Joyce Oleszek, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Medical School:
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (1996)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Michigan State University (MI) (1992)
Internship:
  • William Beaumont Hospital Program (1997)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2000)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (2002)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Recognition & Awards

  • Denver's Top Docs - Pediatric Rehabilitation, 5280 Magazine (2011)

Research Interests

My primary research interests are cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disease.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2002)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Cerebral Palsy, Spasticity Management, Pediatric Stroke, Neuromuscular Disease, Torticollis

Publications

  • Murphy OC, Messacar K, Benson L, Bove R, Carpenter JL, Crawford T, Dean J, DeBiasi R, Desai J, Elrick MJ, Farias-Moeller R, Gombolay GY, Greenberg B, Harmelink M, Hong S, Hopkins SE, Oleszek J, Otten C, Sadowsky CL, Schreiner TL, Thakur KT, Van Haren K, Carballo CM, Chong PF, Fall A, Gowda VK, Helfferich J, Kira R, Lim M, Lopez EL, Wells EM, Yeh EA, Pardo CA. Acute flaccid myelitis: cause, diagnosis, and management. Lancet. 2021 Jan 23;397(10271):334-346. PubMed PMID: 33357469
  • Haber G, Conway KM, Paramsothy P, Roy A, Rogers H, Ling X, Kozauer N, Street N, Romitti PA, Fox DJ, Phan HC, Matthews D, Ciafaloni E, Oleszek J, James KA, Galindo M, Whitehead N, Johnson N, Butterfield RJ, Pandya S, Venkatesh S, Bhattaram VA. Association of genetic mutations and loss of ambulation in childhood-onset dystrophinopathy. Muscle Nerve. 2021 Feb;63(2):181-191. PubMed PMID: 33150975
  • Oleszek JL, Kanallakan AS, Powell AJ. Out of the spasticity box: Off-label uses of botulinum toxin in children. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2020;13(2):205-207. PubMed PMID: 32444580
  • Delgado MR, Tilton A, Carranza-Del Río J, Dursun N, Bonikowski M, Aydin R, Maciag-Tymecka I, Oleszek J, Dabrowski E, Grandoulier AS, Picaut P. Efficacy and safety of abobotulinumtoxinA for upper limb spasticity in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized repeat-treatment study. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2020 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33206382
  • James KA, Gralla J, Ridall LA, Do TN, Czaja AS, Mourani PM, Ciafaloni E, Cunniff C, Donnelly J, Oleszek J, Pandya S, Price E, Yang ML, Auerbach SR. Left ventricular dysfunction in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Cardiol Young. 2020 Feb;30(2):171-176. PubMed PMID: 31964455
  • Sahay KM, Smith T, Conway KM, Romitti PA, Lamb MM, Andrews J, Pandya S, Oleszek J, Cunniff C, Valdez R. A Review of MD STAR net's Research Contributions to Pediatric-Onset Dystrophinopathy in the United States; 2002-2017. J Child Neurol. 2019 Jan;34(1):44-53. PubMed PMID: 30345857
  • Paramsothy P PhD, MPH, Herron AR PhD, MA, Lamb MM PhD, Kinnett K MSN, APRN, Wolff J PhD, Yang ML MD, Oleszek J MD, Pandya S DPT, Kennedy A BS, Cooney D MS, Fox D MPH, Sheehan D PhD, MD. Health Care Transition Experiences of Males with Childhood-onset Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy: Findings from the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network (MD STARnet) Health Care Transitions and Other Life Experiences Survey. PLoS Curr. 2018 Aug 21;10. PubMed PMID: 30210936
  • Weber DR, Thomas S, Erickson SW, Fox D, Oleszek J, Pandya S, Venkatesh Y, Westfield C, Ciafaloni E. Bone Health and Endocrine Care of Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Data from the MD STARnet. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2018;5(4):497-507. PubMed PMID: 30149461
  • Do TN, Street N, Donnelly J, Adams MM, Cunniff C, Fox DJ, Weinert RO, Oleszek J, Romitti PA, Westfield CP, Bolen J. Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network pilot: Population-based surveillance of major muscular dystrophies at four U.S. sites, 2007-2011. Birth Defects Res. 2018 Nov 15;110(19):1404-1411. PubMed PMID: 30070776
  • Sahay KM, Smith T, Conway KM, Romitti PA, Lamb MM, Andrews J, Pandya S, Oleszek J, Cunniff C, Valdez R. A Review of MD STAR net's Research Contributions to Pediatric-Onset Dystrophinopathy in the United States; 2002-2017. J Child Neurol. 2018 Oct 22;:883073818801704. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30345857
  • Martin JA, Messacar K, Yang ML, Maloney JA, Lindwall J, Carry T, Kenyon P, Sillau SH, Oleszek J, Tyler KL, Dominguez SR, Schreiner TL. Outcomes of Colorado children with acute flaccid myelitis at 1 year. Neurology. 2017 Jul 11;89(2):129-137. PubMed PMID: 28615421
  • Latimer R, Street N, Conway KC, James K, Cunniff C, Oleszek J, Fox D, Ciafaloni E, Westfield C, Paramsothy P. Secondary Conditions Among Males With Duchenne or Becker Muscular Dystrophy. J Child Neurol. 2017 Jun;32(7):663-670. PubMed PMID: 28393671
  • Frishman N, Conway KC, Andrews J, Oleson J, Mathews K, Ciafaloni E, Oleszek J, Lamb M, Matthews D, Paramsothy P, McKirgan L, Romitti P. Perceived quality of life among caregivers of children with a childhood-onset dystrophinopathy: a double ABCX model of caregiver stressors and perceived resources. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Feb 10;15(1):33. PubMed PMID: 28187773
