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Erik Hans Hoyer, M.D.
Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Service, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Languages: English, Spanish
Expertise: Back Pain, Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG), Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: Quality Improvement; Brain Plasticity
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Dr. Erik Hoyer is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, injection procedures to manage abnormal muscle tone (spasticity) and electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG).
As a vice chair for quality, safety and service, he leads efforts to improve patient safety and care at Johns Hopkins, including an initiative called activity and mobility promotion (AMP) to get patients up and moving following surgery.
Dr. Erik Hoyer graduated summa cum laude and received his master's degree in computer science from Brandeis University prior to graduating from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, and subsequently finished his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation from Johns Hopkins University. He excelled during his residency, receiving the Hopkins Healer award twice, and was selected as a trainee to the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program.
Dr. Hoyer’s research interests include quality improvement, brain plasticity, and motor recovery after stroke from both behavioral and neurophysiologic perspectives.
- Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Service, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Co-director, Activity and Mobility Promotion Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Assistant Professor of Medicine
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Sackler School of Medicine (2006)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2010)
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2011)
Research & Publications
Dr. Hoyer conducts research studying motor recovery after stroke from both behavioral and neurophysiologic perspectives under the mentorship of Amy Bastian, Ph.D., and Pablo Celnik, M.D.
His recent research showed that patients freshly discharged from acute care hospitals with low scores on a standard test that measures how well they perform such everyday activities as moving from a bed to a chair are far more likely to need readmission to a hospital within 30 days than those who score better.
- Hoyer EH, Needham DM, Miller J, Deutschendorf A, Friedman M, Brotman DJ. "Functional status impairment is associated with unplanned readmissions." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2013 Oct;94(10):1951-8. PMID: 23810355.
- Hoyer EH, Bastian AJ. "The effects of task demands on bimanual skill acquisition." Exp Brain Res. 2013 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print]
- Hoyer EH, Celnik PA. "Understanding and enhancing motor recovery after stroke using transcranial magnetic stimulation." Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2011;29(6):395-409. Review. PMID: 22124033
Activities & Honors
- Hopkins Healer Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine