Marcalee Alexander graduated Jefferson Medical College in 1983 and completed her residency in PM&R there. She has spent most of her career working in spinal cord injury and was the first female president of ASIA. She has published over 125 articles and chapters in professional journals and is currently the editor of the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases.
Throughout most of her career, her research has focused on sexuality and spinal cord injury and she is known for performing significant laboratory-based research outlining the impact of specific neurologic injuries on sexual response and for lecturing frequently on sexuality and spinal cord injury. In 2018, she published an ebook entitled Sexual Sustainability, A Guide to Having a Great Sex Life with a Spinal Cord Disorder so that consumers could directly access information on the topic. Over the past 15 years she has also had an interest in telemedicine, and she currently has a sexuality telehealth clinic at Spaulding rehabilitation hospital.
Currently, Dr. Alexander is focusing her time on bringing attention to the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities. In , she and her husband Craig took a break from full time practice to start a walk from Canada to Key West to bring attention to the issues of persons of disabilities in climate change through educating both professionals and communities. During this time, she developed the concept of Day for Tomorrow, a day when people can come together in community to prepare for disasters and climate change. She is planning to continue this work and is also organizing a summit with leaders from the climate change field called Sustain Our Abilities to be held in April 2021. The goal of Sustain Our Abilities to bring together leaders from the climate change and disabilities fields to create a research agenda and foster collaborative actions. In conjunction with a desire to educate people about climate change and disability, Dr. Alexander started a nonprofit called Telerehabilitation International, with a mission to bring attention to climate change and disability and to use telemedicine to start a volunteer network of physiatrists to provide consults for persons with disabilities in areas of disaster relief. More information can be found at telerehabinternational.org.
Johanna Wangdell, OT, PhD.
Working as an Occupational therapist and Researcher at Centre of Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities, C.A.R.E. at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Member of the ISCoS Educational committee and Chairperson of Occupational therapist special interest group within ISCoS.
Been working in the field of SCI since 2002 and specifically with rehabilitation after tetraplegic upper-limb surgery since 2003.
Areas of interest are tetraplegic hands and the meaning of hand function for a person with tetraplegia.
Doctoral thesis in 2013: Patients’ perceived outcome in tetraplegia hand surgery. Wangdell J. University of Gothenburg. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/31709
After dissertation she has been involved in further research regarding rehabilitation and measurements related to Upper limb reconstructive surgery in tetraplegia. Currently involved evaluations of reconstructive hand surgery and in developments of outcome measurement of hand function test and hand ability questioner in tetraplegia.
MBBS, University of Malaya, 1993
M Rehab Med, University of Malaya, 2001
PhD, University of Sydney-University of Malaya (Co-tutelle), 2014
CIME, ABIME (USA), 2017
Malaysian Association of Rehabilitation Physicians (MARP), President, 2018
International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS), Malaysian Chapter,
Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Member, since 2016
International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), Member, since 2004
ASEAN Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), Exco Member, since 2005
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), Member, since 2007
Malaysian Association for The Study of Pain (MASP), Member, 2007
Malaysian Spinal Injury Association (MASIA), Medical Advisor, Since 2012
OKU Sentral, Medical Advisor, Since 2016
Malaysian Spinal Cord Injury Advocacy Association (MASAA), Since 2018
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Wound Management, Pain Management, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Exercise and Rehabilitation for Special Populations (Chronic Diseases and Disability)
Functional Electrical Stimulation, Assistive Technology, Virtual reality rehabilitation
Independent Medical Examination / Disability Assessment
CHAPTER IN BOOKS
Nazirah Hasnan, MBBS, MRehabMed, PhD, Chapter 14, Wheelchairs and Seating Systems. Braddom’s Rehabilitation Care: A Clinical Handbook, 1st edition, by Cifu DX, and Lew HL: Elsevier Publisher. (July 2017).
Hasnan, JP Engkasan, K Ramakrishnan, AA Fauzi, YM Yusof, O Htwe & AH Zamli. 2015. Follow up after Spinal Cord Injury. In: HS Chhabra. ISCoS Textbook on Comprehensive Management After Spinal Cord Injury, Wolters Kluwer.
Ruth Marshall and Nazirah Hasnan, 2015. Team-based Care. In: HS Chhabra. ISCoS Textbook on Comprehensive Management After Spinal Cord Injury, Wolters Kluwer.
Chairman, Conjoint Board of Master of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015 – 2016
National Leader, International Spinal Cord Injury Survey, Swiss Paraplegic Centre and World Health Organization, 2015
Member, Board of Studies, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2013
Development Workshop: Guidance document: Rehabilitation Doctors as Leaders of Rehabilitation Teams in Disasters, ISPRM, Resource Person, 2015-2017
Member, ISPRM WHO Committee "Capacity building of the rehabilitation workforce in low resource countries”, 2018
Member, WHO Technical Working Group, Package of Priority Rehabilitation Interventions, 2018
Resource person, ASEAN Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), since 2005