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Alberto Esquenazi Named AAPM&R President

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, announced Dec. 19 that Alberto Esquenazi, MD, chief medical officer at MossRehab and chairman of Einstein Medical Center's department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will become its newest president.

Dr. Esquenazi officially began his presidency during the AAPM&R annual conference held this past November in Atlanta.

"I am honored to have been selected to lead the Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation," said Dr. Esquenazi. "We as an organization will continue to work -- through the creation of collaborative opportunities amongst our peers and other organizations -- to find ways to advance physical medicine and rehabilitation to both better serve our patients and to advocate for the rights of those with disabilities."

Dr. Esquenazi, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, has conducted extensive research, including leading the U.S. clinical trials at MossRehab for ReWalk -- a motorized exoskeleton that enables people with irreversible spinal cord injury to walk independently. His work has been published in numerous scientific journals and he has lectured internationally on gait analysis, spasticity management, prosthetics and robotics. He is a member of many national and international professional, educational and research societies and has chaired the National Institute of Child and Human Development's National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Esquenazi has served as member of the Academy's board of directors and has been honored with its Distinguished Clinician Award.

Outside of the AAPM&R, Dr. Esquenazi has been awarded the Albert Einstein Society's Physician Leadership Award.

Dr. Esquenazi has spent his professional career at MossRehab after earning his medical degree in medicine and surgery from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Temple University/MossRehab training program, and completed a fellowship in gait analysis and prosthetic research at MossRehab.

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