The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.

A comprehensive Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation Facility

Jeff Pavell, D.O.

Dr. Pavell

Dr. Jeff Pavell has a passion for helping people with pain due to spine, sports and muscle injuries, and he is a perfect fit for the PM&R Center. He has followed an interesting path to arrive at this destination.

While attending The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Pavell became interested in the relationship between the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. His research at Hopkins connected him with an osteopathic physician who specialized in treating sports injuries with hands on manual techniques. Dr. Pavell’s enthusiasm for weight lifting and football left him ample opportunity to be treated for injuries by his mentor. He was quickly convinced, and decided to attend Osteopathic Medical School where he could combine the medical school curriculum with an education in these manual skills.

Dr. Pavell graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine with honors, and went on to do his residency and Chief Residency at the New York University Medical Center's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation and the Bellevue Hospital. Presently, Dr. Pavell acts as an off-campus site proctor for Rusk Institute residents training for Rehabilitation Medicine.

He then completed a fellowship in Buffalo in the use of fluoroscopic injections for management of pain and immobility. Today, he is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and sports medicine, as well as acupuncture, which he uses as complementary care for his patients. Dr. Pavell is currently the Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Away from the office, Dr. Pavell acts as Race Director & President of the Haworth 5K as well as President of the Vikings travel soccer & football clubs.

At the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Pavell uses the combination of manual techniques, medication, physical therapy and injection to provide optimal patient care. He also teaches students and residents at Columbia University, where he is on the teaching staff. While he awaits an Orioles World Series victory and yearns to be out surfing, Dr. Pavell has fulfilled a dream of helping people with pain from sports, spine and musculoskeletal injuries.

He has, along with 2 colleagues, co-authored a chapter, “History and Past Medical History,” in The Low Back Pain Handbooks First and Second Editions, both well-received texts for primary care practitioners

Educational Background

  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, May 1994
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, May 1994

Honors and Awards

  • New York University Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Award of Appreciation for Special Educational Contributions, June 1999
  • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Resident Research Competition. Honorable Mention “Predictors of Injury from Recreational In-Line Skating”, June 1997
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Resident Physician Council Marketing Task for Chair - 1995 - Present
  • Worked with Academy Marketing Task Force to develop global marketing plan to promote the specialty of Physiatry
  • Conducted Learners’ Needs Assessment Survey at AAPM&R 58th Assembly which defined topics for future resident courses and conference
  • New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secretary, Resident Physician Section, July 1996 - June 199
  • Community Medicine Award - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 1994, Awarded for proficiency in Community Medicine and dedication and interest in community health
  • Alumni Scholarship - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1990 - 1992

Professional Employment Experience

  • October 1999 - Present
    • Sports, spine, and musculoskeletal medicine
    • Fluoroscopically guided interventional spinal injection procedures
    • Electrodiagnostic medicine
    • Pain management
    • Inpatient rehabilitation medicine consultations
    • Certified in medical acupuncture

Academic Appointment

  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York. April 2002, Instructor in Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine

Post-Graduate Training

  • Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine - Fellow of Spine Care, Sports Medicine and Occupational Rehabilitation, Buffalo, New York. Fellowship Training Program. July 1998 - July 1999
    • Fluoroscopically guided epidural injections, caudal injections, selective nerve blocks as well as zygapophyseal joint and sacroiliac joint injections
    • Mobilizations and manipulations of restricted joints under regional anesthetic block.
    • Biomechanical evaluation of the musculoskeletal system.
    • Electrodiagnostic testing.
  • New York University Medical Center
    • Howard Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, New York. Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. July 1995 - June 1998
    • Chief Resident - Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, 1996-1998
  • St. Clare’s Hospital and Health Center/St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York New York, New York. Rotating Internship. July 1994 - June 1995

Professional Activities

  • Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 2012-Present
  • Center for Advanced Surgery, Paramus, New Jersey - Associate Director of Pain Medicine, April 2002 - Present
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, November 1999
    • Assistant Moderator, “The Social Context of Evidence-Based Spinal Medicine: Interventional Perspectives”
    • Assistant Moderator, “Musculoskeletal Outcomes Measurement in Research and Clinical Practice”
  • The Physical Examination and Treatment of Spine - Muscle Imbalances and Neuromobilizations in Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries - A Hands-On Course Williamsville, New York. October and November 1998. Table trainer for course designed for health professionals interested in a multidisciplinary approach to spine care by incorporating rehabilitation principles into their practice.
  • Daemen College - Department of Varsity Athletics - Team Physician, Amherst, New York. Team physician responsible for pre-participating examinations, game coverage, and medical care for male and female collegiate athletes.
  • Buffalo Blizzard Professional Indoor Soccer Team, Buffalo, New York. 1998-1999 Season. Pre-participation musculoskeletal evaluation and shared game coverage.
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU Medical Center June 1997 - Present. Appointed as resident representative to faculty committee charged with revising syllabus for didactic component of resident teaching program.
  • New York City Marathon, November 1996, Volunteer Medical Staff

Publications and Presentations

  • “Preventing Musculoskeletal Pain in Adolescents”, Interview by WINS reporter Alice Stockton-Rossini for segment which aired November 2003.
  • Co-Authored chapter, “The History and Past History of Low Back Pain”, The Low Back Pain Handbook: A Guide for the Primary Care Clinician. Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, In Press, Second Edition, 2003.
  • “Back to Basics - Applied Anatomy and Physical Examination Workshop; Adverse Neurodynamic Tension”, Workshop Assistant Leader, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sport, and Occupational Rehabilitation, Seventh Annual Meeting, November 1999 McAdam, F.; Pavell, J.; Lembo, N. Functional Outcome of Patients With Lumbar Disc Herniation and Radiculopathy Treated With Nonoperative Care, (Manuscript in process) Seldes, R.; Grisso, J.; Pavell, J. Predictor of Injury from Recreational In-line Skating, American Journal of Public Health, February 1999, Volume 89, No. 2 Seldes, R.; Grisso, J.; Pavell, J. Predictors of Injury from Recreational In-line Skating: A National Study, Accepted for Presentation at The combined Meeting of Orthopaedic Associations of the English Speaking World, Auckland, New Zealand, February 1998.


  • Board Certified in Specialty Field of Sports Medicine, 2009
  • Board Certified in Specialty Field of Pain Medicine, 2002
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, No. 6118
  • New Jersey State Medical License, 1999
  • New York State Medical License, 1996
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 1997
  • Basic Life Support, 1997

Professional Society Affiliations

  • North American Spine Society, 1999 - Present
  • International Spinal Injection Society, 1999 - Present
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1995 - Present
  • Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation, 1996 - Present
  • American Medical Association, 1991 - Present
  • American Osteopathic Association, 1991 - Present
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