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Texas Medical Center
Specialty Care

Physical Medicine and Rehab
Phone: 832-826-6106 (Main) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land)
Fax: 832-825-8978


Texas Children's Specialty Care Sugar Land
15400 Southwest Freeway
2nd Floor
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street
16th Floor, Mark Wallace Tower
Houston, TX 77030

Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Colorado School of Medicine Residency Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2018
Colorado School of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2017
Colorado School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2013
University of Colorado PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience 2011


As a pediatric physical medicine & rehabilitation physician, I help children affected by various ailments reach their maximum potential. I guide my patients and their families in making evidence-based decisions that meet their personal and family goals. No two situations are identical and there needs to be open communication between physicians, patients, families, and other care team members to personalize care. Additionally, as a physician scientist, I hope to learn from every patient encounter so that my research addresses actual questions and concerns of patients and their families.

Clinical Interests:

Cerebral palsy, spasticity management

Research Interests:

My research is focused on improving decision-making for patients and families when it comes to spasticity management in cerebral palsy. I am currently developing a comparative effectiveness study in conjunction with the CP Research Network to determine which anti-spasticity interventions work best for any given patient, tailoring medicine to their individual needs. I also focus on adult outcomes in CP to help tailor care in the pediatric setting with the whole lifespan in mind.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Member, Communications Committee Chair Elect
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Member
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
Association of Academic Physiatrists Member, Applicant track of Rehabilitation Medical Scientist Program
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Systematic Review Initial Screener
Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Manuscript Reviewer
PM&R Journal Manuscript reviewer Manuscript Reviewer

Selected Publications

Baer HR & Thomas SP, Pan Z, Tagawa A, Carollo J, Heyn PC. Self-reported physical function is associated with walking speed in adults with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 (in press).

Heyn P, Thomas SP, Tagawa A, Pan Z, Carollo J. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk factors in young adults with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2019 Jan 20; epub ahead of publication.

Thomas SP, Kanallakan A. (2016, April). Acute Immune Related Neuropathies. PM&R Knowledge NOW. Retrieved from

Thomas, SP (2013, May). Student Voice: Scholar Makes Sense of Unexpected Finding. CU Medicine Today (online). Retrieved from….

Pandipati S, Schoppa NE. Age-dependent adrenergic actions in the main olfactory bulb that could underlie an olfactory sensitive period. Journal of Neurophysiology 2012. 108(7): 1999-2007. PMCID: PMC3545001.

Pandipati S, Gire DH, Schoppa NE. Adrenergic receptor-mediated disinhibition of mitral cells triggers long-term enhancement of synchronized oscillations in the olfactory bulb. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2010. 104(2): 665-674. PMCID: PMC2934928.

Chang DT, Rintoul GL, Pandipati S, Reynolds IJ. Mutant huntingtin aggregates impair mitochondrial movement and trafficking in cortical neurons. Neurobiology of Disease. 2006. 22(2): 388-400. PMID: 16473015.

Chen Y, Ruetzler C, Pandipati S, Spatz M, McCarron RM, Becker K, Hallenbeck JM. Mucosal tolerance to E-selectin provides cell-mediated protection against ischemic brain injury. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2003. 100(25): 15107-15112. PMCID: PMC299916.

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