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Shepherd Center Announces New Acquired Brain Injury Physician

Amy Kolarova, D.O., will lead three interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Shepherd Center has announced that Amy Kolarova, D.O., joined the hospital’s medical staff on December 3, 2018. She is leading three interdisciplinary treatment teams in Shepherd Center’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, two in the Marcus-Woodruff Building and one in the Shepherd Building.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr. Kolarova to the Shepherd Center medical staff,” said Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer at Shepherd Center. “Dr. Kolarova brings a wealth of brain injury knowledge and experience, and we’re fortunate to have her on our team.”

Dr. Kolarova obtained her medical degree at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. From there, she did her post-graduate training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) beginning in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She completed both her training in PM&R, as well as a brain injury medicine fellowship, at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Kolarova has held several positions in the brain injury medicine field. She worked as a practicing physician at Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she was also involved with program development, establishing a multi-disciplinary outpatient brain injury clinic. Dr. Kolarova also assisted in developing a brain injury network throughout Alaska, providing educational programs to clinicians, community members, brain injury survivors and their families.

“I am honored to be joining Shepherd Center as the demand for specialized brain injury rehabilitation grows,” Dr. Kolarova said. “I look forward to working with the Shepherd Center team, as well as helping patients and their families reclaim their lives with hope, independence and dignity.”

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.