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Michael D. Stubblefield, M.D.

Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of cancer rehabilitation. His clinical expertise is in the identification, evaluation and rehabilitation of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, pain and functional disorders resulting from cancer and its treatment, particularly those caused by radiation and neurotoxic chemotherapy. He is an expert electromyographer and performs procedures such as botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for the relief of pain and spasm in cancer survivors.

Dr. Stubblefield graduated with honors from Brown University in Providence, RI, where he double majored in biology and philosophy. He received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He is triple board certified in (PM&R), internal medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG).

Dr. Stubblefield worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for nearly 14 years and was the Chief of the Rehabilitation Medicine Service. He joined Kessler Institute as Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation in 2015. He also serves as the National Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation for Select Medical where he oversees the development of comprehensive cancer rehabilitation programs across the organization’s national network of rehabilitation facilities.

Named one of America's top doctors, America's top doctors for cancer, and New York metro area’s top doctors by Castle Connolly for many years, Dr. Stubblefield is an accomplished researcher, and has published extensively in medical rehabilitation, oncology, pain management, palliative care, and neurophysiology. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Muscle and Nerve, and is a peer reviewer for more than 30 journals. Most notably, Dr. Stubblefield is the senior editor of Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, the only comprehensive textbook in the field, and has also authored numerous review articles and book chapters in the field of cancer rehabilitation.

Dr. Stubblefield has given hundreds of lectures both nationally and internationally on a wide range of cancer rehabilitation-related topics. He has also served on the Board of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and as Chair of the Medical Council of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - West Orange campus

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Michael D. Stubblefield, M.D.

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

West Orange office
P: 973.731.3600 x2258
F: 973.243.6861

Saddle Brook office
P: 201.368.6043
F: 201.368.6135

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