Rebecca S McConnell, DO

Rebecca S McConnell, DO
Rebecca S McConnell, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine


Rebecca McConnell, DO, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with Bronson Healthcare Services in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia. She completed her traditional internship with Altoona Family Physicians, Altoona, Pennsylvania, and completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. During her residency, she did an integrated fellowship in medical education and received the Peer Teaching Award. She became a Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan, running a inpatient and outpatient clinical practice in complex medical rehabilitation and musculoskeletal rehabilitation while working with medical students and residents.

Dr. McConnell completed an international research fellowship from 2019-2020 with the Università di Torino, Torino, Italy. Her clinical, teaching, and research interests include medical education, chronic pain, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and technologically-enhanced rehabilitation strategies.

  • Board Certification

    • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Education and Training

    • Research Fellowship 2020, Surgical Sciences, Universita di Torino
    • Fellowship 2017, Medical Education, Community of Medical Educators in Training, University of Michigan
    • Residency 2017, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School, University of Michigan
    • Transitional Internship 2014, Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internship, Altoona Family Physicians, University of Pittsburgh
    • DO 2013, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • BS 2007, Philosophy, Towson University
    • Certification 2006, Massage Therapy, TESST College of Technology-Towson
  • Research

    • Academic physician
  • Publications

    • Figus F.A., Piga M., Azzolin I., McConnell R., Iagnocco A. Rheumatoid arthritis: Extra-articular manifestations and comorbidities Autoimmunity Reviews. 2021;20

    • Figus F.A., Skoczyńska M., McConnell R., Massazza G., Iagnocco A. Imaging in polymyalgia rheumatica: Which technique to use? Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2021;39:883-888.

    • Girolimetto N., Giovannini I., Crepaldi G., De Marco G., Tinazzi I., Possemato N., Macchioni P., McConnell R., McGonagle D., Iagnocco A., Zabotti A. Psoriatic dactylitis: Current perspectives and new insights in ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021;10

    • Girolimetto N., Macchioni P., Possemato N., Tinazzi I., Bascherini V., Citriniti G., McConnell R., Marchetta A., Peluso R., Sabbatino V., Salvarani C., Scarpa R., Costa L., Caso F. Musculoskeletal ultrasound in monitoring clinical response to treatment in acute symptomatic psoriatic dactylitis: Results from a multicentre prospective observational study Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020;9:1-11.

    • Merli P., Furnari R., Fadda M., De Francesco A., McConnell R., Massazza G. Role of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in the Evaluation of Patients with Upper Limb Lymphedema Lymphatic Research and Biology. 2020;18:555-559.

    • Minetto M.A., Giannini A., McConnell R., Busso C., Torre G., Massazza G. Common musculoskeletal disorders in the elderly: The star triad Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020;9

    • Zabotti A., Sakellariou G., Tinazzi I., Idolazzi L., Batticciotto A., Canzoni M., Carrara G., De Lucia O., Figus F., Girolimetto N., MacChioni P., McConnell R., Possemato N., Iagnocco A. Novel and reliable DACTylitis glObal Sonographic (DACTOS) score in psoriatic arthritis Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2020;79(8):1037-1043.

    • Minetto M.A., Giannini A., McConnell R., Busso C., Massazza G. Effects of exercise on skeletal muscles and tendons Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research. 2019;9:90-95.

  • Presentations

    • Spinal Surgery Outcomes in Fibromyalgia: A Retrospective Cohort. Hinton C, McConnell R, 41st Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical & Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 05/2023