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Meet Our Resident Physicians

A group of PM&R residents at a sailing event

Johns Hopkins physical medicine and rehabilitation residents have many opportunities to engage in academic study and leading research. Our residents boast a proud history of publishing research in well-recognized journals and texts, and, with the support of our faculty mentors, have presented their work at international and national conferences. Read more about our residency program.

Twitter: @HopkinsPMRMedEd

Instagram: @hopkinspmr_residency

2020-2021 Chief Residents

Aaron Arel

Aaron Arel, D.O.

Professional Interests: Interventional spine, sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I wanted the opportunity to train at a hospital steeped in so much history, and to do my residency here is a dream come true.

Altamash Raja

Altamash Raja, D.O., CSCS

Professional Interests: Sports medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, traumatic brain injury, exercise physiology, nutrition
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the endless opportunities it has to offer. Moreover, the individuals I met during my visit were extremely inviting and loved being a part of the Johns Hopkins family.

Alex Shustrovich

Alex Shustorovich, D.O.

Professional Interests: pain medicine, spine/MSK medicine, sports medicine
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for its renowned program and the ample research opportunities. Completing my residency at Johns Hopkins has opened many doors for my professional career as a physiatrist. I felt very comfortable around the residents and faculty during my interview/second look, which has transpired to a very positive residency experience.

Residents By Graduation Year

Patients come from all over the world just to be seen at Johns Hopkins. This means you have the opportunity to take care of a diverse range of patients with a wide variety of pathologies, both simple and complex, during your training. The program also has a wonderful alumni network and a great track record of residents getting their top choices in jobs and fellowships.

Teresa Tang, PM&R resident class of 2018

-Teresa Tang, class of 2018

Where Our Residents Come From

In the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, we welcome residents from all over the world. The map below shows the hometowns of several of our most recent residents. Not included are international locations, such as Ghana, the Philippines and South Korea.

a map showing hometown locations of our residents

What Our Residents Do After Graduating

Class of 2018

  • Pediatric Medicine Fellowship | New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship | Johns Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • Pediatric Medicine Fellowship | Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Pain Medicine Fellowship | Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Pain Medicine Fellowship | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Class of 2017

  • Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship | The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation | Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore
  • UCLA Spine Medicine Fellowship | University of California, Los Angeles
  • Interventional Spine Fellowship | Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • General Rehabilitation | Missouri
  • Outpatient/General Rehabilitation | Florida

Resident Awards

Travis Edmiston with his Award for Clinical Excellence

Travis Edmiston, class of 2018: 2018 Frank L. Coulson Jr. Resident Award for Clinical Excellence

This annual award for clinical excellence is given to exceptional doctors-in-training (and potential future Academy members) in all Johns Hopkins residency programs. It honors commitment to professional excellence and aims to promote excellence in patient care at Johns Hopkins for the benefit of the individuals and communities that we serve.
Mi Ran Shin, physical medicine resident

Mi Ran Shin, class of 2018: May 2018 Resident Appreciation Award

The House Staff Council is the self-governing and representative body of the interns and residents of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Bayview campus. The resident appreciation award is based on nominations by fellow residents to the residents whom they believe provide exceptional patient care and exemplify a compassionate approach in their interactions with patients, staff and colleagues.
Charles Odonkor with Pablo Celnik at the award ceremony

Charles Odonkor, class of 2017: 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award

Since 2014, Charles Odonkor and a few colleagues have offered a free writing and review service to help minority students craft compelling, error-free essays as part of their applications for college and medical school. As a founder of Project REACH, Representatives for Equal Access to Community Health, Odonkor has helped more than 400 students since 2011.

Resident Spotlight: Alba Azola, class of 2020

PM&R resident Alba Azola in a Puerto Rico hospital, delivering supplies after the hurricane

As a Puerto Rico native, Alba Azola couldn’t stay home and do nothing when Hurricane Maria devastated the island. And as a second-year resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Azola had the expertise to help. Read more.

Past Spotlights:

Biomedical Odyssey Blog

Biomedical Odyssey is a blog dedicated to showcasing the accomplishments and perspectives of Johns Hopkins trainees — the students, postdocs and fellows at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read it to get the inside look into various residency and other educational programs at Johns Hopkins.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation resident alumnus Charles Odonkor'17 was one of the writers for Biomedical Odyssey. Read his contributions.

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