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Michael A. Palmer

M.D., CIME, FAAMA
Medical Director

Dr. Michael A. Palmer, NU ’76 is a physician with a specialty in physiatry (physical, sports and  rehabilitation medicine), Disability Analytics and is a certified Independent Medical Examiner and currently a Partner of the RecoveryZone. His medical practice provides a holistic approach to orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, combining a team of specialists with the goal of  alternative treatments for high school, college and professional athletes and orthopedic and rehabilitation issues of the  weekend warriors. He is on staff of the University of Pennsylvania Health care systems and the Princeton  Medical Center. Dr. Palmer has also practiced orthopedics and sports medicine in the past. He served 28 years as an Aerospace medicine physician and was Chief of aerospace medicine  with the distinction of being a senior flight surgeon in the Air Force Reserves and while on active duty during the gulf war, afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. He retired with  the rank of Lt Col.in 2017

Dr. Palmer received his bachelor’s degree in education for secondary sciences (with a concentration in  biology, chemistry, and physics) from Norwich in 1976. As a student in the Corps of Cadets, he played basketball, soccer and other intramural sports and was also a member of WNUB Radio, the Outing Club,  and the Rugby Club as well as being featured in Who’s Who. He was a recipient of an Air Force ROTC scholarship during his undergraduate training.

Later, Dr. Palmer obtained a master’s degree in Italian language and literature at the University of  Perugia in the region of Umbria and played professional basketball on the Island of Sardinia and Rome.  While living in Italy, he later enrolled at the University of Rome School of Medicine and Dentistry where he completed his medical education, graduating with honors and serving four years as an intern and resident in traumatology and orthopedics. Upon his return to the United States, .

Dr. Palmer completed a residency in internal medicine at New York Infirmary Beekman Hospital/New  York University in 1991 where he was appointed chief medical resident in his third year. He then  embarked on a second residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, which he completed in 1994 at  the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a sports and spine medicine  fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York where he was a clinical instructor of  rehabilitation medicine and involved in the development of many protocols for postoperative  rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament, meniscal injuries, total knee replacement, and patellofemoral pain syndrome. He was also involved in the treatment of college athletes and professional  athletes from the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine, School of Acupuncture Medicine. Dr. Palmer has a special interest in sports medicine  rehabilitation, myofascial pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, non- operative spine care, electrodiagnostic  neurophysiology including EMG’s and intraoperative somatosensory evoked potentials, selective lumbar  and cervical injections, and alternative medicine for the treatment of chronic myofascial pain  syndromes. Dr. Palmer also performs disability and independent medical examinations. He is board  certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the American Board of Disability Analysts. He has also completed Master certificates from the University of Chicago in healthcare informatics, genetic engineering and CRISPR technology from Harvard and Healthcare Management from Yale School of Management.

Dr. Palmer is married to Tammy Eng-PalmerThe Palmers have two sons and one daughter: Mackenzie “Mack”, Dylan Coltrane, and Sydney Micaela.

Dr. Palmer received his bachelor’s degree in education for secondary sciences (with a concentration in  biology, chemistry, and physics) from Norwich in 1976. As a student in the Corps of Cadets, he played basketball, soccer and other intramural sports and was also a member of WNUB Radio, the Outing Club,  and the Rugby Club as well as being featured in Who’s Who. He was a recipient of an Air Force ROTC scholarship during his undergraduate training.

Later, Dr. Palmer obtained a master’s degree in Italian language and literature at the University of  Perugia in the region of Umbria and played professional basketball on the Island of Sardinia and Rome.  While living in Italy, he later enrolled at the University of Rome School of Medicine and Dentistry where he completed his medical education, graduating with honors and serving four years as an intern and resident in traumatology and orthopedics. Upon his return to the United States, .

Dr. Palmer completed a residency in internal medicine at New York Infirmary Beekman Hospital/New  York University in 1991 where he was appointed chief medical resident in his third year. He then  embarked on a second residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, which he completed in 1994 at  the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a sports and spine medicine  fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York where he was a clinical instructor of  rehabilitation medicine and involved in the development of many protocols for postoperative  rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament, meniscal injuries, total knee replacement, and patellofemoral pain syndrome. He was also involved in the treatment of college athletes and professional  athletes from the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine, School of Acupuncture Medicine. Dr. Palmer has a special interest in sports medicine  rehabilitation, myofascial pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, non- operative spine care, electrodiagnostic  neurophysiology including EMG’s and intraoperative somatosensory evoked potentials, selective lumbar  and cervical injections, and alternative medicine for the treatment of chronic myofascial pain  syndromes. Dr. Palmer also performs disability and independent medical examinations. He is board  certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the American Board of Disability Analysts. He has also completed Master certificates from the University of Chicago in healthcare informatics, genetic engineering and CRISPR technology from Harvard and Healthcare Management from Yale School of Management.

Dr. Palmer is married to Tammy Eng-PalmerThe Palmers have two sons and one daughter: Mackenzie “Mack”, Dylan Coltrane, and Sydney Micaela.

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