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Keith E. Tansey, MD, PhD, FASNR, FASIA

Senior Scientist

Education and Training

Stanford University,
Palo Alto, CA
B.S., M.S. 1980 - 1985 Biology, Biomechanics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School,
Dallas, TX    
M.D., Ph.D. 1985 - 1994 Medicine, Neuroscience
Barnes-Jewish Hospital,
St. Louis, MO
Intern/Resident 1994 - 1998 Internal Medicine / Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine,
St. Louis, MO
Research Fellow 1998 - 2000 Spinal Cord Injury / General Neurology
University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine,
Los Angeles, CA
Research Fellow 2000 - 2002 Spinal Cord Injury / General Neurology


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Research Interest

  • Neural plasticity following spinal cord injury
  • Recovery of human gait and upper extremity function
  • Recovery of animal model pain and autonomic function
  • Translational research in spinal cord injury

Current Appointments

  • Senior Scientist, Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery, Methodist Rehabilitation Center
  • Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Attending Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Clinic, Jackson Veterans Administration Medical Center

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Past President, Board of Directors, International Standards Committee (Research Sub-Committee), Program Committee, Membership Committee, Americas Committee - American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
  • Fellow, Membership Committee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR)
  • International SCI Data Set Committee, Scientific Committee - International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
  • Planning Group - Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor (SCOPE)
  • Medical Monitor - Neuralstem Inc.
  • Data Safety Monitoring Board, WISE (Walking Intervention for SCI with Exoskeletons) trial
  • Scientific Advisory Board - United 2 Fight Paralysis
  • Medical Student Research Program Committee, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Outstanding Service Award, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA Mid-South Chapter)
  • President’s Research Initiative Award, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
  • Co-Editor - “Neurological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury”, Springer