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Current Fellows RMSTP


Nathan Evanson, MD, PhD
Dr. Evanson graduated with his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and nutritional science from Brigham Young University. He then went on to complete the University of Cincinnati Physician Scientist Training program with his MD, and a PhD in neuroscience in 2010. He is currently completing the combined residency program in pediatrics and PM&R at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and is also the current chief resident for the Cincinnati PM&R residency program. Next summer he will join the faculty at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His research interests include the neurobiology of stress, and environmental interventions for recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). For his RMSTP project, he will be working under the primary mentorship of Dr. James Herman, and with co-mentors Drs. Charles Vorhees, Shari Wade, and Brad Kurowski, investigating the effects of environmental enrichment and chronic stress on recovery from TBI in an adolescent mouse model. Clinically he will be working with Dr. Brad Kurowski in the concussion and TBI clinics in the division of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Alejandra Camacho-Soto, MD
Dr. Alejandra Camacho-Soto received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Georgetown University. She completed a T32 clinical research pre-doctoral fellowship in Geriatrics investigating autonomic nervous system function on low back pain in older adults. In her final year of residency, 2014-2015, she was named Chief Resident at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her research interests involve elucidating neurophysiologic and psychological predictors of disability in mild traumatic brain injury. Her long-term goals are to identify individuals at risk of developing chronic symptoms after traumatic brain injury in order to intervene and develop early evidence-based treatment protocols. Her primary mentor is David Brody, MD, PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. He runs a laboratory focused on traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases and serves as the principal investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense-funded grants. Dr. Heidi Prather, Director of the Orthopedic Spine Center/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, Dr. Maurizio Corbetta, Chief of the Division of Neuro-Rehabilitation and Chair of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, and Dr. Phyllis Stein, Director of the Heart Rate Variability Laboratory, will be serving as her secondary mentors at Washington University.
Tae Chung, MD
tae chungDr. Tae Chung was graduated in 2002 with a Doctor of Medicine from the College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea. After serving in the Republic of Korea Army as an Army Surgeon (First Lieutenant), he traveled to US, and completed a preliminary internship in 2008 at Montefiore Hospital of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He then joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a resident from 2008-2011. He then completed clinical (2012) and research (2013) fellowships in Neuromuscular Medicine in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins. He then completed the fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Kennedy-Krieger Institute in June, 2014. Dr. Chung is interested in understanding the biology of aging in neuromuscular system. He is currently investigating junctional transmission and its correlation to physical functions in elderly population, using various electrophysiologcal methods, under the mentorships of Jeremy Walston, MD. Dr. Walston is the PI of Pepper Older American Independence Center (OAIC), a 5.8-milion-dollar project that is a federally designated center of excellence in aging research, and has international experts in frailty research. His co-mentors are Ahmet Hoke, MD, PhD, the Director of Neuromusuclar Division at Johns Hopkins, and Dale Needham, MD, PhD, the founder and the director of Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) research group. Clinically, he is interested in developing rehabilitation protocols for various neuromuscular diseases, and sees patients in EMG and Myositis Clinics.
W. David Arnold, MD
david arnoldDr. Arnold completed his medical degree in 2004 at the University of Louisville and PM&R residency training in 2008 at the University of Louisville and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute. He did an additional year of fellowship training in neuromuscular medicine at the Ohio State University and thereafter joined the faculty in 2009. Dr. Arnold is interested in normal development and degeneration of the motor unit and creation of novel electrophysiological techniques to understand these events. Dr. Arnold is currently investigating compound muscle action potential and motor unit number estimation techniques in mouse models of spinal muscular atrophy under the mentorship of Dr. Arthur Burghes, John Kissel, and Bill Pease. The goals of Dr. Arnold’s work are to understand the effects of spinal muscular atrophy on motor unit and to develop biomarkers to translate promising preclinical therapies to the clinic.
Monica Rho, MD
monica rhoDr. Monica Rho received her MD degree from North Western University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. She is a second-year attending physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago with a faculty appointment at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her current research focus is on the motor control of the hip with abnormal morphology, specifically cam-type Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI). Her primary mentor is Yasin Dhaher, PhD. Dr. Dhaher has been awarded two NIH grants as the principle investigator (PI) and co-PI. He has also attained multiple other grants by the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education as the principle investigator. Dr. Dhaher is currently investigating the basic neuromuscular control of the hip in patients with stroke by using an isometric hip target-matching paradigm. Dr. Harden will serve as secondary mentor. He has been the Director of the Center for Pain Studies at RIC since 1993. He was awarded the Addison Chair in Pain Studies in 2001. He has published extensively on pain resulting from a wide array of disorders, including osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. He has a strong understanding of the mechanism of pain, how to measure pain, and its effects on function and quality of life. Heidi Prather, DO will also serve as secondary mentor. Dr. Prather is a physiatrist with a specialty in hip and spine disorders. She will be providing veteran clinical expertise on FAI.
Jared Olson, MD
jared OlsonDr. Olson earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2008 after obtaining a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He will complete his Rehabilitation Medicine residency training in 2012 at the University of Washington, where he will continue as a faculty member. His research interests are in cortical motor physiology, plasticity following neurologic injury, and the application of electrocorticography (ECoG) in a brain-machine interface. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington, Dr. Olson's RMSTP project is focused on investigating motor planning in the cerebral cortex, using ECoG.
Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
sabrina paganoniDr. Paganoni grew up on Lake Como, Italy, and studied medicine at the University of Milan. She then traveled to the United States where she obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Northwestern University in Chicago. She then completed a PM&R Residency at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and then moved on to Fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Under the mentorship of Dr. Cudkowicz at MGH, she is studying the role of metabolism and exercise in patients with neuromuscular disorders, with a particular focus on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Eric Y. Chang, MD
eric changDr. Eric Y Chang completed his B.A. in East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven, CT in 1999. He completed his medical degree from Albert Enstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 2006 with a Distinction in Musculoskeletal Disorders. He spent 2 years during that period working in Dr. Paul E. DiCesare’s musculoskeletal laboratory at New York University – Hospital for Joint Disease, New York, NY. Subsequently, he completed his residency at UCLA/ Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Residency Program in Los Angeles. He then completed an ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship at University of California, Irvine to pursue his research interest in neuropathic pain and spasticity in the Spinal Cord Injured population. His primary mentor, Dr. Z. David Luo, is a well established investigator in the mechanisms of neuropathic pain. His co-mentor, Director Dr. Oswald Steward of the Reeves-Irvine Research Center, is renowned in the field of Spinal Cord Injury and also a seasoned mentor of previous clinical fellows. Dr. Gwen Sowa, from the University of Pittsburgh, adds her expertise to his mentoring team as a Spinal Cord Injury physician-scientist and as a researcher on degenerative mechanisms of the spine. Dr. Chang will provide clinical service at the UCI Multi-disciplinary Pain Clinic, which serves as a model system for an integrated MSK, pain management, and electromyography clinic in Orange County.
Nanette Joyce, DO
nanette joyceDr. Joyce earned her D.O. from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine as valedictorian in 2004. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan State University where she was chief resident from 2007-2008. After completing a year fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the University of California Davis in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department, Dr. Joyce was awarded a stem cell training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop a cellular therapy for treatment of motor neuron disease. Her mentoring team is led by Dr. Jan Nolta, a leader in the stem cell field and director of the UC Davis stem cell program and Institute for Regenerative Cures. While continuing her research using mesenchymal stem cells, Dr. Joyce will treat patients with neuromuscular diseases as faculty in the UC Davis healthcare system.
Molly Fuentes, MD
molly fuentes Dr. Fuentes received her bachelor of science from Stanford University in 2003 and her medical degree from the University of Michigan in 2008. She completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Washington in 2012. After completing a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2014, Dr. Fuentes began a T32 Pediatric Injury Research Program under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick Rivara and Dr. Monica Vavilala at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Fuentes is an Acting Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, with a clinical practice at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fuentes’ research focuses on health disparities and the cultural context of disability and rehabilitation interventions. Her long term goals include using stakeholder-engaged research methods to deliver culturally-appropriate rehabilitation interventions to American Indian and Alaska Native children with functional impairments.
Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD
prakash jayabalan Dr. Jayabalan grew up in London, UK and graduated medical school from King's College London School of Medicine. He completed a PhD in Pathobiology at the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory, University of Missouri as the Robert B Gordon Arthritis Research Fellow. His research focused both on the tissue engineering of cartilage for osteochondral defects and the development of a biomarker panel pertaining to the rehabilitation of patients with osteoarthritis. He completed residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with his research focused on the use of biomarkers for the treatment evaluation of patients with degenerative musculoskeletal conditions under the mentorship of Dr. Gwen Sowa. Currently he is a sports medicine fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), following which he will join the faculty at RIC. His research interest is in the development of walking exercise regimens that are efficacious for patient symptoms and delay the structural progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This research will use biomarker, biomechanical and epidemiological assessment to investigate the effect of physical activity and structured, defined walking regimens on disease progression and joint health. His mentorship team includes prominent national leaders who will provide expertise and further training in his research area of interest: Leena Sharma MD, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, Division of Rheumatology and Director of the Mechanical Factors in Arthritis of the Knee (MAK) study group, Yasin Dhaher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R at RIC/Northwestern University, and Director of the Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) laboratory and James L. Cook, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and Director of the Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri.
Prin Amorapanth, MD, PhD
prin amorapanth Dr. Prin X Amorapanth grew up in Edison, New Jersey and detoured from a budding career in the arts to study the neuroscience of emotion with Joseph LeDoux at New York University. He then pursued combined MD/PhD training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with cognitive neurologist Anjan Chatterjee identifying neural systems underlying spatial representation in the human brain. Following an internship at Temple University Hospital, he then completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He returned to New York University to complete a fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine, where he has remained as a member of both the clinical and research faculty. His RMSTP project, under the primary mentorship of Dr. Charles Marmar, is focused on identifying imaging biomarkers of emotional impairment in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). His long-term goals include leveraging developments in neuroimaging and neuroplasticity to deliver focused rehabilitation interventions to patients with acquired brain injury.
Randel Swanson, DO, PhD
randel swansonDr. Swanson earned his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2010, followed by his Medical Degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ) in 2011. He then completed residency training in PM&R in the combined Temple University / Moss Rehab program in 2015. Dr. Swanson joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 as a research physiatrist focused on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research and rehabilitation. Under the mentorship of Dr. Douglas H. Smith (Robert A. Groff Endowed Professor and Vice Chairman for Research and Education in Neurosurgery, and Director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, Scientific Director for the Big 10/ Ivy League Consortium on Concussion), Dr. Swanson successfully applied for RMSTP funding to help solidify a research-based career. Dr. Swanson’s RMSTP research is an extension of Dr. Smith’s research related to chronic neuropathology following TBI, and aims to investigate the role of the immune system in secondary neuronal injury, with a particular focus on autoimmune mechanisms of chronic post-TBI neuropathology. His RMSTP research is supported by co-mentorship from Dr. Robert Nagele (Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Cell Biology at Rowan University, and Director of the Biomarker Discovery Center at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging) and Dr. Eline Tjetske Luning Prak (Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Scientific Director of the Human Immunology Core Laboratory, and Assistant Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania).

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