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Franklin Caldera, DO

Franklin Caldera, DO Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Caldera is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Amputee Rehabilitation
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Tendonitis
  • Ankle Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrodesis (Fusions)
  • Ataxia
  • Back and Spinal Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Back Surgery
  • Brachial Plexus - Nerve Injury
  • Brain Trauma - Rehabilitation
  • Bursitis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Geriatric Conservative Care
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Weakness
  • Heel Pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non-Operative Ankle Injury
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Pain - Fluoroscopy Guided Injection
  • Pain - Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  • Pain Medicine
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Polio Syndrome
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repetitive Motion Injury
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Care
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS)
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Point Joint Injections
  • Undiagnosed Back Pain and Leg Pain
  • Undiagnosed Neck Pain
  • Undiagnosed Shoulder and Upper Arm Pain
  • Wrist Tendonitis

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.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Saint Clare Hospital Health Center
Residency: Metropolitan Hospital Center

Memberships

Amercian College of Sports Medicine, National American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabiltation, National American Osteopathic Medical Association, National American Registry for Diagnostics Medical Sonography, National Association of Military Physicians and Surgeons, National Fellow, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Local International Spine Intervention Society, International New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Local Spanish American Medical and Dental Society of New York., Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Caldera is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F.: Is Hip Abduction Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Am J Sports Med 44 (1): 105-12,2016.

Caldera F, Fang J.: Ultrasound Diagnosis of Proximal Phalanx Fractures. AAPM&R Online Case Study, MSK Case #43. October 2014. http://me.aapmr.org. : 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, http://me.aapmr.org : MSK case #39,2014.

Chen DJ, Caldera FE, Kim W.: Acute achilles tendinopathy diagnosed with ultrasound. AM J Phys Med Rehab. 93 (6): 548-9,2014.

Chen DJ, Caldera FE, Kim W.: Diagnosing Adductor Muscle Avulsion at the Symphysis Pubis with Ultrasound. Am J Phys Med Rehab 93 (4): 346-8,2014.

Marciniak C, Caldera F, Welty L, Lai J, Lento P, Feldman E, Sered H, Sayeed Y, Plastaras C.: High-resolution median nerve sonographic measurements: correlations with median nerve conduction studies in healthy adults. J Ultrasound Med 32 (12): 2091-8,2013.

Caldera F, Gottwald E.: Bilateral Forearm pain with exertion. Case AAPM&R Case of the Month, MSK Case #35. September 2013, http://me.e-aapmr.org/topic_MSK.aspx MSK #35 : 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, http://me.e-aapmr.org/CaseStudies.aspx. : 2012.

Caldera F, Song J.: Chiari I malformation in a young man with neck pain. ConsultantLive;http://www.consultantlive.com/nervous-system-diseases/content/article/10162/2046148. : 2012.

Mariani C, Caldera FE, Kim W.: Ultrasound verses magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of an acute hamstring tear. PM R 4 (2): 154-5,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine
1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 833-2916