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

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” Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference September 2014 Notes: Poster Presentation, Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference, Morgantown, WV

Furman MB, Plastaras CT, Popescu A, Tekmyster G, Davidoff S, Kennedy DJ.: Should Antiplatelet Medications Be Held Before Cervical Epidural Injections? PM&R Journal. 6(5): 442-450, May 2014.

Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS: "Perioperative Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries" Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45(1): 47-53, 2014.

McCormick Z, Cushman D, Garvan C, Casey E, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. : “Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after a First-time Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbrosacral Radicular Pain.” Pain Medicine 15(8): 1441, 2014 Notes: Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1441.

Carr CM, Plastaras C, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ. : “Adverse Event Rates in Interventional Spine Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study”. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1436. 15(8): 1436, 2014 Notes: Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Macron D, Garvan C, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J. : "Adverse Events Associated with Fluoroscopically Guided Zygapophyseal Joint Injections" Pain Physician 17: 297-304, 2014.

McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. : “Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: Adverse Events and Predictive Factors” Pain Medicine 15(8): 1441, 2014 Notes: Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

El-Yahchouchi CA, Plastaras C, Maus TP, Carr CM, McCormick Z, Geske JR, Smuck M Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ. : “Complication rates of transforaminal and interlaminar epidural steroid injections: a multi-institutional study" Pain Medicine 15(8): 1437, 2014 Notes: Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

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 2014.

Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS.: "Perioperative Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries" Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45(1): 55-63, 2014.

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Last updated: 09/22/2014
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