• Research is core to California Rehabilitation Institute’s mission of advancing patient care. Our goal is to recognize challenges, innovate and evaluate new treatments that improve the lives of rehabilitation patients. We do this through studies, performed during admission to California Rehabilitation Institute or after discharge.

    If you or your loved one meets the eligibility requirements, please consider taking part in one of our studies. To learn more about active studies at California Rehabilitation Institute, please click here.


    California Rehabilitation Institute Research Team

    Dr CramerSteven C. Cramer, M.D., MMSc, FAHA, FAAN
    Medical Director of Research, California Rehabilitation Institute
    Professor, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Dr. Cramer is medical director of rehabilitation research at California Rehabilitation Institute and a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also co-principal investigator of the NIH StrokeNet clinical trials network where he chairs the Recovery & Rehabilitation Group.

    In his California Rehabilitation Institute role, Dr. Cramer oversees the implementation of rehabilitation research, helming his lab as well as helping investigators offer patients the option to participate in cutting edge medical research.

    Research in Dr. Cramer’s lab focuses on neural repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on stroke and recovery of movement. Treatments examined include robotic, stem cell, monoclonal antibody, brain stimulation, drug, and most recently use of telehealth methods to improve patient outcomes. A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke, and on individualizing therapy for each person’s needs. A list of his publications can be viewed at

    Dr. Cramer graduated with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley, received his medical degree from University of Southern California and completed residencies in internal medicine at UCLA and neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), respectively. He also completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at MGH. In addition, Dr. Cramer received a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Harvard Medical School.

    Contact: [email protected]


    Pamela-RobertsPamela Roberts, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM
    Sr. Director Quality, Outcomes and Research, California Rehabilitation Institute
    Executive Director in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Cedars-Sinai Executive Director and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cedars-Sinai
    Co-Director, Division of Informatics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cedars-Sinai

    Dr. Roberts is senior director of quality, outcomes and research for California Rehabilitation Institute. In this role, she monitors and analyzes data to help improve patient outcomes and works in conjunction with Dr. Cramer with the leadership of the research endeavors at California Rehabilitation Institute. She also teaches at the University of Southern California (USC) and lectures at other Los Angeles area universities. Dr. Roberts’ professional career spans the continuum of care from clinician to administrator, educator and researcher.

    Dr. Roberts is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and is involved with the National Quality Forum Membership Partnership for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care, and the All-Cause Admission and Readmission Steering Committee. She is a member of the Administrative Directors Council of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and past chair of the California Hospital Association Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Roberts is president of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and past chair of the Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and of the ACRM Program Committee.

    In addition, Dr. Roberts has served as principal and co-investigator on a variety of research projects. She participates in workshops and consults on research topics including rehabilitation, informatics and health service research, regionally, nationally and internationally.

    Dr. Roberts has a Bachelor of Science from Washington University in St. Louis, MO; Master of Health Science with distinction in Healthcare Administration from California State University-Northridge; and Doctor of Philosophy with honors in Health Sciences from Touro University.

    Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]


    Marc-Feldman.jpgMarc S. Feldman, B.S.
    Research and Outcomes Coordinator, California Rehabilitation Institute

    Marc is a research and outcomes coordinator for California Rehabilitation Institute. He is responsible for assembling data, building a research infrastructure and assists in organizing the lab for conducting further research.

    Prior to his current post, Marc served as a laboratory technician and manager in Dr. Veronica Jimenez-Ortiz's molecular parasitology lab. He assisted in maintenance and organization of the lab, and in digitization of lab materials. Before that, he was a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) technician in UCLA’s TMS lab where he helped run functional MRI imaging and analyzed data. He was also a member of the UCLA Motor Control Lab where he helped design an imaging pilot study aimed at understanding dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions) and worked on data analysis for a dystonia patient outcome study.

    Marc graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, specializing in computing. He earned his pre-health post-baccalaureate certificate from California State University, Fullerton.

    Contact email: [email protected]
    Contact phone: 424-522-7119

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