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Amy Houtrow

Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH

Amy Houtrow is a professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics and the endowed chair for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she also serves as the vice chair for Quality and the vice chair of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Houtrow serves as chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Neuropsychology. She is also the director for the interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND-Pitt).

Her research has focused on health care access and outcomes for children and youth with disabilities with special emphasis on health equity. Houtrow has authored over 140 manuscripts for high-impact medical journals, written and edited multiple textbooks, developed training programs for physicians and other health care professionals, is an internationally respected expert in childhood disability, and serves as a leader for numerous foundations and academic societies. Her work has repeatedly garnered national media attention and informed health policy. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Houtrow graduated from Kalamazoo College, earned her medical degree at Michigan State University, and completed a combined residency program in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed an MPH in health policy and management at the University of Michigan in 2004 and in 2012 earned her PhD in medical sociology at the University of California San Francisco while also serving as faculty. Her dissertation won an international award for research on childhood disability.