Monthly Archives: July 2021

Meet Dr. Amy Houtrow

This year we are focused on how small actions can have big impact and we believe our Town Hall Series can have big impact in our effort to inform, engage and inspire. We are excited to have Dr. Houtrow be our featured speaker for our third Town Hall on Thursday, July 29th at noon.

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH is a professor and the Endowed Chair for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  She is also Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes.

Dr. Houtrow graduated cum laude in Health Sciences from Kalamazoo College, earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2000, and completed a combined residency program in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She completed her Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Management at the University of Michigan in 2004 and in 2012 earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) while also serving as faculty there. Her dissertation won an international award for research on childhood disability.

Dr. Houtrow’s clinical focus is caring for children with disabling conditions and improving each patient’s function and quality of life to the greatest degree possible. Her patients include children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, rheumatologic disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, and orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and neurological disorders and conditions.  Complementing this work, Dr. Houtrow’s research examines health care access, outcomes, and equity for children with disabilities, and explores opportunities to improve service delivery.  She has authored over 120 manuscripts for high-impact medical journals, written and edited textbooks, developed training programs for young physicians, and she is a sought-after speaker for conferences nationally and internationally.  Her work has repeatedly garnered national media attention and informed public health policy.  Dr. Houtrow serves on a number of important health policy committees and recently provided expert testimony to the United States Senate.  In 2018 she was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in medicine.

Dr. Houtrow will focus on how everyone has a role in addressing health disparities for children with disabilities. She believes we can create a future where all children with disabilities thrive. We invite you to join us for this informative, no cost event by registering here.