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From Research to Real Life

MetroHealth is a leader in rehabilitation research—and we use our research to give every person access to emerging and innovative treatments to advance rehabilitation. We are committed to ensuring every person has the resources they need to live their healthiest life. And that commitment means that the cutting-edge research happening at MetroHealth benefits our patients directly.

Going the Extra Mile

Advances in functional electrical stimulation—through the Networked Neuroprosthesis device developed at MetroHealth—has allowed para-athlete and Guinness World Record Holder Adam Gorlitsky to empty his bladder more quickly and safely.

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A Hand Up

When Jeffery Buysse experienced a second stroke, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute connected him to a study to improve hand function using functional electrical stimulation. Now, he’s back to working out, traveling and working to reach a goal of driving again.

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A Technically Better Life

The MetroHealth Adaptive Life Technologies (ALT) Lab offers assistive technologies that help those living with SCI to  improve function and independence throughout their home and greater community.

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Flying High

Tim Angelone was always on the go. When the Cleveland police officer wasn’t on call, he could be found kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, running, skydiving—you name it. One day, though, his life took a drastic turn.

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The Fight of His Life

With his COVID-19 symptoms worsening, Jay Foster called an ambulance to take him to MetroHealth where he was quickly put on a ventilator. He never stopped fighting, and 111 days later Jay went home.

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One of the top


for NIH rehabilitation research funding



in functional electrical stimulation technologies for motor restoration for those with central nervous system paralysis



in extramural funding from federal and state sources and foundations

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Be Simply Well

Every day, our researchers and providers are finding ways to advance physical medicine and rehabilitation. Learn more on our blog, Be Simply Well.

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Stories of Hope

The people within our care have amazing stories of triumph to share. Learn more about—and find hope in—their journeys.

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Meet Our Researchers

We are proud of the robust team of researchers who are working to improve care for our patients and others around the world. Learn more about our researchers and their areas of interest and study.

Meet Our Researchers