The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.

A comprehensive Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation Facility

Dr. Jose A. Alonso, M.D.

Dr. Jose A. Alonso, M.D.

Dr. Jose Alonso graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency and Chief Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (CPMC). He then had the privilege of serving for eight years as Medical Director of the Rehabilitation inpatient units as well as being an Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia. In addition to teaching and learning from residents at CPMC, Dr. Alonso also developed his clinical skills, participated in research in Geriatric Rehab and other areas, worked with hospital administration, and lectured on a local and national level.

In 1994 Dr. Alonso became Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Day Hospital and Geriatric Rehabilitation Services at JFK Medical Center. He was also an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Once again he furthered his clinical as well as his teaching, research and administrative skills. He pursued his interest in the continuum of Rehab services delivery, leading to his next project, becoming Medical Director of Subacute Rehab Services at Genesis in Westfield, New Jersey from 1996 to 2003. Dr. Alonso joined the PM&R Center in April 2003 as our Medical Director of Subacute Rehab Services. He oversees the physiatry services in several facilities. It is Dr. Alonso�s goal to ensure high quality, multilingual subacute rehabilitation services to help patients to attain their optimal level of functioning. Dr. Alonso aims to address his patients physical, functional, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational and a vocational needs in a holistic approach.

Educational Background

  • 1979-1983: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY, M.D. Degree
  • 1975-1979: Columbia College, New York, NY, B.A. Degree (Summa Cum Laude)


ST Graduate Training

  • 1985-1986: Chief Resident, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032
  • 1984-1986: Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032


Professional Experience

  • 1995-Present: The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1994-1995: Attending Physician at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Edison, NJ
  • 1983-1984: Transitional Program, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032


Medical Licensure

  • 1986: State of New Jersey - #48587
  • 1984: State of New York - # 158536


Board Certification

  • 1987: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, # 2551
  • 1984: National Board of Medical Examiners


Awards and Honors

  • 1979-Present: Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University
  • 1979: Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association Scholarship
  • 1975-1979: Pulitzer Scholarship, Columbia University


Special Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish; conversant in Italian


Academic Appointments

  • 2003-Present: Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032
  • 1995-1997: Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08854-5645
  • 1987-1994: Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 1986-1987: Instructor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032


Hospital / Healthcare Organizations Appointments

  • 2004-Present: Medical Director of Rehabilitation, Prospect Heights Care Center, Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • 2004-Present: Assistant Attending in Rehabilitation Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10032
  • 2003-2005: Consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Prospect Heights Care Center, Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • 2003-Present: Consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Regent Care Center, Inc., Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • 1996-2003: Consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Westfield Center, Genesis Elder Care Network, Westfield, NJ 07090
  • 1994-1996: Assistant Attending in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Edison, NJ 08818-3059
  • 1987-1994: Assistant Attending in Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 1986-1987: Assistant Rehabilitation Physician, The Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10032


Clinical / Administrative Responsibilities

  • 2005-Present: Medical Director of Rehabilitation, Prospect Heights Care Center, Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • 2003-Present: Medical Director of Subacute Rehabilitation Medicine Services, The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A., Englewood, NJ 07631
  • 1996-2003: Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine Services, Consulting physiatrist for a 60 bed subacute rehab/FETU unit and for long term care units, Westfield Center Genesis Elder Care Network, Westfield, NJ 07090
  • 1996-2003: Member of group practice, Physiatry Management Services, 3111 Route 38 #11, Suite 120, Mount Laurel, NJ 08541
  • 1994-1996: Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Services, Geriatric Rehabilitation Services, Attending physiatrist for a 12 bed inpatient rehab unit (since 12/95), Adult inpatient consultations, Adult outpatient consultations, Aftercare Clinic follow-ups
  • 1994-1995: Medical Director of the JFK-JRI Day Rehabilitation Program, Attending physician for a 6 bed inpatient rehab unit, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Edison, NJ 08818-3059
  • 1986-1994: Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine Inpatient Units, Coordinator/Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine regarding issues pertaining to JCAH/CARF/State, Department of Health and other accrediting bodies, Adult inpatient and outpatient consultations, Attending physician in the Rehabilitation Medicine General Clinic and in the Electrodiagnosis Clinic
  • 1987-1994: Electrodiagnostic testing including Intraoperative CSEP monitoring, The Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10032


Teaching Responsibilities

  • 1994-1996
    • Supervision/teaching of physiatry residents and medical students associated with RWJ Medical School on the inpatient rehab unit, in the Day Rehab
    • Program, and in the Aftercare Clinic Lectures to physiatry residents and medical students associated with RWJ
    • Medical School as part of their formal didactic program
  • 1986-1994
    • Supervision/teaching of physiatry residents and medical students on the inpatient rehab units, in the Rehabilitation Medicine General Clinic, in the Electrodiagnosis Clinic, in other Rehab Specialty Clinics, and on the Rehabilitation Medicine Consultation Service
    • Lectures to physiatry residents, medical students, and PT/OT students as part of their formal didactic program
    • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University
    • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine New York, NY 10032
    • The Presbyterian Hospital New York, NY 1003


Hospital / University Committees

  • 1991-1994: Vice Chairman - Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Patient Care Committee
  • 1989-1994: Member - Faculty Council of Columbia University
  • 1991: Chairman of Chief Physical Therapist Search Committee
  • 1986-1989: Member - Neurological Institute Patient Care Committee
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY 10032
  • The Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10032


Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of PMR
  • American Congress of PMR


Publications

  • Hofer, B.A., Alonso, J.A., Dunn, A.L., Schoenhaus, R., Strax, T.: Day Rehabilitation Programs as Part of the Postacute Continuum. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 77:969, 1996.
  • Alonso, J.A., Hoffer, B., Schoenhaus, R., Dunn, A., Strax, T.: Day Rehabilitation Programs for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: A Nationwide Survey Exploring Present Activities, Interests and Possibilities. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 75:2, 1996.
  • Pine, Z.M., Miller, D.S., Alonso, J.A.: Atrial Fibrillation Associated with Autonomic Dysreflexia. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 70:271-273, 1991.
  • Alonso, J.A., Hajdu, M., Gonzalez, E.G., Michelsen, C.B., Semedei, R.: Cortical Somatosensory Evoked Potentials: Effects of Positional Changes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 70:194-198, 1989.
  • Alonso, J.A., Hajdu, M., Michelsen, C.B., Gonzalez, E.G.: Normal Variations in Lower Extremity Cortical Somatosensory Evoked Potential Parameters - Effects of Positional Changes, Side of Stimulation, and Height. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 68:650, 1987.
  • Hajdu, M., Gonzalez, E.G., Keim, H., Alonso, J.A., Michelsen, C.B.: Somatosensory Evoked Potentials as an Intraoperative Measure of Lumbar Nerve Root Decompression. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 67:618, 1986.


Book Contributions

  • Alonso, J.A., Coté, L.: Biology of Aging in Humans. In: Downey, J.A., Myers, S.J., Gonzalez, E.G., Lieberman, J.S. (eds): Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine. Stoneham Butterworth-Heinemann, 689-704, 1994.