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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: 215-893-2600
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

Carr Carrie M, Plastaras Christopher T, Pingree Matthew J, Smuck Matthew, Maus Timothy P, Geske Jennifer R, El-Yahchouchi Christine A, McCormick Zachary L, Kennedy David J: Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 17(12): 2155-2161, Dec 2016.

McCormick Zachary L, Cushman Daniel, Marshall Benjamin, Caldwell Mary, Patel Jaymin, Ghannad Leda, Eng Christine, Makovitch Steven, Babu Ashwin, Chu Samuel K, Marciniak Christina, Walega David R, Press Joel, Plastaras Christopher, Kennedy David J: Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 8(11): 1039-1045, Nov 2016.

Zhang Yejia, Chee Ana, Shi Peng, Adams Sherrill L, Markova Dessislava Z, Anderson David Greg, Smith Harvey E, Deng Youping, Plastaras Christopher T, An Howard S: Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 95(6): 407-15, Jun 2016.

Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. : “Percutaneous CT Guided Laminotomy and Fenestration for Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Synovial Cysts.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 25, 2016. May 2016 Notes: abstract.

Plastaras C, Buzanowska M. : Cervical Radiculopathy. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=114 May 2016 Notes: http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=114

Bress A, Schuster J, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. : “Significant Dose Reduction During Neurointerventional CT Cases Using Table Side Parameter Controls.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 26, 2016. May 2016 Notes: abstract.

Safaeian Pegah, Mattie Ryan, Hahn Matthew, Plastaras Christopher T, McCormick Zachary L: Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain With a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series and Literature Review. Anesthesiology and pain medicine 6(2): e33322, Apr 2016.

McCormick Zachary L, Slipman Curtis, Kotcharian Ashot, Chhatre Akhil, Bender Frank J, Salam Aleya, Menkin Serge, Kennedy David J, Plastaras Christopher: Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) Feb 2016.

Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras C, McCormick Z. : “Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain with a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series” American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting February 2016 Notes: Poster #210 at American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting; 2016 Feb 18-21; Palm Springs, California.

El-Yahchouchi Christine A, Plastaras Christopher T, Maus Timothy P, Carr Carrie M, McCormick Zachary L, Geske Jennifer R, Smuck Matthew, Pingree Matthew J, Kennedy David J: Adverse Event Rates Associated with Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 17(2): 239-49, Feb 2016.

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