  • Fox DJ, Kumar A, West NA, DiRienzo AG, James KA, Oleszek J, Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network (MD STARnet). Trends with corticosteroid use in males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy born 1982-2001. J Child Neurol. 2015 Jan;30(1):21-6. PubMed PMID: 24682290
  • Caspers Conway K, Mathews KD, Paramsothy P, Oleszek J, Trout C, Zhang Y, Romitti PA. Neurobehavioral Concerns Among Males with Dystrophinopathy Using Population-Based Surveillance Data from the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Jul-Aug;36(6):455-63. PubMed PMID: 26020585
  • Fox DJ, Kumar A, West NA, DiRienzo AG, James KA, Oleszek J. Trends with corticosteroid use in males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy born 1982-2001. J Child Neurol. 2015 Jan;30(1):21-6. PubMed PMID: 24682290
  • Fox DJ, Kumar A, West NA, Dirienzo AG, James KA, Oleszek J, the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network (MD STARnet). Trends With Corticosteroid Use in Males With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Born 1982-2001. J Child Neurol. 2014 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24682290
  • West NA, Yang ML, Weitzenkamp DA, Andrews J, Meaney FJ, Oleszek J, Miller LA, Matthews D, DiGuiseppi C. Patterns of growth in ambulatory males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. J Pediatr. 2013 Dec;163(6):1759-1763.e1. PubMed PMID: 24103921
  • Goldenberg NA, Jenkins S, Jack J, Armstrong-Wells J, Fenton LZ, Stence NV, Oleszek J, Boada R, Wilkening GN, Wilkinson C, Soep JB, Miyamoto SD, Bajaj L, Mourani PM, Manco-Johnson MJ, Bernard TJ. Arteriopathy, D-dimer, and risk of poor neurologic outcome in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke. J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):1041-6.e1. PubMed PMID: 23260102
  • West NA, Yang ML, Weitzenkamp DA, Andrews J, Meaney FJ, Oleszek J, Miller LA, Matthews D, DiGuiseppi C. Patterns of growth in ambulatory males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. J Pediatr. 2013 Dec;163(6):1759-1763.e1. PubMed PMID: 24103921
  • Goldenberg NA, Jenkins S, Jack J, Armstrong-Wells J, Fenton LZ, Stence NV, Oleszek J, Boada R, Wilkening GN, Wilkinson C, Soep JB, Miyamoto SD, Bajaj L, Mourani PM, Manco-Johnson MJ, Bernard TJ. Arteriopathy, D-dimer, and risk of poor neurologic outcome in childhood-onset arterial ischemic stroke. J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):1041-6.e1. PubMed PMID: 23260102
  • Wilson PE, Oleszek JL, Clayton GH. Pediatric spinal cord tumors and masses. J Spinal Cord Med. 2007;30 Suppl 1:S15-20. PubMed PMID: 17874681
  • Wilson PE, Oleszek JL, Clayton GH. Pediatric spinal cord tumors and masses. J Spinal Cord Med. 2007;30 Suppl 1:S15-20. PubMed PMID: 17874681
  • Oleszek JL, Chang N, Apkon SD, Wilson PE. Botulinum toxin type a in the treatment of children with congenital muscular torticollis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Oct;84(10):813-6. PubMed PMID: 16205437
  • Oleszek JL, Chang N, Apkon SD, Wilson PE. Botulinum toxin type a in the treatment of children with congenital muscular torticollis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Oct;84(10):813-6. PubMed PMID: 16205437
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Professional Memberships

  • AACPDM, Adapted Sports and Recreation Committee, Chair
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), Member
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs
4090 Briargate Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-305-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Board Certification (2001, 2011)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certification (2004, 2011)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Brain and Nervous System - Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System - Movement Disorders
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Brain and Nervous System
Clinical Interests
My primary clinical interests include cerebral palsy, spasticity/dystonia management, pediatric stroke, neuromuscular disorders and congenital muscular torticollis.

Care Philosophy
My goal is to help children attain their highest functional potential. I strive to care for my patients in the most thorough and empathetic way possible. I think it is important to focus on the child's ability rather than their disability.

Volunteer Activities
I am interested in adpated sports and am training to become a National Medical Classifier for USA Paralympics Track & Field. I most recently attended the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships and National Classification Education/Training in July 2012.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (1996)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Michigan State University (MI) (1992)
Internships:
  • William Beaumont Hospital Program (1997)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2000)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (2002)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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