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Dr. James Higgins Named Chief Of
Curtis National Hand Center

Dr. James Higgins of Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists (GCHS) has been named Chief of The Curtis National Hand Center at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital. He becomes the fourth chief in the hand center’s illustrious six decades and he succeeds Dr. Thomas J. Graham, who returned to the Cleveland Clinic, after serving for 10 years.

A member of the hand center’s faculty for more than eight years, Dr. Higgins specializes in complex reconstruction after trauma, microsurgery, congenital hand surgery, and fractures and disorders of the arm and wrist. He is board certified in plastic surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in hand surgery.

“The Curtis National Hand Center is recognized worldwide for its innovation and excellence in the field of hand surgery," explained Dr. Higgins. "I consider myself fortunate to have worked alongside the most talented collection of specialists in the field. I look forward to guiding The Hand Center along our trajectory of continued growth and innovation, while focusing on excellence in patient care, education, and research."

Dr. Higgins is recognized as one of the leading surgeons in the field and is a sought-after national and international presenter and visiting professor. His numerous research studies and clinical trial research projects are published in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Higgins’ numerous professional awards and honors include:

  1. 2010 American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Godina Traveling Fellow
  2. 2010 American Society of the Hand Traveling Visiting Professorship
  3. 2010 Inductee American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  4. 2007 and 2008 International Microsurgical Case of the Year Award: American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  5. A Baltimore magazine “Top Doctor” various years
  6. MD Daily Record Healthcare Hero 2008

Dr. Higgins fellowship trained in hand surgery at The Curtis National Hand Center and residency trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Rochester. He earned his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine.
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Meet Ibrahim Elsamanoudi, M.D.

The Interventional Pain Management program at Union Memorial Hospital is led by Dr. Ibrahim Elsamanoudi, who is board certified by the American Society of Anesthesiologists with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pain Management and by the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM) and American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Together with the patient and his/her family, Dr. Elsamanoudi explores pain management options on a continuum, beginning with the least invasive alternative and arriving at a solution that provides the greatest amount of relief with the least amount of risk.
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Innovative Technology From Nascott

Nascott Orthotics & Prosthetics is working with Boston Brace to provide innovative technology that provides another option to manage abnormal muscle tone and/or neurological dysfunction.  This new technology is known as Dynamic Movement Orthosis or DMO.

DMO is a lycra based orthotic that gives the patient some flexibility while at the same time maintaining a corrective fit.  As this orthotic is a soft brace, it can be worn under clothing thus making it more discreet and encouraging compliancy. 
Patients are provided with a free evaluation to determine the medical necessity and efficacy of a Dynamic Movement Orthosis.  After which, patients are then measured, either by hand or use of a scanner, to ensure an intimate and proper fit.  Nascott practitioners have fit a wide range of DMO products, from bi-lateral gloves to help with supination or pronation to body suits to help with trunk stability.
Refer a patient today.  Call 1-800-801-3335 to schedule an evaluation appointment.  Or visit our website at
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Driver Training Program

The National Rehabilitation Hospital's Driver Training Program Sponsored by GEICO specializes in teaching drivers with mobility, cognitive or visual impairments to drive with adaptive equipment or other adaptive strategies. As the only fully accessible driving program in the Metropolitan Washington Area, we have trained hundreds of impaired patients with alternative methods of safe driving. Many of our patients come to NRH for such training following a stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, arthritis, brain injury, cerebral palsy, MS, and issues related to aging.
NRH's Driver Training Program is licensed by the Maryland and District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Administrations. Training is provided by licensed occupational and physical therapists as well  as by a rehabilitation engineer. Our training staff members possess the certified driver rehabilitation specialist certificate of the Association of Driver Educators for the Disabled (ADED) and the assistive technology practitioner certificate issued by the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA). We are also members of The National Mobility Equipment Dealer's Assn (NMEDA)

