Teresa L Massagli, MD

Teresa L Massagli, MD

Rehabilitation Medicine, Concussion Program, Inpatient Rehabilitation

On staff since May 1988

Academic Title: Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine; Adjunct Pofessor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I'm never really sure which I enjoy more: being a provider of medicine or a student of medicine. I have loved being a doctor ever since I graduated medical school in 1982. In pediatric rehabilitation, I have the privilege of developing long-term relationships with my patients and my goal is to help each of them be as independent as possible as they grow and develop. During my career, I have also embraced active learning, honed my teaching skills, and helped hundreds of residents develop their expertise and passion in rehabilitation medicine. When my pediatric patients transition to adult care, I want them to continue to have expert care from their rehabilitation physicians for as long as they need it."

  • I completed residencies in Pediatrics at Yale and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UW. I have practiced at Seattle Children's since 1988 and I currently spend most of my time caring for inpatients and some outpatient work. I am a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and I help to train residents, fellows and medical students in the field of pediatric rehabilitaiton.

    • Shannon Wasilla, Alaska 11.28.11

      Dr. Massagli was the attending physician after our daughter sustained a gunshot would that left her paralyzed at the breast level. During the most trying and horrendous time Dr. Massagli and her team always kept us informed and helped our family to make the best choices for our daughters expeditious recovery. Thanks to Dr. Massagli and the rehabilitation team at children's our family left with the crucial tools to care for a medically complex child at home as well as in the community!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2017 Seattle Magazine 2017
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    Distinguished Member Award American Academcy of Physicial Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013
    Outstanding Service Award Association of Academic Physiatrists 2007
    Excellence in Teaching Award New Jersey Medical School 2005
    Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education 2005
    Family Choice Award Seattle Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council 2003
  • Other Publications

    • Reynolds RM, Morton RP, Walker ML, Massagli TL, Browd SR
      Role of dorsal rhizotomy in spinal cord injury-induced spasticity.
      24971608 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics, 2014 Sept. : 14(3)266-70
    • Musick DW, Bockenek WL, Massagli TL, Miknevich MA, Poduri KR, Sliwa JA, Steiner M
      Reliability of the physical medicine and rehabilitation resident observation and competency assessment tool: a multi-institution study.
      20173427 American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2010 March : 235-44
    • Massagli TL
      From novice to expert: obstacles and opportunities for residency programs.
      20193934 PM and R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 2010 Feb. : 87-90
    • Massagli TL, Carline JD
      Reliability of a 360-degree evaluation to assess resident competence.
      17885319 American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2007 Oct. : 845-52
    • Hakimi KN, Massagli TL
      Anterior spinal artery syndrome in two children with genetic thrombotic disorders.
      15832907 The journal of spinal cord medicine, 2005 : 69-73
    • Massagli TL, Fann JR, Burington BE, Jaffe KM, Katon WJ, Thompson RS
      Psychiatric illness after mild traumatic brain injury in children.
      15375812 Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2004 Sept. : 1428-34
    • Han JJ, Massagli TL, Jaffe KM
      Fibrocartilaginous embolism--an uncommon cause of spinal cord infarction: a case report and review of the literature.
      14970983 Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2004 Jan. : 153-7
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Pediatric Rehabilitation: Spinal cord injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Rehabilitation Interventions for Children with Disabilities Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine Muntinlupa City, Philippines 2014
    Implementing the Next Accreditation System Association of Academic Physiatrists Nashville, TN 2014
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Review Committee ACGME Annual Education Conference National Harbor, Maryland 2014


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders

Research Focus Area

Translational Research