Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD completed her bachelor’s degree at Duke University, double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering, in 1989. After leaving Duke, she worked at the National Institutes of Health as a biomedical engineer, developing and testing molecular biology software, developing a strategic plan for implementing computer networking, and recruiting a head for the newly formed Computational Biology Group. She left the NIH to attend Vanderbilt University, earning her MD and PhD in 1997. Her graduate research in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics investigated the neurophysiology of the corticostriatal synapse. This served as the basis for her interest in neuromodulation, which has been a key aspect of her subsequent clinical research activities. She completed her internship in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 under the direction of Richard Simmons, MD. Following internship she specialized in neurological surgery during her residency at UPMC and VA hospitals from 1998-2004 under L. Dade Lunsford, MD. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in 2005 under the direction of W. Jerry Oakes, MD. Dr. Tyler-Kabara served as assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, from 2005-2014 and now as associate professor. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, since 2006 and in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2007. Dr. Tyler-Kabara has been a faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine since 2000. She has been a member of the medical staff of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian since 2005 and a medical consultant at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC since 2007.

Research Interest Summary

brain computer interfaces, cerebral palsy, spasticity, movement disorders, pediatric spinal and skull base disorders