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Shepherd Center Names, Dr. Michael Yochelson, New Chief Medical Officer

Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, has been named chief medical officer of Shepherd Center. Dr. Yochelson’s tenure begins Sept. 6.

“Dr. Yochelson brings to Shepherd Center vast clinical and educational leadership experience,” said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, Shepherd Center’s president and CEO. “We believe his unique combination of skills, as well as his reputation as a leader, clinician and researcher make him an ideal fit for Shepherd Center.”

Since 2011, Dr. Yochelson has served as the vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a board-certified neurologist and physiatrist, he also has served in an academic capacity as a professor and vice chair of clinical affairs in the department of rehabilitation medicine and professor of clinical neurology at Georgetown University. Additionally, he is the founding program director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship, which he started at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2009. Dr. Yochelson began his medical career in the United States Navy, where he served from 1995 to 2006.

Dr. Yochelson earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Duke University and his medical degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency training at the National Capital Consortium. Dr. Yochelson also holds a master’s in business administration from the R. H. Smith School of Business from the University of Maryland.

“Dr. Yochelson is a tremendous addition to Shepherd Center’s clinical staff and leadership team,” said Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., long-time Shepherd Center medical director. “His depth of knowledge, experience and passion for the patients we treat will be extremely beneficial for both Shepherd Center patients and staff.”

Dr. Yochelson assumes the role as Dr. Leslie retires after 31 years at Shepherd Center.

“I am honored to be joining the incredible team at Shepherd Center, which is leading rehabilitative care in spinal cord and brain injury and changing the lives of those they serve every day,” Dr. Yochelson says.

The Shepherd Center is a 152-bed 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.


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