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RUSK Insights on Rehabilitation Medicine

RUSK Insights on Rehabilitation Medicine is a top podcast featuring interviews with faculty and staff of RUSK Rehabilitation as well as leaders from other rehabilitation programs around the country. These podcasts are being offered by RUSK, one of the top rehabilitation centers in the world. Your host for these interviews is Dr. Tom Elwood. He will take you behind the scenes to look at what is transpiring in the exciting world of rehabilitation research and clinical services through the eyes of those involved in making dynamic breakthroughs in health care.
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Dec 14, 2017
Dr. Dallas Kingsbury is accredited in sports medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as an instructor in the Rusk Rehabilitation department at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has an interest in interventional sports and regenerative medicine and has had the unique experience of working with the performing arts, aerial acrobatics, and flying trapeze communities. It also is worth mentioning that he is particular adept himself as a man in the flying trapeze. Dr. Kingsbury combines his interest in treating patients with an involvement in clinical research pertaining to osteoarthritis, knee injections, and the treatment of chronic tendon problems. His medical degree is from the University of Medicine & Dentistry and he did his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Rehabilitation Medicine.
 
In this interview, Dr. Kingsbury discusses the kinds of patients he treats for musculoskeletal conditions, reasons for patient delays in seeking​ treatment, patient resilience and willingness to participate actively in all aspects of rehabilitation, role of being overweight plays in onset of musculoskeletal health problems, how outcomes are affected by time between occurrence of injury and provision of treatment, smartphone usage as a cause of musculoskeletal problems, and translation of clinical research to bed site care.
Dec 6, 2017

Kaitlin Hanley works as a speech-language pathologist in acute care and Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center and Christina Marino is an occupational therapist who works on that same unit. Kaitlin has cross-covered acute care and acute rehabilitation for her entire career with a focus on functional therapy for enabling patients to return to the community as it pertains to cognitive, speech, and language therapy. She completed her graduate work in Speech Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Christina has worked in a variety of settings, including Rusk and the Tisch Hospital acute care service at NYU Langone. Along with treating cardiopulmonary patients with cognitive deficits, another specialty includes working with limb loss patients. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Scranton.

In this interview, Kaitlin and Christina discuss the kinds of patients they treat and problems regarding how cognitive impairments affect cardiopulmonary patients; occupational therapy and speech-language pathology tools available to arrive at an accurate diagnosis; factors  involved in making a determination of which types of interventions would be most appropriate for patients who may differ by age, frailty, and extent of their problems; activities that are aimed at preventing a recurrence of problems; and areas where further research might provide guidance for making additional improvements in patient care.

Nov 29, 2017

Sharon Matsos has been a physical therapist for 11 years and has experience in treating patients with cardiopulmonary diseases in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. She helped develop and implement the diabetes education management program on the HCC-9 unit and is part of the cardiopulmonary strategic planning group, in the clinical subcommittee. Her doctorate in physical therapy is from Stony Brook University. Camille Magsombol currently is involved in the development and promotion of self-management programs for patients with diabetes, low vision, and COPD. She also is part of the cardiopulmonary strategic planning group, in the clinical subcommittee. Her Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy is from the University of the Philippines Manila and her Occupational Therapy doctorate is from Quinnipiac University. Shaparak Shadravan who is called “Shap” is part of the team treating cardiopulmonary and medically complex patients with communication, swallowing, and cognitive impairments. She also participates in the clinical brain injury strategic planning group, with a focus on stroke. Her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Disorders are from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Part 2 of this interview includes a discussion of: how treatment decisions are affected by patient characteristics (e.g., age, frailty, obesity, mental health problems), team functioning and extent to which interprofessional interactions are cultivated during academic preparation and in the workplace, group programs in inpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and unique aspects of the cardiopulmonary program at Rusk.
Nov 22, 2017

Sharon Matsos has been a physical therapist for 11 years and has experience in treating patients with cardiopulmonary diseases in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. She helped develop and implement the diabetes education management program on the HCC-9 unit and is part of the cardiopulmonary strategic planning group, in the clinical subcommittee. Her doctorate in physical therapy is from Stony Brook University. Camille Magsombol currently is involved in the development and promotion of self-management programs for patients with diabetes, low vision, and COPD. She also is part of the cardiopulmonary strategic planning group, in the clinical subcommittee. Her Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy is from the University of the Philippines Manila and her Occupational Therapy doctorate is from Quinnipiac University. Shaparak Shadravan who is called “Shap” is part of the team treating cardiopulmonary and medically complex patients with communication, swallowing, and cognitive impairments. She also participates in the clinical brain injury strategic planning group, with a focus on stroke. Her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Disorders are from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Part 1 of this interview involves a discussion of: a definition of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, how patients qualify to be part of the program, kinds of patients treated based on their health problems, members of the treatment team, roles played by occupational therapy/physical therapy. speech-language pathology, and the kinds of tests used to determine appropriate treatment interventions.

