Dr. Bruce Gans, MD is a Senior Health Policy Advisor in the firm’s legislative and healthcare practices. With extensive experience in both the medical and policy sides of health care and rehabilitation, Dr. Gans offers clients a clinical perspective on complex healthcare, rehabilitation and disability policy issues.

Dr. Gans is  board-certified  in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and has devoted his career to advancing patient care and treatment, both as a clinician and as anadvocate. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and as the National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Kessler’s parent company, Select Medical. He is currently a Professor of PM&R at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and serves as the Chief Policy Officer for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), a Powers client.

Dr. Gans has served in leadership positions at a number of leading institutions throughout his career, including Tufts University School of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System.

At Powers, Dr. Gans brings his breadth of experience as a physician, thought leader, advocate, educator, and researcher to his client work. He provides clients with insight on the practical implications of policy on health care operations and consults on issues such as rehabilitation, post-acute care, disability policy, and emerging technologies to assist people with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.

Dr. Gans has conducted research and published extensively on the topic of rehabilitation medicine, focusing primarily on pediatric trauma rehabilitation, quantitative assessment of motor performance, rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation health services delivery, and primary care for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Gans received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and an MS in Biomedical Electronic Engineering from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  He also holds an MS degree from the University of Washington.  He served his medical internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital and residency in PM&R at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Dr. Gans received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York.

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M.S., Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Washington, 1976

M.D., School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1972

M.S., Biomedical Electronic Engineering, Moore School, University of Pennsylvania, 1972

B.S., Electrical Engineering, cum laude, Union College, 1968

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Faculty Award, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2021

Distinguished Service Award, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 2018

Frank H. Krusen, MD Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2016

Howard A. Rusk Award for Leadership and Innovation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center, 2016

Leadership Award, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 2014

Joint Legislative Resolution, State of New Jersey, for Outstanding Record of Service, Leadership, and Commitment, 2014,

Distinguished Member Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2014

John W. Goldschmidt Award, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, 2013

Empowerment Award, Spina Bifida Resource Network, 2009

Distinguished Member Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008

INDE Award, American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, 2005

34th Walter J. Zeiter Lecturer, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2001

Memberships & Activities

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Physiatric Education Council (APEC)

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

Essex County Medical Society

Medical Society of New Jersey

New Jersey Society of PM&R