Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD

Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, FASIA, is director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research and co-director of the Derfner-Lieberman Laboratory for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ. He is a research associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. Dr. Dyson-Hudson is co-director of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) at Kessler—part of the national Spinal Cord Injury Model System of care funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

In 1992, while he was a third-year medical student, Dr. Dyson-Hudson sustained a spinal cord injury (C6 tetraplegia, complete) while playing rugby football. Following a year of rehabilitation, he returned to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) and graduated in 1995. He completed a medical internship at AECOM in 1996 and a research fellowship in Rehabilitation Research and Complementary & Alternative Medicine in 2000 in the Department of PM&R at New Jersey Medical School, which was supported by a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship supplement for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Dyson-Hudson’s research interests include secondary medical conditions, maintenance and restoration of mobility, employment, and quality of life in people with spinal cord injury He holds committee appointments in the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and the American Paraplegia Society (APS)/Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) and serves on the APS Board of Directors. In 2019, Dr. Dyson-Hudson was honored as a Fellow of the American Spinal Injury Association (FASIA) i n recognition of his distinguished accomplishments in the fields of spinal cord injury research, clinical practice, education, and advocacy, and for his longstanding service to ASIA.

Secondary complications of SCI, particularly pain, upper limb overuse injuries, and pressure injuries
Regenerative rehabilitation
Employment after SCI
Patient education and outreach
Clinical trials of medical and behavioral interventions
Multi-center research projects
Human subjects research protections
MD - Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
BA - Physiology & Cell Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Internship - Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rehabilitation Research Fellowship - UMDNJ-NJMS
Research Interests

Dr. Dyson-Hudson’s research interests include preservation and restoration of function and mobility in persons with SCI and the prevention and treatment of common secondary medical complications affecting this population.


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Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIPro)

American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)

National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA)

United Spinal Association

International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation