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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 28, 2016

Dr. Neera Kapoor is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU-Langone Medical Center's RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her work at Rusk involves providing clinical care for outpatients and inpatients, as well as participating in clinical research in the area of sensorimotor vision function and acquired brain injury. Formerly, she was an Associate Clinical Professor at SUNY-College of Optometry for 21 years and is the former Chief of Vision Rehabilitation Services at SUNY-College of Optometry’s University Eye Center (UEC) in New York City. Dr. Kapoor has co-authored 30 peer-reviewed articles, 9 textbook chapters, and 25 poster presentations, as well as having lectured regionally, nationally, and internationally, regarding vision and acquired brain injury.

Dec 21, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Sandel serves as Medical Director at Paradigm Management Services in Walnut Creek, California. She has held a variety of clinical, faculty, and administrative positions in health systems over the last three decades, including the University of Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente. Her research on brain injury and stroke outcomes has been supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health and other entities.  She served on the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board of Governors for 8 years and as president from 2009-2010.  She has been a member of the editorial board of the journal PM&R since its inception in 2009. She is Academy liaison to the National Quality Forum, chair of the Performance Metrics Committee, and a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. She launched Playback/PM&R, a community oral history project, involving interviews with 80 physiatrists over the last 5 years. Holder of a faculty appointment at the University of California at Davis Health System, her medical degree is from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, which now is called Drexel College of Medicine.

Dec 14, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Sandel serves as Medical Director at Paradigm Management Services in Walnut Creek, California. She has held a variety of clinical, faculty, and administrative positions in health systems over the last three decades, including the University of Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente. Her research on brain injury and stroke outcomes has been supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health and other entities.  She served on the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board of Governors for 8 years and as president from 2009-2010.  She has been a member of the editorial board of the journal PM&R since its inception in 2009. She is Academy liaison to the National Quality Forum, chair of the Performance Metrics Committee, and a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. She launched Playback/PM&R, a community oral history project, involving interviews with 80 physiatrists over the last 5 years. Holder of a faculty appointment at the University of California at Davis Health System, her medical degree is from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, which now is called Drexel College of Medicine.

Dec 7, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Sandel serves as Medical Director at Paradigm Management Services in Walnut Creek, California. She has held a variety of clinical, faculty, and administrative positions in health systems over the last three decades, including the University of Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente. Her research on brain injury and stroke outcomes has been supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health and other entities.  She served on the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board of Governors for 8 years and as president from 2009-2010.  She has been a member of the editorial board of the journal PM&R since its inception in 2009. She is Academy liaison to the National Quality Forum, chair of the Performance Metrics Committee, and a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. She launched Playback/PM&R, a community oral history project, involving interviews with 80 physiatrists over the last 5 years. Holder of a faculty appointment at the University of California at Davis Health System, her medical degree is from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, which now is called Drexel College of Medicine.

Nov 30, 2016

Dr. Christine Lee is a senior psychologist at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center and a clinical instructor of rehabilitation medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. She provides  neuropsychological evaluations in neurorehabilitaiton services for individuals with concussion and other types of neurological conditions. She was chosen as a leadership fellow for the Asian American Psychological Association for the 2014-2016 period. This lecture is en titled: Feasibility of Group Intervention for Concussed Patients in the Early Stage of Recovery.  

Nov 23, 2016

Olga Hincapie is a senior physical therapist and hand therapist at the center for musculoskeletal care. In this lecture for the 2nd Annual Rusk Reseach Symposium, she discusses proprioception retraining for a patient with chronic wrist pain secondary to ligament injury with no structural instability.

Nov 16, 2016

Preeti Raghavan, MD directs the Motor Recovery Research Laboratory, whose mission is to develop innovative strategies to restore hand function after stroke and other neuromuscular disorders. She and her multidisciplinary team investigate how brain injury affects motor skills and how sensorimotor integration can be used to enhance motor learning and control. In this interview, Dr. Raghavan provides an in-depth look at her leading research in stroke rehabilitation, employing strategies to engage patients in their care and in utilizing the unaffected arm to promote plasticity and affected arm recovery. 

Nov 9, 2016

Joseph Adams is a Senior Physical Therapist in the Vestibular Division at Rusk Rehabilitation. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic rehabilitation with advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. He is a faculty member at Rusk's neurological residency program and has presented on vestibular disorders at the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine and other national conferences. He has two articles pending publication in peer-reviewed journals on concussion and he is actively involved with research within the vestibular division at Rusk. In this discussion, he reviews active rehabilitation interventions for individuals with persistent symptoms after concussion. 

Nov 2, 2016

Allison Smith is a board-certified pediatric occupational therapist at Tisch Hospital, primarily working in the neonatal intensive care unit. Alison is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD in pediatric science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. In this discussion, she discusses the effects of swaddling during bottle feeding in infants born pre-term. 

Oct 26, 2016

Dr. Prin Amorapanth is a clinical instructor and a member of the research faculty at Rusk. His fellowship in brain trauma at NYU Langone Medical Center provided him with training in the rehabilitation and management of patients with a wide range of acquired brain injuries in multiple settings. His long-term goals include leveraging developments in neuroimaging and neuroplasticity to deliver focused interventions to patients with an acquired brain injury. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. His medical degree and PhD are from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency training in rehabilitation medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. This live presentation is from the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium. 

