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Jennifer Semel, MD

Dr. Semel has served as the Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St Charles Hospital for more than 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Providence, and went on to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx to complete her medical degree. She performed a dual residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rusk Institute/New York University Medical Center, New York, where she also served as Chief Resident in Pediatric Rehabilitation. Following her residency she moved to Washington DC where she became the Division Chief of Rehabilitative Services at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Semel heads the Inpatient Rehabilitation program at St. Charles. In that capacity she oversees the pediatric and adult rehabilitation programs which offer services to individuals from birth to age 100 and beyond. In addition, she is a Clinical Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and also serves as the Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Semel is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pediatrics and Palliative Care. She is recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the regions “Top Doctors” as judged by her fellow physicians. She has authored numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles, and has been involved in several multicenter rehabilitation research studies. She worked with the Developmental Disabilities State Planning Council to author “Community Education Projects.”

Dr. Semel was also the founder and medical director of Project CHASE (Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports and Exercise Program), an adaptive swimming program for youth with disabilities. In 2005, Dr Semel was the recipient of the Patrick Scollard Award for Leadership Excellence from Catholic Health Services. In 2006 Long Island Business News featured her in “Operation: L.I.’s Top Docs” and three years later she was nominated by the New York State Senate for Noteworthy Achievements Women of Distinction.

Dr. Semel’s areas of interest include concussion management, hip fracture rehabilitation, and the care of children with neuromuscular disorders, and cerebral palsy. She is also fluent in Spanish.