Major Hudlin, a young TIRR Memorial Hermann patient, walks outside.

TIRR Journal Winter 2022


Our clinicians innovate in every patient interaction, and our researchers are leading the way in the use of advanced therapies. We are creating an innovation hub, an incubator to accelerate progress i...

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Pediatric patient, Major Hudlin, has some fun in therapy.

Major Hudlin Returns to Family, Friends and Fun


“Major loved every one of his care givers at TIRR Memorial Hermann,” his mother says. “He still talks about them! His strength improved, and he’s back at school and back to playing with his siblings a...

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TIRR Memorial Hermann patient, Hector Alvarez, carefully stacks dice as part of physical therapy.

Hector Alvarez: Benefits from Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Therapy


After suffering a stroke in August 2017, Hector Alvarez started physical therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Outpatient Rehabilitation.

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  • Gerard Francisco

    Message From the Chief Medical Officer

    This year we are celebrating our position as the best rehabilitation facility in the southern half of the United States and No. 2 in the nation in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

    This year we are celebrating our position as the best rehabilitation facility in the southern half of the United States and No. 2 in the nation in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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  • Manish Shah

    A Fresh Start for L.J. After Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

    The pediatric inpatient team provides the framework for rehabilitation, but it’s the patients who do the work. “L.J. is a remarkable young man. He’s a hard worker with an exceptional spirit. He’s smart and dedicated, and he gave 100 percent every single day,” Dr. Hall says. “He’s our dream patient. He did an amazing job.”

    The pediatric inpatient team provides the framework for rehabilitation, but it’s the patients who do the work. “L.J. is a remarkable young man. He’s a hard worker with an exceptional spirit. He’s smart and dedicated, and he gave 100 percent every single day,” Dr. Hall says. “He’s our dream patient. He did an amazing job.”

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  • Rhonda Abbott, TIRR Memorial Hermann CEO, stands by inpatient rehabilitation entrance.

    From Clinical Intern to CEO: Rhonda Abbott’s First 20 Years at TIRR Memorial Hermann

    TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network are leading the charge in functional rehabilitation of individuals who no longer test positive after having had COVID-19.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network are leading the charge in functional rehabilitation of individuals who no longer test positive after having had COVID-19. The hospital’s evidence-based interventions allow patients to go beyond the clinical setting, providing them with the opportunity to participate in important life roles in home, work, volunteer and community environments.

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  • The pediatric adaptive sports team and their coaches.

    From Acute Care Rehabilitation to Competitive Sports: TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Pediatric Program Includes a Full Range of Services

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s new eight-bed pediatric unit offers children age 6 months to 18 years the same quality of nationally ranked, customized care the hospital offers adults who have suffered a severe injury or illness and would benefit from inpatient rehabilitation.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s new eight-bed pediatric unit offers children age 6 months to 18 years the same quality of nationally ranked, customized care the hospital offers adults who have suffered a severe injury or illness and would benefit from inpatient rehabilitation.

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  • A post-polio patient receives COVID-19 vaccination provided by TIRR Memorial Hermann.

    Patients with Post-polio Syndrome Were First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines at TIRR Memorial Hermann

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s roots go back to the 1950s, when the polio epidemic was at its height in the United States. Founded as one of the first polio treatment centers in the nation, TIRR was freed by the discovery of a polio vaccine to apply its rehabilitation expertise to catastrophically injured patients.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s roots go back to the 1950s, when the polio epidemic was at its height in the United States. Founded as one of the first polio treatment centers in the nation, TIRR was freed by the discovery of a polio vaccine to apply its rehabilitation expertise to catastrophically injured patients..

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  • Affiliated physicians, Dr. Argy Stampas, MD, MS from physical medicine and rehabilitation meeting with hospitalist, Dr. Gina Khraish, MD.

    Rehabilitation Hospitalists Play a Key Role in Improving Outcomes for Complex Patients

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s pediatric and adult hospitalist teams have allowed the rehabilitation hospital to respond to the medical issues of its high-acuity patient population quickly to keep them on track with their therapy.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann’s pediatric and adult hospitalist teams have allowed the rehabilitation hospital to respond to the medical issues of its high-acuity patient population quickly to keep them on track with their therapy.

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  • US News Rankings

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Earns Top Recognition by U.S. News & World Report

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital ranked No. 2 among the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2021-2022. TIRR Memorial Hermann was previously ranked No. 3 in the 2020-2021 rankings and has been included in the prestigious rankings since the report’s inception in 1989.

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital ranked No. 2 among the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2021-2022. TIRR Memorial Hermann was previously ranked No. 3 in the 2020-2021 rankings and has been included in the prestigious rankings since the report’s inception in 1989.

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  • Claudia Huerta earns Employee of the Year.

    Profile in Caring: Claudia Huerta, RN, CRRN, Pediatric Nurse and Employee of the Year

    Rehabilitation was Huerta’s first experience of nursing practice. At the skilled nursing facility where she had worked as a PCA before joining TIRR Memorial Hermann, she moved up to a restorative tech position, following up on physical therapy and occupational therapy orders and hosting exercise classes in the afternoon.

    Rehabilitation was Huerta’s first experience of nursing practice. At the skilled nursing facility where she had worked as a PCA before joining TIRR Memorial Hermann, she moved up to a restorative tech position, following up on physical therapy and occupational therapy orders and hosting exercise classes in the afternoon.

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  • A patient receives therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

    Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired with Rehabilitation: A Novel Potential Treatment Option for People with Long-term Moderate-to-Severe Arm Impairment After Stroke

    A peer-reviewed article co-authored by Gerard E. Francisco, MD,described a highly promising treatment addressing post-stroke upper-limb weakness. Results of the clinical trial were published in The Lancet in April 2021.

    A peer-reviewed article co-authored by Gerard E. Francisco, MD,described a highly promising treatment addressing post-stroke upper-limb weakness. Results of the clinical trial were published in The Lancet in April 2021.

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  • Simra Javaid

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Welcomes Dr. Simra Javaid

    Simra Javaid, DO, is an affiliated physician who joined the medical staff of TIRR Memorial Hermann and the faculty of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston in September 2021.

    Simra Javaid, DO, is an affiliated physician who joined the medical staff of TIRR Memorial Hermann and the faculty of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston in September 2021.

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  • Christine Adair

    Accolades

    Christine Adair, MBA, MOT, OT, has been promoted to vice president of operations at TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network; Three Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians Promoted to Associate Professors; Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, PT, PhD, MBA, P. Jacob Joseph, MD, and Radha Korupolu, MD, MS, have been promoted to associate professors in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

    Christine Adair, MBA, MOT, OT, has been promoted to vice president of operations at TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network; Three Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians Promoted to Associate Professors; Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, PT, PhD, MBA, P. Jacob Joseph, MD, and Radha Korupolu, MD, MS, have been promoted to associate professors in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

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  • Rhonda Abbott

    Message from the CEO

    Supporting the community is an impactful part of our history. In the 1960s, we were among the founders of the independent living movement, a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for equal opportunities, self-determination and respect.

    Supporting the community is an impactful part of our history. In the 1960s, we were among the founders of the independent living movement, a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for equal opportunities, self-determination and respect.

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Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium 2022: Advancing Clinical Practice

May 12-14, 2022

This symposium will discuss selected cancer and cancer treatments that impact rehabilitation and provide evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies that can be applied to clinical practice.

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2022
US News and World Report Best Hospitals Badge
Nationally Ranked Rehabilitation

For the 32nd consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 2 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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