JONATHON ZIMMER SCHUCH, M.Eng., P.E.
Master of Engineering, Biomedical
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1981. Graduated with honors.
July, 2012 - present
Director of Occupational Health and Wellness
Responsible for merging Employee Health, the Employee Same Day Clinic, and UVA-WorkMed into one business unit within the Health System. Assess business operations and pursue strategies to improve quality, customer satisfaction, and efficiency. Implement programs to improve employee safety and to meet CMS, OSHA, and Accreditation Organization regulations and standards. Take action to expand UVA's market share in employee wellness and occupational health services. Continue to manage and oversee the delivery of rehabilitation engineering services.
September, 2007 – July, 2012
Director, Rehabilitative Services and UVA-WorkMed
Responsible for the strategic planning, program development, and operational management of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Engineering, and UVA-WorkMed programs within the Health System. Develop and oversee budgets that exceed $6 million dollars. Oversee programs that employ more than 80 employees. Oversee clinical research and grant funded activities performed by rehabilitation, occupational-medicine, and health/wellness clinicians.
November, 2004 – September, 2007
Responsible for the management and development of
a comprehensive occupational health and medicine program at the
December, 1989 - November, 2004
Manager, Rehabilitation Engineering Services
Responsible for the establishment, management and
ongoing development of a free-standing rehabilitation engineering program
June, 1985 - December, 1989
Rehabilitation Engineer, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Established a nationally recognized wheelchair
seating program within the Division of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Developed and implemented strategies to
maximize the program’s clinical effectiveness and financial strength. Provided clinical education and supervision
to graduate biomedical engineers enrolled in the University’s federally-funded
Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program.
Participated in the clinical evaluation and refinement of new products
developed by the
June, 1983 – June, 1985
Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Services
One of only two service-oriented rehabilitation
engineers employed at that time by the
2002-present Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
1992-2000 Assistant Professor of Medical Education,
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Instructor, Department of Orthopaedics
SELECT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
2017 Trained as a “Lean Practitioner” within the University of Virginia Health System to support the Lean Management initiative of the Health System.
2016 Assigned a lead role in overseeing employee safety within the University of Virginia Health System. Charged with reducing injuries by 15% in first year and OSHA-reportable injuries by 25% in the second year. Formalizing the process by which injuries and unsafe conditions are reported, root causes are analyzed, and interventions are implemented. Focusing on reducing injuries related to patient handling, sharps injuries, blood and body fluid exposures, and falls.
present In collaboration with the University Physicians Group (UPG) and U.S Preventative Medicine, assisted in the development and implementation of an employer wellness program. Managed the development and implementation of a comprehensive biometric screening program that resulted in the screening of the majority of UPG employees.
present In collaboration with the UVA
Human Resources and Aetna, assisted in the development and implementation
of a University-wide employee wellness program. Managed the development and
implementation of a comprehensive biometric screening program that resulted
in the screening of more than 3700 participants in the program's first year
and more than 8000 in each subsequent year.
In collaboration with the UVA Human Resources and Aetna, assisted in the development and implementation of a University-wide employee wellness program. Managed the development and implementation of a comprehensive biometric screening program that resulted in the screening of more than 3700 participants in the program's first year and more than 8000 in each subsequent year.
2009 Responsible for the development and implementation of a physician occupational health surveillance program at UVA. Monitor the compliance of more than 900 licensed independent practitioners in their participation in annual surveillance to monitor 8 infectious disease elements.
1995-2009 Developed and implemented a rehabilitation engineering service contract with the Piedmont Regional Educational Program, a private non-profit corporation that provides assistive technology services to six school districts in Central Virginia.
2006 Consultant with the
1999-2001 Reviewer, RESNA 2001 Student Scientific Paper Competition.
2000 Registered Professional Engineer, having successfully passed, on first attempt, the Principles and Practices of Engineering exam.
1998-99 Developed a one-day educational course entitled
“Practical Approaches to Seating and Positioning” for clinicians who provide
services to individuals with disabilities. Delivered the training throughout the
1997 Elected to the Professional Advisory
Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of
1997 Co-authored a $50,000 contract from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide management and technical support of the Department’s statewide rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology programs.
1996 Co-author of the
1996 Co-author of CARTE, The Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Training and Evaluation, a one-year project funded by the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to increase the availability of assistive technology evaluation services in Central Virginia. Served as Training Coordinator for the Center. Amount of award: $125,000.
