Soshi Samejima, DPT, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Physical Therapy

Soshi Samejima is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. His research focuses on neuromodulatory and rehabilitative approaches using spinal cord stimulation and exercise for autonomic and motor function following spinal cord injury. He also conducts basic research using rat spinal cord injury model to study the mechanism of new interventions such as brain computer interface for functional recovery. 

Dr. Samejima earned his BS in PT degree from Kanazawa University in Japan, and transitional DPT degree from MGH Institute of Health Professionals. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington. He also completed his postdoctoral fellow training mentored by Dr. Andrei Krassioukov at the University of British Columbia, ICORD. 

Education and Training

  • Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan, Bachelor of Health Science, 2005
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX, Master of Athletic Training, 2010
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2013
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, Master of Science, 2016
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science, 2020
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021
  • International Collaboration of Repair Discoveries (ICORD), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Autonomic function
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Pelvic organ function
  • Sensorimotor function   

Teaching Interests

Hi teaching responsibilities are in Evidence Based Practice of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.  

Research Interests

Dr. Samejima's primary research interests encompass a broad range of topics within the field of rehabilitation and neuromodulation for autonomic function following neurological conditions. These include: 

  1. exploring specific biological mechanisms related to spinal cord stimulation, 
  2. implementing therapeutic neuromodulation interventions, and  
  3. evaluating the impact of rehabilitation and neuromodulation on the cardiovascular and pelvic organ function after neurological conditions. 
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