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Shari McDowell, PT, DPT, Selected as a Fellow of ASIA

Shari McDowell

Congratulations to Shari McDowell, PT, DPT, program director of Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, for being selected as a Fellow of the American Spinal Injury Association.

Fellowship in the American Spinal Injury Association (FASIA) is bestowed to individuals who exemplify distinguished accomplishments in spinal cord injury research, clinical practice, education, and advocacy and for a longstanding membership of service to the society. The designation of FASIA recognizes prominent contributions to and in support of ASIA’s policies, practices, operations, and goals, which advance its organizational mission. The designation also carries an unofficial obligation of maintaining an example of accomplishment for others in ASIA and providing continued leadership in the field.

Being selected as a FASIA adds to Shari’s extraordinary list of achievements. She has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility at Shepherd Center since 1992. Shari has supported and developed new programming for rehabilitation services and has integrated evidence-based research into practice. With the help of Shari’s leadership, Shepherd Center has produced industry-leading outcomes. She has also authored 13 publications, as well as participated and contributed to more than 30 professional presentations, conferences, and grant/research studies.

2024 Fellowship Award recipients will be honored during ASIA's Annual Scientific Meeting, May 20-23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Written by Kerry Ludlam

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.