Dr Sridhar Atresh assumed the role of Director, Queensland spinal cord injury service on 9th September 2009. He was formerly the Director of the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit as well as Clinical Head of Rehabilitation Services, Counties Manukau District Health Board, New Zealand and completed his Fellowship of the Australasian faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2003. Prior to this he worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in India, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. He has an extensive background in Orthopaedic Surgery as well as Rehabilitation Medicine with a particular interest in spinal cord impairment. Dr Atresh also completed an AO fellowship in Orthopaedic trauma at UCLA, California in 1999 and received the Edward Roche travelling fellowship for his research on community re-integration of lower limb amputees in 2002. His special interests include the management of spasticity, upper limb problems, aging as a result of spinal cord impairment and he enjoys working in a client centred interdisciplinary team environment. His publications include investigating the efficacy and safety of FES assisted cycling and passive cycling initiated after early traumatic SCI, early decompression following cervical SCI, the delivery of specialist spinal cord injury services in Queensland and the potential for telehealth and the diagnosis and prognosis of traumatic spinal cord injury. He is actively involved in several research projects that are currently being undertaken at the spinal injuries unit in collaboration with the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Queensland University of technology and has presented papers and posters at several regional and international conferences on spinal cord injury Dr Atresh is also supervising a PhD student at the University of Queensland.
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