Board of Trustees

Adam Stein, MD

President

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

President-Elect

Karen Kowalske, MD

Secretary/ Treasurer

John Chae, MD, ME

Past President

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Adam Stein, MD

AAP Member Since 1997

Adam is the Chair of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell. He also directs all physical medicine and rehabilitation services and education across Northwell Health. His focus is on building a strategic plan for rehabilitation medicine, promoting utilization of services throughout the continuum and developing programs of distinction.

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Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2002

Gwen is the Chair and Professor of PM&R at UPMC and Director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. She is also Co-Director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine Research. She has authored and co-authored over 60 original research publications and 35 book chapters and reviews, and given over 200 national presentations.

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Karen Kowalske, MD

AAP Member Since 1992

Karen is a Professor of PM&R at UT Southwestern Medical Center and winner of the 2018 AAP Distinguished Academician Award. The principal investigator for the renowned North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System, she has published more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts – many related to burn care and outcomes – and delivered 90-plus invited lectures.

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John Chae, MD, ME

AAP Member Since 1994

John serves as Vice President for Research, Chair of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Professor at Case Western Reserve University/ MetroHealth. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 reviews, book chapters and books. He has also been awarded 13 patents. John is an Associate Editor for AJPM&R (the AAP's medical journal) and an Editor of the field’s premier text book, DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice.

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Pablo Celnik, MD, PhD

Member-at-Large

Walter Frontera, MD, PhD

AJPM&R Editor-in-Chief

Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD

Membership Committee Chair

Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD

AMA Representative

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Pablo Celnik, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2004

Pablo is the Chair, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for PM&R at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the Physiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory.

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Walter Frontera, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 1985

Walter is a Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Puerto Rico. He has served as the Inaugural Chair of PM&R at the UPR, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Vanderbilt University. Walter has also published more than 230 scientific manuscripts including 16 edited books and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Past President of ISPRM. Walter has presented invited lectures in 53 countries and is Past-President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).

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Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2002

Marlis is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director of Outpatient PM&R Clinics at Johns Hopkins. She has won several awards for her research, including the Passano Physician Scientists Award, the New Investigator Award of the Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Traveling Fellowship Award from the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine.

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Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2012

Prakash is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as an Attending Physician and Clinician-Scientist in Sports Medicine at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Follow him on Twitter @pjayabalanMDPhD.

Tiffany Lau, MD

Resident Representative

Michael Mallow, MD

Education Committee Chair

David Morgenroth, MD

Member-at-Large

Alex Moroz, MD, MHPE

Program Committee Chair

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Tiffany Lau, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Tiffany is a Resident Physician at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also Chair of the AAP's Resident/ Fellow Council (RFC). Follow her on Twitter at @TiffanyMLauMD.

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Michael Mallow, MD

AAP Member Since 2011

Michael is an Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director in Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

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David Morgenroth, MD

AAP Member Since 2005

David is Vice Chair of Research and Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington and a Physician with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the AAP's Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP).

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Alex Moroz, MD, MHPE

AAP Member Since 2006

Alex is the Vice Chair of Education and Training at Rusk Rehabilitation. He also serves as the PM&R Residency Program Director and an Associate Professor at NYU Langone Health.

Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD

Research Committee Chair

Danielle Perret Karimi, MD

AAMC Representative

Natasha Romanoski, DO

AAMC Representative

Felicia Skelton-Dudley, MD, MS

Public Policy Committee Chair

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Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2008

Sabrina is an Assistant Professor in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine at Harvard Medical School/ Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also an editorial board member for Muscle and Nerve and the American Journal of PM&R, and has published 45 peer-reviewed papers and 6 book chapters. Follow her on Twitter at @PaganoniMDPhD.

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Danielle Perret Karimi, MD

AAP Member Since 2008

Danielle is an Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology at UC Irvine. Follow her on Twitter at @dani_perret.

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Natasha Romanoski, DO

AAP Member Since 2014

Natasha is the the Residency Program Director, Student Elective Rotation Director, Vice Chair of Education and Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Professor. Follow her on Twitter at @NRomanoskiDO.

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Felicia Skelton-Dudley, MD, MS

AAP Member Since 2013

Felicia is an Assistant Professor of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine, Investigator at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety and Staff Physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Follow her on Twitter at @fskeltonmd.

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