Alexander Dromerick, MD
Dr. Alexander Dromerick played a key role in the conception and development of the RERC-DC until his untimely death in 2021. He is great missed.  Dr. Dromerick was Vice President for Research at NRH. He was also Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Dromerick was a neurologist and rehabilitation physician who focused his clinical and research activities on brain recovery and restoration of motor function after stroke, traumatic brain injury, and upper extremity loss. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also did an internship in Internal Medicine. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania as well as basic science fellowships at 94 Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities. He was a neurorehabilitation Fellow at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital/Cornell School of Medicine. He is Administrative PI for the NINDS StrokeNet clinical trials site in the Central Atlantic region and co-Director of the Georgetown MedStar NRH Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery. He served as the Administrative PI for the national Neurorehabilitation and Restorative Neuroscience Training Network. He was also Co-Principal Investigator of the NINDS-funded I-CARE trial, a Phase III trial to improve arm recovery after stroke. His studies to improve prosthetic arm function in Veterans have been funded by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense; and studies in methods to improve the battlefield screening for traumatic brain injury have been funded by the Department of Defense and MedStar Health. During his lifetime, Dr. Dromerick received numerous awards including: the 2016 Advocacy Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association, the 2014 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist from the ASNR, the 2010 Kenneth Viste Award for Neurorehabilitation, the Richard Brand Award in Physical Therapy, and the Award for Humaneness in Medicine from the Philadelphia County Medical Society. He received Teacher of the Year awards from the Georgetown University/National Rehabilitation Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, the Washington University School of Medicine, the Washington University Neurology Residency Program, and the Washington University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program.