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Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation


2019 RECIPIENT: Steven Cramer, MD


Congratulations to Steven Cramer, MD, the 2019 recipient of the ACRM/ASA Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation. This award lectureship is co-sponsored by the ACRM and American Stroke Association in recognition of outstanding clinical, intellectual, and service contributions in the area of stroke. Dr. Cramer is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of Research at the California Rehabilitation Institute.

On 7 November at the ACRM 96th Annual Conference in Chicago, Dr. Cramer will present a Special Symposium and ACRM/ASA Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Lecture titled, Biomarkers in Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation.



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Dr. Steven C. Cramer is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the Director of Research at California Rehabilitation Institute, and co-PI of the NIH StrokeNet clinical trials network. Dr. Cramer graduated with Highest Honors from University of California, Berkeley; received his medical degree from University of Southern California; did a residency in internal medicine at UCLA; and did a residency in neurology plus and a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School.

His research focuses on neural repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on stroke and on recovery of movement. Treatments examined include robotic, stem cell, monoclonal antibody, brain stimulation, drug, and telehealth methods. A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke, and on individualizing therapy for each person’s needs. Dr. Cramer has been awarded the Stroke Rehabilitation Award from the American Heart Association and the Barbro B. Johansson Award in Stroke Recovery from the World Stroke Organization, co-edited the book “Brain Repair after Stroke”, and is the author of over 250 manuscripts.


ACRM and the American Stroke Association (ASA) share a dedication to advancing post-acute care, advocacy, and scientific efforts for survivors of stroke and their families. This award recognizes a clinician or researcher (individual or group) (e.g., a care team, a research team, a clinical group) who has advanced the field through their scientific and/or clinical efforts in the area of post-acute stroke. The Awards Committee is especially interested in nominees whose work has directly affected clinical care and/or who have successfully translated research or pre-clinical models to successful clinical application. Representatives from the ASA and the ACRM Stroke ISIG Executive Committee may nominate worthy candidates for this award.


  • Nominee(s) are NOT required to be a current ACRM member or a member of any American Stroke Association network or endeavor.
  • Nominee(s) must be actively engaged in ongoing research, service, and/or care in clinical stroke (i.e., patient-based).
  • Nominees have made significant contributions in one or more areas of clinical care through scientific and/or patient care efforts.
  • Nominations can only be made by the ACRM Stroke ISIG Executive Committee and ASA officials. Self-nomination is not permitted.


  • The award recipient will make a presentation of their work during the ACRM Annual Conference. The presentation topic is of the award recipient’s choice, but should be related to the work for which the awardee is being recognized.
  • Award plaque




Robert Teasell, MD, FRCP (C) 


Leora R. Cherney, PhD, BC-ANCDS, CCC-SLP


Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA


John Chae, MD, presented the award lecture, Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain on 29 October 2015 at the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference.