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Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD

Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD Researcher

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology

Dr. Zhang is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003

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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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: Second Military Medical University
Residency: Resurrection Medical Center
Fellowship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center


Ad Hoc Reviewer, NIH AREA (R15) Grants, Musculoskeletal, Oral, and Skin Sciences (MOSS), National American Academy of Academic Physiatrists, National American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Department of Veterans Affairs Genomic Program, National French National Research Agency (ANR) Biomedical Innovation Committee, International 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 The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)., National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Zhang 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Cell and Molecular Biology
Intervertebral Disc

Selected Publications:

Wei Yulong, Tower Robert J, Tian Zuozhen, Mohanraj Bhavana, Mauck Robert L, Qin Ling, Zhang Yejia: Spatial distribution of type II collagen gene expression in the mouse intervertebral disc. JOR spine 2 (4): e1070,2019.

Wang Luqiang, Tower Robert J, Chandra Abhishek, Yao Lutian, Tong Wei, Xiong Zekang, Tang Kai, Zhang Yejia, Liu X Sherry, Boerckel Joel D, Guo Xiaodong, Ahn Jaimo, Qin Ling: Periosteal Mesenchymal Progenitor Dysfunction and Extraskeletally-Derived Fibrosis Contribute to Atrophic Fracture Nonunion. Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 34 (3): 520-532,2019.

Zhang Yejia, Tian Zuozhen, Ashley Jason W, Wang Luqiang, Tower Robert J, Wei Yulong, Qin Ling, Yang Shuying, Enomoto-Iwamoto Motomi: Extracellular Matrix and Adhesion Molecule Gene Expression in the Normal and Injured Murine Intervertebral Disc. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 98 (1): 35-42,2019.

Piazza M, Peck SH, Gullbrand SE, Bendigo JR, Arginteanu T, Zhang Y, Smith HE, Neil R. Malhotra NR, Smith LJ.: Quantitative MRI correlates with histological grade in a percutaneous needle injury mouse model of disc degeneration. Journal of orthopaedic research. 36 (10): 2771-2779,2018.

Tian Zuozhen, Ma Xiaoyuan, Yasen Miersalijiang, Mauck Robert L, Qin Ling, Shofer Frances S, Smith Lachlan J, Pacifici Maurizio, Enomoto-Iwamoto Motomi, Zhang Yejia: Intervertebral Disc Degeneration in a Percutaneous Mouse Tail Injury Model. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 97 (3): 170-177,2018.

Chandra Abhishek, Wang Luqiang, Young Tiffany, Zhong Leilei, Tseng Wei-Ju, Levine Michael A, Cengel Keith, Liu X Sherry, Zhang Yejia, Pignolo Robert J, Qin Ling: Proteasome inhibitor bortezomib is a novel therapeutic agent for focal radiation-induced osteoporosis. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 32 (1): 52-62,2018.

Liu Zunpeng, Yuan Xue, Liu Min, Fernandes Gabriela, Zhang Yejia, Yang Shuting, Ionita Ciprian N, Yang Shuying: Antimicrobial Peptide Combined with BMP2-Modified Mesenchymal Stem Cells Promotes Calvarial Repair in an Osteolytic Model. Molecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy 26 (1): 199-207,2018.

Chandra Abhishek, Lin Tiao, Young Tiffany, Tong Wei, Ma Xiaoyuan, Tseng Wei-Ju, Kramer Ina, Kneissel Michaela, Levine Michael A, Zhang Yejia, Cengel Keith, Liu X Sherry, Qin Ling: Suppression of Sclerostin Alleviates Radiation-Induced Bone Loss by Protecting Bone-Forming Cells and Their Progenitors Through Distinct Mechanisms. Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 32 (2): 360-372,2017.

Chee Ana, Shi Peng, Cha Thomas, Kao Ting-Hsien, Yang Shu-Hua, Zhu Jun, Chen Ding, Zhang Yejia, An Howard S: Cell Therapy with Human Dermal Fibroblasts Enhances Intervertebral Disk Repair and Decreases Inflammation in the Rabbit Model. Global spine journal 6 (8): 771-779,2016.

Shi Peng, Chen Er-Yun, Cs-Szabo Gabriella, Chee Ana, Tannoury Chadi, Qin Ling, Lin Han, An Steven, An Howard S, Zhang Yejia: Biglycan Inhibits Capsaicin-Induced Substance P Release by Cultured Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 95 (9): 656-62,2016.

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