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Suzanne Groah, MD

Suzanne Groah, MD

As Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Research program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Suzanne Groah, MD, emphasizes developing therapeutic techniques that can immediately be put in place to help patients.

Dr. Groah is a national leader in treating and researching spinal cord injuries, and serves as Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She holds subspecialty certification in spinal cord injuries from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

She is currently conducting research with grants from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Institute for Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Groah has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles on research, reviews research articles regularly for numerous medical journals, and serves as an Associate Editor for Topics in SCI Rehabilitation.

She provides expert consultation to the Department of Justice on rehabilitation issues and has been identified in "Best Doctors in America" for the District of Columbia.

Dr. Groah received a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Colorado and her MD from the Medical College of Virginia. After completing her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dr. Groah completed two rehabilitation fellowships: a research fellowship on aging with spinal cord injuries, and a clinical fellowship in Neurorehabilitation, both at Craig Hospital.

Investigating Other Symptoms for Better Patient Care

Spinal cord injury patients are at high risk for recurrent urinary tract infections, which is known to cause significant pain and discomfort. Mobility limitations, however, often create barriers to these patients receiving comprehensive care.Read more...

“When the study team surveyed people with neuropathic bladder due to spinal cord injury and spina bifida, we found that urinary tract infections are a problem for more than 80 percent of people,” Dr. Groah said.

Dr. Groah received funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to develop a questionnaire for individuals being treated for bladder dysfunction due to spinal cord injury to assist them in self-assessments of their health. The process of creating the questionnaire is centered on working with patients with spinal cord injuries, focusing on utilizing their feedback to develop usable tools for others through focus groups and interviews.

The goal is that other patients will be able to use the tool to self-assess whether their symptoms may be related to a UTI.

By creating this tool, Dr. Groah’s research team will have an enhanced diagnostic approach to UTIs within this population that will be useful in future research, clinical care, patient education, and patient and clinical decision-making.

View Dr. Groah's publications.