1996 Collaborated in the design of an automatic
braking system for manual wheelchairs. This design has been submitted to the
1996 Designed the front-latch subasis bar hardware and small-diameter subasis bar. Collaborated with Metalcraft Industries, a manufacturer of assistive technologies, in the technology transfer process which resulted in the commercialization of these products.
1995-96 Co-author of the RESNA document "Guidelines for Advanced Curriculum Development for Seating and Mobility Assistive Technology Practitioners". This work was supported by a grant from NIDRR.
1995-96 As an activity of the Virginia Rehabilitation Technology Training Project, developed and delivered twenty high-level seminars focusing on the state-of-the-art in clinical and research practices within the rehabilitation technology arena. Areas of focus included: specialized seating and positioning; mobility; augmentative and alternative communication; technology for personal vehicle transportation; robotics applications; assistive technology for older adults; computer applications and adaptations; human factors engineering; and, exemplary service models. Subject matter was delivered by nationally-recognized clinical and research leaders to an audiences made up of professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
1994 Author of the
1994 Assisted the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services in the development of a statewide counselor training program focusing on assistive and rehabilitation technology training. Training modules were developed for virtually every aspect of technology. Chosen as one of the trainers for delivering the module on Seating and Mobility.
1993-94 Developed and managed a $70,000 contract with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide management support to the Department's rehabilitation engineering program. Developed a CQI Plan and a Technical Supervision Plan for the Department.
1991-94 Reviewer of Scientific Papers submitted to RESNA for presentation at the 1992-1995 Annual RESNA Conferences and publication in the Conference Proceedings.
1983-96 Trained and supervised 35 graduate biomedical and rehabilitation engineers enrolled in the University of Virginia's federally-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program
1989 Co-authored the
1988 Developed new strategies to improve the fit and function of the Contour U seating system manufactured by Pin Dot Products. Collaborated with the manufacturer to transfer these strategies to a commercial domain. These strategies continue to be used.
1986-88 As an invited speaker, presented rehabilitation
engineering services at the
1985-91 Professional staff member of the RSA‑funded Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program and of the NIDRR‑funded Rehabilitation Engineering Center on Seating and Wheelchair Design.
1985 Established the Commonwealth's first comprehensive wheelchair seating program. This program quickly earned a national reputation for its ability to successfully solve complex seating problems.
1984 Provided the technical lead in a three
day study of the feasibility of rehabilitation engineering technologies applied
in a total care facility at the Richfield Retirement Communities in
1984 Awarded $15,000 contract from
1984 Authored a proposal to establish the nation's first mobile rehabilitation engineering laboratory. Received $50,000 grant from the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Human Resources for this project. Successfully developed the mobile laboratory that same year.
2018 “Influency of Respirator Change Following Annual Respirator Fit Testing at an Academic Medical Center." Poster Presentation, IDWeek 2018 Conference. (Co-author)
2018 “Characterizing Flu Vaccine Exemption Behavior Among Healthcare Personnel: Pattern Recognition Algorithms in Employee Health Data.” Poster Presentation, Society for Epidemiological Research 2018 Conference. (Co-author)
2017 “Characteristics of Health Care Workers
That Decline Influenza Vaccination for Varying Reasons." Poster Presentation,
IDWeek 2017 Conference. (Co-author)
2006 “Solving Difficult Seating Cases Associated with Neuromuscular Disease.” 12th Annual Conference: Management Strategies For Motor Impairments In Children With Neuromuscular Conditions. Co-Presenter with Alan Donaldson, OTR/L, ATP
2004 “Complex Seating For the Involved Patient.” Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center Grand Rounds. Co-Presenter
1995-98 “Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering.”
A three-hour credit graduate biomedical engineering course taught at the
1996 "Meeting the Seating Needs for Individuals
with Spinal Cord Injury." Management of the Patient with Spinal Cord
Injury, New Challenges - New Approaches to Recurring Problems in Spinal Cord
Injury Care, The Ninth Annual Advanced Conference for Health Professionals,
1996 "Liability and Warranty - What are
the Risks to the Users and Vendors." Tri-State Assistive Technology Conference,
1996 "Developing a Model Community-Based
Assistive Technology Evaluation Service Delivery System." Tri-State Assistive
1996 "Exemplary Service Models and Approaches." A two-day workshop focusing on model programs and approaches to delivering assistive technology services, Fishersville, Virginia (co-presenter).
