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Mission Statement

The mission of the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship is to produce compassionate physicians who are highly skilled and trained to provide exemplary care to individuals with spinal cord injury and spinal cord diseases. In our experience and according to previous research, many individuals with spinal cord injury have great difficulty identifying physicians in their local areas who are equipped to treat their injury. By increasing the number of physicians who are fellowship trained in spinal cord injury medicine, we will meet the need of our patients who frequently find themselves without adequate access to care. This aligns directly with the mission of Atrium Health to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing-for all. 

Aims of the Program

The spinal cord injury medicine fellowship will be a 12-month program that focuses on specialized training on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of traumatic spinal cord injury, nontraumatic myelopathies, and spinal cord injury related diseases, as well as the management of medical, physical, psychosocial, and vocational consequences and complications that may occur during the lifetime of people with spinal cord dysfunction. This fellowship will include clinical experiences in the initial acute care management of spinal cord injury, acute spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and chronic management of the secondary complications associated with spinal cord injury. This will afford trainees the best opportunity to be exposed to diverse patient populations in a range of settings.  The goals and objectives of the program are centered around the clinical core competencies of the patient-physician interaction and will be incorporated into all aspects of the fellowship.

Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program

Carolinas Rehabilitation is offering a one-year ACGME fellowship in spinal cord injury rehabilitation for a board-eligible/board-certified psychiatrist. Carolinas Rehabilitation is a 192-bed, CARF-accredited rehabilitation hospital with 30 beds dedicated to spinal cord injury. This fellowship allows for flexibility between clinical and research time and will be specifically designed to meet the candidate's interest.

Clinical opportunities include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient management
  • Inpatient and outpatient management of SCI patients with a focus on treatment of active medical problems
  • Neuro-urology, GI dysmotility/neurogenic bowel, gynecologic management Procedural management of spasticity
  • Symptomatic intervention to improve quality of life
  • Integration of system-based practice for successful practice development

The clinical experience also provides time for learning opportunities with urologists, neurosurgeons and trauma surgeons located at the Carolinas Medical Center CMC Level I trauma center adjacent to Carolinas Rehabilitation.

 Interested candidates must have excellent clinical and academic credentials and be highly motivated and desire a challenging clinical/research environment.

Please view our brochure (PDF) for further information on the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation fellowship.

We accept applications ONLY from participants via the link below where you will find information on the application and Match processes. 

SCI Fellowship – Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Inc. (

Please send additional questions to:

Sandra M. Watson
Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1100 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203


Meet the Faculty



LaTanya Lofton-Hogue, MD
Program Director, Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program  

Dr.  Dr. Lofton-Hogue is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She was a clinical fellow in Spinal Cord Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lofton-Hogue is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Lofton-Hogue is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the Arkansas Medical Society. Her clinical interests include spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amputee rehabilitation and neuromuscular disease. Dr. Lofton-Hogue enjoys cooking, reading, playing the piano and playing the saxophone.


Michael Ortiz, MD
Faculty Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine 

Dr. Michael Ortiz received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.
He completed an Internal Medicine Internship at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he served as Chief Resident and graduated in 2019. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding/VA Boston in Boston, MA.

During his spare time, Dr. Ortiz enjoys sport climbing, bouldering, running, hiking, painting, and studies in Greek/Roman/Norse mythology. Please help us welcome Dr. Ortiz to the Carolinas Rehabilitation family!


William Bockenek, MD
Chair, Department of PM&R, Carolinas Medical Center
Director, Post-Polio Program

Dr. Bockenek is the Chairman of the Dept. of PM&R at Carolinas Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer of Carolinas Rehabilitation. He graduated medical school at the University of South Florida and completed his PMR residency at Rutgers NJ Medical School and the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation.

He is a Full Professor at Carolinas Medical Center and an adjunct Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. He is certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine by the ABPMR, as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine by the ABEM. He is also certified by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).

When the first PM&R residents arrived at CR/CMC in 1992, he was the residency program director and remained in that role for 15 years, prior to handing the baton to Dr. Nguyen in 2006. One of the proudest achievements of his career was being a recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award (sponsored by the ACGME) in 2004.

He is a former member and vice-chair of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he was chair of the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine committee and MOC committee, for many years. He was also a member and Chair of the Residency Review Committee for PMR within the ACGME and following his term on the RRC, chaired the committee that developed the initial ACGME PMR Milestones for the Next Accreditation System. He is also previously served on the Board of the American Paraplegia Society, the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and the American Spinal Injury Association. He is the currently the director of the Program for Academic Leadership within the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Dr. Bockenek enjoys hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and spending time with his family and friends in the NC mountains.