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NIH Clinical Center Senior Staff

Michaele R. Smith, PT, M Ed


Michaele Smith is a Captain in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). She was commissioned as an officer with the USPHS following graduation from the physical therapy program at Howard University in Washington, DC. CAPT Smith earned a Masters of Education in Adult Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia in 2006. She began as a staff therapist and quickly progressed to senior staff therapist and the Education Coordinator of the Physical Therapy section. Early in her career she organized numerous educational courses; health fairs; developed the sections competency based program and post graduate clinical research program for academicians and clinical therapists. The clinical research program has generated numerous abstracts, posters and manuscripts mostly through the NIH summer intern program (SIP) and independent physical therapy academic requests for student placement.

While the primary emphasis is on clinical patient care, she and the staff are currently involved in advancing clinical research through institute collaboration using innovative assessment & treatment outcome measurements to enhance patient care, clinical research and education.

Early NIH interests were in the area of adult and pediatric oncology, HIV infection and Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). Parallel with these interests was the development of the RMD pediatric team whose work served the CC but specifically collaborative research with the Pediatric Oncology Branch, Rainbow Team under the leadership of Dr. Phil Pizzo. This work was instrumental in obtaining pharmaceutical approval for AZT in children with HIV infection. Current interests involve children with genetic disorders (Smith Magenis Syndrome), Neonatal Onset Multi-systems Inflammatory Disorder (NOMID) syndrome and Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1).

CAPT Smith serves as a board member for the credentialing of new staff therapists in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, NIH. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Commissioned Officers Association (COA) and Therapist Professional Advisory Committee (TPAC). She has completed the Bobath Neuro-Developmental (NDT) certification in the treatment of children. In addition, she served as past Chair of the HIV/AIDS SIG, (APTA) and past chair of the Cultural Competence Committee, (APTA) and is a credentialed clinical education instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, she is the past Category Discipline Specific Liaison and Mentoring Chairperson of the Therapist Professional Advisory Committee (TPAC).

She has lectured and written articles on the topic of pediatric HIV infection, Juvenile Dermatomyositis and genetics at local, national and international conferences. Her passions are in the area of mentoring, especially those persons seeking a career change and community service.

Honors and Awards

Clinical Center Director's Award for dedication to improving the quality, efficiency and transparency of work at the Clinical Center (2009); Clinical Center Director's Award for Mentoring and Development of a Clinical Research Training Fellowship Program (2001).

USPHS Therapist Category, William Fromherz Award (2014), USPHS Outstanding Service Medal (2011); Commendation Medal (1997); Achievement Medal (2009, 2004, 2003, 1994, 1990); PHS Citation (1991, 1988); Outstanding Unit Citation (2007); Unit Commendation (2011, 2011, 2011, 2011, 2010, 2010, 2004, 1991); Crisis Response Service Award (2008, 2006); Special Assignment Award (2011).


Meilleur KG, Jain MS, Hynan LS et al. Results of a two-year pilot study of clinical outcome measures in collagen VI-related myopathy and LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy Neuromuscul Disord. 2015 Jan;25(1):43-54.

Winer KK, Zhang B, Shrader JA, Peterson D, Smith M, Albert PS, Cutler GB. Synthetic Human Parathyroid Hormone 1-34 Replacement Therapy: A Randomized Crossover Trial Comparing Pump versus Injections in the Treatment of Chronic Hypoparathyroidism. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) JC-11-190873. DOI:

Smith, MR., Hildenbrand HH, Smith A. Sensory Motor and Functional Skills of Dizygotic Twins: One with Smith–Magenis Syndrome and a Twin Control. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics. 2009; 29(3): 239-257.

Wolters PL, Gropman AL, Martin SC, Smith MR, Hildenbrand HL, Brewer CC, & Smith ACM. Neurodevelopment of children under three years with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. Pediatric Neurology. 2009; 41(4):250-258.

Smith, MR., Danoff, J., Jain, M., Long, T. Genetic disorders: Implications for allied health professionals: Two case studies. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. Oct 2007, Volume 5 Number 4.

Smith, MR, Jain MJ, Hicks JE. Rehabilitation of the Child with Myositis. In Myositis and You: A Guide to Juvenile Dermatomyositis for Patients, Families and Healthcare Providers. The Myositis Association Publishers, 2007.

Jain M, Smith MR, Cintas H, et al. Intra-Rater and Inter-Rater Reliability of the 10 Point Manual Muscle Test (MMT) of Strength in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (JIIM). Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics. 2006; 26(3):5-17.

Harris MH, Smith M R. Orthopedic Interventions for Pediatric Patients: The Evidence for Effectiveness: Independent Study 15.1.6 Pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: APTA. Editor: Dr. Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MIT, CERT MDT. 12/05

Smith M, Danoff J, Parks, R. Motor Skill Development in Children with HIV Infection Measured with the Peabody Developmental Scales. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2002 Summer;14(2):74-84.

Smith, M.R. Et al. Motor Assessment of Infants with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: A Retrospective Review of Multiple Cases. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 1995;7(1):9-13.

Smith, M.R. Internal Hemipelvectomy: A Case Report. Rehabilitation in Oncology. 14(1):26-27.

Winer KK, Zhang B, Shrader JA, Peterson D, Smith M, Albert PS, Cutler GB. Synthetic Human Parathyroid Hormone 1-34 Replacement Therapy: A Randomized Crossover Trial Comparing Pump versus Injections in the Treatment of Chronic Hypoparathyroidism. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) JC-11-190873. E-publication ahead of print.

Rider L, Koziol D, Giannini EH, Jain M, Smith MR, Whitney-Mahoney K, Feldman BM, Wright SJ, Lindsley CB, Pachman LM, Villalba ML, Lovell DJ, Bowyer SL, Plotz PH, Miller FW, Hicks JE. Validation of Manual Muscle Testing and a Subset of Eight Muscles for Adult and Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies. Arthritis Care & Research. 2010;62(4):465-472.

Harris-Love MO, Shrader JA, Koziol D, Pahlajani N, Jain M, Smith M, Cintas HL et al. Distribution and severity of weakness among patients with Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis and Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2009;48(2):134-9.


Carmona RH, Darling RG, Knoben JE, Michael JM. USPHS Professional Category Public Health Emergency Response Roles in Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice. PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health. 2010:212-267.

Smith, M.R., Galantino ML, ed. AIDS Research: National Institutes of Health - Issues in HIV Rehabilitation. 1996:198-208.

Smith, M., Et al. HIV Motor Development and Your Child. Pediatric Branch of the National Cancer Institute Educational brochure for families. 1992.

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