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Donna L. Nimec, MD

  • Director, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Accepting New Patients




Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Gait and Motion Analysis
  • Pediatric Stroke Rcovery
  • Traumatic brain injury and concussion in children
  • Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pediatric Physical Medicine
Medical Education
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Residency, Children's Hospital of Colorado|Residency, University of Colorado Health Science Center
Board Certifications
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Boston: Children's Hospital
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Charlestown: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Salem: North Shore Medical Center
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • United Healthplan (non-HMO) - other
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Donna Nimec, M.D. is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  She has additional training in general pediatric medicine.  She holds a Masters degree in Special Education and has permanent teaching certification in New York State.  Dr. Nimec spent six years working with students with disabilities in the classroom setting prior to her training in medicine.  She has worked with children with special needs for over 30 years.

For nineteen years, she served as medical director of the inpatient Child and Adolescent Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, with a primary focus being on the treatment of children with traumatic brain injury and stroke.  She is also part of the Department of Orthopaedics at Children?s Hospital and a member of the Trauma Team.

As a result of her training in education, Dr. Nimec works closely with school districts to help maximize functional outcome of children who have sustained injuries.  She has given presentations at a variety of state, regional, and national conferences on rehabilitation of children with various diagnoses. She has been active in helping coordinate medical management and educational reintegration programs.

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Research & Publications


Wharton RH, Nimec DL. ?Overview of Pediatric Rehabilitation?, Ambulatory Pediatric Care 1998;Third Edition:260-267.

Waters PM, Zurakowski D, Patterson P, Bae DS, Nimec D. Interobserver and intraobserver reliability of therapist-assisted videotaped evaluations of upper-limb hemiplegia. J Hand Surg Am 2004; 29(2): 328-34.

Patritti BL, Straudi S, Deming LC, Benedetti MG, Nimec DL, Bonato P. Robotic gait training in an adult with cerebral palsy: a case report. PM R. 2010 Jan;2(1):71-5.

Patritti B, Sicari M, Deming LC, Romaguera F, Pelliccio MM, Kasi P, Benedetti MG, Nimec DL, Bonato P. The Role of Augmented Feedback in Pediatric Robotic-Assisted Gait Training: A Case Series. Technology and Disability 2010; 22(4): 215-27.

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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown MA, 02129-3109
Phone: 617-952-5000
Fax: 617-952-5934

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