The program offers services ranging from pre-driving evaluations and education to assistance with purchasing adaptive equipment and vehicles. Services include:
  • Pre-driving evaluation to assess day and night vision, strength and coordination in one's arms and legs, ability to think and react quickly on the road, and basic knowledge of the most up-to-date driving rules and laws
  • On-the-road evaluation in NRH's car or fully-equipped, wheelchair-accessible van to assess the driver's ability to get in and out of the vehicle and to drive safely indifferent types of traffic
  • Pre-driving education for those who have had a stroke or brain injury
  • Training with the most up-to-date adaptive equipment to improve driving skills
  • Complete preparation for the state road test
  • Provision of a vehicle or special equipment for use in taking the state road test
  • Advice on how to adapt a vehicle to include special equipment such as hand controls, ramps, lifts, or special steering wheels
  • Advice on finding a place to buy special driving equipment and getting it installed correctly
  • Advice on financial assistance to adapt cars and vans to meet the individual's needs
  • Assistance with filling out forms to apply for a driver's license or changing a license to one that permits special equipment
  • Consultation with family members about the driver's abilities
Requirements for Enrollment
All individuals accepted to the NRH Driver Training Program must have:
  • Stable health
  • A current driver's license or be eligible for a learner's permit
  • A desire to return to or begin safe driving
  • A doctor's order that specifies "OT/PT Rehab Engineering Driver Evaluation and Training"
For more information on the NRH Driver Training Program, or to schedule an evaluation, please call 202.877.1035 or click here


3 CEU's to be provided at each event! Attend all 5 events and enter to win free registration to the 2011 MWCEA conference!

March 24th, 2011:

Let's put the TEAM back in Teamwork!"
Co-Sponsored by CARPPS & VARP

Registration starting at 10:30am
Presentations to start at 11am and ending at 3pm

*Lunch to be provided

Martin's Crosswinds

7400 Greenway Center Drive
Greenbelt, MD

Dr. Robert Bryan Mason- "Updates in Neurosurgery of the Spine"
Dr. Judith Glaser
- "Concussions; Evaluation and Treatment"

Ethics Panel Discussion with Commissioners:
Patricia G. Adams
Lauren Sfekas Godwin
Jeffrey C. Herwig
Cynthia S. Miraglia
Maureen Quinn
Kimberly Smith Ward
John R. Webster, Jr.
Jeffrey T. Weinberg

*Wear your favorite team jersey and show your team spirit!!!*

*3 CCMC, CRC, & CDMS credits pending
*1 Unit (3 credit hours) f
or MDWCC pending

$20 Registration Fee for those needing CEU's to be paid at the door. *MDWCC NO CHARGE*


Save the dates for upcoming Project 15 programs!!

May 3rd, 2011
Co-Sponsored by CARPPS
Union Memorial Hospital

Baltimore, MD

July 14th, 2011
Co-Sponsored by CARPPS
Richlin Ballroom

Bel Air,MD

Other Upcoming Events:

May 12th, 2011
"An Overview of Brain Injury:
25 Years of Experience"

Presented by ReMed and
National Rehabilitation Hospital

National Rehabilitation Hospital
102 Irving Street, NW 20010

*Registration Details to Come


Hospital Based Services:

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Curtis National Hand Center

Curtis Work Rehab Services

Physician Services:

UMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

National Hand Specialists

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Georgetown University Hospital

Specialty Services:

Medstar Affiliates:
Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists

Sleep Services of America

Other Resources:

Double D Sports, Inc.
1010 Prince Frederick Blvd.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Catherine Kuegler, PT- Store Owner
Michael Kuegler, PT

Worksite Health & Safety Consultants
Providing on-site consultation for ergonomics, wellness, & safety training


For questions about any of our sites or services, please visit

To view current job openings in the NRH network,
please visit


Meet the Editor:

Jeannine McNelly

I have been with MedStar Health since 1999 and have worked as a clinic assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist at our outpatient site in Lutherville, MD.  Currently, I have been a part of the Business Development & Recruitment Team at NRH since 2004 and I am also the current Insurance Liaison.

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