Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH is an associate professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes. She directs the ACGME accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship and is the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) and the Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Institute at CHP.

Dr. Houtrow is Board certified in Pediatric Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She earned her MD at Michigan State and went through the dual residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for Pediatrics and PM&R. While in residency, she earned her Masters of Public Health in health policy and management from the University of Michigan. She joined the pediatric faculty at USCF in 2005 and while on her K award studying the family impacts of disability, she completed a PhD in Medical Sociology. She joined the faculty here at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.

Dr. Houtrow has published over 75 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature, has authored several book chapters, sits on editorial boards and is an editor for the premier pediatric rehabilitation textbook. She is the winner of multiple national awards; notably, in 2018, she was elected into the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Dr. Houtrow embodies the quintuple threat. She is a superb clinician, a dedicated educator, internationally renowned health services researcher, an expert administrator and programmatic leader, and she serves the academic and policy communities through her work on national and international committees.

Specialized Areas of Interest
spina bifida and other disabling conditions of childhood, advancing the health, function and well-being of children with disabilities through clinical care, research, teaching, programmatic development and advocacy.


Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pediatric Medicine
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Education & Training
BA, Health Sciences, Cum Laude, 1996
MD, Michigan State University, 2000
Pediatric Residency, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 2005
PM&R Residency, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 2005
MPH, University of Michigan, 2004
PhD, Medical Sociology, University of California, with distinction 2012

Honors and Awards
Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2018
University of Pittsburgh Honor's College Faculty Fellowship, 2018
Pittsburgh Business Times Best Doctors in Pittsburgh Award, 2018
ACRM Edward Lowman Award, 2017
Pittsburgh Business Times Best Doctors in Pittsburgh Award, 2017
3rd World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care Best Paper: 1st Prize, 2017
Outstanding Council Service Award: AAPM&R Pediatric Rehabilitation, 2016
Pittsburgh Business Times Best Doctors in Pittsburgh Award, 2016
The Electrode Store Best Paper Award (Resident Mentored), 2016
University of Pittsburgh Honor's College Faculty Fellowship, 2015

Research Activities
Complementing her clinical focus, Dr. Houtrow’s research focus is recognizing the impact raising children with disabilities has on families and developing channels to improve service delivery. She works closely with leaders in health services research around the country.

Professional Organization Membership
Academic Pediatric Association
Academy Health
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Public Health Association
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Society for Pediatric Research

Selected Publications
Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Mental Disorders. Perrin JM, Houtrow A, Kelleher K, Hoagwood K, Stein RE, Zima B. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1). pii: e20160354. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-0354. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PMID: 27279648

Impact on family and parental stress of prenatal vs postnatal repair of myelomeningocele. Antiel RM, Adzick NS, Thom EA, Burrows PK, Farmer DL, Brock JW 3rd, Howell LJ, Farrell JA, Houtrow AJ; Management of Myelomeningocele Study Investigators. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun 2. pii: S0002-9378(16)30264-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.05.045. [Epub ahead of print]

At the Intersection of Poverty and Disability: Supplemental Security Income for Children With Disabilities Due to Mental Health Problems. Houtrow AJ. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec;96(12):2094-5. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.008. No abstract available. PMID: 26433045

Changing trends of childhood disability, 2001-2011. Houtrow AJ, Larson K, Olson LM, Newacheck PW, Halfon N. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep;134(3):530-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-0594. Epub 2014 Aug 18. PMID: 25136051

Dr. Houtrow's publications on PubMed.