Hartford Hospital Faculty

Subramani Seetharama, M.D.

Subramani Seetharama, M.D.

Program Director
Chief, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine
Medical Director of Rehabilitation, Hartford Healthcare Medical Group
Medical Director Hartford Healthcare Rehabilitation Network
Medical Director: THOCC Spine Center
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
Kirorimal College, University of Delhi B.S.

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA

Experience
Consultant, Spinal Cord Injury and Sports Concussion Program, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT
Dreaming and Working Together Inc.: (Not for Profit – Medical Mission) Past President
Director of Spinal Cord Injury Program, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT
Member: State of Connecticut Trauma Systems
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Mercy Hospital/Western Health Services, Springfield, MA
Consultant Physiatrist Sub Acute Rehab, CT

Board Certification
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, sub-specialty Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Sports Medicine

Interests
Dr. Seetharama board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and sports. He helped establish the Spinal Cord injury rehabilitation continuum at Hartford Hospital and Hospital for Special care. As medical director of Sports Rehabilitation he developed the Concussion Management pathway directed towards high school and middle school sports. He established and continues to manage the first non-operative spine wellness care center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, CT. He helped establish Dreaming and Working Together, a nonprofit organization that provides medical mission to Lima, Peru.

His areas of interest include spinal cord, adolescent concussions, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, orthotics and prosthetics, academics, and research.

David Monti, M.D.

David Monti, M.D.

Core Faculty
Medical Director, Hartford Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT B.S. Biology
Central Connecticut School of Medicine, New Britain, CT M.S Physiology

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ

Experience
Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT Attending Physiatrist
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, Woodbridge, CT Attending Physiatrist
Hartford Healthcare Medical Director, IRU Hartford Hospital, CT

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Interests
Stroke and neuro rehabilitation, spasticity management and EMG

Silke Bernert, M.D.

Silke Bernert, M.D.

Program Director Brain Injury Rehabilitation Hartford Hospital
Assistant Professor University of Connecticut
Member Neurocritical Care Council
Early Rehabilitation Subgroup Neurocritical Care
Acute Care Consults Hartford Hospital

Education
Medical School: University of Heidelberg Medical School, Heidelberg, Germany
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: University of Kentucky

Experience
University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati Associate Professor

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified Brain Injury Medicine

Interests
Acquired brain injury rehabilitation, early rehabilitation in acute care for patients with and without acquired brain injury, disorders of consciousness

Rose Bernal-Larioza, M.D.

Rose Bernal-Larioza, M.D.

Site Director: Hartford Hospital
Assistant Professor UConn School of Medicine

Education
University of the Philippines B.S. Basic medical Science

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: University of Philippines
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
MBA (Medical management) Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Experience
Pioneer Spine and Sports, West Springfield, MA Attending Physiatrist
Trinity Health of New England, Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MA Attending Physiatrist and Chief, Non-surgical Specialties.
Hartford Healthcare: Attending Physiatrist

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified American Board of Electro diagnostic Medicine

Interests
Neuro rehabilitation, spasticity, EMG, Non op Spine management, MSK

David Gutierrez M.D.

David Gutierrez M.D.

Core Faculty
Program Director: Non Operative Spine care and Pain Management
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
University of California, Irvine B.A
University of California, Irvine B.S Biological Sciences

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical center

Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Teaching Faculty, ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship, Department of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified American Board of Anesthesiology/Pain medicine

Interests
Pain management: spine, musculoskeletal or neurologic, neuro modulation, electrical or pharmacological, Interventional spine procedures, spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, kyphoplasty, baclofen pump and MSK US diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Jeffrey Lavallee, M.D.

Jeffrey Lavallee, M.D.

Program Director: Sports Medicine
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA: B.S Sports Management, Cum Laude

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington CT
Doctor of Medicine
Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville VA
Fellowship: Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle WA

Experience
Associate Physician, Valley Sports Physicians, Glastonbury CT

Board CertificationBoard Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Sports Medicine
Board Certified, American Academy Regenerative Medicine
Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) certification
Certified Interventional Orthopedics Foundation in Advanced Spine, Shoulder, Hip and Knee Orthobiologic Injection Courses

Interests
Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Interventional Ultrasound, Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, and Advanced Interventional Procedures

Huma Naqvi, M.D.

Huma Naqvi, M.D.

Attending Physiatrist
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: Sind Medical College, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 1999-2002
Medical Acupuncture Certification Helms Medical Institute

Experience
Attending Physiatrist, Assistant Professor, Director Geriatric/Subacute Rehabilitation. Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
Medical Acupuncturist
Burke Rehabilitation Outpatient, NY

Board Certification
Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Interests
Acupuncture, Neuro Rehab, EMG/NCS, Subacute Rehabilitation

Maria Tsarouhas, D.O.

Maria Tsarouhas, D.O.

Core Faculty
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
Allegheny College, Meadville, PA: B.S. Neuroscience

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Case Western Reserve University/Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Experience
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Attending Physiatrist
Trinity Health Of New England, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Hartford, CT Attending Physiatrist
Hartford Healthcare Attending Physiatrist

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Interests
Inpatient rehabilitation, spasticity management, stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, orthotics and prosthetics, OMT

Naheed Van de Walle M.D.

Naheed Van de Walle M.D.

Attending Physiatrist
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Education
Government College for Women, Pakistan

Post-Graduate Education
Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan.
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

Experience
Assistant Clinical Director Lubin Rehabilitation Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM)
Attending Physician AECOM, Montefiore Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director, Island Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Attending Physician, Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute, New Hyde Park, NY
Chief of PMR Department, Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute, New Hyde Park, NY
Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, NY
Consulting Physiatrist/Chief, International Center for the Disabled
Attending Physician, Rusk Rehabilitation Department, NYU Langone Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor Rusk Rehabilitation Department, NYU Langone Medical Center
Attending Physician, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital

Board Certification
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Interests
Non op spine care, musculoskeletal dysfunction, neuro rehabilitation including CVA, TBI, SCI, MS, Parkinson’s, spasticity management, prosthetic and orthotics, wheelchair evaluations, geriatrics, adult mild TBI/concussion

Vincent T Codispoti, M.D.

Vincent T Codispoti, M.D.

PMR, Orthopedic Associates of Hartford
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Areas of Interest: Spine, EMG, Interventional Pain Mangement/Spinal Injections

Annie Daniel, M.D.

Annie Daniel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Areas of Interest: Neuro Muscular Disease, EMG/NCS

John A. Magaldi, M.D., FACR, FACP

John A. Magaldi, M.D., FACR, FACP

Physician-in-Chief of Rheumatology at the Bone and Joint Institute of Hartford Hospital and Hartford Healthcare
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Connecticut
Site Director for UConn School of Medicine Rheumatology Fellowship program
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Lucas Meira Benchaya, M.D.

Lucas Meira Benchaya, M.D.

Neurology
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Areas of Interest: Neuromuscular Disease, EMG/NCS

Jonathan Ramin, D.O.

Jonathan Ramin, D.O.

PMR, Orthopedic Associates of Hartford
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine

Areas of Interest: EMG, Interventional Pain Management/Spinal Injections, Spine, Sports Medicine