donate icon DONATE
Susan McDowell headshot

Susan M. McDowell, MD

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Susan M. McDowell, M.D., is the chairperson for physical medicine and rehabilitation in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She also serves as the medical director for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. McDowell earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty certificate in spinal cord injury medicine, but has always done pediatric rehabilitation care throughout her career. She has served in numerous other leadership roles within the Department of PM&R and the College of Medicine including the former associate dean for graduate medical education. Dr. McDowell has been a part of numerous regional and national academic societies. She has also presented both regionally and nationally with publications in educational and clinical areas. Her primary interests are in leadership, team, and interprofessional education and care.

She has participated in pediatric rehabilitation care through Shriners Children's on and off throughout her entire career. She has a particular interest in pediatric movement disorders management including medications, botulinum toxin and intrathecal medication usage.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - General
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
Education and Training

Medical Education
Medical College of Georgia
August, GA

University of KY
Lexington, KY

Academic Positions and Locations

University of KY
Associate Professor

Leadership and Memberships
  • 1994-Present: Member, Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • 1994-Present: Member, American Academy of PM&R


About the Patient Experience Rating System

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. 

Next Steps

Request an Appointment

Families and caregivers seeking treatment should start by contacting us for an appointment.

Log in to the Patient Portal

Parents and guardians of existing patients can email, request records, schedule appointments and more.

Refer a Patient

Physicians and healthcare providers can request appointments, start transfers or contact us with questions.