Vanitha Asokan, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
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  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
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Vanitha Asokan MD

Vanitha Asokan, MD, MS

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Profile

Gender:
Female
Year began practicing:
2012
Year joined staff:
2013
Year began practicing in specialty:
2012

Languages

  • English
  • Tamil

Education, Residency and Internship

Education

1994-1998
University of Chicago, BA, Cultural Anthropology
1999-2000
Georgetown University, MS, Physiology
2001-2005
Ross University School of Medicine, MD

Residency

2005-2006
Stroger Hospital of Cook County; Chicago, IL, Transitional Year-Surgery and Internal Medicine
2006-2009
Stroger Hospital of Cook County; Chicago, IL, Anesthesiology
2009-2012
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital; Wheaton, IL, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professional Memberships

Association of Academic Physiatrists

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Illinois Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

2003 Class Recognition and Service Award

2011-12 Chief Resident, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Residency Program

Publications

Pain, Muscle Spasm and Myotonia Congenita in a 23 Year Old Male: A Case Report. V. Asokan, MD; N. Rao, MD. Poster Presentation at AANEM Annual Meeting in 2011. Abstract Published in Muscle & Nerve and Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Methylphenidate and Modafinil’s Effect on Functional Outcome in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: A Retrospective Study.  V. Asokan, MD; S. Mehta, MD; H. Afolarin, PharmD. Oral Paper Presentation at AAP Annual Meeting 2011.  Abstract published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Supplement. Grand Rounds Presentation March 31, 2011.  Manuscript Pending Publication.

Rehabilitation of Multiple Nerve Injuries Following Rhabdomyolysis and Compartment Syndrome: A Case Report.  D. Panchal, MD, S. Allen, MD, V. Asokan, MD and N. Rao, MD. Poster Presentation at AAP Annual Meeting 2012.  Abstract Published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Supplement.

Diabetes, Spinal Cord Injury and Functional Outcome: A Retrospective Study. V. Asokan, MD; V. Stambolis, MD. Poster Presentation at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly 2010, Abstract Published in the PM&R Journal Supplement. 

Merci Clot Retrieval and Functional Recovery: A Case Series. V. Asokan, MD; N. Rao, MD; Poster Presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting 2011. Abstract Published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Supplement.

  • Follow up Case Series Presented at the AAPMR Annual Meeting in 2011 authored by H. Akinbiyi, MD, V. Asokan, MD and N. Rao, MD.  Abstract Published in the PM&R Journal Supplement.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation for Pediatric Patients with Guillain Barre: A Case Series. V. Asokan, MD; M. Keen, MD. Poster Presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting 2011. Abstract Published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Supplement.

Apraxia in a 48 year old Stroke Patient with Congenital Deafness: A Case Report. V. Asokan, MD; R. Krieger, MD. Poster presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting 2010, Abstract Published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Supplement.

Effects of melatonin administration on daytime sleep after simulated night shift work. Katherine M. Sharkey, Louis F . Fogg and Charmane I . Eastman. J. Sleep Res. (2001) 10, 181±192. Credited for the data collection in a double-blind clinical trial examining the effects of sustained- release melatonin on daytime sleep.

Quick Review of Ventilator Modes: The Gas Cast Anesthesia Podcast Pacemakers and ICDs, V. Asokan—Audio Lecture Presentation Neuro-axial Blocks and Opioids, V. Asokan—Audio Lecture Presentation. Downloadable Podcast Presentations.

Research Interests

Neurostimulants in Brain Injury Use of Modalities in Myopathy

Use of Modalities in Neuromuscular Disease

Certifications & Licenses

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: May 2013

Permanent License with Controlled Substance & DEA(IL)

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