National Spinal Cord Injury Database

The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 6% of new SCI cases in the U.S. Since its inception, 28 federally funded SCI Model Systems have contributed data to the National SCI Database. As of March 2016, the database contained information on 31,645 persons who sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries. To assure comparability of data acquired by personnel in various centers, rigid scientific criteria have been established for the collection, management and analysis of information entered into the database. National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center staff has also developed quality control procedures that further enhance the reliability and validity of the database.

Database Research

Data Collection Forms

Data Dictionary 2011-2016

Provides detailed information on how the Database data were collected and coded

DeVivo Mentored Research Award:

The DeVivo Mentored Research Award
The DeVivo Mentored Research Award, sponsored and administered by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), is a one one-year $3,000 research award for trainees at the doctoral and post-doctoral level (including resident physicians) who are interested in conducting a research project using the Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) database.


1. Hannah W Mercier, MS, OTR/L (mentor: Alan Jette, PhD, PT), Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA. Project title "Effects of Rehospitalization among Adults with Spinal Cord Injury on Quality of Life, Independence, and Participation".

2. Jordan Garman, DO (mentor: Keneshia Kirksey, MD and Elizabeth Richardson, PhD, MSPH), UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL. Project title "Factors Contributing to Transition of Bladder Management Method Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury".

1. Hwasoon Kim, MS (mentor: Garry Cutter, PhD), UAB Department of Biostatistics, Birmingham, AL. Project title "Modeling to Predict Loss to Follow-up In the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database".
1. Katya Radkevich, MD (mentor: Stephen Burns, MD), VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems, Seattle, WA. Project title "United States Veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database".

2. Katherine W Stenson, MD (mentor: Anne Deutsch, PhD, CRRN, RN and David Chen, MD), Rehab Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Project title "A Comparison of Medicare Patients in the SCI Model System Database and the National Medicare Databases".

1. Gina Armstrong, MD (mentor: Marcel Dijkers, PhD), Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Project title "Do Gender Differences Exist in Patterns and Consequences of Alcohol Use Following Spinal Cord Injury?". :
2. Yue Cao, MS (mentor: Sean-Shong Hwang, PhD), UAB Department of Sociology, Birmingham, AL. Project title "Cumulative Advantage of Education on the Health and Life Quality After Spinal Cord Injury".