Staff : Clinical Team

Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. He is the interim Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He succeeds Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.P.H., who became the department’s inaugural Chair in 2006 and retired in September of 2015.

Dr. Irwin is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, sports medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine. His research interests are in ultrasound medicine, sports and spine, and medical education. In addition to his clinical practice and research, Irwin has been very active in medical education, especially the musculoskeletal training that is his specialty, and in school administration, guiding and mentoring students, and working with student organizations.

Kevin L. Dalal, M.D.

Dr. Dalal completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Tufts Medical Center and his SCI Medicine fellowship at the JMH/UM, and joined the faculty of the University of Miami in 2008. Dr. Dalal’s clinical responsibilities include consultation for all spinal cord injured patients admitted through the Ryder Trauma Center for initiation of preventive rehabilitation and Medical Director at JMH for SCI rehabilitation of patients. He also provides long-term community follow-up and health maintenance through his outpatient clinics.

Seema R. Khurana, D.O.

Dr. Khurana’s expertise is in Botox injections for treatment of spasticity following SCI. She also is the attending physician on the Pediatric Rehabilitation service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and she treats children with spinal cord injuries. Dr. Khurana is the PI for the Trail with the Medication Gablofen ®, in subjects with severe spasticity and with intrathecal infusion pumps.

Gemayaret Alvarez, M.D.

Dr. Alvarez is the Medical Director of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), and she also sees outpatients at JMH and UMHC. She treats a wide range of brain disorders, including traumatic brain injury and strokes. Dr. Alvarez attended Medical School at Ross University in Dominica, West Indies receiving her Doctorate of Medicine in 2007 and completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, New York , in 2011 where she served as chief resident. Dr. Alvarez completed her fellowship training in brain injury at the Carolinas Rehabilitation Medical Center in North Carolina. Her clinical specialization is in acquired brain injury rehabilitation management, neuropharmacology, and Botox injection and baclofen pumps for spasticity management.

Andrew L Sherman, MD, MS

Dr. Sherman is the Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman obtained a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, then began his medical training at SUNY Buffalo Medical School, and then completed his internship and PM&R Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Sherman then completed a fellowship in spinal pain and musculoskeletal rehabilitation at the Beth Israel Hospital in New York, and served a year as an instructor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Sherman began his tenure at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 1999, initially joined the University in the Department of Neurosurgery serving as staff physiatrist specializing in spine, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation and spinal cord injury. In 2002 he co-founded the new independent Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2002 Dr. Sherman also became founding program director of both the Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship and the PM&R Residency, a position he still continues in today. Dr. Sherman was named department clinical director from 2005-2006 and then Vice Chairman in 2007.

Dr. Sherman also serves as the Chief of Staff for the Department of PM&R at UMHC/Sylvester Hospital. He has been elected and serves on the Leadership Council for the University of Miami Medical Group (UMMG) and Governing Board for the UMMG. Dr. Sherman became active in the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine serving as board member and Vice Chair and the Florida Academy of PM&R serving as Board member at large for the last 8 years. Dr. Sherman also serves as chair of the University of Miami CME committee and is managing/founding editor of the MSK section of “Knowledge Now” affiliated with the American Academy of PM&R.