Katharine E. Alter MD is a Pediatric/Adult Physiatrist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland where she is a Senior Clinician and serves as the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Programs for the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section within Rehabilitation Medicine. Prior to joining NIH in 2014 Prior to joining NIH Dr. Alter was in clinical practice in the Washington DC region of the USA where she served as the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, an affiliate of Johns Hopkin’s and the University of Maryland. She continues to serve in a clinical role at MWPH as a senior physiatrist focusing on the treatment and management of muscle hypertonia and related disorders.
Dr. Alter’s clinical and investigative interests focus on the assessment of neurologic, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular impairments in children and adults. Dr. Alter’s clinical and research focus includes the evaluation and treatment of various primary and secondary neurological disorders including focal dystonias, inherited movement disorders, cerebral palsy, stroke and other neurologic or musculoskeletal conditions affecting children and adults. A particular focus has been on the assessment and treatment of muscle hypertonia, ultrasound guidance for chemodenervation procedures, muscle strength testing, MRI and ultrasound imaging in neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.