Robert F. Hoey, PhD

Robert Hoey PhD

The MetroHealth System

  • Researcher, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Broad Research Programs

  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Autonomic Dysfunction after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction after Spinal Cord Injury



Dr. Hoey is a researcher in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the MetroHealth System. His previous research has focused on basic science in animal models that investigated the underlying mechanisms of bladder and bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury.

Those rodent experiments have also evaluated interventions that may improve function in these areas including: locomotor treadmill training, peripheral stimulation of the dorsal genital nerves, and direct spinal cord stimulation using epidural electrodes.

His expertise in bladder and bowel function is now being applied to investigate interventions in humans that focus on reducing urinary and fecal incontinence to improve the quality of life after injury.



National Library of Medicine bibliography page


Professional Society Memberships

Society for Neuroscience

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Specific Research Topics

  • Bladder and Bowel Function after SCI


Contact Information

MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Road, SM-066
Cleveland OH, 44109
Email: [email protected]