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Dixie Lynne Aragaki, MD 
PM&R Residency Program Director/Associate Clinical Professor
UCLA/VA Greater L.A. Health Care System
Phone: (310) 478-3711 x49595
10 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Program Director for 25 Residents across a large multicampus program in Greater Los Angeles area. Medical Student interest group mentor to UCLA and USC. Musculoskeletal curriculum instructor for 1st year medical students at UCLA. Academic interests in maintaining/expanding PM&R curriculum for residency and pain medicine fellowship training programs. Special clinical interests in geriatric rehab, cancer/cardiopulmonary rehab, outpatient musculoskeletal, inpatient consultations, electrodiagnostics, and wheelchair/prosthetics/gait analysis.
Programs: Academic/Educator, Administrator


Alexander Dromerick, MD
Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine
National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University
Phone: (202) 877-1946
21 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Stroke, TBI, UE amputation, neuroplasticity
Programs: Research


Daniel Herman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Florida College of Medicine
Phone: (352) 273-7355
1 year experience
Specialties/Interests: Clinical: Non-op MSK, Sports Medicine, Concussion Management, EMG Research: Biomechanics of Human Motion and Injury including Running, ACL Injury, and Concussion; Effect of Neurocognition on MSK Injury Risk
Programs: Day in the Life, Research

Jacob Lee, DO
Emory University
Phone: (951) 897-9363
1 year experience
Specialties/Interests: Neuromodulation, Chronic pain, Neuropathic pain, Tendonopathy, PRP, Stem cells, Spine pain
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator

Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Director Outpatient Clinics
Johns Hopkins University
Phone: (443) 416-5757
10 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Clinical: Prosthetics and Orthotics, Neurorehabilitation, Spasticity Management Research: Communication and Swallowing disorders after stroke (Behavior/Brain relationships), Pain measurement. Academic: Medical Information technology, Physiatry clinical management
Day in the Life, Academic/Educator, Research

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD

Professor; Departments of PM&R, Otolaryngology, and Functional Anatomy/Evolution
Johns Hopkins University
Phone: (410) 502-2446
31 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Clinical: Neurorehabilitation, Dysphagia rehab; Research: Mastication and swallowing, Biomechanics and kinesiology of the tongue and jaw, Swallowing disorders, Developing your research career in academic physiatry; Administrative: Career development in academic physiatry, Succeeding as a department chair
Academic/Educator, Research, Administrator


Michael Andary, MD
Michigan State University
Phone: (517) 719-8898
27 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Pain, Electrodiagnosis, Residency Program Director
Programs: Academic/Educator

Edward A. Hurvitz, MD

Professor and Chair
University of Michigan
Phone: (734) 936-8178
26 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Pediatric Rehabilitation, Academic Department Chair
Programs: Academic/Educator, Research



Susan Garstang, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Associate Residency Director
Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School
Phone: (973) 395-7025
16 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Spasticity management, Outpatient general PM&R, Geriatrics
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator


Karen Morice, MD
Attending Physician
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Phone: (917) 650-1390
6 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Spasticity, sports, general physiatry, ultrasound guided-injections
Programs: Day in the Life

Alex Moroz, MD

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
New York University
14 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Musculoskeletal, Sports, Acupuncture
Programs: Academic/Educator

K. Rao Poduri, MD

Professor and Chair
University of Rochester
Phone: (585) 275-3274
34 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Stroke, SCI and pain management (non interventional); Medical director of an acute inpatient rehab unit, residency program director and Chair elect; Medical rehab council of the AAPM&R
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator

Matthew Shatzer, DO

Residency Program Director, PM&R
Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine
Phone: (516) 465-8609
11 years experience
Specialties/Experience: 1) Neurorehabilitation 2) Spinal Cord Injury Medicine 3) Musculoskeletal Medicine 4) Residency Program Director
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator

Adam B. Stein, MD

Chairman and Professor
Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine
Phone: (516) 465-8729
23 years experience
Specialties/Experience: Spinal Cord Medicine, Medical Education, Departmental Administration
Programs: Academic/Educator

Sayed Emal Wahezi, MD

Assistant Director, Program Director
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
5 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Interventional Pain Management: Ultrasound MSK Implantable Devices Percutaneous discectomy minimally invasive lumbar decompression
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator, Research

Christopher Visco, MD

Assistant Professor
Columbia University - New York Presbyterian Hospital
4.5 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Clinical: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Spine Care Associate Residency Program Director Fellowship Director, Sports Medicine
Programs: Day in the Life



Michael L. Boninger, MD
Professor and Chair
University of Pittsburgh
20 years experience
Specialties/Interest: Spinal cord injury, assistive technology, academic and research administration
Programs: Research, Administrator

Mendel Kupfer, MD, FAAPMR

Director of Resident Recruitment
Thomas Jefferson University
Phone: (215) 435-2500
8 years experience
Specialties/Interests: SCI, neuro rehab, medical rehab, spasticity
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator




Gerard E. Francisco, MD
Professor and Chair
University of Texas-Houston
Phone: (713) 797-5246
18 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Department administration, Medical Leadership in hospital organization, Leadership in national academic organizations, Clinical - Spasticity; TBI; Stroke; Robotics; Neuromodulation and Neural Interfaces
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator, Administrator

James McDeavitt, MD

Professor and Chair
Baylor College of Medicine-Houston 
Phone:(713) 798-4495
22 years experience
Specialties/Interests: Practice administration, leadership development, business development, academic administration, negotiation
Programs: Day in the Life, Administrator


Emerald Lin, MD
TBI Physiatrist
1 year experience
Specialties/Experience: TBI- from severe to mild, concussions- sports and blast injury, spasticity management- botulinum toxin injections, ITB pumps, med managment; headache management- botulinum toxin injections, advocacy- field and patient, patient education, some msk, ultrasound
Programs: Day in the Life. Academic Educator

William McKinley, MD

Professor, Residency Program Direcotr
Virginia Commonwealth University
Phone: (804) 828-4233
25 years experience
Specialties/Interests: SCI, EMG
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator

Antonio Quidgley-Nevares, MD

Association Professor, Chair
Phone: (757) 446-5915
10 years experience
Specialties/Experience: Pain medicine
Programs: Day in the Life. Academic Educator

Gregory Carter, MD
Medical Director
St. Luke's Rehab Center
Phone: (509) 768-1272
25 years experience
Specialties/Experience: Neuromuscular disease
Programs: Research



David Berbrayer, MD
Head, Division of Physiatry
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto
Phone: (416) 480-4069
25+ years experience
Specialties/Interests: Amputee, Chronic Pain, Pediatrics, Spinal cord, General trauma
Programs: Day in the Life, Academic/Educator, Research, Administrator














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