Susan M. McDowell, MD

  • Janet Galloway Carter Endowed Chairperson, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
4.9 out of 5


Dr. McDowell obtained a B.S. in chemistry from Augusta College (Georgia) and an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky and is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty certificate in spinal cord injury medicine. She joined the UK faculty in July 1994 and directed the department's residency program from January 1996 through June 2001.

She has both an outpatient Spinal Cord Injury clinic and a seating and mobility clinic at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She continues to serve as a consultant at the Lexington unit of Shriner's Hospital for Children, where she participates on a multidisciplinary movement disorders team.

Dr. McDowell received the department's award for Outstanding Resident of the Year and received the department's award for Outstanding Research Project by a Resident two consecutive years. She has been an investigator in two interdisciplinary studies of the effects of Tizanidine as an antispasticity drug for spinal cord patients and in two studies regarding functional neuromuscular stimulation. She has co-authored two published abstracts and one published article on restraint use during inpatient rehabilitation. She also co-authored an abstract on the use of a university-based student health clinic to promote and educate PM&R students.

She has served as the Designated Institutional Official for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She directs resident courses in pediatric rehabilitation for the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The residents named her Teacher of the Year in 2005, 2007 and 2015.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Training & Education


Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine, Augusta


University of Kentucky, Lexington

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury

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Ratings & Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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    Dr Mcdowell is a wonderful professional doctor

    Patient Review

    *Dr. McDowell thinks outside the box to solve problems 1x1 unique to the patient. I would recommend her to anyone - especially the vulnerable, who's ailments do not confirm to typical checks within a box.

    Patient Review

    *Dr. Susan McDowell is the BEST DOCTOR we have had for 23 years!

    Patient Review

    *Susan gave us clear answers, thorough explanations, and a clear plan for both needed and unnecessary procedures to avoid!

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    Love! *Dr. Mcdowell! She thinks outside the box with my specific needs in mind. I continue to be able to manage my health needs because of *Dr. Mcdowell.