School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty

Lawrence J. Horn, M.D.
Chair & Professor
Residency Program Director
Research Educator

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201

Lawrence J. Horn, M.D. joined the staff at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 2005 and then joined the staff of Wayne State University Physician Group in 2007 in the Department of PM&R at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He graduated with his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL. He completed his residency in PM&R and a fellowship in traumatic brain injury. He is the department's Interim Chair and a professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and serves as the Program Director for the PM&R Residency Program.

Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
 

Specialty Interests:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spasticity
Botox Therapy for movement disorders

 

Syed R. Ahmed, D.O.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.                           WSUPG
Detroit, MI 48201                        1560 E. Maple Rd, Ste 200, Troy, MI 48083

 

Huron Valley Sinai Hosp
1 William Carls Dr, Commerce Twp, MI 48382


Syed R. Ahmed joined the physiatry staff with Wayne State University Physician Group in 2012, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Dr. Ahmed graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and completed his residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  He also completed an Interventional Pain Fellowship at the Utah Center for Pain Management and Research in Provo, UT.

Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialty Interests:
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Interventional Pain Procedures
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Fluoroscopic Injections
 

 

Michael Ajluni, M.D.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201

Michael Ajluni, M.D. joined the physiatry staff with Wayne State University Physician Group at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 2011. He serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Ajluni graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine with his medical degree and his residency was completed at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Ajluni also serves as the inpatient Medical Director of Traumatic Brain Injury.
 
Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ABPMR Subspecialty in Brain Injury Medicine

Specialty Interests:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spasticity
Musculoskeletal Injury
Botox Therapy for movement disorders

 

Lourdes Alfonso, M.D.
Director of Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury
Associate Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201
 

Lourdes A. Alfonso, M.D. , joined the physiatry staff at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 2002 and then joined the staff of Wayne State University Physician Group in 2007 and serves as an assistant professor in the Department of PM&R at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Alfonso graduated from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines. She completed her residency in PM&R at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Alfonso completed her fellowship training in spinal cord injury medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. She serves as the Associate Program Director for the PM&R Residency Program for WSU School of Medicine.

Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ABPMR Subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Specialty Interests :
Spinal Cord Injury

 

Kertia Black, M.D.
Associate Professor (Clinical) FTA
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

261 Mack Blvd.                     42005 W 12 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48201                  Novi, MI 48377


Kertia L. Black, M.D. joined the physiatry staff at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 1993 and then joined Wayne State University Physician Group in 2007 and also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of PM&R at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  She also held the office of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for Wayne State University. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, PA and completed her residency training in PM&R at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Black also holds a master’s degree in counseling from Temple University.


Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialty Interests:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Stroke Rehabilitation
General Musculoskeletal

 

 
Maria Humayun, D.O.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201

Maria Humayun, D.O. joined the physiatry staff with Wayne State University Physician Group in 2013. She also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University School of Medicine and is the Medical Director of Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation.

Dr. Humayun graduated from Michigan State University School of Medicine with her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialty Interests :
Stroke
Spasticity Management
Parkinson's Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Botox Therapy for movement disorders

 

Marcellinus Dijkers, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Educator

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

 

 

 

 

Colette Hillebrand Duggan, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan 


Colette H. Duggan received a BSN from Mercy College, MSN from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. (Sociology) from Wayne State University. Dr. Duggan’s research interests focus on qualitative methodology and mixed-methods research. Her substantive interests include the following topics: stress and coping; quality of life issues, and community integration/participation. Her studies have targeted persons with spinal cord injury, spinal cord injury caregivers, and persons who are currently homeless. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Duggan as been the recipient of more than a dozen grants funded the following agencies: The Fetzer Institute (Kalamazoo); National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Paralyzed Veterans of American Research Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and the Del Harder/United Way of Michigan Foundation.
 

 


Thomas J. Gola, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor FTA

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Thomas J. Gola, Ph.D. is a staff neuropsychologist for the neuroscience and PM&R service at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and an assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also a co-investigator with the SEMTBIS project. Dr. Gola received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1994. He has published in the area of effort assessment, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. In addition to neuropsychology, Dr. Gola has wide experience in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. He has a special interest in behavior management of chronic pain. Dr. Gola has been involved with the forensic aspects of neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury. He has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Wayne State University. His current research interests lie with advancing neuropsychological assessment in the differential diagnosis of dementia and the ecological validity of common neuropsychological measures.
 

 

Robin Hanks, Ph.D. ABPP
Director of Training & Neuropsychology
Associate Professor (Clinical) FTA

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Robin Hanks is the Chief of Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and is also the Director of Training for the predoctoral and postdoctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology. She is also the Project Director of the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), a model system of traumatic brain injury excellence in research and clinical care, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Hanks is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Wayne State University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Wayne State University School of Science. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 from the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University, completed her APA approved internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Hanks leads the outpatient clinical neuropsychology rotation at the downtown (main campus) and has research interests in the areas of traumatic brain injury; neuropsychological assessment; emotional adjustment post brain injury; long-term cognitive and functional outcome in rehabilitation populations. 

 


Scott R. Millis, Ph.D., MEd
Director of Research
Professor
Research Educator

Scott R. Millis, Ph.D., MEd is Professor with tenure in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Millis is a Chartered Statistician (CStat) with the British Royal Statistical Society and Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the British Science Council.

Dr. Millis served as the statistician for the Traumatic Brain Injury National Data Center (TBINDC). He is also the former Project Co-Director of the TBINDC. He also served on several data safety and monitoring committees. Prior to coming to WSU, Dr Millis was Director of the Office of Clinical Trials at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation. Dr. Millis is also the former Chief of Neuropsychology at the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. His special interests are development and evaluation of statistical prediction models, Rasch analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and Bayesian model averaging. 
 

Edward Nieshoff, M.D.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA

261 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

 

 

 

 

Tanya Sherman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

  

Stephen Vangel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(Clinical) FTA
261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Stephen Vangel, Ph.D. provides neuropsychological and psychological services at the downtown (main campus), Novi campus, and other outpatient satellite centers and nursing homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Dr. Vangel obtained his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1996 and completed his APA approved internship at the John Dingell V.A. Hospital in Detroit. He is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vangel is also a "behavioral specialist" at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Vangel's clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral factors in injury recovery and disability, factors affecting interdisciplinary team functioning, family adjustment to trauma, and validity and clinical utility of neuropsychological tests.

 

 

Cassandra Johnson, ANP, is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in spinal cord injury patients. She works in the outpatient clinic at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 261 Mack Ave, Detroit MI 48201.


Felecia Marshall, P.A.-C, is Certified Physician Assistant who assists the physicians with inpatient spinal cord injury care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 261 Mack Ave, Detroit MI 48201.