Palo Alto VA Affiliated Faculty

VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Jeffrey Teraoka, MD, Chief of PM&R Service 

Dr. Teraoka is currently the Chief of the PM&R Service at the Palo Alto VA since 2009. In addition to his duties at the Palo Alto VA, he was also the Stanford PM&R Residency Program Director from 2007-2015. Dr. Teraoka is a prominent contributor to the field of PM&R and has been on multiple national committees and currently is an examiner for the Oral Boards for ABPM&R. He also helps oversee the Polytrauma Service, as well as provides medical/rehab care to patients in the Western Blind Regional Center. His teaching interests include acupuncture, adaptive sports, and stroke/general rehab.

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education:
University of Hawaii

Residency Training:
Stanford University 

Board Certification:
America Board Internal Medicine
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Doug Ota, MD, Chief of SCI/D Service

Dr. Ota joined the SCI/D Center in 2000 and has served as Director of Outpatient SCI/D Services since 2001 and Chief of Service since 2014. He provides outpatient clinical care including primary care and management of secondary conditions throughout the lifetime of Veterans with an SCI/D.  Dr. Ota has developed a patient-based focus of clinical research, including participation as local principle investigator on several clinical studies.  Dr. Ota has served as a reviewer for numerous journals and grant reviews.  Dr. Ota is the Program Director SCI Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine/VA Palo Alto Health Care System and he is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Education:
University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine - PM&R

Fellowship Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine/ VA Palo Alto Healthcare System – Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certification:
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Med and Rehab
ABMS - ABPMR Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


Min Jee Kim, DO, Inpatient Medical Director of SCI/D service

Dr. Kim Joined the PM&R department as Faculty in 2016. Her interests include Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, ventilator management/weaning, spasticity management and wound management. She is experienced in the procedural management of spasticity and MSK pain, including EMG-guided botulinum toxin injections and ultrasound-guided joint/bursa/perineural injections.   She is mainly focused clinically on the inpatient management on the acute rehabilitation and continuum of care of individuals with acute and chronic spinal cord injury. Dr. Kim also performs inpatient consultations for the acute hospital at VA Palo Alto and is involved in the supervision and teaching of Stanford University PM&R residents and SCI fellows.

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Education:
Western University of Health Sciences

Residency Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine - PM&R

Fellowship Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto VA Healthcare System
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certification:
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Med and Rehab
ABMS - ABPMR Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


Molly Timmerman, DO

Medical Director
Polytrauma Network Site
Regional Amputation Center
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave, MC-117
Palo Alto, CA 94304


Ted Scott, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Stanford University School of Medicine

Attending Physician
Palo Alto VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center
Medical Student Course Director
Stanford University School of Medicine
 


Brittni Micham, MD

Dr. Micham joined the PM&R department as Faculty in 2020. Her interests include spinal cord injury medicine, spasticity management, musculoskeletal pain management, patient safety and quality improvement. She primarily sees patients in SCI outpatient clinic as part of the SCI continuum of care.  She is experienced in the procedural management of spasticity and MSK pain, including EMG-guided botulinum toxin injections and ultrasound-guided joint and bursa injections.  Dr. Micham also performs inpatient consultations for the acute hospital at VA Palo Alto and is involved in the supervision and teaching of Stanford University PM&R residents and SCI fellows.

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Education:
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Residency Training:
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center- PM&R

Fellowship Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System - Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certification:
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ABMS - ABPMR Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


Nicholas Dabai, DO   

Dr. Dabai joined the PM&R department as Faculty in 2020. He is mainly focused clinically on the inpatient management on the acute SCI rehabilitation and continuum of care. His clinical interests include comprehensive care of individuals with acute and chronic spinal cord injury, ventilator management/weaning, neuropathic pain and spasticity management.  Dr. Dabai also performs inpatient consultations for the acute hospital at VA Palo Alto and is involved in the supervision and teaching of Stanford University PM&R residents and SCI fellows. 

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Education:
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency Training:
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - PM&R

Fellowship Training:
Univ of Washington School of Medicine/Puget Sound VA Healthcare System – Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certification:
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Med and Rehab


Elissa Zakrasek, MD

Dr. Zakrasek joined the PM&R department as Faculty in 2017. Her interests include spinal cord injury medicine, electrodiagnositcs, pain management, and clinical research. She is prominently involved clinically in seeing patients in SCI outpatient clinic in continuum of care.  She is experienced in the medical and interventional management of spasticity and sexual dysfunction after spinal cord injury. Dr. Zakrasek also performs inpatient consultations for the acute hospital at VA Palo Alto and SCI acute rehabilitation coverage at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.  Her research interests include neurogenic bladder, heterotopic ossification, neuropathic pain, ventilator weaning, and adaptive rock climbing.  She also performs inpatient consultations for the acute hospital at VA Palo Alto and is involved in the supervision and teaching of Stanford University PM&R residents.

Specialty:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Education:
University of California Davis School of Medicine

Residency Training:

Brigham and Women’s Hospital – internal medicine prelim
Stanford University School of Medicine - PM&R

Fellowship Training:
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto VA Healthcare System
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certification:
ABMS - ABPMR Physical Med and Rehab
ABMS - ABPMR Spinal Cord Injury Medicine