My research interests are in issues related to not only improving function after stroke but also of economic evaluation of rehabilitative care, and the association of policy and outcomes of rehabilitative care.

Getting an intervention that improves the quality of life to the people that most need it requires more than showing a positive effect. There will be increasing emphasis on showing the value of interventions that justify the costs. The value may be individually relevant but also needs to be relevant to the public and policy makers. Current research involves interventions to reduce post-stroke shoulder pain.

Research Programs

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation in Stroke
  • Post-stroke Shoulder Pain
  • Large database analysis

Publications (Select)

Entire publication list can be found here.

  • 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.
  • Wilson RD, Knutson JS, Bennett ME, Chae J. The Effect of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation on Shoulder Biomechanics: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison to Physical Therapy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Mar;96(3):191-198. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000677. PubMed PMID: 28099193; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5321785.
  • Ilfeld BM, Grant SA, Gilmore CA, Chae J, Wilson RD, Wongsarnpigoon A, Boggs JW. Neurostimulation for Postsurgical Analgesia: A Novel System Enabling Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Peripheral Nerve Stimulation. Pain Pract. 2016 Dec 2. doi: 10.1111/papr.12539. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27910257.
  • Wilson RD, Page SJ, Delahanty M, Knutson JS, Gunzler DD, Sheffler LR, Chae J. Upper-Limb Recovery After Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing EMG-Triggered, Cyclic, and Sensory Electrical Stimulation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 Nov;30(10):978-987. Epub 2016 May 24. PubMed PMID: 27225977; PubMed  Central PMCID: PMC5048487.
  • Knutson JS, Gunzler DD, Wilson RD, Chae J. Contralaterally Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation Improves Hand Dexterity in Chronic Hemiparesis: A Randomized Trial. Stroke. 2016 Oct;47(10):2596-602. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.013791. Epub 2016 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 27608819; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5039083.
  • Whitehair VC, Wilson RD. Poster 440 Changes in Central Sensitization Associated with Peripheral Joint Injection Do Not Predict Long-Term Pain Relief. PM R. 2016 Sep;8(9S):S304. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.07.364. Epub 2016 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 27673189.
  • Kaplan B, Wilson RDPoster 45 Utilization and Management of Urine Drug Screening for Opioid Medications. PM R. 2016 Sep;8(9S):S175. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.07.088. Epub 2016 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 27672812.
  • Wilson RD, Chae J. Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 Nov;26(4):641-55. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2015.06.007. Epub 2015 Sep 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 26522903.
  • Wilson RD, Ledbetter DH, Pergament E. Current controversies in prenatal diagnosis 3: the ethical and counseling implications of new genomic technologies: all pregnant women should be offered prenatal diagnostic genome-wide testing for prenatally identified fetal congenital anomalies. Prenat Diagn. 2015 Jan;35(1):19–22. doi: 10.1002/pd.4531 Pubmed PMID: 25393822
  • Wilson RD, Harris MA, Gunzler DD, Bennett ME, Chae J. Percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation for chronic pain in subacromial impingement syndrome: a case series. Neuromodulation. 2014 Dec;17(8):771–776; discussion 776. doi: 10.1111/ner.12152 Pubmed PMID: 24512114
  • Wilson RD. An etiological paradigm shift for chronic hemiplegic shoulder pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Oct;93(10):929–930. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000161 Pubmed PMID: 25122107
  • Wilson RD, Gunzler DD, Bennett ME, Chae J. Peripheral nerve stimulation compared with usual care for pain relief of hemiplegic shoulder pain: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan;93(1):17–28. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000011 Pubmed PMID: 24355994
  • Sheffler LR, Bailey SN, Wilson RD, Chae J. Spatiotemporal, kinematic, and kinetic effects of a peroneal nerve stimulator versus an ankle foot orthosis in hemiparetic gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013 Jun;27(5):403–410. doi: 10.1177/1545968312465897 Pubmed PMID: 23192416
  • Soo Hoo J, Paul T, Chae J, Wilson RD. Central hypersensitivity in chronic hemiplegic shoulder pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jan;92(1):1–9; quiz 10–13. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31827df862 Pubmed PMID: 23255268
  • Chae J, Wilson RD, Bennett ME, Lechman TE, Stager KW. Single-lead percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of hemiplegic shoulder pain: a case series. Pain Pract. 2013 Jan;13(1):59–67. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2012.00541.x Pubmed PMID: 22448759


Cleveland FES Center

Vice Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, @ MetroHealth Medical Center, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

Director of the Division of Neurological Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
MetroHealth Medical Center

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University


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Laurine Reagle

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