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JFK Johnson Magazine

JFK Magazine Winter 2019



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Congratulations to JFK Family Medicine Center: Center for Pregnancy for being selected as a 2015 Community Leader of Distinction!

Steven V. Escaldi, D.O.

Medical Director of the Spasticity Management Program and Attending Physiatrist at the JFK Johnson Institute. Clinical Assistant Professor at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Escaldi graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his training at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute where he also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Escaldi's area of practice expertise is Spasticity Management and Neurologic Rehabilitation. His research has focused on maximizing functional recovery in patients with stroke and brain injury. He has lectured locally and nationally on the topics of Stroke rehabilitation and Spasticity management. Dr. Escaldi's most recent publication developed protocols for training physicians in the evaluation and treatment of patients with Spasticity.

Jonathan P. Quevedo, M.D.

Medical Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Clinical Associate Professor
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Jonathan Quevedo received his medical degree in 1980 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.  He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident during his last year.

Dr. Quevedo is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and also in Pain Medicine. He has spent much of his time and practice in chronic pain management. His areas of special interest are pain of the head, neck region, headaches, facial pain, and fibromyalgia.  Dr. Quevedo also performs sphenopalatine blocks, a procedure which has been very successful for these types of painful conditions. He also trains residents in this useful technique.

Another of Dr. Quevedo’s areas of interest is neuromuscular and neurological disorders.  He has developed a Parkinson Clinic for the assessment of patients by a rehabilitation medicine physician and a therapist. He was Co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic.

Dr. Quevedo is actively involved in teaching Rehabilitation Medicine residents. He frequently lectures on rehabilitation medicine at area hospitals.  He has been a volunteer speaker for the American Heart Association and is involved in charitable endeavors which have included several medical mission trips to Honduras.

Dr. Quevedo is Medical Director for the Client Services admission department where he is actively involved in the screening and evaluation process of patients referred for admission to the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Iqbal Jafri, M.D.

Medical Director, Pain Management Program
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Founding Program Director ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship
JFK Medical Center
Founding Medical Director, Inpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Jafri completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in 1988, where he served as Chief Resident.  He then joined the medical staff as an attending physician.  Dr. Jafri also serves as a consultant in the specialties of Pain Medicine and Physiatry at JFK Medical Center, Roosevelt Care Center and as consulting Physiatrist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Dr. Jafri established inpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs for patients who undergo open heart surgeries, including patients with heart transplants and ventricular assistive devices as well as pre and post lung transplant patients.

He has been teaching residents in PM&R since 1988. Furthermore, he teaches Pain Medicine fellows from the Pain Fellowship Programs at JFK Medical Center and RWJ University Hospital.

Dr. Jafri has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on topics of Pain Management. He coauthored a chapter on Cardiac Rehabilitation in the book “Physical medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Board Review” and also wrote a chapter on Pain Management in the book “Women with Disabilities: A Comprehensive Guide to Care”.  He has also authored numerous abstracts and articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Jafri is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine.  He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Lei Lin, M.D. Ph.D.

Attending Physician
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Associate Clinical Professor
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Lei Lin attended medical school at Shanghai First Medical College (Shanghai, China), where she graduated with highest honors.  She earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Dr. Lin completed her residency training at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, and was named Chief Resident of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2000.  She is a board certified physiatrist with a sub-specialty certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  She specializes in electrodiagnostic medicine, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, orthopedic rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputee rehabilitation.

Dr. Lin joined JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) in 2001 and has contributed to the growth of several programs, including electrodiagnostic medicine, stroke and orthopedic rehab.  She teaches residents and medical students extensively in neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine.  She was named the Research Director at JRI in 2001-2006.

Dr. Lin has authored and co-authored many articles and abstracts. She was the assistant editor for the “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review” book.  She has lectured extensively on various rehabilitation topics.  Dr. Lin is active in a number of state and national organizations and served on the research committee of the Academic Association of Physiatrists in 2002 – 2004.

Dr. Lin received the Kathy Ng Wong Memorial Award from JRI, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013.  This award is presented to the physician who exhibits the highest degree of kindness, compassion and concern for patients and their families.

Brian D. Greenwald, M.D.

Dr. Greenwald is currently the Medical Director of Center for Head Injuries and the Associate Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

He completed his residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School.  He was fellowship trained in brain injury rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Prior to joining JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Dr. Greenwald was the Medical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center in New York City and the Medical Director for the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems.

Dr. Greenwald has served on the Board of Trustees for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey since 2002.  In 2012 he received the Kristjan Ragnarsson Angel Award from the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation for leading research advancing the field of pediatric acquired brain injury.  He was the recipient of the 2009 Physician of the Year Award at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  He is recognized by his peers through the Castle Connolly surveys as one of the Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area.  Dr. Greenwald has published multiple articles and book chapters in the areas of brain injury rehabilitation.  Currently he is involved in several research studies to improve the care of brain injury survivors.