ShaEssa Wright, DO
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellow

Why did you choose UPMC for advanced training?
After the tragic loss of my mother from Lou Gehrig’s disease, advocating for care, services and therapies for those devastated by disease, disability and illness became my personal goal in life. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation approaches care based on patient function, patient independence and quality of life despite the diagnosis. Applying the same principles of PM&R to the special population of children utilizes their youth and resiliency to support their growth and recovery. I feel privileged to ultimately change the course of my young patient’s lives by providing a world of “ability” for them, their families and caregivers. I chose UPMC for my Pediatric Fellowship training because I wanted to train at a comprehensive fellowship program amongst a community of renowned pediatric rehabilitation medical clinicians and researchers. Additionally, UPMC provides a supportive environment for trainees which includes attention to career development and mentorship based on one’s individual interest which I am confident will prepare me well for my future career endeavors.

Career Interests
Clinical: Pediatric Rehabilitation- cerebral palsy, amputee, TBI, concussion, rehab technology

Residency: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson JFK-Johnson Rehab Institute

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Howard University Washington DC

Graduate: Masters of Biomedical Science, Rowan University School of Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Sicklerville NJ

Personal Interests
Spending time with friends and family