Monica A. Pessina, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Boston University
MEd, Northeastern University



Dr. Pessina received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, followed by a Master’s in Education from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to assuming a full time academic appointment at BUSM, she gained extensive experience at Massachusetts General Hospital in the field of upper extremity rehabilitation following orthopedic, neurological and burn injuries. In addition, she is the former Director of Rehabilitation at Shriners Burns Institute and she continues to work as an educator in the field of burn rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. Dr. Pessina currently teaches Gross Anatomy and Microscopic Anatomy at BU School of Medicine and BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she serves in various roles including Course Director, Section Leader, Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor. As an extension of her clinical interests, Dr. Pessina is currently pursuing research related to the return of motor function after cortical injury in a primate model.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Moore TL, Pessina MA, Finklestein SP, Killiany RJ, Bowley B, Benowitz L, Rosene DL. Inosine enhances recovery of grasp following cortical injury to the primary motor cortex of the rhesus monkey. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2016 Sep 21; 34(5):827-48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27497459; DOI: 10.3233/RNN-160661;.
  2. Moore TL, Pessina MA, Finklestein SP, Kramer BC, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL. Recovery of fine motor performance after ischemic damage to motor cortex is facilitated by cell therapy in the rhesus monkey. Somatosens Mot Res. 2013 Dec; 30(4):185-96.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23758412; DOI: 10.3109/08990220.2013.790806;.
  3. Moore TL, Killiany RJ, Pessina MA, Moss MB, Finklestein SP, Rosene DL. Recovery from ischemia in the middle-aged brain: a nonhuman primate model. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Mar; 33(3):619.e9-619.e24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21458887; PMCID: PMC3145025; DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.02.005;.
  4. Moore TL, Killiany RJ, Pessina MA, Moss MB, Rosene DL. Assessment of motor function of the hand in aged rhesus monkeys. Somatosens Mot Res. 2010; 27(3):121-30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 20653499; DOI: 10.3109/08990220.2010.485963;.
  5. Chernev I, Pessina MA. Unilateral complete congenital serratus anterior muscle aplasia: a case report. PM R. 2009 Jun; 1(6):587-9. PMID: 19627950; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2009.01.025;.
  6. Pessina MA, Hoyt RF, Goldstein I, Traish AM. Differential regulation of the expression of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen receptors by sex steroid hormones in the vagina: immunohistochemical studies. J Sex Med. 2006 Sep; 3(5):804-14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 16942525.
  7. Pessina MA, Hoyt RF, Goldstein I, Traish AM. Differential effects of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone on vaginal structural integrity. Endocrinology. 2006 Jan; 147(1):61-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 16210369.
  8. Kim NN, Min K, Pessina MA, Munarriz R, Goldstein I, Traish AM. Effects of ovariectomy and steroid hormones on vaginal smooth muscle contractility. Int J Impot Res. 2004 Feb; 16(1):43-50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 14963470.
  9. Sheridan RL, Baryza MJ, Pessina MA, O'Neill KM, Cipullo HM, Donelan MB, Ryan CM, Schulz JT, Schnitzer JJ, Tompkins RG. Acute hand burns in children: management and long-term outcome based on a 10-year experience with 698 injured hands. Ann Surg. 1999 Apr; 229(4):558-64. PMID: 10203090; PMCID: PMC1191743.
  10. Pessina MA, Ellis SM. Burn management. Rehabilitation. Nurs Clin North Am. 1997 Jun; 32(2):365-74. PMID: 9115482.

This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 10 publications over 10 distinct years, with a maximum of 1 publications in 1997 and 1999 and 2004 and 2005 and 2006 and 2009 and 2010 and 2011 and 2013 and 2016

YearPublications
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19991
20041
20051
20061
20091
20101
20111
20131
20161

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