Spinal Cord Injury Physiatrist
Steven Kirshblum, MD specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange NJ and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.
He graduated from University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years, earning board certification in PM&R and spinal cord injury medicine.
Early Life and Education
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehab at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as well as Chair of its Physical Medicine & Rehab Department. Additionally he serves as Program Director for Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship program as well as member of American Spinal Cord Injury Association Board of Trustee.
At Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees, respectively from Fairleigh Dickinson and Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School respectively. Following this, he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Hospital New York as chief resident.
Steven Kirshblum has written over 85 peer-reviewed articles and three textbooks; as well as being past president of both the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals and American Paraplegia Society.
Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in rehabilitation for muscle, bone or nerve injuries. They work closely with referring physicians as well as an array of specialists.
Kirshblum earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University; later receiving his medical degree from University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. Subsequently completing residency training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City as the chief resident.
He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and monographs as well as edited a textbook and written a children’s book on spinal cord injury (SCI). Furthermore, he serves as project co-director of one of only 14 federally designated model systems nationwide – Northern New Jersey Model Spinal Cord Injury System.
Achievement and Honors
Steven Kirshblum has earned international renown for his expertise in spinal cord injury medicine and rehabilitation. He serves as professor and chair of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilition (PM&R) Department, in addition to being Senior Medical Director at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange and Chief Medical Officer for Kessler Foundation. He serves as co-project director of the Northern New Jersey Model Spinal Cord Injury System – one of 14 federally designated model systems nationwide – and is an accomplished speaker on topics related to spinal cord injury medicine and rehabilitation. He is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, as well as two textbooks. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, before going on to earn a doctorate from Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School.
Steven Kirshblum is married and the proud parent of one child. Currently residing in West Orange, New Jersey he serves as Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as well as Chief Medical Officer for Select Medical’s rehabilitation hospital division. Additionally he directs Spinal Cord Injury Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation as well as co-directing their Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation within Kessler Foundation.
As an active member of his local community, including serving on the Board of New Jersey State Police Memorial Foundation. As a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist), Dr. Reddy assists patients recovering from injuries or illness to rehabilitate.
Steven Kirshblum is an internationally recognized leader in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and research, holding memberships with American Paraplegia Society and Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals as well as numerous advisory boards and foundations dedicated to spinal cord research. As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey and Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, he holds board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He currently chairs the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Kessler Institute, serves as Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as Program Director for its Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship program, and Project Co-Director of Northern New Jersey Model Spinal Cord Injury System – one of 18 federally designated centers across the nation.