Spinal Cord Injury - VA Central Ohio Healthcare System
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VA Central Ohio Healthcare System


Spinal Cord Injury

Section of a spineThe Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Clinic at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus VA ACC) is affiliated with the SCI Center at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where our patients receive surgeries, treatment for complicated pressure sores, and acute inpatient rehabilitation with coordinated follow up care by the Columbus VA SCI clinic.  The Columbus VA ACC SCI offers a comprehensive preventive health annual evaluation and follow up treatment to ensure the highest quality of care for our Veteran patients. We focus on prevention of complications, education, medical management and care, psychological and social support, referrals for skilled nursing care and rehabilitation with physical and occupational therapy, assessment of equipment needs, vocational screening and referral, and assessment of needs for VA and community benefits.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Clinic Team consists of:

  • Sandra Kostyk, MD, Neurologist, Board Certified in Spinal Cord Injury Care
  • Julia Weinerman, MD, Physiatrist
  • Viktorya Proffitt, MHA, PT, Physical Therapist
  • Cheryl Johnston, RN, Nurse Case Manager
  • Lisa Webb, LISW-S, Program Coordinator and Social Worker

We follow the clinical practice guidelines as developed by the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine.  Our team works closely with the Veteran with spinal cord injury or related disorder, family members, and other VA staff to provide our Veterans with the best care and access to all of their VA and community benefits.

We assist the Veteran with spinal cord injury or related disorder to:

  • Enhance his or her health
  • Improve his or her functional abilities
  • Maintain a quality of life

These goals are met through treatment, education, and the support of the SCI staff, in conjunction with the efforts of the Veteran with spinal cord injury or related disorder.

We serve Veterans who have sustained injury of the spinal cord or cauda equina, or a generally stable neurological impairment of the spinal cord per VHA Handbook 1176.1.  This includes Veterans with:

1.  Traumatic lesions of the spinal cord
2.  Intraspinal, non-malignant neoplasms
3.  Vascular insults of a thrombembolic, hemorrhagic, or ischemic nature
4.  Inflammatory disease of the spine, spinal cord, or cauda equina resulting in nonprogressive neurological deficit.
5.  Demylenating disease limited to the spinal cord and of a stable nature. We generally work with Veterans when their Multiple Sclerosis has resulted in a Neurogenic bowel or bladder.
6.  When appropriate, traumatic lesions of the spinal column without neurologic deficit. These carry a high risk of SCI and may be served when expertise of the SCI Service could prevent neurological deficit.
7.  We also serve Veterans with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Please call us to answer any questions you may have about our clinic. Your primary care provider can refer you to our clinic.

  • Lisa Webb, LISW-S, 614-257-5424 or
  • Cheryl Johnston, RN, 614- 257-5327

Contact Info


  • 420 North James Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

Contact Number(s)

  • 614-257-5424
  • 614-257-5327

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Monday - Friday