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Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

Craig Hospital and the University of Colorado Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offer a fellowship opportunity in the field of spinal cord injury medicine, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The spinal cord injury fellow will participate in inpatient care, outpatient clinics and research related to spinal cord injuries in a world-renowned environment dedicated to neurorehabilitation.

The majority of the 12-month fellowship experience will be spent at Craig Hospital, a 93-bed center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. The fellowship will also include the opportunity to work with acute spinal cord injuries in the ICU of a level 1 trauma center and a variety of outpatient experiences involved in the lifetime care of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Craig Hospital is designated by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) as a Model System Center for spinal cord injury and is home to an active research department currently conducting a wide variety of ongoing studies.

For further information regarding the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education Program and eligibility requirements, visit their website.

SCI MEDICINE FACULTY

All faculty are board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Maerz is also board certified in Brain Injury Medicine.

Team Members

  • William M. Scelza, MD Medical Director and President of Craig Hospital Medical Staff

    Craig Physicians

    William "Bill" Scelza, MD, joined the CNS Medical Group and Craig Hospital in 2011 and is the Medical Director of Craig Hospital. He has also served as the Craig Hospital Outpatient Department Medical Director. Dr. Scelza is also Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and as the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Medicine Fellowship Program Director at Craig Hospital/University of Colorado.

    Prior to joining CNS Medical Group, Dr. Scelza was Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, N.C.

    Dr. Scelza completed his medical training at Case Western University in 1998. He then went on to his residency training in PM&R at the University of Michigan followed by a Fellowship in SCI Medicine at the Kessler Institute in 2002-2003. He holds board certifications in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and remains active with numerous professional organizations within those fields.

    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 aging with spinal cord injury and disability advocacy.

  • Jeffrey C. Berliner, DO Physician

    Craig Physicians

    Jeffrey C. Berliner, DO, joined 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 and spinal cord), general rehabilitation, spasticity management and pain management.

    In Denver in 2015, Dr. Berliner founded the Rehabilitation Service Volunteer Partnership (RSVP), a not-for-profit clinic that provides free compassionate health care for persons with catastrophic injury, and serves as its executive chairman.

  • Morgan Brubaker, DO Physician

    Craig Physicians

    Morgan Brubaker, DO, joined the CNS Medical Group in 2016 and currently leads one of the brain injury treatment teams. She also serves as a Neurorehabilitation Consultant at Swedish Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center in Englewood, CO.

    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 at Mayo Clinic. She served as chief resident during her final year of residency and was honored with the Earl Elkins Mayo Resident Award for outstanding patient care, teaching and research. She completed her fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Craig Hospital.

    She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She is working toward Brain Injury Medicine certification. Her clinical interests include managing patients with complex injuries (combination brain and spinal cord injury), clinical informatics, and healthcare quality improvement.

    When not at Craig, Dr. Brubaker can be found spending time with her husband and two children. On most days, they can be found outdoors, hiking, exploring and playing at local parks.

  • Mark R. Johansen, MD Physician; Spinal Cord Injury Program Medical Director

    Craig Physicians

    Mark R. Johansen, MD, has served as Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program at Craig Hospital since 2011 and has been the Chair of the SCI Program Committee since 2005. He was elected President of the CNS Medical Group in 2013 and continues to serve in that role.

    Dr. Johansen graduated as an MD with honors from the University of Utah School of Medicine and also completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Utah, where he was appointed Chief Resident. He was awarded subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Medicine in 2003 and was honored with the American Board of PM&R Outstanding Performance Award. Dr. Johansen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has been presented with the Jerome Gersten Clinical Teaching Award multiple times over his tenure.

    He joined the CNS Medical Group in July 2001 following a subspecialty fellowship program in Neurotrauma Rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.

    Dr. Johansen has been honored as "Top Doctor" in SCI Medicine by 5280 Magazine numerous times beginning in 2015. He is a member of the American Academy of PM&R, American Spinal Injury Association, and the Academy of SCI Professionals, where has served on several committees. Dr. Johansen has multiple publications and presentations, but has special interest in the clinical management of individuals with catastrophic SCI, as well as more focused interest in pain and spasticity management following SCI and brain injury (BI).

  • Margaret Jones, MD, MPH Physician

    Craig Physicians

    Margaret Jones, MD, MPH, joined CNS Medical Group in January 2022 after practicing as an attending physician at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, TN. She was also an assistant professor for the Department of PM&R at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Jones is boarded in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury medicine and brain injury medicine.

    Dr. Jones attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed her residency at the University of Washington, serving as Chief Resident during her final year. She pursued a fellowship at the Kessler Institute/New Jersey Medical School. She then returned to Seattle to provide care for patients with SCI at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Jones moved to Tennessee to help in the building of the relatively new department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt in 2019.

    When not at work, she enjoys a number of outside activities including hiking and camping through road trips to the beach and mountains. Many of her outside activities include her two labradoodles, Penny and Copper.

  • Gary A. Maerz, MD, MBA, PE Physician

    Craig Physicians

    Gary A. Maerz, MD, MBA, PE, joined CNS Medical Group in 2001 after completing a year-long Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Fellowship at Craig Hospital.

    Dr. Maerz previously completed medical school and subsequent residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed an internship in General Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.

    He is board certified in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is further board certified in the subspecialties of Spinal Cord Medicine and Brain Injury Medicine. He has additional degrees in engineering and business and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado.

    Dr. Maerz is the medical director of the Craig Hospital Combined Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. He has a special interest in these complex injuries, as well as spasticity management and metabolic changes after spinal cord injury.

APPLICATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

To obtain an application, interested candidates should email Jeni Exley, Program Coordinator, jexley@craighospital.org or call for further information at 303-789-8432.

Applications are accepted beginning in March of each year for the following academic year's fellowship. Applications, along with all requested documents/references, must be in to the program no later than July 31 of each year.

All applicants must be registered with The Match program (National Resident Matching Program) to be considered.