Clinical Team

Robert F. Heary, MD

Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, Director, Spine Center of New Jersey, Professor

Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders. Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of…Read More

Ira M. Goldstein, M.D.

Director of Neurotrauma, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Goldstein is the Director of Neurotrauma at University Hospital and leads the Spinal Cord Injury Care team. He also provides support for the state-of-the-art Peripheral Nerve Center…Read More

Rachid Assina, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Rachid Assina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He completed his Research Fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery in 2013 at the Spine Institute of New York, Beth Israel Medical…Read More

Sherine Varghese, APN

Advanced Practice Nurse

Sherine Varghese is an Advanced Practice Nurse who provides support to outpatients of the Neurological Services Department, primarily focusing on patients with spinal disorders. Ms. Varghese began her career at Rutgers in 2000 as a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical and Trauma Units and went on…Read More

Ana Cadena, APN

Advanced Practice Nurse

Ana Cadena is a nurse practitioners serving the Neurological Institute of New Jersey in the outpatient setting. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and her other certifications include Oncology -Nursing and Medical-Surgical. Ms. Cadena…Read More

Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.

Program Support Coordinator
As Program Support Coordinator for the Spine Center of New Jersey, Lorelei is responsible for the fiscal and administrative activities of the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory. She oversees Dr. Heary’s clinical research trials, managing all enrollment, training and regulatory aspects of the studies…Read More