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Photo of Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.
Bazarian Lab

Dr. Bazarian is an emergency physician with an active concussion clinic and research program. He has served on several traumatic brain injury-related task forces and panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2008, he worked with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center to develop mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) management guidelines for returning troops.

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Marina Rubin Connolly, M.D.

Dr. Connolly is board certified in Pediatric Neurology. She is currently an instructor of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York where he teaches and has an active child neurology practice. She continues to be interested in patients with chronic pain. She has also joined the team of physicians in the Neurofibromatosis clinic as many patients with NF experience pain during their lifetime and Dr. Connolly enjoys developing long-term relationships with patients.

Photo of Mark H. Mirabelli, M.D.Mark H. Mirabelli, M.D.

Dr. Mirabelli is a primary care sports medicine physician. He provides comprehensive care to athletes, including the evaluation of sports concussion. Dr. Mirabelli has lectured regionally on the evaluation, and management, of acute sports concussion and serves as team physician for St. John Fisher College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Rochester Knighthawks. He also serves as the supervising physician for University Sports Medicine athletic trainers at several area high schools.

Photo of Jennifer Paul, M.D.Jennifer Paul, M.D

Dr. Jennifer H. Paul provides inpatient rehabilitation care at our rehabilitation unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her outpatient services are provided at Clinton Crossings and her interests include treating acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia, traumatic brain injury/concussion, spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological conditions, spasticity with Botox injections and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Photo of Katherine Rizzone, M.D.Katherine Rizzone, M.D, M.P.H.

Dr. Katherine H. Rizzone is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics. She specializes in non-operative sports medicine. Her special interests include musculoskeletal ailments including strains, sprains, tendonitis, fractures, sports concussions, and arthritis, as well as medical problems unique to the female athlete, and runners. 

Photo of Marc SchieberMarc H. Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Schieber Lab

Dr. Schieber studies brain control movements of the body, translating our findings to advance brain-machine interface technology for restoration and repair of lost or damaged neurological function. A longstanding line of investigation explores control of fine finger movements, like those used in typing, playing a musical instrument, or performing delicate surgery. More recent work explores the combination of reaching, grasping, and manipulating. In both realms, we study how the brain controls a rather complex set of muscles to achieve the required movement.

Photo of Kim Sidhu, M.D.Kamaljit Sidhu, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Non-op/Interventional MSK, Adult Spasticity Management

Photo of Maria V. Karipidis Pouria, M.D., M.D.Maria V. Karipidis Pouria, M.D.

Dr. Karipidis Pouria has joined UR Medicine's Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics. She specializes in non-operative sports medicine and her background expertise encompasses the care of pediatric athletes to the geriatric population. She has special interests in sports related concussions, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, sport-related spine injuries, and the medical management of athletes.

Photo of Raissa VillanuevaRaissa Villanueva, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Villanueva leads URMC's General Neurology Division, with a clinical practice that focuses on the full range of neurologic disorders. She has established herself as a national leader in neurology practice, being appointed in 2013 to the American Academy of Neurology's Practice Committee. In addition to her clinical work and leadership responsibilities, she is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and advanced clinical fellows.

Advance Practice Providers

Photo of Lisa Fitzpatrick, PALisa Fitzpatrick, PA

Ortho Sports Medicine

Photo of Pam Mapstone, NPPam Mapstone, NP

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation




Our Sports Concussion Program stresses early recognition and prevention. Educating coaches, athletes and other health professionals about the signs and symptoms of concussions is a central role in our care. We teach athletes how to play safer and encourage proper safety precautions, such as making sure helmets fit right, which may dramatically reduce head injury.”
–Mark H. Mirabelli, M.D.