Bladder Management

Presenters: Dr. Edmund Hunt Chadd, MD and Dr. Anne K. Pelletier Cameron, MD

The University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System presented Dr. Chadd and Dr. Cameron discussing topics regarding bladder management for people with SCI at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. Dr. Chadd discussed topics specifically related to neurogenic bladder issues and management strategies. He covered why the bladder is not working and potential urinary complications, including but not limited to UTis and bladder and kidney stones. Dr. Cameron discussed bladder management options as related to catheter choices, risks, and costs as well as alternative management options including Botox for the bladder and bladder augmentation including urinary diversion. A brief question answer section is included at the end of the lecture.View lecture here.

Bowel Management after SCI: A Panel Discussion

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William Waring, MD
Fred Maynard, MD
Lance Goetz, MD
Anthony Chiodo, MD

Sleep Related Breathing Disorders in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
By Robert G. Sitron, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan Health System

Intimacy after Spinal Cord Injury

Presenter: Linda Mona, Ph.D.

Sponsorship: This workshop was supported, in part, by funds from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the US Department of Education, Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems program (Grant # H133N060032) and from University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in collaboration with the Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Association.

For More information: For more information about Dr. Mona, see her website at

Speaker: Kevin Chung, MD, MS, Professor of Plastic Surgery, from the Department of Surgery here at the University of Michigan Health System. Dr. Chung is a hand and upper extremity surgeon who performs a wide variety of reconstructive procedures in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis, congenital hand problems, spinal cord injuries, nerve injuries, and complex fractures. For more information about Dr. Chung.

To find out more about surgery for upper extremity improvement, contact the UM SCI Model Systems by email at or by phone at 734-763-0971.

General eligibility for upper extremity surgery for individuals with SCI includes

  • Proprioception in upper extremities
  • Good general health
  • High motivation

Topic: "Functional Restoration of the Upper Extremity in Spinal Cord Patients."

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Speaker: Glen Ashlock, MS, ATP He is a Rehabilitation Engineer, the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the CIL's Assistive Technology Center (ATC) and also the Director for the Center's Sports, Recreation & Arts Program for the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. For more information about Mr. Ashlock please go to

Topic: "Assistive Technology: Opening Up Options for Individuals with SCI.”

Speaker: Lance L. Goetz, MD.  Dr. Goetz is staff physician at the Dallas VA Spinal Cord Injury Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  He is program director of spinal cord injury medicine fellowship programs. He has directed and participated in funded protocols involving diverse areas relevant to spinal cord injury, including neurophysiologic responses during robotic-driven gait, vocational rehabilitation, erectile dysfunction, clinical practice guidelines, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections and osteoporosis. Dr. Goetz completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan in 1996.

Topic: The Spinal Cord Injury Vocational Integration Program: Current Research and Future Directions

Speaker: Dr. Susan Harkema.  Dr Harkema is a leading researcher in the field of neurological rehabilitation, studying neuroplasticity and activity-based therapy in Spinal Cord Injury.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, Rehabilitation Research Director at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and Director of Research at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville.

Spinal Cord Injury Program