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Deborah Kimmel, MD

Brain Injury Program Medical Director

Deborah Kimmel, MD, is the medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (or physiatrist), Dr. Kimmel has more than 30 years of experience specializing in the treatment of patients with brain injuries and multiple sclerosis.

She graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Dr. Kimmel is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

What’s Your Philosophy for Treating Patients?

To empower my patients to lead the healthiest lives that they can.

Why Did You Become a Physiatrist?

Rehabilitation medicine is a field of medicine that takes a person’s individuality into account when coming up with a treatment plan. We don’t just look at lab results and radiologic studies and prescribe procedures, medications or surgeries. We actually look at the patients in the context of their own life and their own goals, and we help them achieve their best quality of life possible.

What’s the Most Rewarding Part of Caring for Patients?

Watching a patient emerge from a minimally conscious state to taking their first step, saying their first word or taking their first bite of real food and then guiding them through the rehabilitation process as they go home and reengage in their family life.


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Areas of Focus

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury
  • Spasticity and movement disorder management
  • Neurotoxin expert
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Multiple sclerosis rehabilitation
  • Concussion management


  • Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

To schedule an appointment with Deborah Kimmel, MD, call 610-776-3278. Her office is located at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, 850 S. 5th Street, Allentown.

For general information, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422)