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Meet Our Speaker

Meet Our Speaker

Dr. Joseph P. Valenza, MD
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Dr. Joseph Valenza is the director of pain management and director of outpatient development at Kessler. Board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine, he specializes in the treatment of a wide range of pain issues, including complex regional pain syndrome, repetitive motion disorders and spinal cord injury.

Dr. Valenza is a clinical assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a preceptor in pain management for the university’s pharmacy program. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Pain Society, Electrodiagnostic Medicine Association of New Jersey, Academy of Pain Medicine and American Academy of Pain Management.

A 5th degree black belt, Dr. Valenza has a special interest in martial arts therapy and has published numerous studies and articles on the subject, as well as teaching martial arts, including wheelchair Tae Kwon Do, to adults and children with disabilities. He has also presented on a wide range of pain management issue at conferences across the country.

Consistently recognized among the nation’s top physicians in his field by several independent organizations, Dr. Valenza has received many honors for his work the prestigious Elizabeth Narcessian Award for outstanding educational achievement in pain management and the Henry H. Kessler, M.D., Award for Medical Excellence.

Dr. Valenza received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural/biomedical engineering from The Cooper Union in New York. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn Downstate and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). He also completed a Jaffin Fellowship in sports medicine at the Hospital of Joint Diseases in New York. He joined Kessler Institute in 1996.


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