Melissa Roscher, MD, MD

Research Projects
Differing Perceptions of Shoulder Pain in Dancers and Dance Medicine Professionals. Mentor: Dr. Jose Ramirez-Del Toro

Prediction of longitudinal mobility status and quality of life scores in individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury. Mentor: Dr. Michael Boninger

Factors influencing outpatient follow up after inpatient rehabilitation for spinal cord injury: Quality Improvement Project.Mentor: Dr. Amanda Harrington

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Website Accessibility: Quality Improvement Project. Mentor: Dr. Patricia Arenth

Quality of life after spinal cord injury. Mentor: Dr. Michael Boninger

Scholarly Activity
Publications: Diagnosing Running Injuries: A Primer for Physiatrists. Stone D, Knippel T, Roscher M. UPMC Rehab Grand Rounds. Winter 2016.

Evacuation preparedness in full-time wheelchair users with Spinal Cord Injury. Hogaboom NS, Oyster ML, Riggins MS, Boninger ML. J Spinal Cord Med. 2013 July; 36(4):290-295.

Quantitative Cranial MRI in Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy. Mulkey SB, Yap VL, Swearingen CJ, Riggins MS, Kaiser JR, Schaefer GB. Pediatric Neurol. 2012 Aug;47(2):101-108.

Presentations: Bilateral Leg Pain in a 15-year-old Athlete: A Case Report. Roscher MR, Stone D. American College of Sports Medicine 2016 Annual Meeting – Clinician’s Reception; Boston, MA

Quality of Life of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Who Transition from Walking to Wheelchair Use. Riggins MS, Kankipati P, Oyster ML, Cooper RA, Boninger ML. Outstanding Scientific Paper, Association of Academic Physiatrists 2011 Annual Assembly; Phoenix, AZ

Posters: Compartment Syndrome after Fall Presenting as Knee Pain in Paretic and Neglected Limb: A Case Report. Roscher MR, Shen, J, Hunt, H. American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 Annual Assembly; Boston, MA.

Follow-up Volumetric Brain Measurements Associated with Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Newborn Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). Mulkey SB, Yap VL, Swearingen CJ, Kaiser JR, Riggins MS, Schaefer GB. Pediatric Academic Societies 2012 Annual Meeting; Boston, MA

Best Scientific Paper, AAP Annual Assembly, 2011, Phoenix, AZ

Why did you choose UPMC residency program?
I was initially drawn to the vast opportunities for research at UPMC.  I later learned more about the clinical experiences the program had to offer and knew I'd be able to get a well-rounded education here.  Also, Pittsburgh is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities, and it certainly has not disappointed.

Career Interests
Clinical: MSK, performing arts medicine, general physiatry
Research: MSK, quality of life

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Little Rock, AR

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Personal Interests
Ballet, musical theater
College football and basketball
Pittsburgh Penguins hockey