David J. "D.J." Kennedy, MD

Spine physiatrist

Orthopaedic Spine Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-725-5905
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-498-7555
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2009) IL

Residency: University of Washington (2008) WA

Board Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehab, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2009)

Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2009)

Internship: Tulane University (2005) LA

Medical Education: Univeristy of Florida College of Medicine (2004) FL

Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Spine and Sports Medicine (2009)

Chief Resident, University of Washington, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2008)

Residency, University of Washington, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2008)

Internship, Tulane University, Transitional Internship (2005)

M.D., University of Florida, Medical Doctor (2004)

B.A., Florida State University, Biology (1999)

Honors & Awards

Best Clinical Abstract, American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2013)

Teacher of the Year, Stanford University PM&R (2013)

Best Papers Award, North American Spine Society (2013)

Best Clinical Paper, International Spine Intervention Society (2013)

Outstanding Educator, University of Florida (2011)

Patient's Choice Award, National Recognition for Patient Satisfaction (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Conucil (2010, 2011, 2012)

Chief Resident, University of Washington (2007-2008)

Administrative Appointments

Chair Standards Division, International Spine Intervention Society, 2013

Editor Point-Counter Point Section, PM&R Journal, 2012

Board of Trustees, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2011

Editorial Board, Pain Medicine Journal, 2012

Annual Assembly Program Director, International Spine Intervention Society, 2013

Medical Education Committee - Director of Maintenance of Certification 3 and 4, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012

Guest Editor-Osteoarthritis Supplement, PM&R Journal, 2012

Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI) AAPM&R Representative, US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), 2012

Guest Editor-Radiculopathy Issue., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America., 2008

Director - Pain and Spine National Journal Club, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012

Program Planning Committee 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting, International Spine Intervention Society, 2011

Program Planning Director 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting, International Spine Intervention Society, 2012

Medical Education Committee-Member at Large, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010

Knowledge Now Curriculum Development Co-Leader of Musculoskeletal Medicine advisory group, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010

Research Committee Member, International Spine Intervention Society, 2009

Standards Committee Member, International Spine Intervention Society, 2008

Reply to letter to the editor "Morphologic changes in the lumbar spine following lumbar medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy: a quantitative radiologic study".
Smuck, M., Crisostomo, R. A., Demirjian, R., Fitch, D. S., Kennedy, D. J., & Geisser, M. E. (2014). Reply to letter to the editor "Morphologic changes in the lumbar spine following lumbar medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy: a quantitative radiologic study". spine journal , 14(6), 1089-1090.

Should antiplatelet medications be held before cervical epidural injections?
Furman, M. B., Plastaras, C. T., Popescu, A., Tekmyster, G., Davidoff, S., & Kennedy, D. J. (2014). Should antiplatelet medications be held before cervical epidural injections?. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 6(5), 442-450.

Not All Injections Are the Same
Engel, A. J., Kennedy, D. J., MacVicar, J., & Bogduk, N. (2014). Not All Injections Are the Same. ANESTHESIOLOGY, 120(5), 1282-1283.

Medical marijuana for failed back surgical syndrome: a viable option for pain control or an uncontrolled narcotic?
Aggarwal, S. K., Pangarkar, S., Carter, G. T., Tribuzio, B., Miedema, M., & Kennedy, D. J. (2014). Medical marijuana for failed back surgical syndrome: a viable option for pain control or an uncontrolled narcotic?. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 6(4), 363-372.

Original Research Articles Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial
Kennedy, D. J., Plastaras, C., Casey, E., Visco, C. J., Rittenberg, J. D., & Dreyfuss, P. (2014). Original Research Articles Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial. PAIN MEDICINE, 15(4), 548-555.

Do Physiatric Procedures Represent a Value or Liability?
Furman, M. B., Melvin, J. L., & Kennedy, D. J. (2014). Do Physiatric Procedures Represent a Value or Liability?. PM&R, 6(1), 85-85.

Vasovagal rates in flouroscopically guided interventional procedures: a study of over 8,000 injections.
Kennedy, D. J., Schneider, B., Casey, E., Rittenberg, J., Conrad, B., & Plastaras, C. T. (2013). Vasovagal rates in flouroscopically guided interventional procedures: a study of over 8,000 injections. Pain medicine , 14(12), 1854-1859.

