Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine names Dr. Beverly Hon winner of Ernest Bors Award


Beverly Hon, MD, is this year’s winner of the Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development, the Journal’s annual award for best article by a young investigator


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East Hanover, NJ. August 31, 2020. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) and the leadership of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), announce that Beverly Hon, MD, is the recipient of this year’s Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development.

Dr. Hon is primary author of the top-scoring article: “Duplex ultrasound surveillance for deep vein thrombosis after acute traumatic spinal cord injury at rehabilitation admission” (doi:10.1080/10790268.2019.1585134) co-authored by Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, and Steven Kirshblum, MD. The article was highlighted in the May issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, and is available open access:

The Bors Award recognizes the achievements of young investigators whose career paths focus on spinal cord injury. Dr. Hon, a graduate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, under the leadership of Dr. Kirshblum. The research for her article was conducted during her fellowship, which combines clinical training at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation with research training through Kessler Foundation.

The winning paper explores the risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in individuals with spinal cord injury. Because of the risk for further complications following distal DVT, the study suggests that screening on admission for rehabilitation may be advisable to identify at-risk patients in need of followup. Better understanding of the risk factors for thromboembolism during spinal cord injury rehabilitation could influence future clinical practice guidelines.

“It is an honor to be recognized with this prestigious award that recognizes the lasting contributions of Dr. Bors, a pioneer in spinal cord medicine,” said Dr. Hon. “Being mentored by clinician researchers during my fellowship helped me develop a practical approach to combining research with my career in clinical practice. I am well prepared to continue to seek new ways to improve the care of individuals with spinal cord injury.”

Dr. Hon is currently an attending physician at Hackensack Meridian Health?JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, where she cares for patients with acute and chronic spinal cord injury. She is also an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Dr. Hon will present her research online on September 22, 2020 at 10:15-10:30 am ET during ASCIP’s virtual conference, One Vision Online, scheduled for September 12, 13, 21 and 22. For registration, visit


Funding sources: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (90SI5026) and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship (SCIMF) grant).

About the Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development

Since 1994, the Bors Award has memorialized Dr. Ernest Bors (1900-1990), a pioneer in spinal cord injury care and research. Faced with caring for thousands of wounded veterans considered ‘hopeless cases’, Dr. Bors had to fight for basic resources. Despite these challenges, he made research and publication a priority. The Bors Award honors excellence among young investigators who, following the example set by Dr. Bors, are pursuing careers dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury.

For more about Dr. Bors, who was revered by his many patients, see: Bodner D. The Bors Award: Legacy of Ernest H.J. “Pappy” Bors, MD. J Spinal Cord Med. 2009;32(1):1-2. (

Primary authors of research articles published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine are encouraged to contact the assistant editor for an application following notification of acceptance for publication in the Journal. For manuscripts accepted during 2020, the deadline for applications is January 15, 2021. Applicants must have conducted their research during their training.

About the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) serves the international community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with injuries/disorders of the spinal cord. JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), a US-based multidisciplinary organization serving scientists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists and social workers in the field of spinal cord injury care and research. JSCM, a member benefit of ASCIP, is published six times a year by Taylor & Francis Publishing. The editor-in-chief is Dr. Florian Thomas of Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Hackensack, NJ, USA.

Contact: Carolann Murphy, PA, Assistant Editor; 973.324.8382; [email protected]

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