Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD

Kim Anderson

The MetroHealth System 

  • Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Case Western Reserve University

  • Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Associate Director, Institute for Functional Restoration, CWRU

Cleveland FES Center

  • Investigator


Broad Research Programs

  • Model Systems Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pain Reduction
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies



Dr. Anderson-Erisman is the Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional SCI Model System based at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute. She is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. Her research has focused on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Her training spans the spectrum of SCI research, from cellular and molecular studies, to whole animal and behavioral studies, to human clinical research. Several of her studies have focused on obtaining the perspective of people living with SCI on various aspects of research, including functional priorities, acceptable benefits and risks, preferences for neuroprosthetics, and exercise participation. She has expertise in SCI outcome measures and has conducted a multi-center clinical study evaluating the reliability and validity of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure in the US healthcare setting.  In addition to pursuing her own research regarding chronic injury, she was part of the leadership team running the 6 FDA-regulated Schwann cell transplantation clinical trials while a faculty member at the University of Miami. At MetroHealth-CWRU she is continuing her involvement in clinical trials with the team pursuing implanted stimulation devices for SCI and further developing her independent research efforts addressing issues important to people living with SCI with an emphasis on translational research to deploy treatments to the clinic.




Professional Society Memberships

   1998-2018  Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
   2000-2018  National Neurotrauma Society (NNS)
   2004-present  American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
   2008-present  International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Road, Suite N5-39
Cleveland OH, 44109
Phone: 216-957-3682
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]