Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Penn Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty

Franklin Evaristo Caldera, D.O., M.B.A

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 215 833 2916
BS (Biology)
Binghamton University, 1998.
MBA (Business Administration)
New York Institute of Technology, 2002.
DO (Osteopathic Medicine)
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002.
Post-Graduate Training
Medical Intern (PGY1), Saint Clare's Hospital New York, NY, 2002-2003.
Resident (PGY2 and 3) Rehabilitation, Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY, 2003-2005.
Chief Resident, Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY, 2005-2006.
Board Certified in PM&R, 2007.
American Board of Pain Medicine, 2010.
ARDMS Certificate MSK Ultrasound, 2014.
Successful maintenance of certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2015.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Appointed Assistant Chief Medical Officer at University of Pennsylvania Department of Physical Medicine and REhabiliation, where my responsibilities include seeing patients and overseeing consults and assuring proper placement. Being point of contact for several services to assure expedient transfer to proper rehab facilities. Teaching residents about general rehab topics such as TBI, SCI, and neuromuscular medicine. I am also in charge of UBCLS at PEnn Rehab and improving quality of patient care through the weekly quality meetings.

Appointed assistant professor of PM&R. I have a subspecialty in Pain Medicine and am a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. I also have expertise in performing Diagnostic and intervention Musculoskeletal Ultrasound along with fluoroscopic guided lumbar spine interventions. I also perform nerve conduction studies and EMG to help diagnose patients with nerve pathologies.

Selected Publications

Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Caldera F et al.: Is Hip Abductor Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? American Journal of Sports medicine November 2015.

Caldera F, Fang J.: Ultrasound Diagnosis of Proximal Phalanx Fractures. AAPM&R Online Case Study, MSK Case #43. October 2014. Oct 2014.

Caldera F, Tingen A.: Left sided upper extremity pain and swelling after cervical injection. AAPM&R Online Case Study, MSK Case #39, August 2014, Page: MSK case #39, Aug 2014.

Caldera F, Chen D, Woojin K,: Diagnosing Adductor Muscle Avulsion at the Symphysis Pubis with Ultrasound. Am J Phys Med Rehab. Nov 2013.

Caldera F, Gottwald E.: Bilateral Forearm pain with exertion. Case AAPM&R Case of the Month, MSK Case #35. September 2013, MSK #35, Sept 2013.

Caldera F, Chen D : Achilles tendinopathy diagnosed by ultrasound. AM J Phys Med Rehab. June 2013.

Plastaras C, Marciniak C, Caldera F et al.: High-Resolution Median Nerve Sonographic Measurements. Correlations with Median nerve conduction studies in healthy adults. JUltrasound Med 2013; 32: 2091-2098, February 2013.

Caldera F, Woojin Kim: Left sided groin pain and Left sided lower abdominal pain. AAPM&R Case of the Month, MSK Case #27. July 2127, July 2012.

Caldera F, Song J.: Chiari I malformation in a young man with neck pain. ConsultantLive; Consultant Live, July 2012.

Caldera F, Chiara M et al.: MRI verses Ultrasound for acute hamstring tear. PMRJournal. 4(2): 154-5, February 2012.

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Last updated: 12/10/2015
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