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Dr. Malhotra is quadruple board-certified in electrodiagnostic medicine, neuromuscular medicine, brain injury medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) – also known as “physiatry.” He specializes in restoring function using evidence-based approaches to diagnose and treat patients suffering from musculoskeletal and neuromuscular issues.

Clinical Approach

“When I meet a new patient, I invest a decent amount of time learning about them, unearthing issues that may not initially seem relevant, and dive deep into their experiences with prior treatments. Then I conduct a fairly thorough examination so I can answer their questions about what’s going on and what the next steps might be. I try to help them understand how they can best help themselves with the fewest procedures or medications.” By looking at each individual as a whole person, Dr. Malhotra attempts to evaluate the relationships of all moving body parts (i.e. biomechanics) to determine the root cause of difficult-to-diagnose pain. He then designs a treatment plan featuring non-surgical options which are effective for most patients. With a minimum of procedures and medications – and by emphasizing patient education – Dr. Malhotra empowers patients to help themselves.

“I also take pride in both curating their care and establishing communication with their other providers. This interdisciplinary approach takes more time but tends to lead to better outcomes.”

Dr. Malhotra’s clinical encounters are not only informed by his wealth of practical experience and academic knowledge, but also from years of spending time at the bedside of veterans, family, and friends in need. At Maxim, Dr. Malhotra’s ultimate vision is to offer primary physicians in the community a “one-stop shop” for their musculoskeletal and neuromusculoskeletal needs including evaluation, diagnostic testing, and most importantly, triaging to the appropriate subspecialists to ensure invasive procedures are limited to only when absolutely necessary.


Gautam Malhotra is proud to be a “Jersey boy.” After graduating from the prestigious Pingry school, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics through the Rutgers College general honors program. He received his MD at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers) New Jersey Medical School.

He completed his residency training at the nationally top ranked Rutgers New Jersey Medical School / Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. He spent the next 17 years at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System where he provided clinical care to veterans and developed local, regional and national programs. He served as Director of Polytrauma, liaison to the Amputee System of Care, Director of Strategic Development and a member of numerous committees and task forces including the national VA PM&R Field Advisory Board.

He is a diplomate of and an invited oral board examiner of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). Dr. Malhotra is an invited lecturer at multiple residency programs and national board review courses from coast to coast. A fellow of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), he has presented at national meetings. He is the current Chair of the AANEM PM&R Task Force in addition to serving on several committees prior years.

Dr. Malhotra publishes chapters in textbooks and original papers in peer-reviewed journals. He serves as an invited reviewer for PM&R Journal (the scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Recently, he was invited to publish a monograph for the prestigious Muscle and Nerve Journal where he is also a peer reviewer.

In his spare time, Dr. Malhotra is the lead singer in rock cover bands that perform locally. He has published two albums of original music. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Watchung.



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