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Jean L. Nickels, M.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Appointment: (585) 275-3271

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Dr. Jean Nickels is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology with an additional appointment as an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Nickels is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her rehabilitation residency at the University of Rochester. She is a board certified physiatrist. She is the medical director of the acute inpatient unit at Rochester General Hospital and the medical director of outpatient rehabilitation services at the Rochester Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Nickels provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitative care to patients with new functional impairments such as stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury or Multiple Sclerosis. She provides consultative services to nursing home clients. Dr. Nickels' approach is based on an interdisciplinary approach to patient and family centered care. She coordinates medical, therapy and social services and equipment needs for individuals with disabilities. She provides evidenced based education to medical students, Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident physicians, therapists and community-based stroke support groups.


Dr. Nickels is a Board-certified Physiatrist who received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She worked as an attending physician at Monroe Community Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit and performed nerve conduction studies and electromyography at Jones Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nickels is currently an Attending Physiatrist at Rochester General Hospital's Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Her clinical interests are in the areas of stroke, geriatric inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient pain management.



  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab


BS | Univ Wisconsin-Madison

MD | Medical College of Wisconsin

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1990 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1990
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry