obtain the necessary authorization from the patient and give your mailing address to the CNS Medical Group or our Admissions Department. Request that your information appear on the patient's Craig "Face Sheet."

If you are a physician treating a former Craig patient

If you are a doctor and you want to discuss your patient with his/her Craig doctor, or you want to refer a former Craig patient for an Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluation (IOE) rehabilitative neurosurgical consultation, skin evaluation, etc., please call our CNS Medical Group and ask for the patient's former Craig physician. Your call is not mandatory, but encouraged. For IOE scheduling, former patients have been told to contact our Outpatient Admissions Department directly, but you are encouraged to call as well. Craig offers a 4-5 day comprehensive IOE program for patients with spinal cord injury, and other individually-tailored evaluations or clinic services. If you would like to receive physician reports from Craig during the patient's treatment at Craig, please obtain the necessary authorization from the patient and give your mailing address to the CNS Medical Group or our Admissions Department. Request that your information appear on the patient's Craig "Face Sheet."

If you are a physician needing clinical information about SCI or TBI

If you need any clinical information about SCI or TBI, feel free to call our CNS Medical Group. One of us will take your call, or call you back if we are not immediately available. Depending on the nature of your questions, we may also refer you to others at Craig who have specific expertise: nurses, research professionals, therapists, etc. If you need any brochures or information describing Craig's programs for your office or patients, Provider Relations can help (303-789-8490). We invite you to utilize Craig as a resource for patients with SCI and TBI, regardless of whether we have a patient in common. We cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for patients for whom we haven't seen, but we can offer helpful guidance and direction on clinical issues or concerns.