13139-Groves, Christine

Christine C. Groves, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

GH 4300
Indianapolis, IN
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Christine Groves, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, is proud to call Indianapolis her hometown. After completing her residency training at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina, she returned to IUSM as faculty in 2011.

Specializing in neurorehabilitation and health equity, Dr. Groves is a global advocate for accessible rehabilitation services and PM&R education. She has devoted a significant portion of her professional life to work in Nepal, where she partners with Spinal Injury Sangh Nepal. Together, they strive to expand rehabilitation services for individuals who have experienced spinal cord injury and stroke. Most recently, they have developed Nepal's first PM&R training program, equipping local physicians to expand the reach of PM&R throughout their communities.

Back in Indianapolis, Dr. Groves provides vital outpatient neurorehabilitation services to patients at Eskenazi Health, with a focus on spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. As part of her comprehensive approach to patient care, she also provides medical acupuncture for individuals with acute and chronic pain. Additionally, Dr. Groves is an active health systems researcher. Her work centers on improving access to care and reducing healthcare inequities for individuals following stroke and other potentially disabling conditions. 

Dr. Groves serves on the Association of Academic Physiatrists' Global Academic Physiatry Subcommittee and writes test questions for the American Board of PM&R, helping to ensure the highest standards of care and competence among future practitioners.

Key Publications

Shrestha S, Shrestha K, Groves CC. Patient handling and transportation from site of injury to tertiary trauma centres in Nepal following acute traumatic spinal cord injury: a descriptive study. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2022 Sep 10;8(1):79. doi: 10.1038/s41394-022-00545-3. PubMed PMID: 36088345; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9464210. 

Dhakal R, Khadka A, Groves CC. Risk factors, clinical features, and outcomes among stroke patients presenting to Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, 19(52),603-607. 2021. doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.460

Khatri P, Jalayondeja C, Dhakal R, Groves CC. Functional outcome following inpatient rehabilitation among individuals with complete spinal cord injury in Nepal. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2021 Oct 7;7(1):93. doi: 10.1038/s41394-021-00452-z. PubMed PMID: 34620844; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8497563. 

Witte P, Tamang S, Groves CC, House DR, Khadka L, Bhotia T, Hartman J. Feasibility assessment of the ICF Minimal Generic Set as a disability screening tool in rural Nepal. Disability, CBR and inclusive development. 2021 October; 32(3):53-75. doi: 10.47985/dcidj.460.

Dhakal R, O'Connell C, Gurung JB, Shah RP, Adhikari HP, Chandi N, Groves CC. A team effort in Nepal: experiences from managing a large COVID-19 rehabilitation hospital outbreak. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2021 Jan 19;7(1):5. doi: 10.1038/s41394-020-00374-2. Review. PubMed PMID: 33468991; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7814522. 

Parajuli B, Acharya K, Groves CC, Dhakal R, Shrestha J, Shrestha R, Manandhar M. Post-traumatic stress disorder among individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury in Nepal: a cross-sectional study. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2023 Apr 6;9(1):13. doi: 10.1038/s41394-023-00566-6. PubMed PMID: 37024460; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10079656. 

Chhabra HS, Sachdeva G, Kovindha A, Hossain MS, Hasnan N, Thapa E, Rajasekaran S, Yusniza MY, Sybil Shah S, Pinto N, Groves CC, Kammuang-Lue P, Helal SU, Ahmad Fauzi A, Aiyer S, Ahmad Kasah NB, Niroshanie RAC. International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) database: Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) Pilot Project [IDAPP]. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2018;4:45. doi: 10.1038/s41394-018-0076-5. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29844928; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5962632. 

Groves CC, Poudel MK, Baniya M, Rana C, House DR. Descriptive study of earthquake-related spinal cord injury in Nepal. Spinal Cord. 2017 Jul;55(7):705-710. doi: 10.1038/sc.2017.25. Epub 2017 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 28290470.

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Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Service Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Eskenazi Health
  • Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services, Eskenazi Health
  • Affiliated Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research
  • Education
    2020 MPH Johns Hopkins University
    2007 MD Indiana University
    2002 BS Butler University

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