Eduardo Maldonado Colon, MD
I am a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Memorial Healthcare System. I care for patients with pain syndromes and those recovering from illness and injury. This includes patients with osteoarthritis, back pain, cancer-related fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical myelopathy, cervical radiculopathy, cervical spinal stenosis, lumbar spinal stenosis, neck pain, neuropathy, knee pain, patellofemoral arthritis, meniscus injuries, plexopathy, post-mastectomy pain syndrome, lumbar radiculopathy, repetitive stress injury, rotator cuff injury, sciatic nerve lesions, spasticity, trismus, ankle sprains, foot pain, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and lymphedema.
I chose to pursue a career in medicine because I wanted to help people, learn more about science and improve the lives of others. Working in rehabilitation, I work with a variety of patients, from people suffering from spinal cord injury to athletes striving to run their first marathon.
My primary goal when working with new patients is to arrive at a diagnosis. My approach to care is structured, organized and patient- and family-centered. I pay very close attention to details and treat everyone I meet with dignity and kindness.
In addition to caring for patients, I’m also passionate about volunteering. One of my proudest accomplishments to date is starting the Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE) Chapter at Iowa State University. MEDLIFE is a nonprofit student organization with the mission of helping families obtain greater freedom from the constraints of their poverty. Mobile clinics are held in Latin America and university chapters participate annually by working with local doctors providing medical care. The chapter at Iowa State continues to operate today.
- Universidad Central Del Caribe, 2016
- VA Caribbean Healthcare System, 2017, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- VA Caribbean Healthcare System, 2020, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, 2021
- Voted for Chief Resident of PM&R Department by staff & peers (2019)
- Foreign Student Research Scholarship Award (2010)
- Top Freshman in Biochemistry Award (2009)
- George Washington Carver Full Academic Scholarship (Iowa State 2008-12)
- Association of Academic Physiatrists
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
My research interests include exploring pain syndromes and cancer rehabilitation. Currently, I am involved in studies exploring post-mastectomy pain syndrome and outcome measures in cancer rehabilitation.
Other research work includes:
- MedStar Georgetown, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC, Research Assistant, January 2016 - September 2020 Study Title: “Diagnostic Subsets in Post Breast Surgery Pain Syndrome”
- VA Caribbean Healthcare System, PM&R Department, San Juan, PR, Research Assistant, September 2018 - March 2020 Study Title: “Assessing Procedural Botulinum Toxin: A Survey Within the Physiatry Specialty”
- Nawal Boukli's laboratory, UCC School of Medicine, Bayamón, PR, Lab. Assistant, May – July 2013 Project title: “Antitumor effects of Curcumin Induces UPR Response in Prostate Cancer Cells”
- Reuben Peter's laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Lab. Assistant, August 2009 – April 2010 Description: Research project focused on diterpenoid biosynthesis and purification.