 
 
 
 
 
Nov 15, 2017
Erika Brown is a speech-language pathologist who works in the acute care setting at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her responsibilities entail evaluating patients with communication and swallowing disorders.  She has presented on various topics involving communication and swallowing, most recently on delirium in the acute care setting. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. Her earlier experience includes working in the acute care setting within the Henry Ford Health Systems. She is licensed in the state of New York, holds a certificate of clinical competence and is a member of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In this interview, Erika discusses her treatment of patients with communication and swallowing problems; Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS); other problems such as aspiration pneumonia that swallowing disorders can trigger, and how psychosocial well-being may be affected by a swallowing disorder.
 
Nov 8, 2017

Dr. Greg Sweeney is the Program Manager of the Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Center at Rusk Rehabilitation. He has close to 20 years of experience in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, spanning a continuum of care that includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, and outpatient settings. He is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified cardiopulmonary clinical specialist. A Past President of the New York State Chapter of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, he has a strong interest in research related to the population with cardiopulmonary disorders. He has produced several publications, including a book chapter and peer-reviewed journal articles. His bachelor’s degree is from Manhattan College. He has a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University and his doctorate in physical therapy is from the University of Scranton.  

In this interview, Greg discusses settings where cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is provided, the role of physical therapy in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, types of patients treated, tests involving cardiorespiratory fitness used to aid in a determination of the most effective physical therapy forms of treatment to employ, special challenges involved in treating patients who have implanted left-ventricular assistive devices, responding to situations where a patient may be concerned about the safety of engaging in a program involving physical activity, and key topics in rehabilitation research pertaining to physical therapy aspects of cardiopulmonary care.

Nov 1, 2017
 
Keri Danziger is Supervisor of inpatient adult speech and swallowing services at North Campus. She joined NYU Langone Medical Center and the Rusk Team in 2011. She is responsible for supervision of daily clinical and administrative operations for both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation services.  She has been a medical speech-language pathologist for the past 18 years with a background in assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing in patients with critical illness and following trauma. Special interests include management of patients with tracheostomy, head and neck cancer, ethical issues in managing communication and feeding/swallowing in end-of-life, and swallowing impairments with medically complex infants. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her undergraduate degree is from Miami University of Ohio and her graduate degree is from NYU. She completed a Clinical Fellowship at Stonybrook University Medical Center.
 
In this interview, she discusses the kinds of patients she treats who have had a tracheostomy, the potential for hospital-acquired tracheostomy-related pressure ulcers to arise, swallowing and communication problems experienced by patients, speech-language pathology's role in treating such problems, available diagnostic tools to identify neuromuscular physiologic component of a swallow disorder, developing individualized approaches to patients who differ from one another, and the use of speaking valves.
Oct 25, 2017

Mary Fischer is a clinical specialist in acute care at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a board-certified Geriatric clinical specialist with over 25 years of experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and home care therapy. Along with making presentations on geriatric topics at multiple Physical Therapy Conferences and the American Delirium Society Conference, in October 2016, Rusk Rehabilitation hosted a day-long event called: "Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of the Patient with Delirium: An Interprofessional and Evidence Based Approach" in which she was a content planner and faculty member. Some of her other important activities include serving as the principle investigator for a research project on fall risk assessment in acute care and being a member of the post-operative delirium prevention committee. She has a master’s degree in physical therapy from Columbia University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University. Prior Rusk podcast interviews that she participated in with Dr. Kristine Josef were posted on iTunes on May 18 and May 25, 2016. In Part 2, the discussion includes how delirium can be triggered in the intensive care setting by sleep deprivation/disturbance, non-pharmacological interventions to treat delirium, long-term consequences such as mental health problems, the role of falls in causing delirium, and future activities involving delirium in which she plans to engage.

