Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Offered by Montefiore Einstein’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pain Medicine Fellowship delivers world-class training, preparing our fellows for the independent practice of interventional pain management.

Sayed Emal Wahezi, MD, Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship

Why our program could be right for you

The Montefiore Einstein PMR Pain Medicine Fellowship is the largest ACGME accredited PMR Pain program in the country. Our mission is to improve function and decrease pain for our patients through responsible pharmacological mindedness, sound clinical judgment, exceptional science and the integration of the newest and most advanced interventional techniques.

Our fellows get early operative experience and quickly develop autonomy in the evaluation and management of patients. We are one of the highest-volume spinal cord stimulation (SCS) programs in the nation, and regularly perform SCS and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy. Fellows have the opportunity to perform a large number of image-guided procedures, and are trained in percutaneous surgery techniques such as minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD), Vertiflex, percutaneous disc decompression and kyphoplasty.

What sets Montefiore Einstein apart

At Montefiore Einstein, we are guided by a mission to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve. Comprising 11 member hospitals and more than 300 specialty care sites, Montefiore Health System provides highly specialized, coordinated care for diverse populations in the New York region, across the country and globally.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, home to nearly 1,000 students in its MD, PhD and combined MD/PhD programs, is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through the joint efforts of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Einstein is able to advance research and accelerate discoveries, benefiting patients and ensuring access to state-of-the-art healthcare for all.  

  • Montefiore’s medical specialties ranked as top 1% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2023” by U.S. News & World Report 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $201M+ in research funding in 2022, placing Einstein in the top 50 among 142 schools of medicine
  • 700+ clinical trials 
Catherine C. Skae, MD, Vice President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore Einstein

Representing one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Health System and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents and fellows per year. Clinicians across Montefiore Einstein’s numerous educational programs actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of healthcare leaders. 

Our mission to improve access and quality of care for our diverse community draws residents and fellows from top medical, dental and PA schools from around the world. We develop and expand programs designed to advance teamwork, communication and decision-making, and our progressive focus on comprehensive care provides an ideal training ground for our residents and fellows.

To make the process of working and training at Montefiore Einstein more seamless, we offer a variety of services for our house staff, physician assistants and interns, including assistance with credentialing and orientation, institutional resources, visas, contracts, HR documents, payroll, notary services and specialty training and certifications. 

Montefiore Einstein by the numbers

7.7 million+

patient interactions annually  

1.1 million+

patients annually, representing the largest network in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley


specialty care locations, with more coming soon



An ambulatory surgery center and specialty care location

Our world-class Hutchinson Campus raises the bar for efficiency and innovation in healthcare. Designed with our patients in mind, the 11-floor, 280,000-square-foot facility is a patient-focused, highly streamlined ambulatory care center that maximizes efficiency.

Located on the eighth floor, our clinic performs a variety of office-based procedures, including ultrasound guided musculoskeletal (MSK) injections, nerve injections and more. Our ambulatory surgery center is on the same floor where we perform our fluoroscopic spine procedures and percutaneous surgeries.

A partner teaching hospital designated as a Level 1 trauma center

A partner of the Montefiore Health System, Jacobi Medical Center (JMC) is one of the best and most recognized trauma centers in the world. Our fellows split time working with anesthesiologists in the operating room, in post-anesthesia care units (PACUs) and on medical-surgical floors. While training at JMC, fellows also work with rehabilitation doctors in our clinics and fluoroscopic suites.

Home to notable programs and our Centers of Excellence

Our busiest and largest location, Moses Campus is the main campus of Montefiore Einstein and features 721 adult beds. Fellows rotate with some of the best addiction psychiatry and palliative care physicians in the country, rounding out their education in pain medicine.

The Montefiore Einstein Pain Program has top-notch staff with camaraderie that is second to none. The diversity of the Attendings’ training backgrounds has proven to be extremely helpful in the real world application of pain medicine.

Ankush Jain, MD

Montefiore Einstein Pain Fellow, Class of 2019-2020

A world-renowned faculty

Sayed Emal Wahezi, MD

Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Naum Shaparin, MD

Clinical Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Program
Professor, Anesthesiology
Professor, Family & Social Medicine
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Amaresh Vydyanathan, MD

Attending Physician
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Howard L. Forman, MD

Director, Montefiore Einstein Addiction Consultation Service
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Serife Eti, MD

Medical Director, Palliative Care Service
Associate Professor, Family and Social Medicine

Moorice A. Caparo, MD

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

A challenging and innovative curriculum

The Montefiore Einstein Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pain Medicine Fellowship is nationally recognized for training outstanding pain practitioners through its excellent clinical education, knowledgeable staff and accommodating working environment.

Interventional Pain

Our program is one of the most comprehensive academic interventional pain programs in the world. Fellows learn to treat patients using cutting-edge technology and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Supported by our highly-skilled staff, fellows train in a robust and fast-paced clinical environment.


Our fellows rotate through our nationally renowned Addiction Psychiatry Program, where they learn to manage chronic pain in an addiction-focused setting, commensurate with the mandates of national guidelines and policies.

Palliative Care

During their training, fellows work alongside caring, knowledgeable and diligent palliative care physicians to learn the importance of chronic pain care used in conjunction with end-of-life care.

Acute Pain

Our fellows learn to manage acute pain in the inpatient and acute settings while rotating through our partner hospital, Jacobi Medical Center, an institution internationally recognized for its expertise in emergency and trauma medicine.

Neurology/Headache Management

Fellows have the opportunity to train within the Montefiore Einstein Headache Center, the world’s first academic headache program, known for its outstanding academic environment and clinical chronic headache care. Along with our Chronic Pain Center, the Montefiore Einstein Headache Center is where our fellows train to understand the medical management of headaches. 

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premier academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. The diverse range of experience available prepares our postgraduate trainees for future careers in their chosen field, be it in the research or clinical and/or non-clinical setting.

Tour our Pain Floor at Hutchinson Campus

Sayed Emal Wahezi, MD, Director of our Pain Medicine Fellowship, offers prospective fellows a look at the program’s Pain Floor, and highlights the equipment and facilities available to fellows while training. 

Hear from our fellows

As one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Einstein provides postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 106 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Here, our postgraduate trainees share their own first-hand experiences.

Expected salary and benefits

  • Salary

    PGY-5 salary for the 2020-21 academic year is $80,000.

  • Health Insurance

    Montefiore provides comprehensive medical and dental health insurance for fellows.

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  • Educational Allowance

    Our fellows receive $500 annually to use toward educational resources (books, journal subscriptions, educational technology, etc.) with additional funding available for board examinations.

  • Vacation

    Fellows receive 4 weeks of vacation each year.

  • Housing

    Subsidized housing is available for fellows.

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  • Parking

    Parking at Montefiore Hutchinson campus is free for all fellows.

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Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

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Fellowship Application Information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

All applications for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pain Medicine Fellowship will be received through ERAS, and all spots will be filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Here are some key dates to keep in mind. 

  • December 1, 2020—Applications open

  • May 31, 2021—Applications close

Montefiore Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD
Program Director

Wilhelmenia Williams-Aponte
Program Coordinator

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