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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.


Undergraduate Middlebury College (1980)
Medical School University of Texas Health Science San Antonio (1983), Medicine
Graduate School University of Washington (1988)

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
  • 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