Cardinal Hill Hospital's Doctor Receives National Recognition

Lexington, Kentucky---Dr. Lumy Sawaki has won the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) “Certificate of Appreciation” for Excellence, Passion, Inspiration and Unfailing Leadership. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the advancement of occupational therapy. 

Dr. Sawaki joined the University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in April 2008 as the appointed Cardinal Hill Endowed Scholar in Stroke and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation.  Dr. Sawaki completed a three-and-a-half-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) before joining the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.  “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Sawaki as one of the Cardinal Hill Endowed Scholars and receiving this award is a clear reflection of the accomplishments and impact she has made in a relatively short period of time,” says Dr. Joe Springer, Vice Chair for Research and the Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair in Neurorehabilitation.

Sawaki has developed a research program that focuses on stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation. She has received related grant awards from the American Heart Association, the Dana Foundation, the NIH, and most recently, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She has a special interest in the development of novel rehabilitative strategies to enhance functional motor recovery after stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury.  Recently Dr. Sawaki was selected to sit on a panel for the Department of Defense as well as the NIH to review national grant funding for rehabilitation research in stroke and spinal cord injury.

 “While I am honored to receive the AOTA 2011 Certificate of Appreciation, I truly feel that it belongs to the entire Cardinal Hill and UKHealthCare team that I am privileged to work with.  It is my great fortune to work with such inspiring, knowledgeable, and hard-working people.  I deeply appreciate the recognition of AOTA and at the same time insist on sharing this recognition with those around me who have been so encouraging, supportive, and committed to our vision on a daily basis.”

Dr. Sawaki will receive the award in April at the AOTA Annual Conference to be held in Philadelphia. 

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