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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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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)
  • 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 Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Transplant Evaluation
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Neuritis
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non-Operative Elbow Injury
  • Non-Operative Hip Injury
  • Non-Operative Spine Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pregnancy-related Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • 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.
Acupuncture to treat chronic pain and promote well being.
Wheel Chair assessment.

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)
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • 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)., Local

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.


Selected Publications:

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.

Zhang Yejia, Chee Ana, Shi Peng, Adams Sherrill L, Markova Dessislava Z, Anderson David Greg, Smith Harvey E, Deng Youping, Plastaras Christopher T, An Howard S: Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 95 (6): 407-15,2016.

Candela Maria Elena, Wang Chao, Gunawardena Aruni T, Zhang Kairui, Cantley Leslie, Yasuhara Rika, Usami Yu, Francois Noelle, Iwamoto Masahiro, van der Flier Arjan, Zhang Yejia, Qin Ling, Han Lin, Enomoto-Iwamoto Motomi: Alpha 5 Integrin Mediates Osteoarthritic Changes in Mouse Knee Joints. PloS one 11 (6): e0156783,2016.

Plastaras Christopher, Tsay Tiffany, Schran Seth, Zhang Yejia, Becker Scott, Pukenas Bryan: Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as an Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 7 (11): 1198-200,2015.

Zhang Yejia, Chee Ana, Shi Peng, Wang Rui, Moss Isaac, Chen Er-Yun, He Tong-Chuan, An Howard S: Allogeneic Articular Chondrocyte Transplantation Downregulates Interleukin 8 Gene Expression in the Degenerating Rabbit Intervertebral Disk In Vivo. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 94 (7): 530-8,2015.

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