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James                          Czyrny

James J. Czyrny MD

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine

Specialty/Research Focus

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 
Professional Summary:

My specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry. My clinical expertise includes the rehabilitation management of patients with significant brain injury due to trauma or stroke, spinal cord injury, and major multiple trauma. In addition, my practice specializes in simple as well as complex musculoskeletal impairments including extremity injuries, arthritis, and neck and back pain. I am one of the few physicians in the Western New York area that is board certified in electro diagnostic medicine. As a result, I do electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) studies on referral from physicians throughout Western New York. Two additional procedures I perform are Botox injections for spasticity management after brain injury and spinal cord injury and prolotherapy.

My research focus has been in two main areas. The first is measuring outcomes and interventions after serious trauma or illness. The second main area is prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Prototypes have been developed and we are in the final stages of validating the design. We are hoping to submit to the FDA in late April or early May 2015. It is conceivable that we will be ready to market the device in 6-8 months.

I currently teach UB medical students and students from other medical schools that have an interest in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. I also work with students in the D’Youville Chiropractic School.

Although I am passionate about the care I provide my own patients, I am concerned about securing the future of physical medicine and rehabilitation clinical services in Western New York. I am also interested in developing multi-specialty programs for individuals with significant injuries and chronic pain. I am the medical director for rehabilitation medicine in the Catholic Health System, which is one venue for this, but we need to expand this to other provider networks.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1984)
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo (1981)
  • BA, State University of New York at Buffalo (1977)
Employment:
  • Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine, Catholic Health System (2010-present)
  • Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics, State University of New York at Buffalo (2003-present)
  • Attending Staff, ECMC
  • Attending Staff, Kaleida Health
  • Consulting Staff, Lockport Memorial Hospital
  • Attending Staff, Catholic Health System
  • Consulting Staff, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
  • Clinical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, ECMC (2004–2010)
  • Interim Chairman, Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (2001–2002)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1993–2002)
  • Clinical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, ECMC (1985–2002)
  • Associate Clinical Service Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kaleida Health (1998–2000)
  • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Millard Fillmore Health System (1991–1998)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1985–1993)
  • Assistant to the Medical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, ECMC (1984–1985)
  • Clinical Instructor, Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1984–1985)
  • Clinical Assistant Instructor, Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1981–1984)
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Awards and Honors:
  • Park Pribadi Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching of Residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1987)
  • Hans J. Lowenstein Award in Obstetrics (1981)
  • Ernest Witebsky Memorial Award for Proficiency in Microbiology (1979)
  • Park Pribadi Memorial Award 1989-2000
  • Castle Connoly America’s Top Doctors 2001-2016


Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Czyrny JJ, Cowan TB. Rehabilitation Management of Myofascial Pain Syndromes. 1996.
  • Czyrny JJ. Examination of the Wrist and Hand..
Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Medical Association
Presentations:
  • "Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetics: The Latest Technology" Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Kenmore Mercy Hospital (2013)
  • "Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetics: The Latest Technology" Department of Orthopedice Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (2012)
  • "Buffalo Department of Neurology Grand Rounds" Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Kenmore Mercy Hospital (2012)
  • "Functional Prognosis After Stroke" Buffalo Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (2009)
  • "Medical Appropriateness for Acute Inpatient Rehabilition: Increasing Referrals and Reducing Denials" Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation: The Buffalo Conference (2008)
  • "Therapy Presrciptions for Physiatrisits" SUNYAB Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series (2008)
  • "Epidemiolgy of Musculoskeletal Disorders" , State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2008)
  • "Ankle Foot Orthoses" University of Rochester Spinal and Lower Extremity Orthotics Course (2007)
  • "Epidemiolgy of Musculoskeletal Disorders" , State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2007)
  • "Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetics" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Prolotherapy" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain with Botox" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Intraoperative Monitoring" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Somatosensory Evoked Potentials" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Analysis of gait deviation in the BK/AK amputee" Upstate New York Lower Extremity Prosthetic Conference (2006)
  • "Epidemiolgy of Musculoskeletal Disorders" , State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science (2006)
  • "Prolotherapy" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2006)
  • "Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain with Botox" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2006)
  • "Intraoperative Monitoring" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2006)
  • "Somatosensory Evoked Potentials" SUNYAB Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (2006)
  • "Botox in Musculoskeletal Pain" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Sunnybrook Hospital (2004)
  • "Prolotherapy in Musculoskeletal Pain" University of Toronto Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds (2004)
  • "Biomechanics of Ankle and Ankle Foot Orthoses" University of Rochester Spinal and Lower Extremity Orthotics Course (2003)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotics: Clinical Evaluation" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York (2000)
  • "The Role of the Electrodiagnostic Consultant" Orthopedic Grand Rounds (2000)
  • "Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotic Terminology" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Lower Extremity Prosthetic Terminology" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Upper Extremity Orthotics in Lower Motor Neuron Conditions" Upper Extremity Prosthetic and Orthotic Course (1999)
  • "Update on Lower Extremity Prosthetics" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds (1998)
  • "Electrodiagnosis in Peripheral Neuromuscular Disorders" CGF Orthopedic Grand Rounds (1998)
  • "Introduction to Lower Extremity Orthotics" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1998)
  • "Biomechanics of Ankle and Ankle Foot Orthoses" University of Rochester Spinal and Lower Extremity Orthotics Course (1998)
  • "Prolotherapy An Alternative Treatment for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1998)
  • "Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Orthotics" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1997)
  • "Electrodiagnostic Studies in Spine Pain" Department of Family Medicine Seminar on Oh My Aching Back, State University of New York at Buffalo (1997)
  • "Lower Extremity Prosthetics" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Hospital (1997)
  • "Electrodiagnostic Studies and Peripheral Nerve Injuries" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Buffalo General Hospital (1996)
  • "History and Physical Examination and Workup of Low Back Pain" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1996)
  • "Cervical Spine History, Physical Exam, and Clinical Syndromes" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Facial Nerve Anatomy, Pathology, and Electrophysiology" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Rehabilitation Potential of Stroke Patients" Department of Family Practice Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Hospital (1996)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotics" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Upper Extremity Orthotics in Lower Motor Neuron Conditions" Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Orthotics Course (1996)
  • "Somatosensory Evoked Potentials and Intraoperative Monitoring" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Complications of Prolonged Bedrest" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1995)
  • "Prosthetic Prescription Considerations" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New Yorkat Buffalo (1995)
  • "Somatosensory Evoked Potentials and Prognosis after Central Nervous System Injury" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Anomalous Innervations of the Extremities" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Anatomy of the Lumbosacral Plexus" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series (1995)
  • "Integration of Functional Assessment with Team Conference Reporting" Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Functional Assessment and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Outcomes National Conference (1995)
  • "Prosthetic Terminology" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Clinical Evaluation of Patients for Orthotic Prescription" Spinal and Lower Extremity Orthotics (1995)
  • "Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1995)
  • "Electrodiagnosis of Upper Extremity Entrapment Neuropathies" Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery Grand Rounds (1995)
