Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty
Kanakadurga R. Poduri, M.D. Mary Dombovy, M.D., MHSA Committee for third and fourth year medical students at
Chair, Medical Director and Clinical Associate Professor, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and
Director of Residency Program PM&R and Neurology Dentistry. His interests are inpatient rehabilitation and
Department of Physical Medicine the management of spasticity in pediatric patients.
& Rehabilitation Dr. Dombovy received her medical
degree from Mayo Medical School
Dr. Poduri is an Associate Professor College of Medicine in Rochester, Nandini Joshi, M.D.
of Physical Medicine and Minnesota. She completed her Neurology residency Clinical Instructor
Rehabilitation. She graduated from Karnatak at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and PM&R Dr. Joshi attended two years of pre-
Medical College in Hubli, India. She completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin. She is professional training, and four years of
residency training in PM&R and a fellowship in Board-certified in both PM&R and Neurology. She medical school at Pune University, India,
Geriatric Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in receiving her medical degree. She
Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. She is Academic Medicine and received her Master's Degree completed her residency in PM&R at
Board-certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine and in the in Health Systems Administration from Rochester the University of Rochester Medical Center, and
subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Institute of Technology. Dr. Dombovy's major areas of is PM&R Board-certified. She worked as a staff-
Poduri was included in Top Doctors USA. In addition clinical and research interest are in recovery from physiatrist at Batavia VAMC, and then joined the
to her clinical responsibilities and resident education, stroke and brain injury, healthcare service delivery, Park Ridge Health System where she held both
she teaches students (second, third and fourth year) and designing medical education to impact on the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation responsibilities.
in the University of Rochester School of Medicine future of health care. She now works part time for both the Canandaigua
and Dentistry. She has presented several papers
VA Medical Center and the University of Rochester
at the annual meetings of the American Academy
Clifford Everett, M.D. Medical Center. Her rehabilitation interests are in the
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association
Associate Professor areas of amputations and chronic musculoskeletal
of Academic Physiatrists, National Stroke Association,
problems in veterans.
and the American Geriatric Society. Dr. Poduri Dr. Everett is a Board-certified
has also presented internationally on the topics Physiatrist who received his medical
of shoulder pain in stroke patients and spinal cord degree from Georgetown University Mark LiVecchi, D.M.D., M.D.
injury. Her research interests are in the areas of School of Medicine in Washington, Clinical Assistant Professor
stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, D.C. He completed his internship in Dr. LiVecchi received his medical degree
hypertension and DVT. Dr. Poduri is a member of Preliminary Internal Medicine and his residency from the State University of New York at
the editorial board for the Journal of Disability and in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Brooklyn College of Medicine, and his
Rehabilitation and reviewer for the Journal of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Everett is a guest oral examiner Doctorate of Dentistry from the
Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine and for the American Board of Physical Medicine and University of Kentucky College of
Rehabilitation, and the American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation. His areas of specialty include Dentistry. He completed his intern year of residency at
Medicine & Rehabilitation. treating lumbar radiculopathy and spinal Highland Hospital, and his residency in Physical Medicine
stenosis with specific rehabilitation and and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical
Uma Aggarwal, M.B.B.S. interventional techniques. His major interest is Center. Dr. LiVecchi is Board-certified in PM&R and
Associate Professor of Clinical in musculoskeletal medicine. Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Prior to joining Unity
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Health System, Dr. LiVecchi was Medical Director of the
Donna Ferrero, M.D. Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Geneva General Hospital in
Dr. Aggarwal received her medical
Assistant Professor Geneva, New York. He is a retired medical officer in the
degree from the Government
New York Air National Guard, where he served as officer
Medical College in Patiala, Punjab Dr. Ferrero is a Board-certified
in charge of physical examinations and standards. Dr.
India. She completed residency Physiatrist who received her medical
LiVecchi specializes in Neurologic Rehabilitation.
training in PM&R at the University of Rochester degree from the State University of
Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, and is New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New
Board-certified in both PM&R and Electrodiagnostic York. She completed her PM&R Sridevi Mukkamala, M.B.B.S.
Medicine. She received the Elkin's Award from residency training at Tuft's University School of Clinical Instructor
the American Board of Physical Medicine and Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Ferrero's Dr. Mukkamala received her medical
Rehabilitation for the highest score on the written practice is mainly in the outpatient area. She degree from Andhra Medical
Board Examination. She is the Medical Director specializes in the non-surgical treatment of spine College in India. She completed
of PM&R at Rochester General Hospital. She has disorders, specifically neck and back pain. She helps her transitional year of residency
been a Guest Oral Examiner for The American to maximize a patient's function by restoring quality at Hurley Medical Center/Michigan
Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. of life through a variety of treatments including State University College of Human Medicine. She
Dr. Aggarwal is also a Business Associate of the medication, physical therapy, and spinal injections. completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Preferred Care Surgical Advisory Team. Her interests residency at Metro Health Medical Center/Case Western
are in the areas of Stroke Rehabilitation and Douglas Fetkenhour, M.D. Reserve University School of Medicine, and a fellowship
Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Assistant Professor in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Medical College of
Wisconsin/Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical
Dr. Fetkenhour is a Board-certified
Center. Dr. Mukkamala is Board-certified in Physical
Physiatrist who received his medical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury
degree from Jefferson Medical
Medicine, Independent Medical Evaluation and
College in Pennsylvania. He
Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She specializes in general
completed his internship training
rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, spinal cord injury
year at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood,
rehabilitation, spasticity management, electrodiagnostic
Pennsylvania, and his PM&R residency at State
testing, musculoskeletal conditions and independent
University of New York Upstate Medical Center in
Syracuse, New York. He serves on the Curriculum
Nithyanandini Namassivaya, Cecilia Ransom, M.D. David Speach, M.D.
M.B.B.S. Clinical Instructor Associate Professor
Dr. Ransom is a Board-certified Dr. Speach completed his medical
Dr. Namassivaya received her Physiatrist who completed her degree at the State University of
medical degree from Bangalore medical school and PM&R New York Upstate Medical Center.
Medical College in India. She residency at Eastern Virginia Following an internship year in
completed a transitional year at Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Transitional Medicine at St. Joseph's
the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, She is a Staff Physiatrist at Unity Health System, Hospital in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Speach served
and her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she specializes in traumatic brain injury, stroke as a general medical officer and a brigade surgeon
residency at the University of Rochester Medical rehabilitation, neuromusculoskeletal disorders and for the 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum,
Center. She is board certified in both Physical electrodiagnostic testing. NY. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine
Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester
Medicine. She is the Director of the Prosthetic Clinic Marcia J. Scherer, Ph.D., Medical Center. Dr. Speach is Board-certified in
at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her MPH, CRC PM&R and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Speach
areas of interest are inpatient rehabilitation, spinal Adjunct Professor provides nonsurgical evaluation and management
cord injury, stroke, spasticity management and of spinal pain. He has additional interests and
prosthetics/orthotics. Dr. Scherer received her doctorate expertise in the performance of electrodiagnostic
from the University of Rochester in studies to assess for peripheral nerve injury, cervical
the areas of Counseling, Family and lumbar radiculopathy and the performance of
Jean L. Nickels, M.D.
and Worklife Studies. She has a disability determinations.
Associate Professor of Clinical
Masters Degree in Public Health from the University
Physical Medicine and
of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Rehabilitation Miriam Weber, Ph.D.
She is the Director for the Institute for Matching
Dr. Nickels is a Board-certified Person and Technology. She is also the Sr. Research
Physiatrist who received her Associate for the International Center for Hearing Dr. Weber received her Ph.D. in
medical degree from the Medical and Speech Research (a joint program of the Clinical Psychology from the State
College of Wisconsin, and completed a Physical University of Rochester and National Technical University of New York at Albany.
Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of She completed her internship in
University of Rochester Medical Center. She worked Technology). Dr. Scherer is a Fellow of the American Clinical Neuropsychology at Rush
as an attending physician at Monroe Community Psychological Association in Rehabilitation University Medical Center Medical Center in
Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit and performed Psychology, Applied Experimental and Engineering Chicago, Illinois and her post-doctoral fellowship
nerve conduction studies and electromyography Psychology and in Evaluation, Measurement, and in Neuropsychology and Experimental Therapeutics
at Jones Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nickels is currently Statistics. She is also a Fellow of the American at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her
an Attending Physiatrist at Rochester General Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and a member clinical interests are in post-stroke cognitive recovery
Hospital's Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Her clinical of the editorial board of the journal Disability and and the evaluation and management of cognitive
interests are in the areas of stroke, geriatric inpatient Rehabilitation, official journal of the International impairments in neurological disease. Her research
rehabilitation and outpatient pain management. Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. interests are in cognition, mood, and hormones in the
Rajeev Patel, M.D. William Schneider, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Clinical Instructor Tony M. Wong, Ph.D.
Dr. Patel completed his Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D.
undergraduate and medical school degree in Clinical Psychology Dr. Wong received his doctorate
training in Northeast Ohio from the Rosemead School of from the University of Southern
University College of Medicine. He Psychology in California. He California, and completed his
completed an internship year in completed an internship at Pine postgraduate training in Clinical
Internal Medicine at St. Mary's Medical Center in Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Psychology at the Rosemead School
San Francisco, CA. Dr. Patel completed his PM&R and a fellowship in Rehabilitation and of Psychology, Biola University. He was a
residency training at Baylor College of Medicine Neuropsychology at the University of post-doctoral fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology
and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Schneider is a at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
at the Texas Medical Center. He further developed Neuropsychologist for the Unity Acute Rehabilitation He is also board certified by the American
his expertise by completing a sub-specialty & Brain Injury Program. He has special expertise Board of Professional Psychology as a Clinical
fellowship focusing on Interventional Spine at in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and Neuropsychologist. Dr. Wong is the Director of
the Penn Spine Center of the Hospital of the pediatric brain injury. Dr. Schneider's clinical Neuropsychology for Unity Health System. His
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. interests include rehabilitation neuropsychology, research and clinical emphases include mild
Dr. Patel's practice is mainly interventional Physiatry. behavioral management of the brain injured, head injury/post concussive syndrome, sports-
His areas of interest are severe degenerative and psychopharmacological treatment in traumatic related concussion, brain injury, neuropsychological
disc disease, nerve impingement (sciatica or brain injury. assessment, and cross-cultural factors in
radiculopathy), herniated discs, spondylolisthesis neuropsychological assessment and intervention.
and spinal stenosis.