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Aging with Spinal Cord Injury: The Case for Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluations (IOEs)

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluation (IOE) for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). This webinar will educate participants about who is involved in the evaluations, what is being evaluated and why we have grown to develop this program at Craig Hospital. The presentation will make the case for regular and proper evaluations that are necessary for those aging with SCI. By effectively treating medical issues and proactively addressing potential secondary conditions, individuals with SCI will ultimately mitigate long-term and costly complications.


  • The components for a comprehensive IOE and how they benefit the patient with SCI in the short and long term
  • The components of aging with a spinal cord injury and key secondary conditions that patients will face over their lifetime
  • How effective seating and positioning evaluations are effective in preventing pain and skin breakdown
  • The assessment process that is necessary for overuse injuries and utilizing activity modification to minimize functional deficits and musculoskeletal complications
  • The effectiveness of regular and proper evaluations that reduce long-term health and financial complications


William "Bill" Scelza, M.D., joined the CNS Medical Group and Craig Hospital in 2011 and serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine - Department of PM&R and as the SCI Medicine Fellowship Program Director. 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. Dr. Scelza is also the Program Director for the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship program at Craig Hospital/University of Colorado.

Cindy Smith, PT, DPT, ATP has more than 40 years of experience as an PT, with 30 of those years spent at Craig Hospital and focused primarily on seating and wheeled mobility needs for persons with spinal cord and/or brain injury. Over those years, she has provided clinical consultations and presentations for manufacturers and CRT providers, presentations at national and international conferences, adjunct professorial sessions for the DPT program at University of Colorado, and is an active member of the national Clinician Task Force.

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