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The Henry H. Kessler Foundation Appoints New Vice President for Research and Strengthens Relationship With Current Research Luminary
Date:7/8/2008

WEST ORANGE, N.J., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Henry H. Kessler Foundation, one of the largest public charities supporting people with disabilities, announced today two key personnel changes that aim to further its work and research. Joel A. DeLisa, M.D., current President of Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center (KMRREC), will become Founding Director while John DeLuca, Ph.D. will become the Vice President for Research reporting directly to the CEO. Both changes were effective July 1, 2008.

"The Henry H. Kessler Foundation is committed to furthering rehabilitation research to improve the lives of people suffering from physical disabilities, musculoskeletal, neurological and other conditions," commented Rodger DeRose, President and CEO. "The new roles that Drs. DeLisa and DeLuca are undertaking will be key factors in reaching new levels of success with our research department and services offered."

New Roles, Continued Passion & Commitment

In his new role with the Henry H. Kessler Foundation, Dr. DeLisa will continue to serve as the Foundation's liaison with UMDNJ and will continue to consult with the CEO on the research agenda, organizational and new office space. Dr. DeLisa is an experienced senior investigator, medical educator and administrator. He is a Professor/Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ-NJMS). From 1999 through 2005, Dr. DeLisa served as the editor of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; spinal cord injury, health delivery systems outcomes and undergraduate/graduate medical education are his primary research interests. Most recently, Dr. DeLisa was the recipient of the Edward III Award for his outstanding leadership in medical education.

A Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Neurology and Neuroscience at UMDNJ - NJMS, Dr. DeLuca is also a licensed psychologist in New York and New
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