Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Managing Director, Outpatient Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages: English, Spanish


Amputee Rehabilitation, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Dysphagia, Dysphagia Evaluation, Neuro Rehabilitation, Orthotics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Speech and Language Disorders After Stroke, Swallowing Disorders more

Research Interests

Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) after stroke; Epidemiology of Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia); Neural Control of Swallowing and Communication more

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600 N. Wolfe Street
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Phone: 410-614-4030 | Fax: 410-614-4033

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in physical rehabilitation after amputation, neuro rehabilitation, prosthetics, orthotics, and the treatment of swallowing disorders and speech and language disorders after stroke.

She serves as the medical director of Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Gonzalez-Fernandez received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1999. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in 2004 and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is a member numerous scientific societies, including the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Dysphagia Research Society. She has won several awards for her research, including the Passano Physician Scientists Award, the New Investigator Award of the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Traveling Fellowship Award from the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. more


  • Managing Director, Outpatient Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Center at Greenspring Station
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • MD; University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1999)


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Sinai Hospital (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) (2005)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Gonzalez-Fernandez’s research focuses on the epidemiology of swallowing disorders, swallowing disorders after stroke, and neural control of swallowing and communication.


Lab Website: Swallowing Investigation in Physiology (SIP) Lab

Selected Publications

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Yonter SJ, Alter K, Bartels MN, Bean JF, Brodsky MB, González-Fernández M, Henderson DK, Hoenig H, Russell H, Needham DM, Kumble S, Chan L. What Now for Rehabilitation Specialists? Coronavirus Disease 2019 Questions and Answers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Sep 20;101(12):2233–42. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.09.368. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32966809; PMCID: PMC7502167.

Herzer KR, Chen Y, Heinemann AW, Gonzalez-Fernandez M. Association Between Time to Rehabilitation and Outcomes After Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Oct;97(10):1620-1627.e4. PMID: 27269706

Brodsky MB, Suiter DM, Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Michtalik HJ, Frymark TB, Venediktov R, Schooling T. Screening Accuracy for Aspiration Using Bedside Water Swallow Tests: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Chest. 2016 Jul;150(1):148-63. PMID: 27102184

Inokuchi H, Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Matsuo K, Brodsky MB, Yoda M, Taniguchi H, Okazaki H, Hiraoka T, Palmer JB. Electromyography of Swallowing with Fine Wire Intramuscular Electrodes in Healthy Human: Amplitude Difference of Selected Hyoid Muscles. Dysphagia. 2016 Feb;31(1):33-40. PMID: 26487062

Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Brodsky MB, Palmer JB. Poststroke Communication Disorders and Dysphagia. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 Nov;26(4):657-70. PMID: 26522904

Activities & Honors


  • Member, Alzheimers Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART) , 2008
  • Passano Physician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2010


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Dysphagia Research Society
  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Rehabilitation after Below the Knee Amputation | Clinical Case Presentation (Winter 2018)

10 Exercises to Start Your Day | Johns Hopkins Health Review (Fall 2017)

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