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Birth place: Denton, Texas

We have 2 beautiful daughters who occupy most of my time after work!

Education: St. Mark’s School of Texas, Middlebury College (Vermont), University of Washington Graduate School

Interests: photography, art, reading history and biography

Work interests: Understanding pain and its treatment; epidemiology of disability and more objective ways to evaluate disability and impairment.


Medical School
The Univ of TX Hlth Science Cntr @ San Antonio (1983)
Parkland Health and Hospital System (1984), Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Baylor University Medical Center - CVO (1985), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Washington School of Medicine (1988), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (1989), Neurological Disorders

Clinical Interest

Electrodiagnostic Medicine

  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve Conduction Studies

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Back Pain (Low Back Pain)
  • Cervical Radiculitis
  • Degenerative Arthritis Conditions (Inflammatory, Osteoarthritis, & Rheumatoid)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Radiculopathy)
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondyolisthesis
  • Sports Spinal Related Injuries
  • Tendonitis

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome)
  • Joint Injection (Viscosupplementation)
  • Medical Management
  • Physical Therapy Evaluations
  • Trigger Point Injections

Research Interest

  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • MSK Pain in multiple sclerosis
  • Non-surgical management of low back pain/sciatica
  • Pain and spastic hypertonia (hemiparesis)


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Role of Electrodiagnosis in Patients Being Considered for Epidural Steroid Injections.
Annaswamy TM, Bierner SM, Avraham R PM R 2013 Mar
A Cost Utility Analysis of Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Versus Treatment as Usual for High-Risk Acute Low Back Pain Patients
Rogerson MD, Gatchel RJ, Bierner SM Pain Practice September 2010 10 (5) 382-395
Interrater Reliability of Needle Electromyographic Findings in Lumbar Radiculopathy
Chouteau WL, Annaswamy TM, Bierner SM, Elliott AC, Figueroa I Am J Phys Med July 2010 89 561-569
Early intervention options for acute low back pain patients: a randomized clinical trial with one-year follow-up outcomes.
Whitfill T, Haggard R, Bierner SM, Pransky G, Hassett RG, Gatchel RJ. J Occup Rehabil June 2010 20(2) 256-63

Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern Department of PM&R
    Faculty of the Year Award (2010)
  • UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers
    Elected Academy Member (2009)
  • UT Southwestern Department PM&R
    Faculty of the Year Award (2008)
  • UT Southwestern Department PM&R
    Teaching Attending of the Year (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Texas PM&R Society (2013-2015)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • American Medical Association
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association