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Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Languages: English, Spanish
Expertise: Amputee Rehabilitation, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Dysphagia, Dysphagia Evaluation - Adults, Neuro Rehabilitation, Orthotics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Speech and Language Disorders After Stroke, Swallowing Disorders ...read more
Research Interests: Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) after stroke; Epidemiology of Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia); Neural Control of Swallowing and Communication ...read more
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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. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
- Vice Chair, Clinical Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Managing Director, Outpatient Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Centers & Institutes
- MD, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1999)
- Sinai Hospital of Baltimore / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2001)
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2005)
Research & Publications
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 PublicationsView all on Pubmed
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
Gonzalez-Fernandez M, Friedman JD, co-editors. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Pocket Companion. Demos. New York. In press, Jan 2011.
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)
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