Colleen A. Wunderlich, MD, MSc, joined the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group in June as director of the new Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center which will open in 2018.
She is believed to be the state’s first pediatric physiatrist. Pediatric physiatrists (or pediatric rehab doctors) are physicians with special training in functional ability, who specialize in prescribing medications, therapies and programs to restore skills and mobility to children facing temporary or permanent disabilities and loss of function.
“Pediatric physiatrists are ‘doctors of function’ who specialize in brain and spinal cord injury or illness, debilitation, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy and spasticity management,” said Wunderlich, whose patients and colleagues call her Dr. Colleen.
Beginning in late fall, Dr. Colleen will offer inpatient consults for children with the following conditions:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord Injury
- Acquired brain and spinal cord conditions: transverse myelitis, Guillain Barre, meningitis, encephalitis, tumors and other conditions
In late fall, she also will begin accepting outpatient referrals for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injuries and conditions, spasticity management, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida and other physical disabilities. “Our goal is to develop a pediatric rehabilitation continuum of care to provide a seamless transition across different levels of care settings,” said Dr. Colleen. She looks forward to furthering Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in South Carolina and serving children, adolescents and families with rehabilitation needs.
Contact Dr. Wunderlich at 803-434-2300.