Krzysztof E. Kowalski, PhD

Kris Kowalski, PhD

The MetroHealth System

  • Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Case Western Reserve University

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Health Scientist, Research Service

Cleveland FES Center

  • Investigator


Broad Research Programs

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



Dr. Kowalski’s overall research goal has been to restore respiratory muscle function in patients with SCI. His specific research contributions over the past 30+ years have been in the field of neuroprosthetic technology, with a focus on three related areas of emphasis:

1) implementation of neuroprosthetic systems for electrical activation of the inspiratory muscles to maintain full-time ventilatory support in patients with ventilator-dependent tetraplegia,

2) development and implementation of novel implantable neuroprosthetic systems to electrically activate the expiratory muscles to provide an effective cough mechanism in individuals with SCI and

3) development of novel implantable neuroprosthetic systems to allow patients with various neuromuscular disorders, not restricted to the SCI population only, to clear secretions more easily and reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with respiratory complications.




Professional Society Memberships

   American Physiological Society
   Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, American Paraplegia Society section
   American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
   National Spinal Cord Injury Association


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

The MetroHealth System Campus
Rammelkamp Center for Education & Research
2500 MetroHealth Drive, R550
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Email: [email protected]