Patient Satisfaction Surveys: Tools to Enhance Patient Care or Flawed Outcome Measures?
Esselman, P. C., White, B. F., Chimes, G. P., & Kennedy, D. J. (2013). Patient Satisfaction Surveys: Tools to Enhance Patient Care or Flawed Outcome Measures?. PM&R, 5(12), 1069-1071.

Compounding Pharmacies: A Viable Option, or Merely a Liability?
O'Brien, D. (2013). Compounding Pharmacies: A Viable Option, or Merely a Liability?. PM&R, 5(11), 974-976.

Use of Spinal Injections for Low Back Pain
Kennedy, D. J., Baker, R. M., & Rathmell, J. P. (2013). Use of Spinal Injections for Low Back Pain. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 310(16), 1736-1736.

Corticosteroid choice for epidural injections.
DePalma, M. J., Stout, A., & Kennedy, D. J. (2013). Corticosteroid choice for epidural injections. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 5(6), 524-532.

The Need for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Before Epidural Corticosteroid Injection
Cohen, S. P., Maus, T., & Kennedy, D. J. (2013). The Need for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Before Epidural Corticosteroid Injection. PM&R, 5(3), 230-233.

Programmatic Design for Teaching the Introductory Skills and Concepts of Lumbar Spine Procedures to Physiatry Residents A Prospective Multiyear Study
Visco, C. J., Kennedy, D. J., Chimes, G. P., Rittenberg, J., McLean, J., & Plastaras, C. (2013). Programmatic Design for Teaching the Introductory Skills and Concepts of Lumbar Spine Procedures to Physiatry Residents A Prospective Multiyear Study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, 92(3), 248-257.

Associations of self-report measures with gait, range of motion and proprioception in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.
Conrad, B. P., Shokat, M. S., Abbasi, A. Z., Vincent, H. K., Seay, A., & Kennedy, D. J. (2013). Associations of self-report measures with gait, range of motion and proprioception in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Gait & posture.

It is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of disability in older persons, affecting an estimated 27 million adults in the United States alone. Introduction.
Kennedy, D. J., & Fredericson, M. (2012). It is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of disability in older persons, affecting an estimated 27 million adults in the United States alone. Introduction. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 4(5), S1-2.

Conclusion.
Kennedy, D. J., & Segal, N. A. (2012). Conclusion. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 4(5), S174-5.

The Role of Core Stabilization in Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
Kennedy, D. J., & Noh, M. Y. (2011). The Role of Core Stabilization in Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 22(1), 91-?.

Pharmaceutical Therapy for Radiculopathy
Visco, C. J., Cheng, D. S., & Kennedy, D. J. (2011). Pharmaceutical Therapy for Radiculopathy. PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 22(1), 127-?.

Preface Radiculopathy
Kennedy DJ. (2011). Preface Radiculopathy. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America., 22(1).

Sacroiliac Joint and Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Corticosteroid Injections
Kennedy, D. J., Shokat, M., & Visco, C. J. (2010). Sacroiliac Joint and Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Corticosteroid Injections. PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 21(4), 835-?.

Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections
Smuck, M., Maxwell, M. D., Kennedy, D., Rittenberg, J. D., Lansberg, M. G., & Plastaras, C. T. (2010). Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections. SPINE JOURNAL, 10(10), 857-864.

Utility of the Anesthetic Test Dose to Avoid Catastrophic Injury During Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections
Smuck M, Maxwell MD, Kennedy DJ, Rittenberg JD, Maarten GL, & Plastaras CT. (2010). Utility of the Anesthetic Test Dose to Avoid Catastrophic Injury During Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections. The Spine Journal, (10).

Paraplegia Following Image-Guided Transforaminal Lumbar Spine Epidural Steroid Injection: Two Case Reports
Kennedy, D. J., Dreyfuss, P., Aprill, C. N., & Bogduk, N. (2009). Paraplegia Following Image-Guided Transforaminal Lumbar Spine Epidural Steroid Injection: Two Case Reports. PAIN MEDICINE, 10(8), 1389-1394.

Current Concepts for Shoulder Training in the Overhead Athlete
Kennedy, D. J., Visco, C. J., & Press, J. (2009). Current Concepts for Shoulder Training in the Overhead Athlete. CURRENT SPORTS MEDICINE REPORTS, 8(3), 154-160.

Functional rehabilitation of lumbar spine injuries in the athlete
Krabak, B., & Kennedy, D. J. (2008). Functional rehabilitation of lumbar spine injuries in the athlete. SPORTS MEDICINE AND ARTHROSCOPY REVIEW, 16(1), 47-54.