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Donna L. Nimec, MD

Director, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Phone: 617-952-5000
MGH Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
Department of Pediatrics


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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
Boston: Children's Hospital
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Charlestown: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Salem: North Shore Medical Center
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, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


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.


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.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129-3109

Phone: 617-952-5000
Fax: 617-952-5934

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129-3109

Phone: 617-952-5000
Fax: 617-952-5934


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