Dr. Jonathan S. Chu is a physician who specializes in Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).
He is absolutely dedicated to helping his patients improve and rehabilitate from a variety of painful conditions. Furthermore, he is also tremendously passionate about patient education and helping his patients better understand their conditions and the steps they can take to feel better.
He earned his medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine / Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Here, he was awarded the College of Medicine Medical Student Research Award and the Family and Community Medicine Department Exceptional Teacher Award, selected to be a member of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, and was also elected class speaker for the 2011 Student Clinician Ceremony.
Afterwards, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center, outside of Philadelphia.
Next, Dr. Chu pursued residency training in the field of PM&R at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center Combined Program. Here, he received premier training in musculoskeletal medicine, spinal cord injury medicine, neurorehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and electrodiagnostic medicine.
He went on to fulfill a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, where he learned advanced procedures for the treatment of pain from several renowned leaders in the field.
Dr. Chu is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. His clinical interests include interventional care of the spine, musculoskeletal medicine, and neuromodulation.
Dr. Chu grew up in Central Pennsylvania and is proud to provide premier spine and musculoskeletal care to the area.
In addition to being a physician, Dr. Chu is also an entrepreneur, filmmaker, creative writer, photographer, and visual artist. He is the founder of 360 Pain Academy, an online education resource for patients suffering from pain.
Fellowship – Interventional Pain Medicine
University of California, San Diego Program
Residency – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Program:
Columbia University Medical Center
Weill-Cornell Medical Center
Internship – Internal Medicine
Lankenau Medical Center Program
Main Line Health
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
York College of Pennsylvania
Major: Biology; Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA)
Research and Publications
Chu J, Vaninetti M, Leung A. “Post-Traumatic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain.” Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Wang J, Yang QX, Sun X, Vesek J, Mosher Z, Vasavada M, Chu J, Kanekar S, Shivkumar V, Venkiteswaran K, Subramanian T. “MRI Evaluation of Asymmetry of Nigrostriatal Damage in the Early Stage of Early-Onset Parkinson’s Disease.” Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 2015; 21(6): 590-6.
Chu J and Christolias G. “Recurrent Hiccups Following a Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injection: a Case Report.” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2015; 94(3): a68.
Chu J, Shoval HA, Cormier DJ, Padro-Guzman J. “Acute Worsening of Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Following Infection with Tick-Borne Illness: A Case Report.” PM&R. 2014; 6 (9S): s319. (Also presented at AAPM&R national meeting).
Chu J and Christolias G. “Case Report: Isolated Suprascapular Nerve Impingement at the Spinoglenoid Notch Diagnosed By Physical Examination and Confirmed With Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014; 93(3): a75. (Also presented at AAP national meeting).
Chu J, Shoval HA, Padro-Guzman J. “Case Report: Bilateral Femoral Neuropathy Following a Traumatic Sacral Fracture and Bilateral Iliopsoas Hematomas.” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014; 93(3): a64. (Also presented at AAP national meeting).
Shoval HA, Chu J, Padro-Guzman J. “Case Report: Brown-Séquard-Plus Syndrome After Spinal Stroke in the Setting of Thoracic Aneurysm Repair.” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014; 93(3): a41. (Also presented at AAP national meeting).
Chu J, Daly R, Rehnberg B: “A Study of Lyme Disease Patients of a Suburban Outpatient Clinic: Prevalence of Symptoms, Efficacy of the Western Blot, and Factors Affecting the Duration of Antibiotic Treatment.” Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 2008; 81(Abstract and Index Issue):112.
“Delirium in the Setting of Advanced Cancer and Intrathecal Ziconotide.” UCSD Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine Joint Case Conference. 30 November 2016.
“Functional Anatomy of the Elbow.” Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center PM&R Didactic Lecture Series. 21 April 2016.
“Functional Anatomy of the Ankle and Foot.” Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center PM&R Didactic Lecture Series. 5 December 2014.
“A Case of Acute Thumb Weakness Following a Fall: A Clinical Overview of Anterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome.” Hospital For Special Surgery PM&R Grand Rounds. 30 September 2014.
“Complications of Injections into Peripheral Joints, Muscle, and the Spine.” Memorial Sloan Kettering PM&R Grand Rounds. 30 July 2014.
“Interventional Spine Techniques.” Memorial Sloan Kettering PM&R Grand Rounds. 17 June 2014.
“Spina Bifida: A Clinical Overview.” Blythedale Children’s Hospital Didactic Lecture Series. 23 April 2014.
“Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine.” Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center PM&R Didactic Lecture Series. 20 January 2014.
“Assessment of Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Early Parkinson’s Disease.” Penn State College of Medicine Medical Student Research (MSR) Symposium. 13 April 2011. My project was one of eight chosen to represent outstanding research conducted by the graduating class.
“The Themes of Third Year: Humor, Humanism, and Growth.” Penn State College of Medicine Student Clinician Ceremony. 23 June 2011. I was voted to be class speaker at the event introducing new third-year medical students to clinical medicine.
“Identifying and Managing Intracranial Complications of Sinusitis in Children.” York Hospital Department of Pediatrics: Grand Rounds. 29 March 2011.
“Bone Densitometry in Children and Adolescents.” York Hospital Department of Pediatrics: Grand Rounds. 22 March 2011.
USMLE Step 1 – Completed June 2010
USMLE Step 2 CK/CS – Completed September 2011 and November 2011
USMLE Step 3 – Completed March 2013
ABPM&R Board Examination Part I – Completed August 2016
ABPM&R Board Examination Part II – Completed March 2017
ABPM&R Pain Medicine Subspecialty Board Examination – Completed September 2017