St. Joseph’s Health Welcomes Veronica Chehata, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Specialist

Wayne, N.J. (November 4, 2022) —St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to welcome Veronica Chehata, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and neurorehabilitation specialist. 

“Dr. Chehata’s specialized training in general rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and spinal cord injury makes her an excellent addition to our team,” said Roger Rossi, DO, medical director, St. Joseph’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit.  “Since partnering with Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute last year, St. Joseph’s Health has been dedicated to enhancing and expanding Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services offered to patients in our community and the Northern New Jersey area.”

“We are excited that Dr. Chehata has joined our highly skilled team at St. Joseph’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit in Wayne,” said Dr. Sara Cuccurullo, chair, vice president, medical director at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Prior to joining St. Joseph’s Health, Chehata completed her fellowship in Spinal

Cord Injury Medicine at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She earned her Medical Degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She pursued her internship in Internal Medicine at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and subsequently completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

“As a physician, I am passionate about serving individuals with general rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and spinal cord injury needs,” said Dr. Chehata. “I understand the importance of patient-centered, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary care in improving physical function and quality of life. I am excited to join the rehabilitation team at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center-Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.”

Dr. Chehata evaluates and manages patients with spinal cord injuries caused by trauma or from medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis or infection. She is trained in various forms of physical therapy, the use of medications and other innovative methods to help a patient rehabilitate after a spinal cord injury and manage pain. 

Dr. Chehata’s office is located at 224 Hamburg Turnpike on the campus of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, New Jersey.


Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH  Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit


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