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Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Announces Class of 2021 Fellowship and Residency Program Graduates

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What you need to know

Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has announced the graduates of its prestigious Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program and sub specialty fellowship programs.

The highly ranked residency program trains physicians from around the nation who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation — and the fellowship programs train doctors who sub-specialize in pain medicine and brain injury medicine.

2021 Graduates

The 2021 graduating fellows are:

The 2021 residency graduates are:

About JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

2021 graduating fellows, Ashley Kakkanatt, M.D., and Aakash Thakral, M.D

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program regularly receives a Five Star rating — the highest possible — from Doximity, the leading network for American physicians. The fellowship programs are among the nation’s most competitive.

Following graduation, Dr. Kakkanatt will join the JFK Johnson team in the Extended Recovery Unit at the Center for Brain Injuries. Dr. Salazar will return as a Pain Medicine Fellow. 

The one-year Pain Medicine Fellowship program enables physicians to become board certified in the subspecialty of Pain Medicine — and expert in the pharmacological, interventional, psychological, and mechanical aspects of pain management and treatment.

2021 graduating residents, Mina Gayed, D.O., Mina Shenouda, M.D., Eric Liu, D.O., Tomas Salazar, M.D.

The study and treatment of brain injury has advanced so far in the past decade that many in the field saw the need to create a subspecialty certification. As a result, in 2011 the American Board of Medical Specialties officially established the subspecialty of Brain Injury Medicine — creating a clear way to identify properly trained and experienced physicians in the subspecialty.

Soon thereafter, the one-year Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship offered at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute became one of the first such programs to be accredited by ACGME.

The residency and fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).