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Franklin Caldera, DO

Franklin Caldera, DO Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Caldera is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Franklin Caldera

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • 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 Injury (BPI)
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Bursitis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Fluoroscopy Guided Injection
  • Geriatric Conservative Care
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Hand and Finger Weakness
  • Hand Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Cap Instability
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non-Operative Ankle Injury
  • Non-Surgical Spine Care
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Pain - Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS)
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (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

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

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


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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Selected Publications:

Carlos Perez Gonzalez, MD, Yahira Acevedo-Santiago, MD, Franklin E. Caldera, DO, Yejia Zhang MD, Ph D.: “To Operate or Not to Operate: The Dilemma between Surgery versus Conservative Management of Cervical Disc Herniation”Biomed J Sci&Tech Res. Biomed J Sci&Tech Res. : 2018.

Caldera F Zhang Y et al: Cell Therapy for the Degenerating Intervertebral Disc. Translational Research. Translational research: The Journal of laboratory and clinical medicine. 2016 PMID: 27986604 The Journal of laboratory and clinical medicine : 2017.

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. : 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, : 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, 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, : 2012.

Academic Contact Info

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

Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 833-2916
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)