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Dmitry Esterov, D.O., M.S.

  1. Physiatrist

Dmitry Esterov, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with specialty interest in Neurological Rehabilitation including the rehabilitation of individuals with Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury, through the spectrum of disease severity.

Dr. Esterov is an integral participant in the PM&R Resident and Fellowship program. He provides one-on-one training to learners for areas in Brain Injury, Neuromuscular Disorders, Spasticity Management, and Inpatient Rehabilitation. He is part of the Brain Rehab Core Curriculum Committee, creating and revising the curriculum and lectures for incoming residents and fellows.

Along with his clinical practice and education responsibilities, Dr. Esterov also has presented as an expert across the United States and world-wide on subjects such as:

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders after Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neuropharmacology after TBI
  • Disorders of Consciousness
  • Mild TBI and Post-Concussive Syndrome
  1. Acquired brain disorder
  2. Brain tumor
  3. Concussion
  4. Head and brain injury
  5. Head injury
  6. Head trauma
  7. Hemiparesis
  8. Neuromuscular disorder
  9. Stroke
  10. Traumatic brain injury
  11. Tremor
  1. Botox injection
  2. Brain rehabilitation
  3. Inpatient rehabilitation
  4. Manual therapy
  5. Neurological rehabilitation
  6. Outpatient clinical consultation
  7. Stroke rehabilitation

Dr. Esterov's areas of research interest are in the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) through the spectrum of disease severity, as well as in the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury. He has an interest in community based, pragmatic clinical trials that are designed for implementation to allow for improved access to brain rehabilitation services, including for those in rural and underserved areas. He has interest in in utilizing the Rochester Epidemiology Project, as well as other large data sets, to understand the risk, protective, and resiliency factors that are associated with long term outcomes after TBI, including psychological health, cognition, and epilepsy after TBI. He is interested in understanding early life factors that predict long term recovery after TBI.

Dr. Esterov has a few current grants, studying:

  • Predicting Outcome after Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury using a CT head Deep Learning Model
  • Risk for Depression after Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury: A Population-Based, Birth Cohort Medical Record Review Analysis
  • The Impact of Adverse Childhood Events on Long Term Psychiatric Outcomes after Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post-traumatic epilepsy: A longitudinal, population-based medical record review analysis of incidence, risk, and prediction
  1. 2022
    Basic Science MastersClinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2022
    Masters of Clinical Research - Quantitative SciencesClinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2019
    FellowBrain Injury Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship, Programs in Rochester, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  4. 2018
    Resident - Physical Medicine and RehabilitationJFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  5. 2015
    InternshipMaimonides Medical Center
  6. 2014
    Doctor of Osteopathic MedicineRowan University
  7. 2010
    BA - Bachelor of Arts, Major in English Literature Cum LaudeThe College of New Jersey


  1. 2020
    Brain Injury MedicineAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  2. 2019
    Physical Medicine & RehabilitationAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    MemberPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Committee
  2. 2019 - present
    MemberProgram Evaluation Committee
  3. 2019 - present
    MemberClinical Compentency Committee
  4. 2018 - present
    MemberInpatient Rehab Unit Morbidity and Adverse Event Committee


Research activities

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