D.J. Kennedy, M.D. is a Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where his practice focuses on non-operative and interventional spine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as Chief Resident, and then a Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His research has focused on the safety and efficacy of interventional spine procedures. He has pioneered safe injection techniques and is an internationally recognized expert in interventional spine procedures. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants and he has published over 100 journal articles, over 50 published abstracts, and over 20 book chapters. As a spine researcher, he has had publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and he is a frequent publisher in Pain Medicine, PM&R, and The Spine Journal (TSJ). He has won multiple research awards from The Spine Journal, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS). Additionally, he is a prolific lecturer and teacher. He has given over 100 lectures at national meetings, over 50 lectures at international meetings, and numerous local presentations and invited grand rounds. He has won multiple teaching awards, including teacher of the year from Stanford University. He is currently a Deputy Editor for The Spine Journal, and on the editorial board for Pain Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors for the Spine Intervention Society where he is the Vice-President. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) where he runs the Inclusion and Engagement Committee.