By Irene Maslowski
West Orange, N.J. n Steven Kirshblum, M.D., Medical Director and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ, (, has been named President of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Inc. ( ASCIP is a national, non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the education, research, advocacy and quality of care delivered to persons with spinal cord impairment.
“While advancements in research and medical treatments have improved survival rates among individuals with spinal cord injuries, we are continually challenged to provide the highest level of ongoing care to maintain and improve the quality of life for SCI patients,” said Dr. Kirshblum, who also serves as the co-director of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Model System.
ASCIP is a unique interdisciplinary organization comprised of 4 professional sections — American Paraplegia Society (APS), Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (ASCIN), Psychologists and Social Workers (PSW) and Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) n that work together to advance the field of spinal cord injury care and treatment.
Dr. Kirshblum has been internationally recognized for his clinical, research and academic work in the field of spinal cord injury medicine and is the author of numerous articles and publications, including a major textbook and children’s book on spinal cord injury.
About Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation: Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, a division of Select Medical, provides comprehensive programs of care for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation, neurological diseases, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, and cardiac recovery. Kessler, is one of only five federally-designated Model Systems in the nation for the treatment and research of both spinal cord and brain injuries. Ranked as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and best in the East by U.S.News & World Report, Kessler has three hospital campuses in West Orange, Saddle Brook and Chester, N.J., and more than 80 outpatient Kessler Rehabilitation Center locations throughout the state. For more information, visit