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Krzysztof E. Kowalski, PhD


Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MetroHealth System
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CWRU
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, CWRU
Health Scientist, Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Investigator, Cleveland FES Center


  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Model Systems Spinal Cord Injury
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies
  Kris Kowalski, PhD 


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.



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



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