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Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D.

Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D.
  • Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physiatrist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Director, Oral Functional and Swallowing Laboratory

Dr. Palmer came to Hopkins in 1983 after completing a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington.

Dr. Palmer earned his M.D. with Honors from the New York University School of Medicine in 1980. He received a B.A. magna cum laude in music from the NYU College of Arts and Sciences and studied as a piano major at The Juilliard School.

He is internationally known for his research on swallowing and its disorders, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. His research currently focuses on neural control of mastication and swallowing and dynamic imaging of swallowing with videofluoroscopy and 4-dimensional Computerized Tomography.

Dr. Palmer is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports and has served on the editorial board of the journal Dysphagia since its inception. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Association. Dr. Palmer directs the department’s Swallowing Disorders Program, and was formerly the medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program. He is an honorary member of the Japanese Society for Dysphagia Rehabilitation and a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

For more information about Dr Palmer and his laboratory, please visit the Oral Functional and Swallowing Laboratory website.

1976 B.A. magna cum laude, New York University
1980 M.D. with Honors, New York University
1983 M.Rehab.Med., University of Washington

Faculty Appointments:
Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor and Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

Hospital Appointments:
Physiatrist-in-Chief and Functional Unit Director, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Johns Hopkins Medicine
Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland

Specialty Certifications:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Phi Beta Kappa
Honorary member, Japanese Society for Dysphagia Rehabilitation
Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Listed in Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and U.S. News
Listed in Who’s Who in America by Marquis Who’s Who

Representative Publications:

Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Kuhlemeier K, Palmer J: Racial Disparities in the Development of Dysphagia after Stroke: Analysis of the California (MIRCal) and New York (SPARCS) Inpatient Databases. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:1358-1365, 2008.

Matsuo K, Hiiemae KM, Gonzalez-Fernandez, M, Palmer JB: Respiration during Feeding on Solid Food: Alterations in Breathing during Mastication, Pharyngeal Bolus Aggregation and Swallowing. J Appl Physiol 104: 674-681, 2008.

Matsuo K, Metani H, Mays K, Palmer JB: Effects of respiration on soft palate movement in feeding. J Dent Res 89(12):1401-1406, 2010.

Inamoto Y, Fujii N, Saitoh E, Baba M, Okada S, Katada K, Ozeki Y, Kanamori D, Palmer JB: Evaluation of swallowing using 320-detector row multislice CT. Part II: Kinematic analysis of laryngeal closure during normal swallowing. Dysphagia 26:209-17, 2011.

Lord RK, Mayhew CR, Korupolu R, Mantheiy EC, Friedman MA, Palmer JB, Needham DM: ICU Early Physical Rehabilitation Programs: Financial Modeling of Cost Savings. Critical Care Medicine, 41:717–724, 2013.

Inamoto Y, Saitoh E, Okada S, Kagaya H, Shibata S, Ohta K, Baba M, Fujii N, Katada K, Wattanapan P, Palmer JB: The effect of bolus viscosity on laryngeal closure in swallowing. Kinematic analysis using 320-row area detector CT. Dysphagia 28:33-42, 2013.

Taniguchi H, Matsuo K, Okazaki H, Yoda M, Inokuchi M, Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Inoue M, Palmer JB: Fluoroscopic evaluation of tongue and jaw movement during mastication in healthy humans. Dysphagia, in press.  DOI 10.1007/s00455-013-9453-1


Palmer, S. & Palmer, J.B. When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Partner, Yourself and Your Relationship. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, April, 2011.

Palmer S, Kriegsman KH, Palmer JB. Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide For Living, 2nd edition.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Current Address:

Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
600 N. Wolfe Street, Phipps 160
Baltimore, MD 21287 USA

Phone: 410-502-2446

Toll-free: 1-888-JHU-REHAB (1-888-548-7342)

Fax: 410-502-2420


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