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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 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.