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Senior Medical Officer — Regency Hospitals

Dr. Brooks specializes in spinal cord injury medicine

Dr. Monifa Brooks is SSH’s senior medical officer, with oversight of all  medical services, as well as the hospital’s physician practice. Board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Dr. Brooks specializes in the care and treatment of individuals with spinal injuries.  

Dr. Brooks also serves at the director of the residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Her research interests include spasticity management, osteoporosis and aging-related issues in people with spinal cord injuries. Dr. Brooks has published extensively, presented at numerous conferences and participated in grand rounds at leading hospitals nationwide. Among her many honors, she is a recipient the Henry H. Kessler, M.D., Award for Medical Excellence. 

Dr. Brooks is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey PM&R Society and National Medical Association.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiological sciences, Dr. Brooks earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at SSH. She joined Kessler in 2005.



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