|Jefferson Welcomes John L. Melvin,
MD, MMSc, As New Rehabilitation Chairman
John L. Melvin, MD, MMSc, has been appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Melvin will continue as Vice President, Medical Affairs, of Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albert Einstein Medical Center, part of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, a founding member of Jefferson Health System.
From 1973 to 1991 Dr. Melvin served as Professor and Chair of the Department of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He
also is the President-elect of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation and the International Federation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Its an honor to welcome someone with Dr. Melvins academic and clinical experience to head our Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, said Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, Dean, Jefferson Medical College and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Melvins knowledge, experience and compassion made him the ideal choice for chairman of Jeffersons Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, said Thomas J. Lewis, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He will certainly reinforce as well as enrich a department that has recently been recognized among the nations elite rehabilitation departments.
In a recent study by U.S.News & World Report, Jeffersons Rehabilitation Department was ranked among the best nationwide.
The department includes the Jefferson Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, which together with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is designated as one of the nations 18 regional spinal cord injury centers, and the only one in the Delaware Valley.
Dr. Melvins areas of clinical interest include disability outcomes studies and the value of electromyography and nerve conductions studies including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Melvin maintains membership in national and local professional and scientific societies including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Pennsylvania Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Melvins work has been published in leading national journals including
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine
Rehabilitation, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and the Journal of American
Paraplegia Society. Dr. Melvin also has more than a dozen books and chapters to his