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Fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine at Northwell Health

The Northwell Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited brain injury medicine fellowship program. The brain injury medicine fellow will receive training that encompasses the continuum of care for brain injury within Northwell Health.

The clinical experience will comprise:

Acute inpatient rehabilitation

  • 25-bed newly renovated brain injury/neurorehabilitation unit

Acute care/trauma consultations 

  • Work collaboratively with acute care surgery/trauma and neurosurgery teams on rounds and conferences; observe operative procedures
  • Provide immediate brain injury care from the start of the injury and follow through hospital stay with direct management of cases

Outpatient brain injury rehabilitation

  • Wide spectrum of brain injury management and continuity of care
  • Interdisciplinary team conferences with clinical team members
  • Spasticity management with chemodenervation and intrathecal baclofen

Outpatient Concussion Program

  • A systemwide program that provides advanced concussion management and treatment in alignment with current evidence-based guidelines, targeting both athletic and non-athletic populations. Under the direction of physicians, medical care and rehabilitation services are provided to the community with early access for enhanced return to performance and quality of life
  • Opportunity to be a part of the ongoing development and administrative aspects of the program, including education and community outreach in schools as well as coordinating the annual brain injury conference
  • Have an opportunity to cover sports events and implement baseline SCAT testing to athletes

Vestibular rehabilitation

  • Close collaboration with expert vestibular therapists to understand balance physiology
  • Houses the Bertec Balance Advantage™ system—the only one in New York City and Long Island


  • Fulfill training using CITI to be involved in IRB process and protocol development
  • Implement research project at start of year with dedicated time to research provided by research mentor with resultant publication expected at completion


Multidisciplinary specialties, either in system or outside of Northwell Health:

  • Chemodenervation
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-optometry
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation 
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Polytrauma & Combat related injuries/Veteran Association 
  • Psychiatry
  • Research
  • Sports Medicine/Concussion

Teaching will be composed of dedicated faculty including four BIM board-certified PMR physicians. In addition, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology and Acute Care Surgery/Trauma will also be part of direct teaching.


  • 2019 PGY-5 salary $79,000
  • Choice of medical, dental, vision, supplemental short-term disability, long-term disability, supplemental life insurance/accidental death and dismemberment, and flexible spending accounts
  • Book allowance
  • AAP & AAPMR Conference expenses
  • Moonlighting opportunity

Clinical rotation

  • 4 months – inpatient/outpatient
  • 6 months – acute care consultations/outpatient
  • 1 month – research
  • 1 month – elective 
  • Included is four weeks' vacation and CME days for attendance to a national conference
  • No call

Application process & contact information

Applications are being accepted via ERAS and participate in Rehab Medicine Match. For more about program, please contact:

Veronica Davydov
Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1554 Northern Boulevard, 4th Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 321-6408
Fax: (516) 321-6420

Program director

Rosanna Sabini, DO

Medical Director - Concussion Program

Program Director - Brain Injury Med Fellowship Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southside Hospital

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine

Core brain injury faculty

Lisa Palen Hu, MD

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine

Sylvia Therese John, MD

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine

Sarah Khan, DO

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine

Matthew Morris Shatzer, DO

Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Bradford William Landry, DO

Specialties: Pediatric Rehabilitation Med, Physical / Rehab Medicine