Susan M. McDowell, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical interests

  • Amputee Rehabilitation
  • General Rehabilitation
  • Movement Disorders
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity Management
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Susan M. McDowell, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


My name is Susan M. McDowell; I received my medical degree from Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine, Augusta. I am board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. I am a recipient of several awards including Faculty Educator of the Year, Athena Paper Award, Resident Research Award, and the David L. Cowen Award for Outstanding Resident of the Year.

I have a special interest in spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation, and spasticity management including intrathecal pumps and botulinum toxin injections.

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine, Augusta

University of Kentucky, Lexington

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kentucky Clinic
First Floor, Wing C, Room D135
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Shriners Medical Center
110 Conn Terrace
Lexington KY 40508

Call 859-257-1000
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  1. Aslan SC, Randall DC, Donohue KD, Knapp CF, Patwardhan AR, McDowell SM, Taylor RF, Evans JM. Blood pressure regulation in neurally intact human vs. acutely injured paraplegic and tetraplegic patients during passive tilt. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Mar; 292(3):R1146-57. PMID: 17082357.
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  2. Musick DW, McDowell SM, Clark N, Salcido R. Pilot study of a 360-degree assessment instrument for physical medicine & rehabilitation residency programs. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2003 May; 82(5):394-402. PMID: 12704281.
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  3. Gater DR, McDowell SM, Abbas JJ. Electrical stimulation: a societal perspective. Assist Technol. 2000; 12(1):85-91. PMID: 11067581.
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