  • "The Locked in Syndrome and Rehabilitation Management" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Electrodiagnosis of Facial Nerve Lesions" Department of Otolaryngology Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Physiatric History and Physical" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • "Osteoporosis" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1994)
  • "Industrial Rehabilitation" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • "The Clinical Use of Outcome Data to Improve the Inpatient Program" Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Functional Assessment and Evaluation of Outcomes National Conference (1994)
  • "The Role of the Physiatrist in the Acute Care Setting" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1994)
  • "Rehabilitation Management of Neuromuscular Diseases" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Rehabilitation Management of Low Back Pain" Department of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Upper Extremity Orthotics in Lower Motor Neuron Conditions" Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Orthotics Course (1993)
  • "Clinical Electrodiagnosis in Peripheral Nerve Lesions" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Outcome and Prognosis after Stroke" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, Millard Fillmore Health System (1993)
  • "Osteoporosis" New York State Workman's Compensation Board Conference (1992)
  • "Low Back Pain - How I Do It" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1992)
  • "Ankle Foot Orthoses" Lower Extremity and Spinal Orthotics Course (1992)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotics in Lower and Upper Motor Neuron Disorders" Lower Extremity and Spinal Orthotics Course (1992)
  • "Update in Orthotics and Prosthetics What's New?" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1992)
  • "Rehabilitation of the Injured Worker" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series (1991)
  • "Management of Spasticity by Phenol Motor Point and Nerve Blocks" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo (1991)
  • "Neuromusculoskeletal Complications of Traumatic Brain Injury" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, State University of New York at Buffalo (1990)
  • "Clinical Evaluation of Patients for Orthoses and Prostheses" Annual Prosthetic and Orthotic Conference (1990)
  • "Nerve Conduction Velocity Studies and Electromyography for the Orthopedist" Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds (1990)
  • "The Role of Rehabilitation in Management of the Injured Worker" The Injured Worker, Workman's Compensation Board of New York State Conference (1989)
  • "The Use and Abuse of Electrodiagnostic Testing" The Injured Worker, Workman's Compensation Board of New York State Conference (1989)
  • "Ankle Foot Orthoses" Lower Extremity and Spinal Orthotics Course (1989)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotics in Lower Motor Neuron Disorders" Lower Extremity and Spinal Orthotics Course (1989)
  • "Lower Extremity Orthotics in Upper Motor Neuron Disorders" Lower Extremity and Spinal Orthotics Course (1989)
  • "Medical Management of Behavior Disorders" Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Traumatic Brain Injury National Conference (1989)
  • "Functional Assessment, Outcome, and Prognosis in Traumatic Brain Injury" Department of Neurology Grand Rounds (1988)
  • "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome" Worker's Compensation Board, New York State Conference (1988)
  • "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" Worker's Compensation Board, New York State Conference (1987)
  • "Normal Gait" Lower Extremity Prosthetic Course (1987)
  • "The Role of Clinical Neurophysiology in Diagnosis of Peripheral Neuromuscular Disease" State University of New York at Buffalo Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory and Clinics and Muscular Dystrophy Associates Conference (1986)
  • "The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Treatment of Peripheral Neuromuscular Disease" State University of New York at Buffalo Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory and Clinics and Muscular Dystrophy Association Conference (1986)
  • "Deleterious Effects of Bedrest and Immobilization" Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, South Buffalo Mercy Hospital (1986)
  • "Normal Gait" Lower Extremity Prosthetic Course (1985)
  • "Prosthetic Gait Deviations" Lower Extremity Prosthetic Course (1985)
  • "Electrodiagnosis in Rehabilitation Medicine" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (1985)
  • "Rehabilitation of the Amputee" Department of Surgery Grand Rounds (1985)
  • "Introduction to Upper Extremity Orthotics" Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Didactic Lecture Series, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Service Activities:
  • Neurosciences Council; Catholic Health System; Member (2010–present)
  • Examination Item Writer, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Recertification (1999)
  • University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.; President (1998–1999)
  • Geriatrics and Subacute Care Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (1998–2005)
  • Medical Advisory Committee Kaleida Health; Millard Fillmore Campus; Member (1998–2005)
  • Orthopedics Center of Excellence Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (1998–2005)
  • Electrodiagnostic Utilization Committee; Independent Health; Member (1997–1998)
  • University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.; Vice President (1995–1998)
  • Volunteer Physician, World University Games; Volunteer (1993)
  • Medical Advisory Committee; Blue Cross of Western New York; Member (1992–1995)
  • Multidisciplinary Allied Health Professional Committee; Blue Cross of Western New York; Chair (1992–1995)
  • Medical Executive Committee, Millard Fillmore Health System; Member (1991–1998)
  • Medical Records Committee, ECMC; Chair (1989–1994)
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant; Blue Cross of Western New York; Consultant (1989–present)
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant; Independent Health; Consultant (1989–present)
  • Medical Executive Committee, ECMC; Erie County Medical Center; Member (1985–2009)
  • Millard Fillmore Foundation Celebration Committee 1997-1998; Member

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-3106
Email: czyrny@buffalo.edu

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