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James R. Christensen, M.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-9440
Dr. James Christensen is a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also an associate professor (part-time) of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Christensen attended Nebraska Wesleyan University before attending medical school at the University of Nebraska. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1975 for a residency in pediatrics, and completed a fellowship in developmental pediatrics at KKI. Dr. Christensen also completed the Sinai-Johns Hopkins physical medicine and rehabilitation residency in 1992. Dr. Christensen twice received the Golden Goniometer Award (from the Sinai-Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents) for recognition of outstanding teaching by a faculty member. Previously, he was vice president of Pediatric Rehabilitation and the director of the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Dr. Christensen studies the outcome of traumatic and other acquired brain injuries, including clinical predictors of long-term outcome, and the effect of interventions during acute hospitalization. He is currently involved in a multicenter study evaluating the effects of therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest.
To facilitate the measurement of outcome, Dr. Christensen has collaborated with other research scientists and clinicians at Kennedy Krieger Institute to develop scales which measure progress during the rehabilitation process. He also is interested in models of care for the delivery of rehabilitation services to children with acute brain injuries. Under his previous direction, the Kennedy Krieger Institute Rehabilitation Program developed a unique rehabilitation continuum of care, with the ability to provide acute, intense, coordinated rehabilitation services in three settings: the hospital, a day-hospital program set in a education setting and in the community, all under one case management umbrella.
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