Amit Sinha, MD
Assistant Professor

Biography
Amit Sinha, MD, is an assistant professor of PM&R and the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit. Dr. Sinha’s clinical focus is on pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, as well as spasticity management, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and neuromuscular disorders. He is a faculty member of the department's ACGME accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship and involved in resident training in pediatric rehabilitation. Dr. Sinha is involved in the US Paralympics where he serves as an official classifier for track and field athletes.

Specialized Areas of Interest
Neuromuscular rehabilitation, spasticity management, cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, limb deficiency

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

CONTACT
412-692-6410
sinhaa@upmc.edu

Education & Training
BS, Biology, George Mason University, 2003
MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2007
PM&R Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System, 2011
Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship, Children's Hospital Colorado, 2013

Honors and Awards
Chief Resident, PM&R Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System, 2011

Research Activities
Dr. Sinha's research interests include being able to better predict long-term functional outcomes following pediatric brain injury, methods to minimize deconditioning/debility in the ICU and acute care, helping develop guidelines for prevention of pediatric deep venous thromboses and finding and using technology to improve access to rehabilitation care.

Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Selected Publications
Sinha A, McKinley W, Ketchum J. “Rehabilitation Outcomes Following Vascular Spinal Cord Injury.” PM&R. 2009; 1(9): S260.

McKinley W, Sinha A, Ketchum J, Xiaoyan D. Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes following vascular-related and traumatic spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2011; 34(4): 410-15.

McKinley W, Sinha A. “Motor Recovery Patterns Following Motor-Complete SCI.” Topics Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2012; 18(1): 239.

Sinha A, Oleszek J, Jones C. Freidreich’s ataxia. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://now.aapmr.org/cns/immune-disorders/Pages/Freidreich's-ataxia.aspx. Published 9/20/13.

Zebuhr C, Sinha A, Skillman H, Buckvold S. Active rehabilitation in a pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation patient. PM R. 2014 May; 6(5):456-60.