Oct 18, 2017

Mary Fischer is a clinical specialist in acute care at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a board-certified Geriatric clinical specialist with over 25 years of experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and home care therapy. Along with making presentations on geriatric topics at multiple Physical Therapy Conferences and the American Delirium Society Conference, in October 2016, Rusk Rehabilitation hosted a day-long event called: "Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of the Patient with Delirium: An Interprofessional and Evidence Based Approach" in which she was a content planner and faculty member. Some of her other important activities include serving as the principle investigator for a research project on fall risk assessment in acute care and being a member of the post-operative delirium prevention committee. She has a master’s degree in physical therapy from Columbia University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University. Prior Rusk podcast interviews that she participated in with Dr. Kristine Josef were posted on iTunes on May 18 and May 25, 2016. In Part 1, the discussion includes symptoms of delirium, length of delirium episodes, predisposing/precipitating risks for the onset of delirium, and how physical therapists are involved in recognizing and preventing delirium.

Oct 11, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Finnoff is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN. His clinical interests are broad and include multiple sports medicine topics. He has published over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, authored multiple book chapters, and co-edited the book, Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. He serves as a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. He has been a team physician for the United States Ski Team and also is a team physician for the Timberwolves NBA basketball team, and Lynx WNBA basketball team. A member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board of Governors and the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, his medical degree is from the University of New England. He did his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah and completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Finnoff is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Oct 4, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Finnoff is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN. His clinical interests are broad and include multiple sports medicine topics. He has published over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, authored multiple book chapters, and co-edited the book, Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. He serves as a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. He has been a team physician for the United States Ski Team and also is a team physician for the Timberwolves NBA basketball team, and Lynx WNBA basketball team. A member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board of Governors and the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, his medical degree is from the University of New England. He did his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah and completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Finnoff is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Sep 27, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Understanding Sarcopenia and the Role of Exercise in the Elderly.

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Dr. Walter Frontera is a Professor in both the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Frontera was presented with an award at the Rusk Rehabilitation Research Symposium held on Friday June 16 and his presentation at that symposium will be aired in a future segment. This interview is part 1 of 2 and explores Dr. Frontera's insights on mitochondrial function of skeletal muscle, his areas of research, the kinds of patients that he treats, arriving at accurate diagnoses, and translation of clinical findings and evidence-based research to the bedside.

Dr. Frontera's main research interest is geriatric rehabilitation and in particular the study of the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and weakness in the elderly.  Based on his studies of human sarcopenia, he has developed rehabilitative interventions using therapeutic exercise to slow down or reverse skeletal muscle alterations associated with advanced adult age. Dr.Frontera has served as the Inaugural Professor and Head of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and also as Chief of the PM&R Service at the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He has more than 230 scientific publications including 96 peer-reviewed articles and 16 edited books, along with presenting more than 220 invited lectures in 53 countries. Currently, Dr. Frontera serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. In 2008, he was elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He completed his medical studies and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Puerto Rico and he has a doctoral degree in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University.  

Sep 20, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Understanding Sarcopenia and the Role of Exercise in the Elderly.

Please excuse any quality issues during this live presentation.

Dr. Walter Frontera is a Professor in both the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Frontera was presented with an award at the Rusk Rehabilitation Research Symposium held on Friday June 16 and his presentation at that symposium will be aired in a future segment. This interview is part 1 of 2 and explores Dr. Frontera's insights on mitochondrial function of skeletal muscle, his areas of research, the kinds of patients that he treats, arriving at accurate diagnoses, and translation of clinical findings and evidence-based research to the bedside.

Dr. Frontera's main research interest is geriatric rehabilitation and in particular the study of the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and weakness in the elderly.  Based on his studies of human sarcopenia, he has developed rehabilitative interventions using therapeutic exercise to slow down or reverse skeletal muscle alterations associated with advanced adult age. Dr.Frontera has served as the Inaugural Professor and Head of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and also as Chief of the PM&R Service at the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He has more than 230 scientific publications including 96 peer-reviewed articles and 16 edited books, along with presenting more than 220 invited lectures in 53 countries. Currently, Dr. Frontera serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. In 2008, he was elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He completed his medical studies and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Puerto Rico and he has a doctoral degree in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University.  

Sep 13, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Effects of Technology Based Cognitive Intervention in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Adults.

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Gerald Voelbel, PhD is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Director of the  Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program. His main research interests  focus on the neuropsychological deficits in neurological and psychiatric populations. An area of significant importance for Dr. Voelbel is the development of cognitive remediation techniques to improve cognitive deficits such as processing speed, executive function, and working memory in individuals with traumatic brain injuries. An additional area of interest for Dr. Voelbel is the use of structural and functional imaging methods to identify biomarkers of cognitive deficits in concussions and in more severe traumatic brain injuries. At Rusk, he is an adjunct assistant professor. His PhD in psychology is from Rutgers University. He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Kessler Foundation Research Center. 

 

Sep 6, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Joseph Rath, PhD is Associate Director for Psychology Research at Rusk Rehabilitation, Training Director of the Rusk Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, and clinical assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU School of Medicine. In this episode, Dr. Rath explains the clinical applications of problem-solving research in neuropsychological rehabilitation and the valuable work he is doing for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Illness.

Aug 30, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Characteristics of Firearm Brain Injury Survivors in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) National Database: A Comparison of Assault and Self-Inflicted Injury Survivors. 

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Valerie Ellois, PhD, is a second-year ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellow in rehabilitation research. Her research interests include problematic substance use, emotional dysregulation, suicidality, and health disparities in acquired brain injury. She has presented at several national conferences and has held leadership roles within Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and the APA. She is a recipient of the APA Division of Rehab Psychology Research Travel Award for the research she is presenting. 

Aug 23, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is:Camp High 5: A Modified Constraint Induced Movement (mCIMT) Therapy & Bimanual Training (HABIT) Day Camp for Children with Hemiplegia.

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Lori Belfiore Ragni has been a pediatric occupational therapist at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases since 2011, and is currently a Clinical Specialist in the Rusk Pediatric Occupational Therapy Department. Lori will be starting a part-time PhD program at NYU in the Rehabilitation Sciences program this fall. 

Melissa Schaeffer graduated from Boston University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy, and from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in Pediatric Science in 2015. In 2017, Melissa received her board certification in pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been working at Rusk in the pediatric department for eight years and is currently the assistant supervisor of the pediatric department. 

 

 

 

 

Aug 16, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Clusters of Vulnerable Group Membership in Acute TBI Rehabilitation.

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Dr. N. Erkut Kucukboyaci is a postdoctoral fellow at Rusk Rehabilitation. Prior to this position. he was a predoctoral intern in clinical psychology. He also worked as a research assistant and doctoral student at the UCSD Multimodal Imaging Lab, authoring his dissertation on Postoperative Changes in the Uncinate Fasciculus in Patients with Refractory Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. After graduating from Harvard with a BA in Economics, Dr. Kucukboyaci worked at NYU Langone and earned his MA in Psychology (neuroscience). 

Aug 9, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Addressing Post-Deployment Cognitive Dysfunction to Reduce Disability.

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David Litke, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. He is Assistant Director of Intern Training. Senior Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Service He supervises interns in integrated approaches to psychotherapy and cognitive remediation and is Co-Coordinator of the Cognitive Remediation Seminar. His special interests include cognitive remediation, problem solving in brain injured adults, animal-assisted psychotherapy and psychotherapy with patients with limb loss. He lectures to the interns in diagnosing and treating visual deficits and using therapy animals in psychotherapy with rehabilitation patients. Dr. Litke serves as member of the Rusk Intern Training Committee.

Fiona Graff is a clinical psychologist, War Related Illness and Illness Study Center, VA NJHCS and has worked in both research and clinical settings with individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. In addition to these areas, her interests include stigma, health psychology, and cost-effectiveness of treatment. 

Aug 2, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Training Adults with Acquired Brain Injury How to Help-Seek When Wayfinding: An Understudied Critical Life Skill. 

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Young Susan Cho is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. Her current research, which is funded by the Evelyn Bullock Fund, focuses on training adults with acquired brain injury on how to improve navigation skills and seek help when lost in the community. She completed her doctoral dissertation on this topic at the Rusk Institute and the pilot investigation has been published in the journal Brain Impairment. Her publications have appeared in several journals and she has made presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in Communication Disorders & Sciences from the University of Oregon. She is certified as aSpeech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

 

Jul 26, 2017

This interview is a live presentation that was presented at the 3rd Annual Rusk Research Symposium during the summer. The title of the talk is: Early Rehabilitation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project

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Jodi Herbsman is the Program Manager of Acute Care Therapy Services at Rusk Rehabilitation NYU Langone Medical Center where she manages the daily operations of Physical and Occupational therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Psychology servicesHer position entails providing support, guidance, and supervision to acute care managers and assisting them with management of operational issues as needed. She also has responsibility for managing Productivity/Statistics in coordination with Clinical Directors. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Michigan. Her master’s degree in physical therapy is from New York Medical College and she obtained a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Scranton.

Jul 19, 2017
Dr. Catherine Atkins is Supervisor of Psychology for the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Rusk. She is responsible for supervising staff and psychology interns on the unit. She also is responsible for administrative tasks, including but not limited to attending multiple interdisciplinary meetings, serving on committees to improve excellence with regard to patient care as well as education for staff, and ongoing scrutiny of documentation to ensure compliance with hospital and national supervisory agencies. Work on the unit involves performing clinical interviews as well as neurobehavioral evaluations which serve to enlighten the patient, family and team professionals regarding the individual’s issues relative to adjustment to disability as well as current level of functioning. Her PhD in clinical psychology is from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this two part interview, topics include instruments available to diagnose various mental health problems, the use of metaphors by patients and a psychologist to discuss symptoms/threatening diagnoses/treatment, the role of psychology in dealing with professional compassion fatigue/burnout, and key psychology research topics in rehabilitation. 
Jul 12, 2017
Dr. Catherine Atkins is Supervisor of Psychology for the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at Rusk. She is responsible for supervising staff and psychology interns on the unit. She also is responsible for administrative tasks, including but not limited to attending multiple interdisciplinary meetings, serving on committees to improve excellence with regard to patient care as well as education for staff, and ongoing scrutiny of documentation to ensure compliance with hospital and national supervisory agencies. Work on the unit involves performing clinical interviews as well as neurobehavioral evaluations which serve to enlighten the patient, family and team professionals regarding the individual’s issues relative to adjustment to disability as well as current level of functioning. Her PhD in clinical psychology is from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this two part interview, topics include instruments available to diagnose various mental health problems, the use of metaphors by patients and a psychologist to discuss symptoms/threatening diagnoses/treatment, the role of psychology in dealing with professional compassion fatigue/burnout, and key psychology research topics in rehabilitation. 
Jul 5, 2017

This interview was done with Dr. Cara Weiss and Christina Marino. Dr. Weiss works as a physical therapy supervisor on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She has worked as an acute care therapist in the outpatient department before returning as a therapist for inpatient rehabilitation. She has a strong interest in working with the limb loss patient population. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Simmons College where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Christina Marino is an occupational therapist who works on that same unit, which is known as HCC9. She has worked in a variety of settings, including Rusk and Tisch Hospital acute care service. She has been treating limb loss patients throughout her career. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Scranton.

In the interview, they discuss limb loss from the standpoint of topics that include: kinds of health problems that result in limb loss, the roles of physical therapy and occupational therapy in treating patients who have lost limbs, different consequences of experiencing upper- and lower limb loss, patient resilience and willingness to participate in rehabilitation, and measures to assess activity performance when prostheses are used.

Jun 28, 2017

Dr. Walter Frontera is a Professor in both the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Frontera was presented with an award at the Rusk Rehabilitation Research Symposium held on Friday June 16 and his presentation at that symposium will be aired in a future segment. This interview is part 2 of 2 and explores critical areas in health care where changes are warranted, patients who lack significant others, an NIH conference on moving rehabilitation forward, patient resilience, transformative developments such as health care analytics, leveraging technologies such as virtual reality, and developments in genomics and robotics.

Dr. Frontera's main research interest is geriatric rehabilitation and in particular the study of the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and weakness in the elderly.  Based on his studies of human sarcopenia, he has developed rehabilitative interventions using therapeutic exercise to slow down or reverse skeletal muscle alterations associated with advanced adult age. Dr.Frontera has served as the Inaugural Professor and Head of the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and also as Chief of the PM&R Service at the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He has more than 230 scientific publications including 96 peer-reviewed articles and 16 edited books, along with presenting more than 220 invited lectures in 53 countries. Currently, Dr. Frontera serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. In 2008, he was elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He completed his medical studies and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Puerto Rico and he has a doctoral degree in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University.  

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