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
Education:
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.
Certifications
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, 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

McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu S, Walega D, Marciniak C, Press J, Babu AN, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. : “Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015 Notes: Paper presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.

McCormick Z, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Garvan C, Plastaras C. : “Concordant Pain Provocation during Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015 Notes: Poster 802 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.

McCormick Z, Garvan C, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Plastaras C, Cameron SA, Temme K. : “Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015 Notes: Poster 803 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.

Axelrod A, Plastaras C, Popescu A, McCormick Z. : “Pain Relief from Topical Compounded Medications” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015 Notes: Poster 820 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.

Cushman D, McCormick Z, Casey E, Plastaras CT. : “Discrepancies in Describing Pain: Is There Agreement Between Numeric Rating Scale Scores and Pain Reduction Percentage Reported by Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain After Corticosteroid Injection?” Pain Medicine 2015.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT: "The Use of Moderate Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions" Pain Medicine. 19 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/pme.12632 December 2014.

Sayeed Y, Plastaras C, Appasamy M, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. : “Fluoroscopy procedure and equipment changes to reduce staff radiation exposure in the interventional spine suite” Poster presentation New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Newton, MA December 2014 Notes: Poster presentation New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Newton, MA.

Plastaras CT, Schran S, Constantino J.: “Complementary and alternative medicine for neck pain: Focus on manipulative therapies-chiropractic and osteopathic techniques” TANG. TANG (Humanitas Medicine, HM) is a journal with emphasis on The Marriage of Humanitas and Medicine. An international journal that reports new information concerning humanitas based medicine. Published by Association of Humanitas Medicine. 4(4): 25-28, November 2014.

Schneider B, Kennedy DJ, Casey E, Smuck M, Conrad B, Plastaras C. : “Trainee Involvement in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Associated With Increased Incidence of Vasovagal Reactions” PM&R Journal 6(10): 914-919, October 2014 Notes: DOI: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.04.003.

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Last updated: 03/03/2015
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