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New Faculty Members' Research

The PM&R Department currently has two new faculty members engaged in new research.

Dr. Erik Hoyer graduated summa cum laude and received his master's degree in computer science from Brandeis University prior to graduating from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Norshore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY and subsequently finished his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from John's Hopkins University. He excelled during his residency, receiving the Hopkins Healer award twice, and was selected as a trainee to the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program. As faculty, he will conduct research studying motor recovery after stroke from both behavioral and neurophysiologic perspectives under the mentorship of Amy Bastian Ph.D. and Pablo Celnik M.D.  His clinical interests include musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, injection procedures to manage abnormal muscle tone (spasticity) and electrodiagnostic procedures (EMG).

Dr. Michelle Kho was previously at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Her academic background includes a BSc and MSc (Kinesiology, University of Waterloo), a BHSc (Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)), McMaster University), and PhD (Health Research Methodology, McMaster University).  Dr. Kho is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is conducting a randomized controlled trial studying the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on muscle weakness in critically ill adults in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).

Academically, Dr. Kho’s research interests include novel early rehabilitation strategies to reduce weakness in ICU patients, knowledge translation, research methodology (systematic reviews, practice guidelines), and health services and outcomes research.  Dr. Kho’s primary mentor is Dr. Dale Needham, and her secondary mentors are Drs. Jeffery Palmer and Rebecca German.