Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship Programs Virtual Tour

Montefiore Einstein’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Fellowship Programs offer comprehensive training that prepares competent physicians to excel in diverse and state-of-the-art practice in all PM&R domains. 

Monika Desai, MD, Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program; Shane M. Drakes, MD, Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program; and David Z. Prince, MD, Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Fellowship Program

Why our programs could be right for you

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Fellowship Programs at Montefiore Einstein provide the comprehensive training necessary for physicians to deliver complete care across a variety of clinical settings. Our team of enthusiastic educators apply current evidence-based guidelines to daily patient care and lead efforts to create scientific evidence for the future. Through robust instruction and a well-rounded curriculum, Montefiore Einstein equips trainees with the knowledge and skills required to engage in patient-centered practice. Each program we offer is committed to creating an environment for fellows that fosters personal development, fulfillment and academic growth. 

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 Einstein (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



Home to notable programs and our Centers of Excellence

The center of Montefiore Einstein’s graduate medical education, the Moses Campus is where the majority of our comprehensive outpatient services are conducted. Moses serves as the PM&R Department’s administrative home and the core didactic site of its residency program. Our administrative offices, located at 150 East 210th Street, are home to our new resident room, which was renovated in 2020. 

I rotated at Montefiore when I was a resident and I was drawn by the supportive faculty and the diverse patient population. The PM&R residents at Montefiore are motivated, fun, and down to earth.

Jessi Yu, MD

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellow

Site of our sports medicine clinic

At the Blondell Avenue location of Montefiore Medical Park, fellows work in the clinical setting to see patients, perform diagnostic ultrasound scanning and administer injections within a single visit, if necessary. Physical and occupational therapy services are easily accessible here, and cardiac rehabilitation and women's health physicians are also available for consultations at this site.

I chose Montefiore’s Multidisciplinary Pain Program because of their strong emphasis on education, interventions, and patient care. Every attending you work with has a keen interest in ensuring that you become a skilled interventional pain physician.

Devin Oakes, DO

Pain Medicine Fellow

Location of our Children's Evaluation and Research Center

The Children's Evaluation and Research Center (CERC) is housed within Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on the Moses Campus and located across from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The site of our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, CERC is where fellows complete their developmental rotations, with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows participating in physiatry clinics throughout the year. There is strong collaboration between services at CERC, allowing clinicians and interns to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for our young patients. Over the course of their training on Moses Campus, fellows gain experience with clinical care, braces and therapy equipment. 

I love how all the attendings provide feedback at the end of every clinic. I also love being able to participate in teaching the residents and medical students, especially during ultrasound didactics.

Anusha Lekshminarayanan, MD

Sports Medicine Fellow

A partner teaching hospital designated as a Level 1 trauma center

While training at Jacobi Medical Center (JMC), fellows will encounter many different situations, some relating specifically to trauma, burns and aiding an underserved population. Portions of our fellows’ inpatient, outpatient and consultation training also take place at JMC. As part of their rotation at JMC, fellows train at North Central Bronx Hospital. 

Offering patients a range of programs and specialty services

Our Wakefield Campus offers fellows a range of programs, specialty services and integrative services. At Wakefield, fellows spend a portion of their acute inpatient training in general rehabilitation, as well as completing outpatient vestibular training. 

Cardiac Rehab includes educating and encouraging patients during their recovery. Forming a personal connection is crucial for gaining patient buy-in, and when accomplished successfully, it offers a deeply gratifying experience in patient-centered care.

Zeus Castro, MD

Cardiac Rehab Fellow

An ambulatory surgery center and specialty care location

Our world-class Hutchinson Campus raises the bar for efficiency and innovation in healthcare. The Hutchinson Campus is home to multiple specialties and services, all housed under one roof and often on the same floor, which allows for greater physician collaboration, easier referrals, joint consultations and shorter wait times. At Hutchinson Campus, our fellows train in the Multidisciplinary Pain Program, Multidisciplinary Spine Program and Multidisciplinary Function Clinic.

A world-renowned faculty

Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH

Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Stephanie E. Rand, DO

Associate Director, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency and Fellowship Programs
Assistant Professor, Arthur S. Abrahamson Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Sayed Emal Wahezi, MD

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

Andrew I. Gitkind, MD

Division Chief, Interventional Spine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vice Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinical Operations
Medical Director, Spine Center
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Monika Desai, MD

Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program

Shane M. Drakes, MD

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

Anna M. Lasak, MD

Clinical Director, Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Women’s Health Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine

David Z. Prince, MD

Director, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Supplemented with program-sponsored e-modules and Qbanks, our curriculum consists of expert bedside teaching, workshops and protected didactic time. Weekly virtual conferences cover multidisciplinary spine care, anatomy reviews and hands-on musculoskeletal ultrasound training.

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.

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship Programs

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Fellowship Program

Pain Medicine

Fellowship Program

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Fellowship Program

Sports Medicine

Fellowship Program

Women's Health Rehabilitation

Fellowship Program

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. 

Drag map or zoom to explore things to do in the Bronx, Manhattan and beyond. 

Have questions? Get in touch.

Wilhelmenia Williams-Aponte
Coordinator, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship Programs

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.

Learn more about the Montefiore Einstein Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation