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Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

John R. Bach, M.D.

Professor of Neurology
Medical Director, Center for Noninvasive Mech Ventilation

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University Hospital (UH)
150 Bergen Street Room B261
Newark , NJ 07101
Hours: 9-5
Phone: (973) 972-2809
Fax: (973) 972-5725

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Clinical Info

Medical Expertise

All aspects of neuromuscular disease, especially orthopedic, respiratory, cardiac, and pulmonary rehabilitation.


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Dr. John R. Bach received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1976. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University in 1980. He was the Medical Director of the Howard Rusk Ventilator Unit at Goldwater Memorial Hospital from 1980 to 1981 and then developed a noninvasive respiratory management program at the University of Poitiers, France from 1981 to 1983. He has been on the faculty of the Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School where he is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vice Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology, Director of Research and Associate Medical Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital, Newark, N.J., Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, and Medical Director of the Center for Ventilator Management Alternatives, University Hospital, Newark, N.J. He has over 400 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and 10 medical textbooks on neuromuscular and pulmonary medicine and has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries. He has received many awards for excellence in research writing, and others include the UMDNJ University Excellence Award for Patient Care, and the Newark Beth Israel Health Care Foundation Humanism in Medicine.



M.D., 1976, CMDNJ New Jersey Medical School


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey


Curriculum Vitae

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Relevant Publications:

Bach JR, Gonçalves MR, Hamdani I, Winck JC. Extubation of unweanable patients with neuromuscular weakness: a new management paradigm. Chest 2010;137(5):1033-1039.
Bach JR. Noninvasive respiratory management of high level spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med 2012:35(2):72-80.
Bach JR, Gupta K, Reyna M, Hon A. Spinal muscular atrophy type 1: prolongation of survival by noninvasive respiratory aids. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology. 2009,22(4):151-162.
Bach JR, Tran J, Durante S. Cost and physician effort analysis of invasive vs. noninvasive respiratory management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2015;94(6):474-482.
Bach JR, Gonçalves MR, Hon AJ, Ishikawa Y, De Vito EL, Prado F, Dominguez ME. Changing trends in the management of end-stage respiratory muscle failure in neuromuscular disease: current recommendations of an international consensus. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2013;(92)3:267-277.
Bach JR. Noninvasive respiratory management of high level spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med 2012:35(2):72-80.
Bach JR, Saporito LR, Shah HR, Sinquee D. Decanulation of patients with severe respiratory muscle insufficiency: efficacy of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation. J Rehabil Med 2014; 46:1037–1041.
Bach JR, Sinquee D, Saporito LR, Botticello AL. Efficacy of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation in extubating unweanable subjects with restrictive pulmonary disorders. Respir Care 2015;60(4):477–483.
Bach JR. Avoiding respiratory failure in neuromuscular disease: why is it not done? Am J Phys Rehabil 2007;86(3):222-224.
Mills B, Sabharwal S, Bach JR. Posterior spinal fusion for flaccid neuromuscular scoliosis in children with high pulmonary risk: role of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. J Pediatr Orthop 2013;33(5):488-493.


Current Research

Director of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Prolongation of life and prevention of cardiopulmonary complications in neuromuscular disease.



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