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Patrick Sonser, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), Pain Management

Patrick Sonser, MD, a member of the Health First Medical Group, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He holds medical licenses and certifications in the states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. Dr. Sonser is a member of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) and American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).

Dr. Sonser specializes in the non-operative treatment of the spine and musculoskeletal system. He utilizes fluoroscopic guided procedures and physical therapy as his primary treatments to reduce pain and restore function.

Dr. Sonser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy with a minor in Psychology with Magna Cum Laude honors from New York University in New York, NY.

He practiced as a Physical Therapist for Central Park Physical Therapy in New York, NY prior to attending Medical School where he received a Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from S.U.N.Y Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Sonser completed post-doctoral Intern training in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY.

He then served as a Resident in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for three years at New York-Presbyterian Hospital — Columbia and Cornell in New York, NY. His clinical affiliation sites included the Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Helen Hayes Hospital, and Blythdale Children’s Hospital.

While at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Dr. Sonser was Chief Resident in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Sonser completed an American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR) recognized Interventional Spine and Pain Management Fellowship at Performance Spine and Sports Physicians in Pottstown, PA.

Before joining Health First, Dr. Sonser served seven years as an Attending Interventional Physiatrist for Parrish Medical Center (PMC) as part of the Parrish Medical Group in Port St. John, FL.

While at PMC, Dr. Sonser served as the Medical Director of the Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation Department. He also was a member of the PMC Physician Governance Committee and of the Florida Health Network Board of Directors.

During his time in Brevard County he has served as a Physician Advisor for Royal Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Titusville, FL.

He has also been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation with the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Sonser has conducted numerous research and published articles on various topics, including “Non-Polio Enterovirus as a Cause for Acute Lower Extremity Weakness: A Case Report” in the Archives of Physical Medicine &Rehab (also presented for the 66th Annual Assembly of the Association Academy of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation in Honolulu, HI.; “Non-Compressive Radiculopathy with MGUS: A Case Report” in the Archives of Physical Medicine &Rehab (also presented at the 67th Annual Assembly of the American Academy Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation in Boston, MA.; “Conical Case Series: Hemophilia and Joint Replacement in Rehabilitation” presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA; and “Iliopsoas Bursitis with External Iliac Vein and Femoral Nerve Compression as a Late Complication Following Total Hip Replacement” presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

He also conducted several presentations at various hospitals. While at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he presented “Parsonage Turner Syndrome: Diagnosis, and Treatment and Myelodysplastic Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Presentation of Musculoskeletal Pain.” At the Hospital for Special Surgery, Department of Physiatry Grand Rounds, he presented on Peroneal Mononeuropathy. At NYPH - Cornell and Columbia Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, he made presentations on functional knee anatomy; tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and strains; anatomy of the lumbosacral spine; amputation; and functional shoulder anatomy.

Dr. Sonser has also made several local presentations in Titusville, FL., including “Treating Low Back Pain with Golfers” for the La Cita Country Club; “Tendonitis, Bursitis and Low Back Pain” for the Health and Fitness Center; and “Understanding Low Back Pain” at the PMC Heart and Health Village.

As part of his ongoing education, Dr. Sonser has attended more than twenty courses and/or workshops on a range of topics from radiofrequency procedures, regenerative medicine, neurostimulation, vertebroplasty, percutaneous facet joint fusion, cervicothoracic and lumbar pain syndromes, advanced spine imaging, intensive spine anatomy, and treatment options for the active aging athlete. He also attended the Academy for the Physician Advancement and Transformation Physician Leadership Course through the VHA Southeast.

Dr. Sonser served in several volunteer capacities, including being a Medical Mile Captain for the New York City Marathon and various pre-season sports physicals.

Dr. Sonser is a sports enthusiast who enjoys golf, basketball, and SCUBA diving. He speaks conversational Italian and his love of travel has taken him throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.

Patrick Sonser, MD

Medical School

S.U.N.Y. Downstate School of Medicine Brooklyn, NY

Internship

Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Internal Medicine) Long Island, NY

Residency

New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) New York, NY

Fellowship

Performance Spine and Sports Physicians Pottstown, PA

Board Certification

American Board of Pain Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation