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K Rao PoduriK.Rao. Poduri, MD,FAAPMR

Dr. K. Rao Poduri, Chair and Professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology, is a nationally renowned physiatrist. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Medicine, and Pain Management. Dr. Poduri is fellowship-trained in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She is the Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services at Strong Memorial Hospital and is the Program Director of the residency program. She has a passion for teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Poduri has extensive experience in the treatment of stroke, spinal cord injury, amputations, and chronic pain. Dr. Poduri has been listed in the “Top Doctors in America” for several years.

She is a member of many prestigious Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation associations such as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). She serves on several committees for national PM&R associations: the Prevention committee and Chair of the By-laws committee of the ASIA; Chair of the General and Medical rehab at the AAPM&, and member of the Educational Committee at the AAP. Dr. Poduri has represented AAPM&R at the American Academy of Neurology to set Quality measures for Multiple sclerosis and served as the Technical Expert Panel for CMS to work on Drug Regimen Review.

Dr. Poduri is active in research and has presented many research studies at national and international meetings and has authored many journal articles and is on the editorial boards of several PM&R Journals.

She has been invited to present her research to her peers in Germany, India, and Canada. Dr. Poduri is a patient advocate and is responsible for the annual Spinal Cord Injury Health Fair in the Greater Rochester, NY area.

Jeffrey BazarianJeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH

Dr. Bazarian is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Public Health Science. Dr. Bazarian has served on several TBI-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. He was most recently the PI on a study using diffusion tensor imaging and football helmet impact sensors to investigate the natural history of white matter damage after multiple sub-concussive head blows.

In 2010, Dr. Bazarian joined the University of Rochester Sports Concussion Clinic, providing outpatient concussion care to area high and collegiate athletes.

Krista DamannKrista Damann, PhD

Dr. Damann is a Clinical Instructor at the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center, Unity Hospital, and is a member of their Memory Care Clinic. She completed her internship at Albany Medical Center and the Stratton VA Medical Center. She received her doctorate from the University at Albany, and post-doctoral fellowship at a private brain injury treatment center in Albany, NY.

She has a strong background in research, consulting and professional presentations in addition to clinical, teaching, supervisory and administrative experience.

Mary DombovyMary Dombovy, MD, MHSA

Dr. Dombovy is the Vice President, Neurosciences, Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center, Unity Hospital. She received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School College of Medicine in Rochester, MN, and completed her Neurology residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and PM&R residency at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Dombovy completed a Fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine and received her Master’s Degree in Health Systems Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is Board-certified in both PM&R and Neurology.

Her clinical and research interests are in recovery from stroke and brain injury, healthcare service delivery, and designing medical education to impact the future of healthcare.

Clifford EverettClifford Everett, MD

Dr. Everett is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed a residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Everett is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Everett has published numerous medical articles on topics such as techniques for treating spinal pain and guidelines for their implementation. His areas of specialty and research are the non-surgical

Donna FerraroDonna Ferrero, MD

Dr. Ferrero is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Buffalo, and completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ferrero is certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 

Dr. Ferrero specializes in the non-surgical treatment of spine disorders, specifically neck and back pain. She helps to maximize a patient's function through a variety of treatments including medication, physical therapy, and injections.

Marc GaudetteMarc Gaudette, PsyD

Dr. Gaudette is a Clinical Instructor and practices at the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center Unity Hospital. He received his Psy.D. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

His interests include neuropsychological assessments, counseling for emotional adjustment and changes following brain injury, posttraumatic growth, cognitive rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, and visual neglect. He lectures extensively and teaches a graduate level course on brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation at a local college. Dr. Gaudette is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Nandini JoshiNandini Joshi, MBBS

Dr. Joshi, an Assistant Professor of PM&R received her medical degree from Pune University, India. She completed her residency in PM&R at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and is PM&R board-certified.

Dr. Joshi works for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her rehabilitation interests are in the areas of amputations and chronic musculoskeletal problems in veterans. She contributes to PM&R resident training via consult service and outpatient clinics at the VA.

Joel KentJoel Kent, MD

Dr. Kent, an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, graduated from the University of South Florida Medical School. He has attained board certification in both Family Medicine and Anesthesiology, and a Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland. His professional efforts have been dedicated to Pain Medicine in both his clinical efforts and his teaching activities. He served as Division Head of Pain Medicine and Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland, and at the University of Rochester since 2007.

Dr. Kent has strong interests in both the multidisciplinary management of chronic pain and the management of neuropathic pain. He has published a series of articles on the management of neuropathic pain. He has also attained certification in palliative care medicine and has integrated this into his practice.

Amy MartinezAmy Martinez, PsyD

Dr. Martinez, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the URMC, received her Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology of Washington, DC. She completed her internship in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in Washington, DC, with formal training at Walter Reed Medical Center Department of Neuropsychology.

Mark MirabellieMark Mirabelli, MD

Dr. Mirabelli is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician.

Dr. Mirabelli's practice includes treatment of tendonitis, overuse injuries, osteoarthritis, acute sports trauma, and medical management for athletes with concussion, asthma, hypertension, and skin problems. Dr. Mirabelli is a Medical Consultant to regional professional and college sports teams, and serves as the supervising physician for University Sports Medicine athletic trainers at several area high schools.

Joseph NicholasJoseph Nicholas, MD, MPH

Dr. Nicholas is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics from the URMC, and a Fellowship in Preventative Medicine at the New York State Department of Health. He is a geriatrician hospitalist and provides palliative care services to patients at Highland Hospital as part of the Highland Hospital Geriatrics Group. He also serves as the Medical Director at the Highlands at Brighton Transitional Care Facility.

Jean NickelsJean Nickels, MD

Dr. Jean Nickels is Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her rehabilitation residency at the University of Rochester, and is a board certified physiatrist. She is the medical director of outpatient rehabilitation for physician services for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Nickels provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to patients with functional impairments such as stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury or Multiple Sclerosis. She provides evidenced based education to medical students and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident physicians.

John OrsiniJohn Orsini, MD

Dr. Orsini is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with certification in pain management at URMC. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine, and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, and a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Orsini treats spinal disorders by interventional means with an expertise in the diagnosis of peripheral nerve injuries and non-surgical treatments such as spine injections and management of spasticity due to stroke, brain injury, MS, or cerebral palsy. He has additional experience in the use of electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate disorders of nerves and muscle.

Rajeev PatelRajeev Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC. He earned his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities Medical School. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in Interventional Spine at the University of Pennsylvania Spine Center. Dr. Patel has authored research papers, review articles, and book chapters on spinal conditions and the safety and effectiveness of interventional spine procedures. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Jennifer PaulJennifer Paul, MD

Dr. Paul is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO.

Dr. Paul provides inpatient rehabilitation care at our rehabilitation unit and her outpatient services 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. Dr. Paul uses interventional treatments including injections and specific rehabilitation to restore function and quality of life to her patients.

Annie PhilipAnnie Philip, MD

Dr. Philip is an Associate Professor in the departments of Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Associate Director of the Pain Fellowship in the department of Anesthesiology. She earned her medical degree from the Dr. MGR Medical University Coimbatore, India and completed her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, her interests include Pain management. She did her Pain Fellowship at the University of Rochester in the department of Anesthesiology.

Cecilia RansomCecilia Ransom, MD

Dr. Ransom is a Clinical Instructor at the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center Unity Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Dr. Ransom interned in Internal Medicine and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Ransom is board certified from the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner. She has published articles on rehabilitation orthotics.

Sara SalimSara Salim, MD

Dr. Salim is an Assistant Professor with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the URMC. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Salim completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Kessler Institute in NJ. She is board certified from the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Salim’s rehabilitation interests include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasound guided injections and spasticity management with Botox injections.

Marcia SchererMarcia Scherer, PhD, MPH

Dr. Scherer is a Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation who received her doctorate from the University of Rochester in Counseling, Family and Work-life Studies. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is the Director for the Institute for Matching Person and Technology, and the Sr. Research Associate for the International Center for Hearing and Speech Research. Dr. Scherer is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Rehabilitation Psychology, Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology and in Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics. She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and a member of the editorial board of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Scherer is an expert in Assistive Technology and has authored research articles and edited several text books. She serves as the Chair of the Research Committee for the department.

William SchneiderWilliam Schneider, PhD

Dr. Schneider is a Clinical Instructor for Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center Unity Hospital He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology in California, and completed an internship at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a fellowship in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

He has special expertise in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and pediatric brain injury. Dr. Schneider’s clinical interests include rehabilitation neuropsychology, behavioral management of the brain injured, and psychopharmacological treatment in traumatic brain injury.

Kamaljit SidhuKamaljit Sidhu, MD

Dr. Kamaljit Sidhu is an associate professor with University of Rochester Strong Medical Center and is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist. Dr. Sidhu earned her medical degree from SABA University of Medicine and completed her residency at the Case Western University/ MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute in Cleveland, OH. She currently practices general Physiatry and contributes to PM&R resident training via the outpatient setting.

Her expertise is in the management of spasticity with Botox and Musculoskeletal conditions in addition to concussion.

David SpeachDavid Speach, MD

Dr. Speach is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC. Dr. Speach is a board-certified physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Electro-diagnostics.

Dr. Speach specializes in the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal conditions; his primary focus is on the evaluation and treatment of neck and back disorders. Dr. Speach has additional certification in Neuromuscular Medicine and the use of electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate disorders of muscle and nerves.