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Cerebral Palsy: Spasticity Management with Single Event Multi-Level Chemoneurolysis (SEMLC)

Weekly Seminar
Who Should Attend: 


Guest Speaker
Heakyung Kim, M.D.
David Gurewitsch Professor
Rehabilitation Medicine & Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center / WCMC of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Vice Chair
Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Columbia University Medical Center / WCMC of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Deptartment of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center / WCMC of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship Program Director
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center / NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Abstract of Research 

Her research interests are in spasticity management and strengthening of spastic muscles. These studies address the efficacy of SEMLC with botulinum toxin A and alcohol and functional improvement with using robotic device to spastic weak muscles in children with CP. Her studies showed that regularly repeated SEMLC was effective not only for spasticity management, decreased number of surgical interventions but also functional improvement in children with cerebral palsy. A robotic Training paradigm subjected to downward pelvic force during walking on a treadmill, provided by Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) a cable-driven robot improved gait features and crouch gait of cerebral palsy. 

Heakyung Kim, M.D. Figure


Ploypetch T, Kwon JY, Armstrong HF, Kim H.
A Retrospective Review of Unintended Effects Following Single-Event Multi-Level Chemoneurolysis with Botulinum Toxin-A and Phenol in Children with Cerebral Palsy.
PM R. 2015 Oct;7(10):1073-80. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.05.020. Epub 2015 May 29.
Bishop L, Gordon AM, Kim H.
Hand robotic therapy in children with hemiparesis: A pilot study.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan;96(1):1-7.
Kang J., Martelli D., Vashista V., Martinez-Hernandez I., Kim H.
Robot-driven Downward Pelvic Pull to Improve Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Science Robotics. 2017 (in press)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:30pm


Burke Medical Research Institute
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
United States
Conference Room: 
Billings Building – Rosedale

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