Nemunaitis, Gregory, MD

Research Statement

  • Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Engineering applications for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • Gene therapy in inclusion body myopathy


Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Director of Clinical Affairs @ MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland FES Center
  • Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Publications (Select)

  • Marino RJ, Sinko R, Bryden A, Backus D, Chen D, Nemunaitis GA, Leiby BE. Comparison of Responsiveness and Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the Capabilities of Upper Extremity Test (CUE-T) and the Graded Redefined Assessment of Strength, Sensibility and Prehension (GRASSP). Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2018 Summer;24(3):227–238. doi: 10.1310/sci2403-227 Pubmed PMID: 29997426
  • Kilgore KL, Bryden A, Keith MW, Hoyen HA, Hart RL, Nemunaitis GA, Peckham PH. Evolution of Neuroprosthetic Approaches to Restoration of Upper Extremity Function in Spinal Cord Injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2018 Summer;24(3):252–264. doi: 10.1310/sci2403-252 Pubmed PMID: 29997428
  • Bryden A, Kilgore KL, Nemunaitis GA. Advanced Assessment of the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia: A Three-Tiered Approach to Characterizing Paralysis. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2018 Summer;24(3):206–216. doi: 10.1310/sci2403-206 Pubmed PMID: 29997424
  • Del Fabro AS, Mejia M, Nemunaitis G. An investigation of the relationship between autonomic dysreflexia and intrathecal baclofen in patients with spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Apr 13:1-4. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2017.1314878. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28406070.
  • Mehech D, Mejia M, Nemunaitis GA, Chae J, Wilson RD. Percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation for treatment of shoulder pain after spinal cord injury: A case report. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Mar 17:1-5. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2017.1293329. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28303761.
  • Nemunaitis G, Roach MJ, Hefzy MS, Mejia M. Redesign of a spine board: Proof of concept evaluation. Assist Technol. 2016 Fall;28(3):144-51. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2015.1131759. PubMed PMID: 26852872.
  • Zhang X, Plow E, Ranganthan V, Huang H, Schmitt M, Nemunaitis G, Kelly C, Frost F, Lin V. Functional Magnetic Stimulation of Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscles in Subjects With Tetraplegia. PM R. 2016 Jul;8(7):651-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.01.016. Epub 2016 Mar 9. PubMed PMID: 26968608.
  • Bryden AM, Hoyen HA, Keith MW, Mejia M, Kilgore KL, Nemunaitis GA. Upper Extremity Assessment in Tetraplegia: The Importance of Differentiating Between Upper and Lower Motor Neuron Paralysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Jun;97(6 Suppl):S97-S104. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.11.021. PubMed PMID: 27233597.
  • Nemunaitis G, Roach MJ, Claridge J, Mejia M. Early Predictors of Functional Outcome After Trauma. PM R. 2015 Aug 24. pii: S1934-1482(15)00968-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.08.007. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26314232.
  • Nemunaitis G, Roach MJ, Boulet M, Nagy JA, Kaufman B, Mejia M, Hefzy MS. The Effect of a Liner on the Dispersion of Sacral Interface Pressures During Spinal Immobilization. Assist Technol. 2015;27(1):9–17. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2014.940473 Pubmed PMID: 26132220
  • Memberg WD, Polasek KH, Hart RL, Bryden AM, Kilgore KL, Nemunaitis GA, Hoyen HA, Keith MW, Kirsch RF. Implanted neuroprosthesis for restoring arm and hand function in people with high level tetraplegia. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jun;95(6):1201-1211.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.028. Epub 2014 Feb 20. PubMed PMID: 24561055.
  • Roach MJ, Nagy JA, Mejia M, Nemunaitis G. Preventive health care among community-dwelling persons with spinal cord injury. PM R. 2013 Jun;5(6):496-502. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.11.004. Epub 2013 Jan 10. PubMed PMID: 23313038.
  • Nagy J, Winslow A, Brown JM, Adams L, O’Brien K, Boninger M, Nemunaitis G. Pushrim kinetics during advanced wheelchair skills in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2012 Spring;18(2):140-2. doi: 10.1310/sci1802-140. PubMed PMID: 23459027; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3584772.
  • Como JJ, Samia H, Nemunaitis GA, Jain V, Anderson JS, Malangoni MA, Claridge JA.The misapplication of the term spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality (SCIWORA) in adults. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Nov;73(5):1261-6. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e318265cd8c. PubMed PMID: 22976419. 

Research Programs

Spinal Cord Injury Model System Grant.  Natiional Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  PI:  Greg Nemunaitis.  2006-2011

Contact Information

Contact Name: Ann Loebick
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