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Alba Miranda Azola, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages: English, Spanish


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Swallowing Disorders

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

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Alba Azola, M.D., is a rehabilitation physician helping patients restore function and movement after an injury or illness. Her expertise includes neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation for swallowing disorders.

Dr. Azola completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where in her final year she was awarded the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. Prior to the residency, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Swallowing Neurophysiology Laboratory at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Azola received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, where she grew up. After the devastating hurricane Maria in 2017, she returned to her homeland to help with hurricane relief. more


  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine, Ponce School of Medicine (2008)


  • University of Maryland Medical Center / Otolaryngology (2012)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2020)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2020)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Cabahug P, Azola A, and R. Samuel Mayer (2019) Rehabilitation of Patients with Primary Intradural Tumors of the Spinal Cord. Spinal Cord Tumors.

Mulheren, R., Azola, A., & González-Fernández, M. (2018). Management of Disorders of Eating, Drinking, and Swallowing in Neurorehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation Therapy and Therapeutics, 52.

Kumbhari V, Azola A, Saxena P, Modayil R, Kalloo AN, Stavropoulos SN, Khashab MA.

Closure Methods in submucosal endoscopy. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2014 Mar 26. pii: S0016-5107(14)00116-3 PMID: 24679657

Saxena P, Azola A, Kumbhari V, Kalloo AN, Khashab MA. Percutaneous through-the-stent assisted ERCP in patients with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2014 Jul;80(1):163 PMID: 24830578

Messallam AA, Kumbhari V, Saxena P, Azola AM, Kalloo AN, Khashab MA.Large bleeding rectal varices treated with endoscopic ultrasound-guided coiling and cyanoacrylate injection. Endoscopy. Feb 2014;46 Suppl 1 PMID: 24523167

Activities & Honors


  • Junior Fellowship recipient, Global Conference on Myositis, 2019
  • Hopkins Healer Award PGY2, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2018
  • 1st Place, Post-Doctoral Fellows Association Retreat Poster Competition 2016
  • Springer Publishing Junior Investigator Scholarship, Dysphagia Research Society, 2015
  • Nancy Conrad Volunteer Award, Catholic Charities, 2013


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2017
  • Dysphagia Research Society, 2015

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