Talya K. Fleming, M.D.
Medical Director, Stroke Recovery, Post-COVID Rehabilitation & Aftercare Programs Clinical
Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Core Assistant Professor, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Dr. Talya Fleming is the Medical Director of the Stroke Recovery Program, Post-COVID Rehabilitation Program & Aftercare Programs at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Fleming earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She obtained her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed residency training at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Fleming is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Brain Injury Medicine from the American Board of Medical Specialties. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Core Assistant Professor at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Interested in the role of exercise and disability, she presents her clinical research nationally and internationally on the topics of stroke rehabilitation, modified cardiac rehabilitation for stroke survivors, neurorehabilitation, post-acute transitions of care and health care delivery.
Dr. Fleming integrates the latest methods in stroke rehabilitation and rehabilitation technology to help patients maximize recovery. She has been integral in the creation, design and implementation of the JFK Johnson Stroke Recovery Program and related Stroke-HEART Trials from their inception. Dr. Fleming has achieved many professional accomplishments in her career including professional awards, authorships and grants. She has been awarded the Association of Academic Physiatrists Excellence in Research Writing Award, for the article titled “Impact of a Stroke Recovery Program Integrating Modified Cardiac Rehabilitation on All-cause Mortality, Cardiovascular Performance and Functional Performance.” The award recognizes the best paper published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) each year. She has also received the Hackensack Meridian Health Outstanding Excellence Award, for her ground breaking and innovative research with the Stroke Recovery Program. Dr. Fleming has received multiple grants to expand her research in stroke and neurorehabilitation. In addition, she has published multiple manuscripts and abstracts regarding stroke and neurorehabilitation, professionalism in rehabilitation medicine and topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Fleming has also co-authored Chapters on “Stroke” and “Pulmonary, Cardiac and Cancer Rehabilitation” in the internationally acclaimed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review, 4th Edition. This highly-rated board review book is widely used by residents and clinical physicians to gain fundamental knowledge in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Fleming has been invited to speak at prestigious national and international conferences including: The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Scientific Sessions, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), and the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium, a regional affiliate of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (NECC) and the World Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Conference. Dr. Fleming is a selected member of several national strategic leadership committees addressing stroke and COVID-19. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Multi-Disciplinary PACS (Post-acute COVID Syndrome) Collaborative – appointed by the Board of Governors, who prioritized and committed to a plan to address the needs of those experiencing long term health issues due to COVID-19. Dr. Fleming is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Interdisciplinary Stroke Interest Group – Health and Wellness Task Force which promotes health management and health maintenance after stroke. During its tenure, she was also a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Women in Academic Physiatry Presidential Task Force with the goal to examine gender bias in leadership positions in women in medicine.