Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Penn Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty

Christopher T Plastaras, MD

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physiatrist, Clinical Practice, Hospital of the University Health System
Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Penn Spine Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Spine Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
Penn Spine Center
1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 2158932600
BA (Physics)
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1992.
MD (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Phila, PA, 1996.
Post-Graduate Training
Transitional Internship - Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , 1996-1997.
Resident, PM&R, Northwestern University Medical School-Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois , 1997-2000.
Chief Resident, PM&R, Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois , 1999-1999.
Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Certification number 6755, (2001 - 2021) , 2001.
Board Certified, Electrodiagnostic Medicine (2009-2019), 2009.
Board Certified, Sports Medicine (2009-2019), 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Spine & Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine

Description of Research Expertise

Musculoskeletal Clinical Outcomes Database

Selected Publications

McCormick Z, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. : Percutaneous Lumbar Disk Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective 8-Year Outcome Study. American Academy of Pain Medicine 2016 Notes: Accepted Poster at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA. February 18-21, 2016.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT: "The Use of Moderate Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions" Pain Medicine 16(4): 673 -679, April 2015

McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. : "Response to: Letter to the Editor Regarding Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain" American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation April 16 2015 Notes: [epub ahead of print]

McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers E, Cameron SA, Smith MC, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. : “Concordant Pain Provocation During Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” Pain Physician 18(1): E19-E26, January/February 2015

Joshi AB, McCormick ZL, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT: Factors That Predict Satisfaction With Medical Care: Data From 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed for 14 Years. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine November 2015 Notes: DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000578

Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F. : Is Hip Abduction Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? The American Journal of Sports Medicine 43(11), November 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0363546515611632.

McCormick Z, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu AN, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras CT, Kennedy DJ. : Dexamethasone versus Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2015 Notes: Poster (won 2nd place award).

Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. : "Adverse Events Associated With Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections." The Spine Journal 15(10): 2157–2165, October 2015 Notes:

Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Adams SL, Markova DZ, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, Plastaras CT, An HS. : "Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain" American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation October 2015 Notes: Publish Ahead of Print, October 22, 2015.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. : “Response to Letter by Dr. Lipetz” Pain Medicine August 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1111/pme.12879.

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Last updated: 11/19/2015
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