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Message from the Chair

Joel Stein

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is in the midst of an exciting growth phase in the three key aspects of its mission: patient care, education, and research. Together with the closely allied Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, along with our affiliated institutions comprising Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, The Hospital for Special Surgery and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, we have expanded both our breadth and depth of expertise in all of these areas.

In the clinical realm, we have expanded our faculty practice, and added a new practice site in Lower Manhattan at 156 William Street as part of our relationship with NewYork Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital. Our faculty members use the traditional toolbox of exercise therapies, medications and physical modalities, as well as incorporating fluoroscopically guided spine injections and the bedside use of musculoskeletal ultrasound to guide therapy and inform diagnosis. Our team-oriented approach, representing the core values of rehabilitation medicine, results in close collaboration with multiple other specialties, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as neurosurgery, neurology, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cornell is active in these areas of clinical care, and is helping lead the way in advancing our specialty.

Educationally, our residency program continues to compete effectively for the most qualified applicants, and provides exceptional clinical training. Many of our graduating residents have chosen to continue their education through fellowships, and have been accepted to competitive programs throughout the country. Our alumni are active in all areas of physiatric practice, and are well-represented among leaders in our field.

The scientific basis of Rehabilitation Medicine continues to expand, and Weill Cornell’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department is playing an active role in this progress. Research in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, and in back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions are key areas of focus.

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Weill Cornell Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at this exciting time, and committed to continuing and expanding its reputation for excellence in all aspects of our mission. Feel free to contact us for more information about our department.

Joel Stein, MD
Professor and Chairman

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

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