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Jennifer Hankenson, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Program Director, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Associate Vice Chair Clinical Affairs for Physiatry, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Physician Champion Medication Utilization Project, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Contact Information

Jennifer Hankenson, MD

Patient Care Locations

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    P.O. Box 208071

    New Haven, CT 06520-8071

    United States


Dr. Hankenson, a physiatrist, is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine and Program Director of the Physiatry residency. She is board certified in Physiatry and Lifestyle Medicine. She specializes in neurorehabilitation in both adults and children. She works in a collaborative approach with other medical professionals, providing a patient and their family a multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving function and overall well-being.

Dr. Hankenson's areas of expertise include the following:

  • Adult and pediatric tone evaluation and management
  • Botox or chemodenervation as a treatment for spasticity, dystonia and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Baclofen pump management
  • Post stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neurologic rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Lifestyle Medicine interventions

Dr. Hankenson first discovered the specialty of physiatry or physical medicine and rehabilitation during her medical school training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Her interest in caring for patients with medical conditions requiring complex rehabilitation management grew during her residency at Medstar/Georgetown University in Washington, DC. There she gained exposure to both adult and pediatric rehabilitation in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a strong interest in gait analysis and looks to restore functional gait through non-operative management. She also works closely with her orthopedic colleagues to help with rehabilitation needs pre- and post-surgery.

Dr. Hankenson treats patients at the Milford, Wallingford, North Haven and Long Wharf (pediatric patients only) clinic sites. When she isn’t in the clinic, she’ll be playing tennis, spending time with her family, and spending time outdoors.

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Georgetown/Medstar National Rehab Hospital (2020)
  • MD
    University of South Florida


  • Rate of return to acute care when arriving after 5pm: A single institution analysis.
    Orlando, FL, United States 2020
    International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Botulinum toxin A and physical therapy as treatment for flexion contractures of the knees: A case report
    Orlando, FL, United States 2020
    International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Lower lumbosacral plexopathy after posterior acetabular fracture
    Orlando, FL, United States 2020
    International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Screening for lead toxicity after gun shot wound in a rehabilitation setting
    Orlando, FL, United States 2018
    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
J3P Leadership TrainingJ3P2024
Resident of the YearMedstar/Georgetown National Rehabilitation Hospital2020
Surgical Intern of the YearMedstar Washington Hospital Center2017

Departments & Organizations