Cristina L. Sadowsky, M.D.

Daily Record Staff//May 9, 2023

Cristina L. Sadowsky, M.D.

By Daily Record Staff

//May 9, 2023

Cristina L. Sadowsky, M.D.

Clinical Director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Associate Professor Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What is your most significant accomplishment?

My most significant accomplishment is cofounding the ICSCI in 2004. The center started as the vision of two individuals. Now, the center was ranked second in the country in 2008, serving more than 3,750 individuals with paralysis nationwide and in 50 countries. It employs 120 health care professionals, aids and administrators, successfully opened a Howard County location mid-pandemic (July 2020) and is on track to open a White Marsh location in July. The center follows the tripartite mission of clinical care, education and research, with national and international reach.

Please share an example of mentoring.

In 2018, two freshmen at Johns Hopkins University, Ben and Julio, reached out to me, interested in how I use activity/exercise to improve day-to-day and neurologic function in individuals with paralysis. Their interest was stirred by the fact that both were avid soccer players and cared about exercise and muscle mass. I mentored them professionally, helping them develop academic skills, starting with data research that we presented as a poster at an international conference (ACRM) in Chicago.

This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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