1995 "Wheelchair Seating and Positioning:
Improving your Services From Assessment through Follow Up." A two-day
seminar focusing on state-of-the-art in clinical and research practices, delivered
as an activity of the Virginia Rehabilitation Technology Training Project,
1992 "Fundamentals of Seating." A one‑day workshop on seating principles and applications for physical and occupational therapists.
1991 "Funding and Reimbursement Issues
for Assistive Technologies." 2nd Mid‑Atlantic Regional Conference
on Rehabilitation Engineering,
1990 "Options in Custom Seating For Solving
Difficult Seating Problems." 1st Mid‑Atlantic Regional Conference
on Rehabilitation Engineering,
1989 "Sit Right." A two‑day
workshop on seating principles and applications for
1988 "Design for Success." A two‑day
workshop on effective design of assistive devices for
1988 "Custom Seating at the
1987 "Custom Seating at the
1987 "Options in Customized Seating For
Severely‑Involved Residents." A multiweek training symposium on
the selection; fabrication; and fitting of customized seating for residents
1987 "Rehabilitation Engineering at the
1986 "Seating Fundamentals and Applications."
A one‑day workshop for the Richmond Pediatric Interest Group,
1986 "Customized Seating for Persons
with Head Injuries, Principles and Applications.”
1985 "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC."
1984 "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC."
1984 "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC."
National Rehabilitation Association, Annual Conference on Rehabilitation,
1984 "Worksite Modification for Effective
Job Placement." West Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation,
Conference on Employment of Persons With Disabilities,
1983 "Rehabilitation Engineering Applications
for Persons with Cerebral Palsy." United Cerebral Palsy Association,
Maryland District, Conference on Rehabilitation Technologies,
2007 Farrell WJ, et al. Comparison of Pressure-Relieving Characteristics of Mattress Overlays and Head Supports Used In Pediatric Intensive Care Settings. Proceedings of the WOW 2007 National Conference on Advanced Care.
2000 Schuch J, Donaldson A, and Baumgartner P. Carving a Niche. Rehab Management. 2000; 13(6):84-90.
1996 Schuch J, Breeden B. Managing the Legal Liabilities and Risks Inherent in the Delivery of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Services and Devices. Proceedings of the RESNA 1996 Annual Conference. 1996;16:26-28.
1996 Schuch J. "Quality Assessment and
Improvement Within the
1995 Schuch J, Pelegano JP. Development of a Bed Overlay to Control Extensor Tone, Improve Respiration, and Reduce Mattress Interface Pressures. Proceedings of the RESNA 1995 Annual Conference. 1995; 5:5-7.
1995 Hughlett NS, Schuch J. Development of a Car Safety Restraint for Children who Escape Commercial Systems. Proceedings of the RESNA 1995 Annual Conference. 1995;15:11-13.
1994 Schuch J, Margolis SA.. Modifying the Subasis Bar to Enhance its Performance. Proceedings of the RESNA 1994 Annual Conference. 1994;14:284-286.
1994 Hughlett NS, et al. Modifying Commercially-Available Walkers to Meet Individual Needs. Proceedings of the RESNA 1994 Annual Conference. 1994;14:28-31.
1993 Sprigle S, Schuch J. Using Seat Contour Measurements During Seating Evaluations of Individuals with SCI. Assistive Technology. 1993;5(1):24-35.
1992 Smith J, et al. Prosthetic Management of Hemicorporectomy Patients: New Approaches. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1992;73(5):493-497.
1990 Schuch J, Sprigle S. Using Seat Contour Measurements as an Evaluation and Prescription Tool for Seating SCI Persons. Proceedings of the Sixth International Seating Symposium. 1990;6: 24-28.
1989 Cross L, et al. Multidisciplinary Approach to the Rehabilitation
of a Hemicorporectomy Patient. Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting
and Scientific Symposium of the
1988 Schuch J. Flexible Joint Pipe: An Orthotic/Prosthetic Tool. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Rehabilitation Technology. 1988;3:110-111.
1986 Hope RC, et al. Multidisciplinary Approach To Rehabilitation. Thirteenth Institute on Rehabilitation Issues.
1985 Law D, Schuch, J. The Nation's First
1985 English J, Knorr K, and Schuch J. Rehabilitation Engineering Technology Applied in a Total Care Facility: A Feasibility Study. Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology. 1985;5:148-151.
1984 Schuch J, and Law D. REACH: An Innovative Approach To Service Delivery for Rural Rehabilitation. Proceedings of the First International Conference of Rural Rehabilitation Technologies. 1984;1:136-142.
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