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Leonora Rivera, M.D.

Dr. Leonora Rivera is recognized for her expertise in stroke, spinal cord injury and orthopedic rehabilitation. She also treats individuals with a wide range of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and neurological conditions, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, gait dysfunction, Huntington's disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

She received her medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, NY, where she was named chief resident. She continued her training through a clinical fellowship in pain rehabilitation at the Medical Center and became board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1987.

Before joining the Kessler Institute in 1986, Dr. Rivera served as a medical health officer in the Philippine Ministry of Health and as a volunteer physician with L'AMIE, an international organization that provides medical aid to children. She was an instructor in the Department of Physiology at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She continues to train medical students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Rivera, who began her career at the Kessler Institute as a staff physiatrist, has contributed to the growth of several programs, including brain injury, pain management and wheelchair services. Currently, as Clinical Chief of Stroke Services at Kessler's Saddle Brook facility, Dr. Rivera provides comprehensive care to stroke patients, including the diagnosis and management of swallowing disorders. In addition, she is on the medical staff of Holy Name Hospital.

Dr. Rivera has co-authored a number of articles in prestigious medical journals. She also wrote a book syllabus on various rehabilitation topics for medical students and has lectured extensively. She is active in a number of state and national organizations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Physiatrics, the New Jersey Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the National Stroke Association and the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association.


  • Huntington's Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Stroke

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Clinical Chief of Stroke Services, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Saddle Brook campus
Assistant Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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Leonora Rivera, M.D.

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation


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