Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Staff Physician, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse
1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 215-893-2645
MD (Medicine)
Second Military Medical University, P.R. China, 1989.
PhD (Cell & Molecular Biology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1997.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Non-operative care of the spine.
Acupuncture to treat chronic pain and promote well being.
Wheel Chair assessment.

Description of Research Expertise

Cell and Molecular Biology
Intervertebral Disc

Selected Publications

Lu K, Wang Q, Jiang H, Li J, Yao Z, Huang Y, Chen J, Zhang Y, Xiao G, Hu X, Luo Z, Yang L, Tong L, Chen D.: Upregulation of β-catenin signaling represents a single common pathway leading to the various phenotypes of spinal degeneration and pain. Bone Res 11: 18, Apr 2023.

Tian Z, Shofer FS, Sandroni AZ, Zhao L, Scanzello CR, Zhang Y: Expression of Human Interleukin 8 in Mice Alters Their Natural Behaviors. J Inflamm Res 15: 2413-2424, 2022.

Song N, Xie P, Shen W, Oh H, Zhang Y, Vitale F, Javanmard M, Allen MG: A microwell-based impedance sensor on an insertable microneedle for real-time in vivo cytokine detection. Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering. Nature, 7(96), November 2021.

Melgoza IP, Chenna SS, Tessier S, Zhang Y, Tang SY, Ohnishi T, José Novais E, Kerr GJ, Mohanty S, Tam V, Chan WC, Zhou C, Zhang Y, Leung VY, Brice AK, Séguin CA, Chan D, Vo N, Risbud MV, Dahia CL. : Development of a standardized histopathology scoring system using machine learning algorithms for intervertebral disc degeneration in the mouse model—An ORS spine section initiative. JOR Spine July 2021.

Wei Y, Sun H, Gui T, Yao L, Zhong L, Yu W, Heo SJ, Han L, Dyment NA, Liu XS, Zhang Y, Koyama E, Long F, Zgonis MH, Mauck RL, Ahn J, Qin L.: The critical role of Hedgehog-responsive mesenchymal progenitors in meniscus development and injury repair. Elife 10: e62917, Jun 2021.

Gullbrand SE, Ashinsky BG, Lai A, Gansau J, Crowley J, Cunha C, Engiles JB, Fusellier M, Muehleman C, Pelletier M, Presciutti S, Schol J, Takeoka Y, Yurube T, Zhang Y, Masuda K, Iatridis JC.: Development of a standardized histopathology scoring system for intervertebral disc degeneration and regeneration in rabbit models-An initiative of the ORSspine section. JOR spine June 2021.

Lai A, Gansau J, Gullbrand S, Crowley J, Cunha C, Dudli S, Engiles JB, Fusellier M, Goncalves RM, Nakashima D, Okewunmi J, Pelletier M, Presciutti SM, Schol J, Takeoka Y, Yang S, Yurube T, Zhang Y, Iatridis JC.: Development of a standardized histopathology scoring system for intervertebral disc degeneration in rat models: An initiative of the ORS spine section. JOR Spine. 2021 May. JOR Spine May 2021.

Zhang Y, Tian Z, Gerard D, Yao L, Shofer FS, Gabriella Cs-Szabo G, Qin L, Pacifici M, Enomoto-Iwamoto M.: Elevated Inflammatory Gene Expression in Intervertebral Disc Tissues in Mice with ADAM8 Inactivated. Nature Scientific Reports 11(1804), January 2021 Notes: Published: 19 January 2021.

Wei Y, Tian Z, Tower RJ, Gullbrand S, Yao L, Shetye SS, Mauck RL, Qin L, Zhang Y.: The Inner Annulus Fibrosus Encroaches On the Nucleus Pulposus in the Injured Mouse Tail Intervertebral Disc. Am J Phys Med Rehabil Aug 2020 Notes: DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001575. Online ahead of print.

Brent Julie M, Tian Zuozhen, Yao,Lutian Huang Jian, Markova Dessislava Z, Shofer Frances S, Brice Angela K, Qin Ling, Scanzello Carla R, Vitale Flavia, Chen Di, Zhang Yejia. : Functional Deficits in Mice (Mus musculus) Expressing Human Interleukin (IL)-8. Comparative Medicine 70(3): 205-215, June 2020.

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