Jill Wecht EdD

Co-Investigator - Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Jill WechtJill M Wecht, EdD, is a Professor of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at ISMMS and has been studying the effects of de-centralized autonomic cardiovascular control on heart rate and blood pressure in persons with SCI since receiving her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Wecht is the Program Director of the Cardiovascular Autonomic Program within the National Center for the Medical Consequences of SCI at the JJPVAMC and is the co-chair of the International Consortium of Clinicians and Scientists working to develop International Standards to Document the Remaining Autonomic Function following SCI. Dr. Wecht is currently funded by the Rehabilitation Research & Development Service of the VA, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the New Jersey Commission for Spinal Cord Research and by the National Institute for Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research to study the impact of blood pressure dysregulation on cognitive health and quality of life and determine the effects of increasing blood pressure with anti-hypotensive agents on these outcomes in persons with chronic SCI.