After nationwide search, three subspecialty physicians join Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

After nationwide search, three subspecialty physicians join Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Newswise – After a nationwide search, three highly experienced and fellowship-trained physicians, Harsha Ayyala, MD, Jennifer Chui, MD, and Alexander Shustorivich, DO have joined the Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute to also treat patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. such as those with acute and chronic pain.

“We selected physicians with years of education, extensive experience and training in subspecialties to expand our services and strengthen our existing programs,” said Sara Cuccurullo, MD, President, Vice President and Medical Director by JFK Johnson. “We wanted physicians who were not only trained but also passionate about working in their area of ​​specialty. These committed doctors facilitated our decisions.

All three physicians are board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in addition to subspecialty board certifications.

Harsha Ayyala, MD

Harsha Ayyala, MD, has joined the JFK Johnson Center for Brain Injury, which is nationally and internationally recognized as a pioneer in the treatment of brain injury and one of 16 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems sites of the country for the treatment of brain injuries.

Dr. Ayyala completed a Brain Injury Research Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/TIRR Memorial Hermann and received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She combines neuropharmacology, spasticity management and interventional practices while leading an experienced interdisciplinary team.

Dr. Ayyala has been published in several peer-reviewed journal publications and abstracts and holds his subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine.

Jennifer M. Chui, MD

Jennifer M. Chui, MD, joins JFK Johnson as medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program, which provides inpatient and outpatient treatment, support services, and technologies and techniques to maximize recovery.

Dr. Chui completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and completed her Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Chui provides patient care in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, focusing on spinal cord injury and related diseases with the goal of maximizing each patient’s quality of life. She works closely with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreation therapists, neuropsychologists and other medical and surgical specialties to provide comprehensive care. Additionally, his interests encompass caregiver support, vocational rehabilitation, spasticity treatment, and medical education for students and residents.

Dr. Chui has been published in several peer-reviewed journal publications and abstracts.

Alexander Shustorovich, DO

Alexander Shustorovich, DO, treats patients with spine and peripheral joint disorders. He uses musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic/therapeutic purposes, as well as neuromodulation and orthobiology for pain. He has expertise in fluoroscopy-guided injections, ultrasound-guided injections, and minimally invasive procedures to help patients with acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Shustorovich completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident in 2020-2021. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Shustorovich has been published in several peer-reviewed journal publications and abstracts. His philosophy is to treat patients with a global and multimodal approach.


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