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Ewa B. Brandys, MD

Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehab

Office: Phoenix Childrens Medical Group - Physical Med & Rehab
Address: 1919 E Thomas Rd , Phoenix, AZ 85016-7710
Phone: (602) 933-2263
Fax: (602) 933-4256
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Fellow; Pediatric Rehabilitation/Developmental Disabilities Member Council of AAPMR; Central Nervous System Rehabilitation Member; Council of AAPMR; Medical Rehabilitation Member Councilof AAPMR; American College of Sports Medicine; American Medical Association
Degree/Certifications: MD
Board Certifications: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School/Education: Jagiellonian University Medical College Krakow, Poland
Internship: New York Flushing Hospital and Medical Center Flushing, NY
Residency: (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; (Pediatrics) St. Louis Hospital for Children, Krakow, Poland
Fellowship: (Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine) Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Polish-American Children's Hospital, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
What led you to your career as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor?
I always wanted to help children overcome their weakness and disability and improve the quality of their life. There is no surgery or pill to prescribe for this, so I am a physical medicine and rehabilitation practitioner.

What is the best thing about your job?
To see children empowered with independence and able to move, communicate and take care of themselves even after the most devastating illness. Technology and a helping hand can do wonders to improve quality of life.

Have you received a special gift of thanks or piece of artwork from a child?
Thank you cards

What is your favorite children’s book?
Harry Potter

How do you go about calming a child’s fears? Aside from the wonderful work of the Child Life team?
Make medical visit and therapy a meeting to play. I examine patients when they walk, crawl and play, only brief and quick physical contact is required to complete PMR exam. I always tell them what I am going to do, and if they are afraid, will instruct parent how to help me so children do not have to get far from their parents and this tends to calm them quite well. Toys and lots of fun will make any medical encounter easier.

How do you build trust with a parent?
Take good care of their children, which means always listen to parents concerns, their ideas about what is wrong with their children and how they want to be helped. In rehabilitation, parents and children set their own goals what they want to accomplish and this becomes part of their treatment plan.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Not sure, I always like to explore so will to eat in a new place I have never tried before. There are many good restaurants, too many to pick one.

Where are you originally from, and how did you get here?
Krakow, Poland, then a long list of stations (New York, NY, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Pittsburgh PA)
Research/Special Interests: Integrative rehabilitation in very young children with traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain/spine neoplasms, spinal cord injury, hemiplegic cerebral palsy; activity-dependent neuroplasticity; functional electric stimulation in motor/sensory restoration;