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Jeffrey Bruce Palmer, MD

Physiatrist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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  • Physiatrist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • The Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Blaustein Pain Treatment Center
  • Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Center for
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Center
  • Swallowing Disorders Program


Amputee Rehabilitation, Back Disorders, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Dysphagia Evaluation - Adults, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Dysfunction, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Swallowing Center (See also Radiology Dept.), Swallowing Disorders

Research Interests

Stroke; Rehabilitation in critical care; Mastication; Neuromuscular disease; Biomechanics; Swallowing and its disorders


Dr. Palmer obtained his bachelors and medical degrees from New York University. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Washington. Dr. Palmer has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty since 1983, reaching the rank of Professor in 2002. In 2004, Dr. Palmer was appointed the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor and Chair of the Department of PM&R. He is also a Professor of Otolaryngology―Head and Neck Surgery and of Functional Anatomy and Evolution at JHU, Physiatrist-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Chair of PM&R at the Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. His clinical practice includes rehabilitation for a variety of disabling conditions, especially stroke and neurological disorders, swallowing disorders, spinal cord injury, and musculoskeletal pain.


  • English


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Fellow)
Association of Academic Physiatrists (Member at Large)
Dysphagia Research Society (Past President)
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (Fellow)
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (Fellow)

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  • Education +


    • New York University School of Medicine (New York NY) (1980)


    • University of Washington (Seattle WA) - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1983)


    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (1984)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Representative recent publications:

    Palmer JB, Hiiemae KM, Matsuo K, Haishima H: Volitional control of food transport and bolus formation during feeding. Physiology and Behavior 91:6670, 2007.

    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. Published on line December, 2007; DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00527.2007.

    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; DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2008.02.016.

    Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Kleinman JT, Ky PKS, Palmer JB, Hillis AE: Supratentorial regions of acute ischemia associated with clinically important swallowing disorders: A pilot study. Stroke 39:3022-3028, 2008. Published on line August, 2008; DOI 10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.518969.

    Matsuo K, Palmer JB: Anatomy and physiology of feeding and swallowing normal and abnormal. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 19:691-707, 2008.

    Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Gardyn M, Wyckoff S, Ky PK, Palmer JB: Validation of ICD-9 code 787.2 for identification of individuals with dysphagia from administrative databases. Dysphagia 24:398-402, 2009. Published on line 28 April, 2009; DOI: 10.1007/s00455-009-9216-1.

    Matsuo K, Palmer JB. Kinematic linkage of the tongue, jaw, and hyoid during eating and speech. Arch Oral Biol 55:325 331, 2010; DOI:10.1016/j.archoralbio.2010.02.008.

    Needham DM, Korupolu R, Zanni JM, Pradhan P, Conlantuoni E, Palmer JB, Brower RG, Fan E: Early physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients with acute respiratory failure: a quality improvement project. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 91(4):536-42, 2010; DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2010.01.002.

    Zanni JM, Korupolu R, Fan E, Pradhan PB, Janjua K, Palmer JB, Brower RG, Needham DM: Rehabilitation therapy and outcomes in acute respiratory failure: An observational pilot project. Journal of Critical Care 25:254-262, 2010; DOI:10.1016/j.jcrc.2009.10.010.

    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; DOI: 10.1177/0022034510377336

    Fujii N, Inamoto Y, Saitoh E, Baba M, Okada S, Yoshioka S, Nakai T, Ida Y, Katada K, Palmer JB: Evaluation of swallowing using 320-detector row multislice CT. Part I: Single- and multiphase volume scanning for three-dimensional morphological and kinematic analysis. Dysphagia, in press. DOI: 10.1007/s00455-009-9268-2.

    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, in press. DOI: 10.1007/s00455-010-9276-2.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    2010: The B. Stanley Cohen Lectureship, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2010
    2010: Visiting Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
    2010: Listed in Whos Who in America by Marquis Whos Who
    2008: Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    2001: Honorary member, Japanese Society for Dysphagia Rehabilitation
    2000: Visiting Professor, Fujita Health University, Aiichi, Japan
    2000: Keynote speaker, Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation, Kurashiki, Japan
    1999: Invited to join the Society of Oral Physiology
    1989: Visiting Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    1986: Young Investigator Award, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Education and Research Foundation
    1976: Phi Beta Kappa

    Professional Activities

    Dr. Palmer is Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Society and Member-at-Large of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He served on the Motor Function, Speech, and Rehabilitation Study Section at the NIH. He serves on the editorial boards of the journal Dysphagia and the Archives of PM&R. He has received awards from the NIH, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, the International Association for Disability and Oral Health, and the PM&R Education and Research Foundation. Dr. Palmer is a visiting professor at Fujita Health University (Japan), an honorary member of the Japanese Society for Dysphagia Rehabilitation, and a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Palmer has published a book on living with spinal cord injury (in second edition), 26 book chapters, 10 invited reviews, and 49 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He recently co-authored a book with Sara Palmer for spouse caregivers of people with stroke. The book is in press and will be available in the spring of 2011.
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-502-2427
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    Fax: 410-769-1243
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    Baltimore, MD 21224
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