Oct 19, 2016

​Liat Rabinowitz is the Program Manager of Speech Language Pathology. She has worked as a speech-language therapist in the field of neuro rehabilitation for over 11 years; six of them at RUSK. Her experience has been in evaluation and treatment of adults with acquired brain injury with a specific area of interest in cognitive communication impairments and working with patients in disorder of consciousness. Most of her current work involves managing the Speech Language Pathology department, along with supervising and training staff. A native of South Africa, she trained as a therapist at the University of Cape Town. Her master’s degree in speech-language pathology is from Columbia University. She currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at NYU-Steinhardt school on language disorders in adults and has taught cognitive disorders at Columbia University, which she will resume next semester. This live presentation is from the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium. The introduction is by Dr. Steven Flanagan, Chair of Rusk. 

Oct 12, 2016

​Amanda Childs is completing the second year of a postdoctoral fellowship in a National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research-funded Training Program at Rusk. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Rusk before graduating from the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University in 2014. She has been actively involved in rehabilitation psychology on a national level and currently serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee for Division 22 in Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She presented at the 2016 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in Atlanta and received the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Trainee Research Award for Best Oral Presentation and was a recipient of the Senil Gupta VA Travel Award for best trainee poster. She was selected as a Fellow for the Young Investigators Symposium at the 2016 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual meeting. Beginning in September 2016, she will be a staff psychologist in the outpatient department. This live presentation is from the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium. 

Oct 5, 2016

Elizabeth Galletta is a Clinical Research Specialist who is Director of the Rusk Community Groups Program as well as an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) in the Speech Language Pathology Department. In her clinical practice she treats patients with acquired speech and language disorders secondary to stroke, concussion, traumatic brain injury, and tumor, along with other acquired neurologic conditions. Her research focuses on treatment approaches for stroke survivors with aphasia and includes using noninvasive brain stimulation as an adjuvant to speech-language intervention. She has both a master’s degree in audiology and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Hunter College, the City University of New York. Her PhD also is from the City University of NY. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in stroke rehabilitation research at the Kessler Foundation Research Center from 2009-2011 and has worked as a clinician, researcher, and professor throughout her career. This live presentation was given during the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium. 

Sep 28, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gans serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Select Medical, the parent company for Kessler. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. His distinguished career in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spans five decades as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and advocate. A prolific writer and researcher, he has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and just concluded many years of service as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gans also has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in PM&R. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he also holds Master of Science degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. In this special two-part live series, Dr. Gans delivers his acceptance speech of the 2016 Howard A Rusk Leadership and Innovation in Rehabilitation Award. The introduction to this speech, which took place at the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium, is given by Rusk Chairman, Dr. Steven Flanagan. 

Sep 21, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gans serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Select Medical, the parent company for Kessler. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. His distinguished career in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spans five decades as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and advocate. A prolific writer and researcher, he has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and just concluded many years of service as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gans also has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in PM&R. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he also holds Master of Science degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. In this special two-part live series, Dr. Gans delivers his acceptance speech of the 2016 Howard A Rusk Leadership and Innovation in Rehabilitation Award. The introduction to this speech, which took place at the 2nd Annual Rusk Research Symposium, is given by Rusk Chairman, Dr. Steven Flanagan. 

Sep 14, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Galletta is a Clinical Research Specialist who is Director of the Rusk Community Groups Program as well as an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) in the Speech Language Pathology Department. In her clinical practice she treats patients with acquired speech and language disorders secondary to stroke, concussion, traumatic brain injury, and tumor, along with other acquired neurologic conditions. Her research focuses on treatment approaches for stroke survivors with aphasia and includes using noninvasive brain stimulation as an adjuvant to speech-language intervention. She has both a master’s degree in audiology and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Hunter College, the City University of New York. Her PhD also is from the City University of NY. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in stroke rehabilitation research at the Kessler Foundation Research Center from 2009-2011 and has worked as a clinician, researcher, and professor throughout her career.

Sep 7, 2016

Amanda Childs is completing the second year of a postdoctoral fellowship in a National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research-funded Training Program at Rusk. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Rusk before graduating from the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University in 2014. She has been actively involved in rehabilitation psychology on a national level and currently serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee for Division 22 in Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She presented at the 2016 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in Atlanta and received the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Trainee Research Award for Best Oral Presentation and was a recipient of the Senil Gupta VA Travel Award for best trainee poster. She was selected as a Fellow for the Young Investigators Symposium at the upcoming 2016 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual meeting. Beginning in September 2016, she will be a staff psychologist in the outpatient department.

Aug 31, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gans serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Select Medical, the parent company for Kessler. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. His distinguished career in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spans five decades as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and advocate. A prolific writer and researcher, he has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and just concluded many years of service as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gans also has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in PM&R. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he also holds Master of Science degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. Among his many honors, he is the 2016 recipient of the Rusk Award for Leadership and Innovation in PM&R. In this special three-part edition, Dr. Gans provides incredible insight on a multitude of topics including managed care and Continuing Care Hospitals, pediatric transition to adult care services, and the importance of patient-reported outcomes. 

