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Clinical interests

Dr. ShaEssa Wright is an attending physician on the pediatric rehabilitation medicine consult service at Penn State Children's Hospital. In this capacity, she evaluates children with traumatic or debilitating injuries and medical illness and develops a therapeutic treatment approach to rehabilitation and recovery. She provides education on various diagnoses including, but not limited to, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, de-conditioning/debility, stroke, traumatic injuries and autonomic instability.

She is also an attending physician in Penn State Bone and Joint Institute's pediatric rehabilitation concussion clinic, where she evaluates and treats children with concussion and post-concussive syndrome and provides education and therapeutic interventions to patients and families.

Since 2019, she has served on the institutional concussion clinic committe, cerebral palsy clinic committee, patient satisfaction committee and pediatric rehabilitation CARF accreditation committee.

Professional information

Certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support for Health Care Providers, American Heart Association, 2020 to 2022

Certification, Advanced Life Support for Health Care Providers, American Heart Association, 2019 to 2021

Certification, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, American Heart Association, 2019 to 2021

Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2018

Certification in the use of opioids to treat chronic pain, Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2018

Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR) (member, 2014 to present)

Member, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2014 to present

Member, American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012 to present 

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. ShaEssa Wright regularly lectures to physical medicine and rehabilitation residents and neuropsychology fellows studying at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital. She also speaks at departmental Grand Rounds.

Education/Academic qualification

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (chief resident, 2016-2017), Residency, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Internship, Crozer Keystone Health System - Delaware County Memorial Hospital


DO, Rowan University


Master of Biomedical Sciences, Rowan University


Biology (minor in Chemistry), BS (high honors), Howard University