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Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD

Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Zhang is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arthritis
  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair Surgery
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Spurs (Osteophyte)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cellulitis
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
  • Chronic Pain
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bursitis (Olecranon)
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
  • Fluoroscopic Guided Injection
  • Fluoroscopy Guided Injection
  • Foot Arthritis
  • Foot Pain
  • Ganglion Cyst (Bible Cyst)
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand and Finger Weakness
  • Hand Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herniated Disc Pain
  • Hip (Non-Operative)
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Transplant Evaluation
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery (Non-Operative)
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neuritis
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non-Operative Elbow Injury
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pregnancy-related Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Second Opinion
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Disease
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Problems (Non-Operative)
  • Spondyloarthropathy (Spondyloarthritis)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts (TIPS)
  • Undiagnosed Back Pain and Leg Pain
  • Undiagnosed Neck Pain
  • Undiagnosed Shoulder and Upper Arm Pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Tendonitis

Description of Clinical Expertise

Non-operative care of the spine.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • 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
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Second Military Medical University
Residency: Resurrection Medical Center
Fellowship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center


American Academy of Academic Physiatrists, National American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National North American Spine Society, National Orthopaedic Research Society, National Philadelphia Spine Society, Local Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation, National Small Business Orthopedics Study Section (SBIR/STTR), Musculoskeletal, Oral & Skin Sciences (MOSS), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Zhang 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.


Selected Publications:

Shi P, Chen EY, Cs-Szabo G, Chee A, Tanoury C, Qin L, Lin H, An S, An HS, Zhang Y.: Biglycan Inhibits Capsaicin-Induced Substance P Release by Cultured Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. : 2016.

Martin, JT, Mauck RL, Wright, AC, Elliott DM, Zhang Y, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ, Anderson DG, Collins CM, Smith HE.: Population Average T2 MRI Maps Reveal Quantitative Regional Transformations of the Degenerating Intervertebral Disc in a Rabbit Model. J Orthop Res. 33 (1): 140-8,2015.

Plastaras C, Tsay T, Schran S, Zhang Y, Becker S, Pukenas B.: Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as an Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis. PMR 7 (11): 1198-200,2015.

Lin T, Tong W, Chandra A, Hsu SY, Jia H, Zhu J, Tseng WJ, Levine MA, Zhang Y, Yan SG, Liu XS, Sun D, Young W, Qin L.: A comprehensive study of long-term skeletal changes after spinal cord injury in adult rats. Bone Res. 27 (3): 2015.

Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Wang R, Moss I, Chen EY, He TC, An HS.: Allogeneic Articular Chondrocyte Transplantation Downregulates Interleukin 8 Gene Expression in the Degenerating Rabbit Intervertebral Disk In Vivo (selected for cover art). Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 94 (7): 530-538,2015.

Scanzello CR, Markova DZ, Chee A, Xiu Y, Adams SL, Anderson G, Zgonis M, Qin L, An HS, Zhang Y.: Fibronectin splice variation in human knee cartilage, meniscus and synovial membrane: observations in osteoarthritic knee. J Orthop Res 33 (4): 556-62,2015.

Chandra A, Lin T, Zhu J, Tong W, Huo Y, Jia H, Zhang Y, Liu XS, Cengel K, Xia B, Qin L.: PTH1-34 blocks radiation-induced osteoblast apoptosis by enhancing DNA repair through canonical Wnt pathway. J. Biol. Chem. 290 (1): 157-67,2015.

Zhang Y, Chee A, PhD, Shi P, Adams SL. Markova D, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, Plastaras CT, An HS.: Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found Elevated in Patients with Back Pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil : 2015.

Zhang Y, Lenart BA, Lee JK, Chen D, Shi P, Ren J, Muehleman C, Chen D, An HS.: Histological features of endplates of the mammalian spine: from mice to men. Spine 39 (5): E312-7,2014.

Chandra A, Lin T, Tribble MB, Zhu J, Altman AR, Tseng W-J, Zhang Y, Akintoye SO, Cengel K, Liu XS, Qin L.: PTH1-34 Alleviates Radiotherapy-induced Local Bone Loss by Improving Osteoblast and Osteocyte Survival. Bone 67 : 33-40,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse
1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 893-2645
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)