James Sulzer, PhD

James Sulzer, PhD

The MetroHealth System

  • Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Case Western Reserve University

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Broad Research Programs

  • Paralysis After Stroke
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies



Dr. Sulzer’s research focuses on improving walking in people after stroke. There can be many impairments following a stroke, and some interventions aimed at solving one impairment can actually make another one worse.

Dr. Sulzer’s research aims to divide and conquer these impairments using a wide range of methods like robotic exoskeletons and biofeedback of neural activity.

Dr. Sulzer is a Cleveland native (Orange High School), with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, and his MS and PhD from Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLab).

He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and was faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before arriving here.





Professional Society Memberships

 2019 – present    Member, International Society for Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) 

2007 – present     Member, Society for Neuroscience (SfN)


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Road, Suite N5-39
Cleveland OH, 44109
Email: [email protected]