Divisions, Programs & Centers

Kessler Foundation Research Center


EMGs / Nerve Conduction Studies

The PM&R Department continues to provide electrodiagnostic testing (EMG and nerve testing) for patients with a wide variety of symptoms and conditions including numbness, pain, weakness, back pain radiating into the legs (radiculopathy / sciatica, etc), neck pain radiating down into the arms (cervical radiculopathy, brachial plexopathy, etc.), carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and peripheral polyneuropathy.  In FY 10, PM&R performed a total of 340 EMG procedures. The PM&R Department has more physicians who are credentialed by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine than any other NJMS department.


Coccyx Pain Center

The PM&R department's Coccyx Pain Center (tailbone pain center) at NJMS and University Hospital has entered its fourth year and has continued to grow in terms of patient volume, catchment area, and the number of interventional injection procedures performed at University Hospital. In 2010 our Coccyx Pain Center provided evaluations for 179 new patients with coccydynia, as well as many more follow-up visits and injections. This Coccyx Pain Center has a national reputation, such that many of these patients fly in from around the country and occasionally from other nations to receive this subspecialty niche care within the research/publication focus of the Center's Director, Dr. Foye. This brings not only favorable national attention to UMDNJ/NJMS/UH, but also brings in a truly international catchment area for patients receiving outpatient procedures at University Hospital.


New Jersey Medical School Sports Medicine Center

Dr. Stitik is a team physician for Rutgers Newark. He works in conjunction with the Department of Orthopedics in helping to manage injured athletes. Musculoskeletal ultrasound in particular is used in the evaluation and management of sports injuries.


Inpatient Care

Inpatient consultative services are provided by PM&R faculty to a diverse inpatient population of patients with neurological or traumatic injuries, including stroke, spinal cord injury, and brain injury and to patients with disabling medical and surgical conditions or complications. Pulmonary consults are also provided to patients in need of non-invasive ventilation. The inpatient consult service working in coordination with the case managers play a key role in facilitating the discharge of patients to post-acute rehabilitation. Their contribution to the health care team is crucial to decreasing LOS.


Occupational / Musculoskeletal Medicine

Involves the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that cause pain and/or functional difficulties with activities of daily living. Some of these include:

  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Extremity & coccyx pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back pain
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Work-related injuries and conditions
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries

The outpatient division is under the joint direction of Todd P. Stitik, M.D., Professor, Director, Occupational/Musculoskeletal Medicine and Acting Director of Sports Medicine, and Patrick M. Foye, M.D., Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Occupational/Musculoskeletal Medicine.


Northern NJ Spinal Cord Injury System

It was founded in 1992 under a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the "Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System" (NNJSCIS) at University Hospital continues to care for SCI patients within a broad 13-county area. (This grant has been competitively funded since 1992.) The NNJSCIS is a joint effort among UMDNJ-University Hospital, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and Kessler Foundation Research Center, and is one of 14 federally-funded model systems in the U.S. The University Hospital is the site of the acute care component of the system, while Kessler Institute is the site for the remaining aspects of the system. The next round of this grant cycle is September 2011 (these are five-year grants). Due to a loss of the major SCI grant writer at the Kessler Foundation Research Center, it is unclear whether we will be successful.


Peripheral Nerve Center

Center for Neuromuscular Disorders
(includes Muscular Dystrophy Center) (973) 972-7151

Center for Rehabilitation Services (973) 972-2802


Center for Ventilatory Support Alternatives and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Center for Non-invasive Mechanical Ventilation Alternatives and Pulmonary Rehabilitation was established in 1992 and cares for patients with neuromuscular weakness and respiratory impairment. It is under the direction of John R. Bach, M.D. who also serves as Co-Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic. These neuromuscular weakness intervention programs continue to be successful in prolonging bace-free ambulation and reducing cardiorespiratory morbidity and mortality to prolong quality survival. An inpatient program for the extubation of patients who are "unweanable" from ventilatory support is provided in coordination with the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. The program focuses on decanulating ventilator users or avoiding tracheostomy by extubating unweanable patients to noninvasive respiratory muscle aids, thereby reducing ICU stays, and facilitating return to the community rather than costly long-term institutionalization. The mechanical ventilation alternatives program has successfully extubated over 203 unweanable intubated patients most of whom were transferred to UH after failing extubation at other facilities. 36 of these patients were referred to UH to be extubated or decanulated since July 2010. (973) 972-2802


Low Back Pain Rehabilitation Center (973) 972-2802