After earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Dr. Wechsler achieved board certification as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and eventually found his niche in neuro-oncologic rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Having developed a profound appreciation for an interprofessional approach to clinical care and hoping to broaden his impact through research and teaching, Dr. Wechsler sought and successfully earned his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH IHP.

Dr. Wechsler has presented nationally on the topic of oncologic rehabilitation and proudly served as the Secretary of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association for two terms. 

  • BS in Clinical Health Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • DPT, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA

Research Interests

Dr. Wechsler's research interests lie at the crossroads of oncologic and neurologic rehabilitation. As a member of the CaRe Lab, his goal is to optimize rehab approaches for individuals living with and beyond cancer through the advancement of knowledge and clinical practice related to physical function and quality of life.

Wechsler, S., Fitzgerald Jones, K., Zulewski, D., Wood, L. (2022) Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: a scoping review of randomized control trials. Published Online: 2/4/2022. Journal of Palliative Medicine. (*Author contributed equally as co-first author) (

Wechsler, S., Kneiss, J., Adams, B., Wood Magee, L. (2022) Persistent cancer-related fatigue after breast cancer treatment predicts postural sway and post-exertional changes in sit-to-stand strategy. In Press. Rehabil Oncol.

Wood Magee, L., Kneiss, J., Wechsler, S., Fox, A., Peppercorn, J., Pirl, W. (2022) Increased fatigability in women with persistent cancer-related fatigue after breast cancer treatment: a pilot study. In Review. Rehabil Oncol. doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000305 (

Wechsler, S., Wood, L. (2021). The Effect of Chemotherapy on Balance, Gait, and Falls Among Cancer Survivors: A Scoping Review. Rehabil Oncol. 39(1):6-22. doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000238 (,_Gait,_and.4.aspx

Cancer-Related Fatigue Can Contribute to Balance Problems In Patients Who Have Received Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer, Study Finds
"For many patients who have received chemotherapy for breast cancer, cancer-related fatigue is a persistent side effect – and one that contributes to ongoing balance problems," suggests Dr. Wechsler's study, published in Rehabilitation Oncology. These findings were recently highlighted by The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Post.

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