SMH Appoints Neuro-Rehab, Brain Injury Specialist as Rehab Medical Director

SMH Appoints Neuro-Rehab, Brain Injury Specialist as Rehab Medical Director

Monday, March 05, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 5, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial appointed a new physical medicine, rehabilitation and brain injury specialist to guide rehabilitative care throughout the health system’s inpatient and outpatient network.

Sarasota Memorial’s new Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services Aurora Wong, MD, who has spent the last decade specializing in neuro-rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, trauma and neurological disorders, will oversee a full spectrum of services to meet the complex medical, rehabilitation and mobility needs of people recovering from brain and spinal-cord injuries, stroke and neurological disorders, and orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Brain Injury Medicine, Dr. Wong will work closely with Associate Medical Director David Siegel, MD, and Sarasota Memorial’s multi-disciplinary team of physicians and rehabilitation specialists to aid the recovery of people affected by physical, neurological and cognitive disabilities. 

Dr. Wong earned her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and trained in general surgery and trauma care for two years at St. Francis Medical Center/St. Joseph Medical Center in Trenton, N.J. In 2013, she completed a three-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Boston VA Healthcare System, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, New England Sinai and Boston’s Tufts Medical Center. 

Before relocating to Sarasota, Dr. Wong served as medical director of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehab Institute in Tupelo, Miss., for five years and was chairman of the medical center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division. She also served on the governing board of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee, helping to oversee 40 medical specialties implementing collaborative quality control and improvement initiatives. Previously, she served three years as medical director of the Appalachian Regional Medical Center in Hazard, Ky.  

Dr. Wong has been active in a number of other medical and civic initiatives, including training physician residents; serving on hospital peer review, trauma and medical education committees; and holding leadership roles with the New Expectations of Women in Mississippi and National Association of Asian American Professionals, among others. She is slated to complete an executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham this summer. 

Dr. Wong’s practice, part of Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group network, is located in the new Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion on the hospital’s main campus at 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. She succeeds Samuel Grissom, MD, who moved to Hawaii earlier this year. For more information, please call her office at (941) 917-6574.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's Services highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016. 

About Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group 
First Physicians Group is a network of primary and specialty care physicians employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of primary care physicians in the region. Backed by the tradition and strength of Sarasota Memorial, the group of more than 180 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice providers have been carefully selected and recruited to provide the community with compassionate and comprehensive medical care. Specialties include: Cardiovascular, Orthopedic Trauma and General Surgery; Internal Medicine and Family Practice; Pediatrics; Perinatology and Obstetrics/ Gynecology; Gynecological Oncology and Gastrointestinal Oncology; Dermatology; Palliative Care; and Pain Management.