Shepherd Center Announces New Acquired Brain Injury Physician
Ashley M.F. Johnson, M.D., will lead four interdisciplinary treatment teams.
Shepherd Center has announced that Ashley M.F. Johnson, M.D. joined the hospital’s medical staff on September 8, 2020. She is leading four interdisciplinary treatment teams in Shepherd Center’s inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ashley Johnson as the newest physician to join the Shepherd team,” said Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer at Shepherd Center. “I know her high level of education and expertise related to brain injury rehabilitation will benefit our patients, their families and the Shepherd Center staff.”
Dr. Johnson obtained her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. She did her post-graduate training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also completed a brain injury medicine fellowship at MossRehab at Albert Einstein Medical Center, also in Philadelphia.
“I am delighted to be joining the Shepherd family, and I am looking forward to supporting Shepherd Center’s mission,” said Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson assumes this role as staff physiatrist Amy Kolarova, D.O., transitions to a new position developing and managing neurorehabilitation consultation services for the Stroke Center of Excellence at the Piedmont Hospital Marcus Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Kolarova also will serve as the physician lead for telemedicine at Shepherd Center, a role that is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.