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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’s Rusk Rehabilitation, where he is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a cross-appointment in the Department of Neurology. He leads the Visuomotor Integration Laboratory (VMIL), where his team focuses on eye-hand coordination, as it relates to acquired brain injury (ABI), and the Technology Translation in Medicine Laboratory (TTML), where his team focuses on assistive technology for the visually impaired and benefits from his own personal experiences with vision loss.  He recently completed an R03 through the National Institute of Aging (NIA), as a GEMSSTAR Scholar, focusing his research goals on eye-hand coordination in elderly stroke, and now is completing a K12, as an RMSTP Fellow, focusing on visuomotor integration in brain injury; he presently has funding at the federal, state, municipal and foundational level. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, in addition to domestic and international patents filed for his rehabilitation tools. 
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.
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.
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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