Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Colin K Franz, MD, PhD

Colin K Franz, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Focus of Work

Bio

The goal of regenerative rehabilitation is to boost innate repair processes and/or to replace tissues in order to improve function. This is the focus of my career as a physiatrist-scientist with expertise in neuromuscular medicine, rehabilitation, gene therapy, and disease modeling with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). In the clinic, I see patients with nerve injuries, neuromuscular disease, as well as perform electromyography testing. In the laboratory, I use a combination of molecular, ...[Read full text]The goal of regenerative rehabilitation is to boost innate repair processes and/or to replace tissues in order to improve function. This is the focus of my career as a physiatrist-scientist with expertise in neuromuscular medicine, rehabilitation, gene therapy, and disease modeling with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). In the clinic, I see patients with nerve injuries, neuromuscular disease, as well as perform electromyography testing. In the laboratory, I use a combination of molecular, biochemical, and electrophysiological assays to study neurotrauma, axon regeneration and motor neuron disease with a priority on human pre-clinical models involving neurons generated from patient-specific iPSCs.[Shorten text]

Clinical Focus

1. Diagnostic electrophysiology including electromyography and nerve conduction studies 2. Peripheral nerve injuries, nerve repair and nerve transfers 3. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron diseases 4. Peripheral neuropathy 5. Neuromuscular ultrasound

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: Dalhousie University, Anatomy (2007)
  • MD: University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine (2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Emory University, Neurosurgery (2007)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Canada, Neuroscience (2012)
  • Internship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital), Medicine (2013)
  • Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2017)
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center, Neuromuscular Medicine (2018)
  • Board Certification: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation