Joel Stein, M.D.

Dr. Joel Stein obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Stein was a member of the medical staff at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for 16 years, where he served as Chief Medical Officer from 2000 onward and was the medical director of the stroke rehabilitation program.  He also served as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

In September 2008, Dr. Stein was appointed Physiatrist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Stein’s clinical and research interests are in the area of stroke rehabilitation. He has had a particular focus on the use of exercise as a treatment and on the use of robotics and other technologies to facilitate recovery of motor function after stroke. He has authored or co-authored two books on stroke recovery and rehabilitation for stroke survivors and their families, and edited a multi-authored medical textbook on this subject entitled “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation.”

Dr. Stein has been honored as New York Super Doctors, for the past several years, which represents the top New York doctors in more than 30 specialties that have been fully licensed for more than 10 years. Dr. Stein was also selected by Castle Connolly as a "Top Doctor" in the field of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine.  Top Doctors are nominated by their peers in an extensive survey process of thousands of American doctors. These Top Doctors' medical educations, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories - and much more - are screened by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team. Those doctors who are among the very best in their specialties and in their communities are selected for inclusion.

One of America's Top DoctorsRated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Rehabilitation Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Expertise

Multiple Sclerosis
Stroke Rehabilitation
Neurological Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


B.A., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1982
M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 1986


Physiatrist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Department Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

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