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Bruce M. Gans, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Gans' distinguished career in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) spans three decades. When he joined the Kessler Institute as Chief Medical Officer in 2003, he brought vast experience as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator and advocate. His publications include articles, abstracts and book chapters. He is the Editor of the standard medical textbook on physical medicine and rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, now in its 4th edition, and holds a reputation as a thought leader in his field.

He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Gans also earned Master of Science degrees at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington.

Dr. Gans is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and electrodiagnostic medicine, and now specializes in the care of adults with childhood-onset disabling conditions, such as spina bifida.

Prior to joining the Kessler Institute, Dr. Gans served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Tufts University in Boston. He held a similar position in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University in Detroit. He also served as Senior Vice President of Post Acute Rehabilitation and Senior Services at the Detroit Medical Center and President of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

In the New York area, Dr. Gans was a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at both Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He was also Senior Vice President for Continuing Care for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

A prolific writer and researcher, Dr. Gans has written or co-authored more than 40 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed publications and 28 abstracts. He has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and is currently Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. One of the most widely respected physicians in his field, Dr. Gans has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Over the years, he has received numerous important federal research grants. His research interests have included health services delivery and disability, functional performance measurement in disability, trauma rehabilitation (pediatric), and rehabilitation engineering technology.

Dr. Gans is active in a number of professional organizations. He is a Board Director of the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and of the American Physiatric Education Council. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and chairs the organization’s Consumer Affairs and Managed Care Task Force. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He served for 12 years as a Board Director of the American Board of PM&R.

He is a member of numerous additional professional organizations, including the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Medical Association, the New Jersey Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Medical Society of New Jersey and the Essex County Medical Society.

Dr. Gans has received several awards for his work, including the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Brent England Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Administration from the American Hospital Association, the Rehabilitation Award from the Life Extension Foundation, and the INDE award from the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. He was named the 34th Walter J. Zeiter Lecturer by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has been recognized as a leading physician in the book, Best Doctors in America. He has been interviewed on television and national public radio as an expert in this field.


  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Spina Bifida Program (Adult)

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Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
National Medical Director for Rehabilitation, Select Medical Corporation
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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Bruce M. Gans, M.D.

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation


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