Spinal Cord Injury
Model Systems

The Model Spinal Cord Injury System program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Dept of Education, provides assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery , demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Model System Centers across the United States work together to demonstrate improved care, maintain a national database, participate in independent and collaborative research and provide continuing education relating to spinal cord injury. Presently there are 14 systems and 5 follow-up centers the 2016-2021 grant funding cycle.


UAB Model Spinal Cord Injury Model System
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
(205) 934-3283


Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA


The Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System
Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO
(303) 789-8306


South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System
University of Miami, Miami, FL
(305) 243-4497


Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Shepherd Center, Inc., Atlanta, GA
(404) 352-2020


Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCIS)
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL
(312) 238-2802


Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center
Charlestown, MA
(617) 952-6174

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ
(973) 324-3567

New York

Mount Sinai Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Program
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY
(212) 659-9369


Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
(216) 778-8781

Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
(614) 366-3877


Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury
UMPC Rehabilitation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 232-7949


Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX
(713) 797-5972

Follow-up Centers

These centers were previously funded Model Systems and continue to collect Form II follow-up data. New participants are not enrolled.

California – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center,
San Jose, CA (800) 352-1956

Michigan – University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI (734) 763-0971

Missouri – Columbia, Missouri
(collected by NSCISC (205) 934-3283)

Virginia – Fishersville, Virginia
(collected by NSCISC (205) 934-3283)

Washington – Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System,
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (800) 366-5643