Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, California – United States
Kazuko Shem has been treating patients with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury (SCI), brain injury, and strokes in the PM&R outpatient clinic since 1998. She is the Chief of PM&R clinic, the Medical Director of the CCS-certified Spina Bifida clinic, and also supervise the Women with Disabilities Healthcare Clinic and the multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic. For over 20 years, she has been involved in SCI related research projects. She was co-project director for the federally-funded SCI Model System of Care Grant at SCVMC from 2000 to 2006 in which she studied the efficacy of the pool exercise program, personal care attendant turn-over, and one-on-one peer mentoring. She completed another federally-funded project titled "Back on Track" - a Community-Based Mentoring Program from 2005-2010 and she was the Project Director of a research project looking at dysphagia in individuals with SCI which was funded by NIDRR from 2008 –to 2012. Her research and clinical interests are in the area of outcomes and community integration after SCI, women with disabilities, and electrodiagnostic medicine as it applies to neurological conditions. She also received the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grant to develop a seated Tai Chi program and tele-nutrition (2018). In the last 20 years, she participated in industry-funded multi-center studies on Sygen, 4AP, Viagra in women with SCI, and Proneuron. She also participated in other NIDRR funded multi-center studies conducted by other SCI centers and has partnered with VAPAHCS and participated in their clinical research projects. Most recently, she received and completed a Quality of Life grant from the Craig Neilsen Foundation to provide telemedicine to individuals with SCI (2014-2018), and in 2018, she received a DOD grant for 4 years to study tele-psychology.
Thursday, November 7
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM