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Current Fellows RMSTP


Daniel Herman, MD
Dr. Herman graduated with Highest Honors in both Chemistry and Genetics at the University of California at Davis, and then matriculated into medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There he obtained his medical doctorate and PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Drs. Darin Padua and Bing Yu while studying the biomechanics of athletic performance and sports injury. After completing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia and his fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Florida, he joined the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Herman is currently investigating the role of neurocognitive performance on neuromuscular performance and sports injury risk under the primary mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer, an internationally respected neuropsychologist and researcher. Dr. Herman's goals for his research include transforming the approach to clinical sports injury via innovative and comprehensive injury risk algorithms, prevention programs, and rehabilitation strategies.
John-Ross (JR) Rizzo, MD
Dr. John-Ross (JR) Rizzo, M.D. is a physician scientist at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology. He leads the newly formed Visuomotor Integration Laboratory (VMIL), where he focuses on eye-hand coordination as it relates to acquired brain injury (ABI). JR Rizzo obtained his medical degree at New York Medical College as an Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society Member (Iota Chapter), and subsequently completed his residency with a chief position and fellowship at NYULMC’s Rusk Rehabilitation.  
Nathan Evanson, MD, PhD
Dr. Evanson is from a small town in Southern Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the MSTP program in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studied neuroendocrinology while completing a PhD in the neuroscience graduate program. He completed residency training in the combined pediatrics/PM&R residency program in Cincinnati, and served as chief resident of the PM&R residency program during that time. He is currently a member of the division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Among his clinical duties is running the multidisciplinary acquired brain injury clinic within the division (a joint effort of PM&R, neurology, and neuropsychology), and a rehabilitation clinic also focused mainly on brain injury. His main research interests are the role of environment (particularly chronic stress and environmental enrichment) in recovery after brain injury, and changes in brain metabolism in chronic traumatic brain injury. 
Alejandra Camacho-Soto, MD
Dr. Alejandra Camacho-Soto completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern McGaw Medical Center/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she served as chief resident from 2014-2015. She received her MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she completed a T32 Pre-doctoral research fellowship in Geriatrics investigating autonomic nervous system dysfunction in chronic low back pain in older adults. She is interested in pursuing a career as a clinician scientist in the field of Neuro-rehabilitation specifically related to traumatic brain injury and currently examining the neurophysiologic and psychological predictors of disability after concussions. She recently joined the Department of Neurology, Division of Neurorehabilitation at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
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 Paganoni, MD, PhD obtained her MD degree at the University of Milan in Italy and a PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).  She completed her medical training in Boston (residency in PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and fellowship in EMG/Neuromuscular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital). She is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She is currently working at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and at MGH in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinic. She is faculty at the MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and her research focuses on ALS therapy development. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of three ALS clinical trials and is using novel neuroimaging techniques as pharmacodynamic biomarkers. She is also passionate about developing innovative assistive technology tools that can improve quality of life for people with ALS.
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 finishing a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2014, Dr. Fuentes completed a Pediatric Injury Research Program research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick Rivara at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Fuentes is an Acting Assistant Professor 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 at the 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 research mentorship provided by Dr. Gwen Sowa. Following residency, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)/McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He is currently an Attending Physician/Clinician-Scientist at RIC and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His RMSTP/K12 award focuses on the development of walking exercise regimens that are efficacious for patient symptoms and delay the structural progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This research uses 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, and Director of the Mechanical Factors in Arthritis of the Knee (MAK) study group, Yasin Dhaher, PhD, 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 Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics 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
Dr. Swanson received his PhD in 2010 from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (formerly UMDNJ-GSBS), and his medical degree in 2011 from Rowan University SOM (formerly UMDNJ-SOM).  Following medical/graduate training, Dr. Swanson completed residency training in PM&R at Temple University / Moss Rehab.  In July of 2015 he joined the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is also an attending physician in the Polytrauma/TBI system of care at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.    As a physician-scientist, Dr. Swanson is actively pursuing research to elucidate the underlying mechanistic link between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and chronic neurodegeneration. Working in collaboration with Dr. Douglas H. Smith in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Swanson is investigating the role of autoantibodies in chronic post-TBI neuropathologies, and examining the utility of autoantibodies to serve as novel biomarkers for advanced TBI diagnostic and prognostic testing.

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