The purpose of pediatric rehabilitation is to maximize a child's level of function, as well as prepare them to be as independent as possible once they return home. This eight-bed unit serves children who have experienced traumatic injuries or have become debilitated due to an illness or a prolonged hospitalization.
Donald Currie, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Currie received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residencies at Baylor University Medical Center, and at The University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has been recognized as one of San Antonio’s Best Doctors in San Antonio Magazine for many years. He has special skills and interests in caring for the most severely disabled children and in the technology that can help these children attain the best outcomes and best quality of life. He is the only doctor to have won the Presidential Awards for both Teaching and Clinical Excellence at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Currie is also certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Nicholas Fleming, DO
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr. Fleming is the Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Fleming received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
His specific pediatric rehabilitation interests include severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular and movement disorders. He is published in the field of neuropathy. He has presented formal academic lectures in the fields of brain injury and spasticity. He is a peer-nominated member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Fleming is greatly dedicated to the general inclusion and reintegration of disabled children.
Dr. Fleming performs multiple pediatric procedures both with and without the use of sedation including EMG and nerve conduction testing, botulinum toxin (ex: Botox) injections for spasticity and dystonia, nerve and motor point blocks.
Elizabeth Adams, CPNP
Instructor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. She worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City before starting in the Master’s Degree program at the University of Missouri. She earned a Master of Science degree in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is a member of several professional organizations including Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner.
Elizabeth works with both Dr. Currie and Dr. Fleming in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She evaluates and treats patients in different multispecialty clinics including the Wheelchair Clinic, Spina Bifida Clinic, Spasticity Clinic, Pediatric Rehab Clinic, Botox Injection clinic, and Joint Neuro/Rehab Spasticity Clinic. She helps coordinate care between therapists, DME providers, Orthotists, and all multidisciplinary groups. Her main focus is to provide the best quality of care for the children with any disabling condition, and their families, through a multi-disciplinary approach. She teaches all her patients how to be proactive and informed about their care and assists them in transition to adult care when they come of age.
A medical specialist in Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation oversees patient care, examining and monitoring patients to guide them to their maximum level of function. The rehabilitation team works together providing high quality care to ensure patient success.
Hospital-Based School is offered through the San Antonio Independent School District to school-aged patients eligible to enroll in the program. The Hospital teacher will coordinate with the patient's teachers so they can continue their curriculum while in the Hospital.
Pediatric Rehabilitation nurses are responsible for each child's care while in the Hospital. The nurse will coordinate care with the therapist and other members of the rehabilitation team to ensure continuity of care. Along with the other members of the team, rehabilitation nurses are responsible for providing discharge teaching so each patient and their family is prepared to return home once inpatient care is no longer necessary.
Patients have access to the benefits of staying at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, including therapy gyms and Child Life playrooms in close proximity to patient rooms, on-site pediatric subspecialists, including audiologists, respiratory therapists, radiologists, lab technicians, and dieticians.
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio also offers outpatient therapy in the Goldsbury Center for Children and Families for patients to continue the rehabilitation process once they leave the hospital and return home.
- Multiple Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Pediatric Pain Disorders
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Brain Injuries
- Orthopedic Impairments
Impairment in two or more of the following:
- Self-Care Activities, including dressing, bathing, and feeding
- Mobility, including walking, wheelchair propulsion, and transfers
- Speech and Cognition Skills, including speech, language, and swallowing disorders
- Orthotic Prosthetic Management, including use and care of prostheses, braces, or adaptive aids
- Significant disabilities not manageable in an outpatient setting
For further information about the Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, please call 210.704.3760.