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Deborah Mowery, MD


spinal cord injury medicine, pediatric rehabilitation medicine


Dr. Mowery is a physician in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department.

Special Interests: Interdisciplinary clinics for cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele and other complicated medical conditions, spinal cord injury, inpatient rehabilitation.

education and training

  • medical school: Yale University School of Medicine
  • residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati
  • fellowship: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center
  • board certification: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

publications and presentations

  • Kim CT, Wilson J, Mowery D. Delayed Diagnosis of Cervical Anterior Cord Syndrome in a Child with Combined Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. [Poster] American Academy of PM&R Annual Assembly, New Oleans, Lousiana. October 20-23, 2016
  • Barcikowski J, Fitzgerald M, Jaffe A, Mowery D. Unexpected Transverse Myelitis after Dinutuximab Therapy for Relapsed Neuroblastoma: A Case Report. [Poster] American Academy of PM&R Annual Assembly, New Oleans, Lousiana. October 20-23, 2016
  • “Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Road to Rehabilitation” – Invited Lecturer 2016 John M Templeton Jr. Pediatric Trauma Symposium Philadelphia, PA March 2016
  • Mowery D, Nagy J, Winslow A, Wilczewski C, Adams L, Roach MJ, Mejia M, Nemunaitis G. Observations between Neurological Level of Injury and Manual Wheelchair Pushrim Force. [Poster] 2012 ASIA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, Denver, Colorado. April 19-21, 2012
  • Kaplan DE (Mowery DE), Beninga A, Blevins A. Acute Drop in Prealbumin Associated with Progression from Stage II to Stage IV Sacral Decubitus Ulcer in a Patient with Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. [Poster] American Academy of PM&R Annual Assembly, Orlando, Florida, November 2011
  • Kaplan DE (Mowery DE), Gayan J, Ahn J, Won TW, Pauls D, Olson RK, DeFries JC, Wood F, Pennington BF, Page GP, Smith SD, Gruen JR. Evidence for linkage and association with reading disability on 6p21.3-22. American Journal of Human Genetics. 2002; 70(5): 1287-98
  • “The Infant and Effects of Parental Presence in the Operating Room During Induction of Anesthesia; A Thesis Submitted to the Yale University School of Medicine In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine” Yale Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007

awards, honors and organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was a natural fit for me. Before I became a doctor, I had the opportunity to be a camp counselor at a camp for children with special needs and to coach a junior wheelchair sports team. I worked closely with families of children with special needs to advocate for their medical and educational needs. In those roles as a camp counselor, a coach, an advocate and a friend, I became aware of PM&R as a specialty and how important it is to have a physician dedicated to the care of children with special health care needs.  I truly enjoy helping children of all abilities reach their maximum potential.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

My family is one of the most important things to me. When I came to Dayton Children’s I immediately knew that my family and my children would be important to them too. I am proud to be a part of the Dayton Children’s team, to care for other families in the community in which I live.

Dayton Children's is special because...

Dayton Children’s strives to provide the best and most comprehensive care for the children and families in and around the greater Dayton area.

conditions I treat

Amputation/limb deficiency, Brain injury – traumatic and non-traumatic, Burns, Cerebral palsy, Conversion disorder, Developmental delay, Encephalitis, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Gait abnormalities, Genetic disorders, Meningitis, Muscular dystrophy and muscle disorders, Spasticity, Spina bifida /myelomeningocele, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Torticollis, Transverse myelitis

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