Biography

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D., an assistant professor at the McGovern Medical School at Houston, completed her residency at the Baylor/McGovernMed Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Alliance in July 2009. She received her medical degree in 2005 at Baylor College of Medicine and completed her internship at Baylor’s affiliated hospitals the following year.

Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez’s cares for outpatients and inpatients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurotrauma.  She is a specialist in management of patients with spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin and is able to assess, diagnose and treat interventionally if necessary.  She also does neurotrauma consults at a level one trauma center.  Her hospital affiliations include TIRR/Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Furthermore, she is Co-Medical Director of the TIRR MHH Outpatient Medical Clinic. She also works and teaches PM&R resident physicians and medical students, and has won teaching awards and awards for clinical excellence.  Dr. Gutierrez is also involved as a leader in hospital and medical school committees.  Outside of work, she is a devoted mother and wife, and enjoys exercise and distance running.  She is also involved in volunteering with the poor through her church and volunteering for a free rehabilitation clinic.

Her clinical services include care in the following areas

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurotrauma
  • Spasticity management
  • Botulinum toxin injections for spasticity
  • Intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Electrodiagnosis/EMG testing

Education

Residency
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas, Houston, TX, 2006-2009
Internship
Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX, 2005-2006
Medical Degree
M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2005
Bachelor's Degree
B.A., Rice University, Houston, TX, 2001

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • NeuroRehabilitation
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • NeuroTrauma and Polytrauma
  • Spasticity Management (medical and interventional)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Electromyography

Research Interests

  • Spasticity management
  • NeuroRecovery