Dr. Ann Spungen

Spinal Cord Injury Researcher

Dr. Ann M. Spungen is an applied physiologist who has been studying the medical consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI) since 1990. She is the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY and the Associate Director of the VA Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) National Center for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury.

She is a national and internationally recognized investigator in the field of SCI medicine with 135 publications. Since 2010 she has devoted research efforts to understanding how exoskeletal-assisted walking (EAW) influences the health and well-being of individuals with paralysis from SCI.


Ann will be speaking on the “No Barriers Life Panel” during Session #2 of Friday’s elective activities.

This panel will focus on the innovations that make barriers a thing of the past. Join innovators who are creating outstanding technology and creating new ways of doing things to simplify lives each and every day.

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Currently, she has two funded clinical trials: one from the Department of Defense and one funded by the VA Cooperative Studies Program. Her work is the first to recognize the potential benefits of EAW on bowel function, energy expenditure, body composition, and quality of life.

In 2014, Dr. Spungen was recognized for her achievements in the study of the medical consequences of spinal cord injury by being awarded along with her colleague Dr. William A. Bauman, one of the highest awards bestowed to federal employees, the “Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Science and Environment.”



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