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
Montefiore-Einstein’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pain Medicine Fellowship is an integrated, multi-specialty ACGME-accredited program. 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 200 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 and World Report
- Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2020” by U.S. News and World Report
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $178M+ in research funding in 2019, placing Einstein 34th among 142 schools of medicine
- 380+ NIH-funded grants awarded to Einstein
- 700+ clinical trials
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
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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.
Jacobi Medical Center
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, Family & Social Medicine
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Amaresh Vydyanathan, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jacob Hascalovici, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty and scientists at the forefront of research
Maintaining High-quality Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs: Part II: Innovations in Clinical Care Workflow, Clinical Supervision, Job Satisfaction, and Postgraduation Mentorship for Pain Fellows During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Long-term Safety and Efficacy of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression Procedure for the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis With Neurogenic Claudication: 2-Year Results of MiDAS ENCORE
Lumbar Medial Branch Block Volume-dependent Dispersion Patterns as a Predictor for Ablation Success: A Cadaveric Study
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.