Faculty

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Faculty of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jennifer Gray, DO
Residency Program Director and Division Chief
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Gray received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Gray is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. 

Dr. Gray is the Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Charles Hospital and is the Medical Co-Director of ThinkSMART!,   Concussion Management Program. Areas of interested include neuromuscular medicine, EMG, concussion and traumatic brain injury, and spasticity. She has been the Residency Program Director of PM&R since 2015. 


Sergio Lombardo, DO
Site Director, VA Northport
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Lombardo received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following internship at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Virginia he was a Medical Officer for the US Navy. After residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, New York University, Dr. Lombardo was attending and team physician at the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

Dr. Lombardo’s interests are in acupuncture, osteopathic manipulative medicine, interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, and he maintains his commission as Commander, Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve.


Yu Jen Lai, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Lai received his medical degree from Faculdade de Medicine do ABC, Brazil, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital Brigadeiro, Brazil. Upon immigrating to the United States, Dr. Lai completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, and a residency on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Dr. Lai is an attending physiatrist and serves as the Director of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at St. Charles Hospital. Dr. Lai’s areas of interest include cardiac, pulmonary and orthopedic rehabilitation, and he oversees medically complex patients admitted for inpatient rehabilitation.


Magda Fahmy, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Fahmy completed her medical degree at Assuit University in Egypt. After practicing medicine several years in Egypt, she immigrated to the United States and ultimately completed a residency In Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Downstate. After residency, she went on to a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has been serving our nations veterans in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VA in Northport since 2002. She is also a licensed acupuncturist and is actively engaged in research at the VA. 


Karen James, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor. 

Dr. James obtained her medical degree from The State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. After a year of Pediatric internship, she completed a PM&R residency here at Stony Brook in 2004. She has been working at the VA Medical Center in Northport with a focus in pain management, botulinum toxin for migraines, and prosthetic/orthotic prescriptions.


Jun Zhang, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Zhang received his medical degree from Shanghai Medical University. Upon arrival in this country he completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center, New York, followed by a fellowship in Stroke Rehabilitation at the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in New Jersey.

Dr. Zhang's is an attending physiatrist at St. Charles Hospital. Dr. Zhang's interests include stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, including the clinical application of transcranial magnetic stimulation and acupuncture in the rehabilitative process.


Jonathan Raanan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Raanan received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia/Cornell. He then went on to fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch. 

Dr. Jonathan Raanan, a Board-certified Physiatrist (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist), concentrates his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine. He is focused on prescribing physical therapy, minimizing medications and performing non-surgical procedures for the treatment of conditions such as degenerative disc disease, sciatica (radiculopathy), arthritis of the spine (spondylosis), herniated discs and spinal stenosis. Dr. Raanan’s expertise includes performance of epidural injections, joint injections (e.g. facet, sacroiliac), and radiofrequency nerve ablation – all performed using fluoroscopic guidance to maximize safety and accuracy.


Lois Saltzman, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Saltzman received her medical degree from The Chicago Medical School, and then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After working as an attending physiatrist for several years, Dr. Saltzman then pursued her law degree and received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law. 

Dr. Saltzman is the Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation and Electromyography at Northport Veterans Memorial Hospital. She is an Attorney with Special Certification in Health Law. She was Board Certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She is active in the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Saltzman carries both degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Juris Doctor. She is active in clinical teaching and research.


Danielle DeGiorgio, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. DeGiorgio obtained her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Stony Brook University Medical Center, serving as chief resident in her senior year. In addition, Dr. DeGiorgio completed training in structural acupuncture at Harvard Medical School. Following her residency, Dr. DeGiorgio went on to complete a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Christiana Care. Her interests include sports and musculoskeletal medicine.


Anuja Korlipara, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Korlipara obtained her medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College, University of Health Sciences, India, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Korlipara’s interests are in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, concussion, consultation, and prosthetic, orthotic, and wheelchair prescriptions.


Brett Silverman, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Brett Silverman attended Cornell University earning his B.S. in Biological sciences and his Masters (M.S.) in Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Silverman then attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he became a founding member of the college's local chapter of the National Medical Honor Society. Following medical school, Dr. Silverman completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Medical Center/Rusk Institute where he served as chief resident during his senior year. Following Dr. Silverman's medical training, he worked as an Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor at NYU School of Medicine/Hospital for Joint Diseases in NYC. He then moved to Long Island to practice musculoskeletal/sports/electrodiagnostic medicine with an orthopedic group for more than 10 years. 

Dr. Silverman’s interests are inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient musculoskeletal medicine and concussion management. 


Cathy Cruise, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Cruise graduated from the New York University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, New York University.  She served as the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the New York Harbor VA Healthcare System, then as the Director of Virtual Health and Rehabilitation Programs for the Veterans Integrated Service Network 3, New York/New Jersey. Dr. Cruise is now the Chief Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Northport VAMC where she has oversight for all of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Programs. Dr. Cruise chairs the VISN 2 VA Rehabilitation Council, is a member of the national VA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Field Advisory Board and a member of the national VHA Telerehabilitation Field Workgroup.