Amanda Harrington, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

Amanda Harrington, MD, is an assistant professor and program director of the ACGME accredited Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship at UPMC. She is also the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Harrington manages the inpatient rehabilitation service for persons with spinal cord injury, debility from multiple sclerosis, and other neurologic diseases. She participates in a consultation practice at UPMC Mercy and UPMC Presbyterian hospitals. In her outpatient clinic at UPMC Mercy she manages patients with spinal cord injury and spasticity. In her spasticity practice Dr. Harrington uses a combination of medications, botox injections, and baclofen pumps to treat patients with problematic spasticity.

Dr. Harrington has served on the electronic communications committee of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and was an item writer for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spinal cord injury exam.


Specialized Areas of Interest
Dr. Harrington’s clinical interests include management of spinal cord injury, spasticity, botulinum toxin injections, and management of baclofen pumps. A great deal of her time is spent educating medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Harrington's research interests are related to clinical management of spasticity and the health and wellness of persons with spinal cord injury.

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
American Spinal Injury Association
Academy of spinal Cord Injury Professionals/American Paraplegic Society

Education & Training
BS, Biology, Elon University, 2000
MD, University of Miami, 2004
PM&R Residency, Carolinas Medical Center, 2008
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
Program for Academic Leadership, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2014

Honors and Awards
Best Doctor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2013-2016
Excellence in Teaching Award, PM&R Residents, 2013

Selected Publications
Estores IM, Harrington A, Banovac K. C-reactive Protein and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate in Patients with Heterotopic Ossification after Spinal Cord Injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2004;27(5):434-7.

Harrington AL, Hirsch MA, Hammond FM, Norton HJ, Bockenek WL. Assessment of Primary Care Services and Perceived Barriers to Care in Persons with Disabilities. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009;Oct;88(10):852-63.

Rouleau T, Harrington A, Brennan, M, Hammond F, Hirsch M, Nussbaum M, Bockenek W. Receipt of Dental Care and Barriers Encountered by Persons with Disabilities. Spec Care Dentist. 2011;31(2): 63-7.

Roach MJ, Harrington A, Powell H, and Nemunaitis G. Cell Phone Ownership and Social Integration in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;92:472-6.

Harrington AL, Dixon TM, Ho CH. Vitamin B12 Deficiency as a Cause of Delirium in a Patient with Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011; 92:1917-20.

Hosseini SM, Oyster ML, Kirby RL, Harrington AL, Boninger ML. Manual Wheelchair Skills Capacity Predicts Quality of Life and Community Integration in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012 Jun 6

Media Appearances
Root Sports: Public Service Announcement regarding importance of adaptive sports in maintaining health after disability. Taped 2/8/12 and aired at multiple Pittsburgh Penguins NHL games.

UPMC OnTopic Discussions
Recommended Protocols for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Amanda Harrington, MD discusses secondary comorbidities related to spinal cord injury.

Amanda Harrington, MD, Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit discusses the rehabilitation process after spinal cord injury.