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Bio

Heidi Prather, DO
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Chief of Section in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director
Director of Orthopaedic Spine Center

Clinical Specialty
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine

Clinical Interests
Dr. Prather's clinical interests include the conservative management of all musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in young adult hip, spine, female athletes, and women’s health. This includes pregnancy related problems and other physiological changes such as osteoporosis, as they occur throughout the life cycle. Dr. Prather is a team member of the Medical Program for Performing Artists, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders for artists.

Research Interests
Pregnancy and musculoskeletal problems; Sacroiliac joint dysfunction; Low back pain and radiculopathy; Young adult hip disorders.

Background
Co-Director Women’s Musculoskeletal Center – The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1996–1998; Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Northwestern University 1995–1998; Attending Physician – The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1995–1998; Washington University School of Medicine, Instructor – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Neurology 1998–1999; Washington University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor – Chief of Section, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2003–2006; Associate Professor- Chief of Section, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2006-present; Team Physician – St. Louis Athletica Women's professional soccer team 2009–2010; Team Physician – St. Joseph's Academy; Consultant – Scott Gallagher Soccer Club's Girls' Division; Consultant – St. Louis Blues; Elected Vice President – North American Spine Society 2012; Director Orthopaedic Spine Center – Washington University School of Medicine; Elected President – North American Spine Society 2014.

Awards
2008 Distinguished Clinician Award at Washington University School of Medicine;2007 Bernard L. Maas Visiting Lecturer at Sinai-Grace Hospital Department of PM&R, Wayne State; American Top Doctors 2001 to 2009; Best Doctors 2001-present; Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery-Washington University School of Medicine 2002, 2004, 2006; Scott Nadler Teaching Award- Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation 2006; Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lectureship Award-American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2005; American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Grant Award 2001; Attending Physician Teacher of the Year, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1998; Falk Research Scholarship, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1997.

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pain Medicine; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sports Medicine

Medical Degree
University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine

Residency
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Northwestern University Medical School

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Washington University Medical Program for Performing Artists

Washington University and St. Louis Children's Young Athlete Center

 

North American Spine Society

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Performing Arts Medicine Association

American College of Sports Medicine

American Medical Society of Sports Medicine

International Spine Intervention Society

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