Faculty

Faculty

Darryl L. Kaelin, MD

Chief, Associate Professor and Residency Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Kaelin specializes in neurorehabilitation with a focus on traumatic brain injury and stroke. He is a nationally-renowned speaker on the subjects of concussion, spasticity management and neuropharmacology.

Darryl L. Kaelin, M.D. is a physician board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is the Division Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, where he directs the clinical inpatient rotation for the Division’s residents and serves as Residency Director.

Dr. Kaelin has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on brain injury medical education, pharmaceutical treatments, spasticity and service reimbursements. He has also led numerous, non-published medication trials sponsored through pharmaceutical funding. He has delivered presentations at regional and national conferences in the areas of spasticity management, pharmaceutical management of brain injury and medical business practice issues. He holds several positions within the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He speaks nationally and internationally on several rehabilitation topics including the management of spasticity, deep vein thrombosis, and neuropharmacology.

Dr. Kaelin obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity baseball. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his specialty training at the Medical College of Virginia where he presided as their chief resident.

Prior to assuming his current positions with the University of Louisville and Frazier Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Kaelin spent six years as the Medical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, a catastrophic care hospital for people with spinal cord and brain injuries. While at the Shepherd Center, he also served as the Medical Director of Brain Injury Research and was a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Emory University’s School of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Kaelin served for 10 years as the Medical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Hook Institute in Indianapolis, where he managed patients with neurological trauma.

Dr. Kaelin is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, where he currently lives with his wife and their three children. Dr. Kaelin enjoys coaching sports and traveling in his leisure time.

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Susan Caldecott-Johnson, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Pediatric Rehabilitation

Dr. Caldecott-Johnson attended undergraduate school at Ohio State University and medical school at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her Pediatric residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati. She is one of only a few physicians quadruple-board certified in Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, PM&R and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Caldecott-Johnson has special interests in Cerebral Palsy, Spasticity treatment, baclofen pumps, Spinal Cord medicine and Spina Bifida.

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Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Assistive Technology

Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with 30 years as a specialist in assistive technology. She is an active leader within RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. She is credentialed by RESNA both as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) and a Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS). She is a lifelong member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Buning completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2002 at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Douglas Hobson, PhD, PE. She has a strong interest in information technology and during her doctoral work developed WheelchairNet, a virtual community on wheelchair use for those seeking an active, empowered life. She investigated the use of WheelchairNet as a support for decision-making when consumers are acquiring new wheelchairs.

She currently treats patients in the U of Louisville Physicians Clinic utilizing professional skills in wheelchairs and specialized seating, home modification, and adaptations for computer and Wi-Fi technologies. Her work also supports the translational research and quality of life goals of the Frazier Spinal Cord Medicine Program..

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John Gormley, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: General Rehabilitation

Dr. Gormley is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is committed to providing his hospital and office patients compassionate personalized attention as well as providing the most innovative, advanced health care in the region. In addition to general rehabilitation, he specializes in neuromuscular diseases.

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Megan B. Nelson, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Cancer Rehabilitation

Dr. Nelson is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with fellowship training in Cancer Rehabilitation. Focusing on the unique functional needs of cancer patients, she works with oncologists and the comprehensive cancer team serving patients from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment and after treatment. She treats the whole patient, including musculoskeletal and neurological complaints, neuropathic pain, spasticity, lymphedema, fatigue and overall quality of life.

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John Shaw, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery/General Rehab

Dr. Shaw specializes in the treatment of spasticity with Botox, implant and management of Baclofen pumps, stroke rehab including tendon transfer, and restoring function in the tetraplegic hand. In addition to rehabilitation, Dr. Shaw is board certified in orthopedic surgery.

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Sarah Wagers, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Wagers is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed her undergraduate degree, medical school and residency at the University of Louisville. She has a special interest in patients with acquired brain injury in both the civilian and veteran populations.

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Michael Weaver, DO

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Dr. Weaver is Fellowship trained with a CAQ in Sports Medicine and certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has special interest in low back pain, myofascial pain, concussion, adaptive sports, ultrasound and electrodiagnostics. Dr. Weaver specializes in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal disorders.

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William Williamson, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Stroke - Sub Acute Rehab

Dr. Williamson specializes in stroke rehab and geriatrics. He directs the subacute and acute units in the Louisville metro area and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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