Aug 24, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gans serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Select Medical, the parent company for Kessler. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. His distinguished career in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spans five decades as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and advocate. A prolific writer and researcher, he has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and just concluded many years of service as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gans also has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in PM&R. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he also holds Master of Science degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. Among his many honors, he is the 2016 recipient of the Rusk Award for Leadership and Innovation in PM&R. In this special three-part edition, Dr. Gans provides incredible insight on a multitude of topics including managed care and Continuing Care Hospitals, pediatric transition to adult care services, and the importance of patient-reported outcomes. 

Aug 17, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gans serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and National Medical Director for Rehabilitation for Select Medical, the parent company for Kessler. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. His distinguished career in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spans five decades as a leading clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, and advocate. A prolific writer and researcher, he has served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and just concluded many years of service as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gans also has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world on various topics in PM&R. He is past president of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and he also holds Master of Science degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. Among his many honors, he is the 2016 recipient of the Rusk Award for Leadership and Innovation in PM&R. In this special three-part edition, Dr. Gans provides incredible insight on a multitude of topics including managed care and Continuing Care Hospitals, pediatric transition to adult care services, and the importance of patient-reported outcomes. 

Aug 10, 2016

Elena Savvides is a music therapist on the in-patient pediatric unit at Rusk Rehabilitation where she provides both individual and group music therapy services to children and families, with occasional services provided on the surgery recovery unit. She has received specialized training in neurologic music therapy, which is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions that come from varied neurologic disorders. She is currently in the process of developing a Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) pilot program in the pediatric outpatient rehabilitation unit at Rusk. Her Master’s of Music Therapy degree with specialization in Psychotherapy is from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. In this interview, Elena discusses her experiences with initiating the RAS program. 

Aug 3, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Harwood is Director of the Health Care Quality Program and Director of Research for the Program in Physical Therapy at The George Washington University. Prior to his being at The George Washington University, he was the Vice President of Practice and Education for the American Physical Therapy Association where he oversaw Association efforts and activities designed to improve and enhance the state of physical therapy education and practice. Dr. Harwood has held academic positions at Columbia University, New York University and SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He earned his bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center and his master’s and PhD degrees from New York University’s Biomechanics and Ergonomics Program. He has published and presented nationally and internationally in the area of physical therapy, occupational health, low back pain care and prevention, safe patient handling and movement, health care policy and quality, and leadership. In this interview, Dr. Harwood discusses his study of the benefits of direct access to physical therapy and the effects that direct access has on health care costs, emergency department visits, and opioid use.

Jul 27, 2016

Dr. David Cifu is Chairman and the Herman J. Flax Endowed Professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He also is Chief of PM&R Services of the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering. He is the Senior Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Athletic Development and Integrated Injury Management System for the National Hockey League Florida Panthers. He has been funded on 39 research grants for over $130 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium. As an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 525 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 200 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 30 books and book chapters. He is a Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8) and Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015). His medical degree is from Boston University and he did post-graduate training at the Baylor College of Medicine. In this two-part interview, Dr. Cifu discusses traumatic brain injury with most of the emphasis on what is being done with veterans who were hurt in combat, as well as other aspects of treating brain injury, such as patient-reported outcomes and reducing health disparities among different racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. population. 

Jul 20, 2016

Dr. David Cifu is Chairman and the Herman J. Flax Endowed Professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He also is Chief of PM&R Services of the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering. He is the Senior Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Athletic Development and Integrated Injury Management System for the National Hockey League Florida Panthers. He has been funded on 39 research grants for over $130 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium. As an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 525 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 200 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 30 books and book chapters. He is a Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8) and Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015). His medical degree is from Boston University and he did post-graduate training at the Baylor College of Medicine. In this two-part interview, Dr. Cifu discusses traumatic brain injury with most of the emphasis on what is being done with veterans who were hurt in combat, as well as other aspects of treating brain injury, such as patient-reported outcomes and reducing health disparities among different racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. population. 

Jul 13, 2016

This special panel discussion includes three leading professionals including Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, Dr. Tamara Bushnik, and Michelle Smith. Dr. Whiteson is Medical Director of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Rusk. His research interests include: cardiac rehabilitation for patients with advanced congestive heart failure and after left ventricular assist device placement. His medical degree is from the University of London and he did his residency at NYU Medical Center in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he also completed a fellowship in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Tamara Bushnik is the Director of Research at Rusk. She oversees the activities, research, and administration of the Research Department, including responsibility for teaching roles for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residents and allied health care professionals.  Her PhD in Neuroscience is from the University of Ottawa and she has completed post-doctoral work at Stanford University. Michelle Smith is an Assistant Research Scientist. at Rusk. She received her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University with a focus on health promotion. Her background and interests are in health communication with the goal to provide vital information to patients as a means of improving their health status.  In this two-part interview, the three panel members discuss the future of mobile technology and tele-monitoring in cardiac rehabilitation as well as specific aspects of an out-patient study being conducted by the interviewees.

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