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 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She directs the ACGME accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship and is the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP).

Dr. Houtrow’s main clinical focus is caring for children with disabling conditions and helping to improve function and quality of life to the greatest degree possible. Her patients include children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, rheumatologic disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, and orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, and neurological disorders and conditions.

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, 2012

Honors and Awards
Outstanding Service Award, Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitatin, 2016
Best Doctor, Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016
Best Doctors of America, 2015
Young Academician Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2013
Pursuit Award, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, Canada, 2013

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.