JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Physicians Researchers To Present At The Association of Academic Physiatrists National Conference   
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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Physicians Researchers To Present At The Association of Academic Physiatrists National Conference

What you need to know

Several physicians and researchers from JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute will introduce more than 20 research presentations at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, which takes place February 21 - 35 in Anaheim, Calif., and will attract an estimated 1,500 attendees. The research will advance the field of rehabilitation medicine and cover areas such as traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, post-COVID fatigue, stroke, and other illnesses, conditions, and injuries. “We welcome the opportunity to present the important research we’re doing at JFK Johnson to a national audience,” said Sara Cuccurullo, M.D., chair, vice president and medical director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. “Our goal is to improve outcomes for our patients and also to advance the specialty of rehabilitation medicine to help patients everywhere.” Dr. Cuccurullo is Professor, Chairman, and Residency program director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Textbook Authored by JFK Faculty will be Featured

Dr. Cuccurullo is also editor-in-chief of The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review textbook, created at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and authored by many of its faculty. Widely used by doctors taking their boards in the specialty, the text will featured at the conference as a raffle item. JFK Johnson will also sponsor a dinner for its former medical residents and fellows now working at rehabilitation institutes around the country.

Research Presentations to Include COVID Research

Among the research presented will be “Updates in the Evaluation and Management of Fatigue in Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID,” a presentation by Talya Fleming, M.D., Aba Zola, M.D., and Benjamin Abramoff, M.D. The study looks at long-term fatigue that follows some people who experience COVID.

Additional research and workshops/programs that will be presented by JFK Johnson:

  1. Early Intervention to Improve Function in a Rare Case of Terson’s Syndrome after Traumatic Brain Injury Stacey Jou, M.D. Phillip Gordon, M.D. Jessie Chan, M.D. Brian Greenwald, M.D.
  2. Admission from home to acute rehabilitation for multidisciplinary management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease: two case presentations Matthew Lee, BA Stacey Jou, M.D. Steven Markos, M.D.
  3. Monoplegia to Multiple Myeloma, A Unique Presentation Jonathan Wolbert, D.O. Stacey Jou, M.D. Krishna Urs, M.D.
  4. Uncommon Presentation of Moyamoya Disease: A Case Report James Yun, M.D. Stacey Jou, M.D. Christine Greiss, D.O.
  5. Hemiballismus After Subacute Stroke: A Case Report of Inpatient Rehabilitation Management Eric Heckelmann, M.D. D. Ratanski Iqbal Jafri, M.D.
  6. Hallucinations and Cyproheptadine Following Intrathecal Baclofen Withdrawal Jessica Ace, M.D. Steven Escaldi, D.O. Eric Heckelmann, M.D.
  7. Found Down Extremity Compartment Syndrome in a 26-Year-Old Male: A Case Report Yi Zhou, M.D. Michael Galibov, M.D. Thomas Bucek Lei Lin, M.D.
  8. Post-traumatic Guillain Barre Syndrome Yi Zhou, M.D. Ally Ferber Phillip Gordon, M.D. Brian Greenwald, M.D.
  9. A Rare Case of Esthesioneuroblastoma: Case Report Yi Zhou, M.D. Roger Henry Brian Greenwald, M.D.
  10. Persistent Facial Nerve Palsy After Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization: Case Report Ally Ferber Yi Zhou, M.D. Brian Greenwald, M.D.
  11. A Rare Case of Parinaud Syndrome Caused by Thalamic Hemorrhage Yi Zhou, M.D. Faraz Jamal, M.D. Jessie Chan M.D. Shirley Shen, M.D. Lei Lin, M.D.
  12. Scapuloperoneal Syndrome: A Good History Is Telling Jonathan Wolbert DO Michael Chung M.D. David Brown, D.O.
  13. Anaphylaxis to What? A Rare Case of tPA Induced Angioedema Jonathan Wolbert D.O. Krishna Urs, M.D.
  14. Monoplegia to Multiple Myeloma: A Unique Presentation Jonathan Wolbert D.O. Stacey Jou M.D. Krishna Urs, M.D.
  15. Functional Considerations of Right Frontal Infarct in an American Sign Language User: A Case Report Shirley Shen, M.D. Yi Zhou, M.D.
  16. Christine Greiss, D.O. James Yun, M.D. Michael Galibov, M.D. Jessie Chan, M.D. Faraz Jamal, M.D.
  17. Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome: A Case Report Faraz Jamal, M.D. Yi Zhou, M.D. Shirley Shen, M.D. Michael Galibov, M.D. James Yun, M.D. Lei Lin, M.D.
  18. Bilateral Paramedian Thalamic Syndrome in a 63-year-old Female Secondary to Artery of Percheron Infarction: A Case Report Michael Galibov, M.D. Yi Zhou, M.D. James Yun, M.D. Jessie Chan, M.D. Faraz Jamal, M.D. Shirley Shen, M.D. Steven Markos, M.D.
  19. Benefits of a Customized Inter-injection Interval for Severe Cervical Dystonia Phil Gordon, M.D. Dan Zhou, M.D. Steven Escaldi, D.O.
  20. Electrodiagnostic Findings of Brachial Plexopathy Masked by Hemiparesis Phil Gordon PS, Jonathan Wolbert, M.D.,  David Brown, D.O.


  1. Updates in the Evaluation and Management of Fatigue in Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID Talya Fleming, M.D. Aba Zola, M.D. Benjamin Abramoff, M.D.
  2. Kottke Society- Honorary society dedicated to the advancement of physiatry, bringing together the leading minds in physiatry to explore and discuss the future of the specialty Sara Cuccurullo M.D.
  3. Residency and Fellowship Program Director’s Workshop – Updates and Resident Recruitment workshop Sara Cuccurullo M.D. Brian Greenwald M.D. Laurent Delavaux M.D. Lisa Proano
  4. Fellowship and Job Fair Sara Cuccurullo M.D. Brian Greenwald, M.D. Laurent Delavaux, M.D. Lisa Proano
  5. Chair Council Workshop Faculty Compensation Survey Presentation Sara Cuccurullo, M.D.- Past President Lyn Weiss M.D.-President David Steinberg, M.D.-Vice President Joe Herrera, DO-Secretary
  6. APEC- Academic Physiatrists Educational Council Board Member Sara Cuccurullo M.D.
  7. Speed Networking- Early Career Workshop Sara Cuccurullo M.D.
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