Rita Hamilton Named Distiguished Service Award Recipient
RITA HAMILTON, DO, NAMED AS JAMES J. PETERS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT
Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Recognizes Hamilton at National Conference
DALLAS, September 24, 2018 – Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation’s Director of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Rita Hamilton, D.O., has been named as this year’s recipient of the Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professional’s (ASCIP) James J. Peters Distinguished Service Award, which was given to her at its annual meeting this month. The award recognizes professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership on a national level through the development of high quality programs and impacting individuals with spinal cord injury.
"Dr. Hamilton’s love for this patient population is quite evident," notes Amy Wilson, M.D., and medical director for Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. "She is dedicated to providing life-long care for those living with spinal cord injury, along with being an academic and research leader in this field."
Hamilton received numerous nominations from both colleagues and patients for her work with spinal cord injured patients. Some of the highlights include:
"Dr. Hamilton is passionate and vocal about providing high quality, hands on patient care. She has developed a reputation for having strong and positive relationships with her patients."
"One of the aspects that attracted me to specialize in spinal cord injury medicine was Dr. Hamilton’s patience and expertise in taking complicated medical subjects and boiling them down so that patients could truly understand what was going on in their bodies to best take care of themselves."
"Dr. Hamilton opened the door like sunshine parting clouds with her bright smiling face and cheerful voice."
"She deftly established rapport with a scared family…while simultaneously laying out the path ahead…putting weeks of collective anxiety to rest."
Hamilton is certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She received her medical degree at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.