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Robert Kowalski

TitleClinical Faculty
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentSOM-Rehabilitation Medicine
Phone303/789-8028

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    Robert G. Kowalski, MD, MS, is a an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in the Department of Neurology, and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kowalski has more than 15 years of experience in research involving patients with severe brain injuries. His clinical research interests include coma and disorders of consciousness, seizures including status epilepticus, neuroimaging, and traumatic brain injury. He is leading a study on outcomes in survivors of status epilepticus, at the University of Colorado Hospital.

    Dr. Kowalski has conducted clinical research in the Division of Critical Care Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York; and in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. At both institutions his research studies involved patients treated in specialized neurologic intensive care units. He is lead author on publications on misdiagnosis in subarachnoid hemorrhage (JAMA, 2004); the neuroanatomic basis of awakening after acute coma (Annals of Neurology, 2015), and the impact of antiepileptic medications with anesthetic effect on outcome following status epilepticus (Critical Care Medicine, 2012). He is a founding member of the Neurocritical Care Society.


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    1. Kowalski RG, Haarbauer-Krupa JK, Bell JM, Corrigan JD, Hammond FM, Torbey MT, Hofmann MC, Dams-O'Connor K, Miller AC, Whiteneck GG. Acute Ischemic Stroke After Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence and Impact on Outcome. Stroke. 2017 Jul; 48(7):1802-1809. PMID: 28611087.
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    2. Weintraub AH, Gerber DJ, Kowalski RG. Posttraumatic Hydrocephalus as a Confounding Influence on Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Incidence, Clinical Characteristics, and Outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Feb; 98(2):312-319. PMID: 27670926.
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    3. Charlifue S, Tate D, Biering-Sorensen F, Burns S, Chen Y, Chun S, Jakeman LB, Kowalski RG, Noonan VK, Ullrich P. Harmonization of Databases: A Step for Advancing the Knowledge About Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Oct; 97(10):1805-18. PMID: 27137095.
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    4. Chang TR, Kowalski RG, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ, Naval NS. Cocaine use as an independent predictor of seizures after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg. 2016 Mar; 124(3):730-5. PMID: 26315001.
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    5. Kalanuria AA, Fellerman D, Nyquist P, Geocadin R, Kowalski RG, Nussenblatt V, Rajarathinam M, Ziai W. Variability in Diagnosis and Treatment of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Neurocritical Care Patients. Neurocrit Care. 2015 Aug; 23(1):44-53. PMID: 25634643.
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    6. Rivera-Lara L, Kowalski RG, Schneider EB, Tamargo RJ, Nyquist P. Elevated relative risk of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage with colder weather in the mid-Atlantic region. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1582-7. PMID: 26149403.
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    7. Kowalski RG, Buitrago MM, Duckworth J, Chonka ZD, Puttgen HA, Stevens RD, Geocadin RG. Neuroanatomical predictors of awakening in acutely comatose patients. Ann Neurol. 2015 May; 77(5):804-16. PMID: 25628166; PMCID: PMC4955543.
    8. Chang TR, Kowalski RG, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ, Naval NS. Impact of case volume on aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage outcomes. J Crit Care. 2015 Jun; 30(3):469-72. PMID: 25648904.
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    9. Schneider EB, Sur S, Raymont V, Duckworth J, Kowalski RG, Efron DT, Hui X, Selvarajah S, Hambridge HL, Stevens RD. Functional recovery after moderate/severe traumatic brain injury: a role for cognitive reserve? Neurology. 2014 May 06; 82(18):1636-42. PMID: 24759845; PMCID: PMC4211893.
    10. Kowalski RG, Chang TR, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ, Naval NS. Withdrawal of technological life support following subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2013 Dec; 19(3):269-75. PMID: 24166245.
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    11. Naval NS, Kowalski RG, Chang TR, Caserta F, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ. The SAH Score: a comprehensive communication tool. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 23(5):902-9. PMID: 24103667.
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    12. Chang TR, Kowalski RG, Caserta F, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ, Naval NS. Impact of acute cocaine use on aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2013 Jul; 44(7):1825-9. PMID: 23652270.
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    13. Kowalski RG, Ziai WC, Rees RN, Werner JK, Kim G, Goodwin H, Geocadin RG. Third-line antiepileptic therapy and outcome in status epilepticus: the impact of vasopressor use and prolonged mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep; 40(9):2677-84. PMID: 22732291.
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    14. Naval NS, Chang T, Caserta F, Kowalski RG, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ. Improved aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage outcomes: a comparison of 2 decades at an academic center. J Crit Care. 2013 Apr; 28(2):182-8. PMID: 22835419.
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    15. Naval NS, Chang T, Caserta F, Kowalski RG, Carhuapoma JR, Tamargo RJ. Impact of pattern of admission on outcomes after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Crit Care. 2012 Oct; 27(5):532.e1-7. PMID: 22520493.
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    16. Jia X, Kowalski RG, Sciubba DM, Geocadin RG. Critical care of traumatic spinal cord injury. J Intensive Care Med. 2013 Jan-Feb; 28(1):12-23. PMID: 21482574.
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    17. Badjatia N, Kowalski RG, Schmidt JM, Voorhees ME, Claassen J, Ostapkovich ND, Presciutti M, Connolly ES, Palestrant D, Parra A, Mayer SA. Predictors and clinical implications of shivering during therapeutic normothermia. Neurocrit Care. 2007; 6(3):186-91. PMID: 17534584.
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    18. Schmidt JM, Rincon F, Fernandez A, Resor C, Kowalski RG, Claassen J, Connolly ES, Fitzsimmons BF, Mayer SA. Cerebral infarction associated with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2007; 7(1):10-7. PMID: 17657652.
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    19. Mayer SA, Kowalski RG, Presciutti M, Ostapkovich ND, McGann E, Fitzsimmons BF, Yavagal DR, Du YE, Naidech AM, Janjua NA, Claassen J, Kreiter KT, Parra A, Commichau C. Clinical trial of a novel surface cooling system for fever control in neurocritical care patients. Crit Care Med. 2004 Dec; 32(12):2508-15. PMID: 15599159.
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    20. Claassen J, Vu A, Kreiter KT, Kowalski RG, Du EY, Ostapkovich N, Fitzsimmons BF, Connolly ES, Mayer SA. Effect of acute physiologic derangements on outcome after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Crit Care Med. 2004 Mar; 32(3):832-8. PMID: 15090970.
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    21. Kowalski RG, Claassen J, Kreiter KT, Bates JE, Ostapkovich ND, Connolly ES, Mayer SA. Initial misdiagnosis and outcome after subarachnoid hemorrhage. JAMA. 2004 Feb 18; 291(7):866-9. PMID: 14970066.
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    22. Ballard J, Kreiter KT, Claassen J, Kowalski RG, Connolly ES, Mayer SA. Risk factors for continued cigarette use after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2003 Aug; 34(8):1859-63. PMID: 12843355.
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