NNS 2023

James Sulzer

Position: Associate Professor
Dr. James Sulzer: Case Western Reserve University
Categories: NNS 2023 Speakers

James Sulzer, PhD is Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) on the topic of lower limb robotic exoskeletons for individuals with stroke. James was an ETH Fellow for this postdoc at ETH Zurich, where his focus was on neural operant conditioning of the dopaminergic midbrain. While a faculty member at UT Austin, where he founded a rehabilitation research consortium, his 4 year old daughter suffered a severe traumatic brain injury leaving her with significant cognitive and motor impairments. Since then, James and his wife, Lindsay (PhD from Northwestern in Chemical and Biological Engineering specializing in regenerative medicine), have been struggling to manage care of their daughter, their two sons, and adapt to their new lives. Lindsay and James wrote an academic journal paper on the experience and the altered outlook on rehabilitation research, followed by a full length article covering their situation in The Atlantic in 2021. James has redirected much of his energy towards advocacy, now a board member of RePlay For Kids, an organization that adapts and donates toys for children that need them, and is a member of the United Cerebral Palsy National Research Committee.