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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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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

Please excuse any quality issues during this live presentation. 

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.  

Jun 21, 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 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.  

Jun 14, 2017

Dr. Caitlin Andersen works in the Emergency Room/Observation Unit at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center. She currently serves as a staff physical therapist at Rusk, working in the acute inpatient department. Her experience includes being employed in outpatient neurological and inpatient neurological populations. Her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Chemistry was obtained from the University of Nebraska and she has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University. In this interview, Caitlin discusses her work in the acute care setting as a physical therapist, involvement in activities to prevent recurrence of health problems, the role of patient-reported outcomes, and some key topics in rehabilitation research.

Jun 7, 2017

Isabelle Matejovski is a full-time Senior Physical Therapist at NYU Rusk. Her experience includes working in a variety of Physical Therapy departments at NYU, including Tisch Hospital, Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, General Outpatient, and currently in the outpatient Vestibular physical therapy department. She has worked with a multitude of complex diagnoses within each department, however, neurological diagnoses are her special interest. She has presented at two national American Physical Therapy Association conferences within the Neurology section. Today, she is here to speak with us about Wallenberg Syndrome, a rare type of brainstem stroke syndrome that involves a constellation of symptoms and a specialized, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation pathway. Her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is from New York Medical College. In this interview, Isabelle discusses Wallenberg Syndrome, the role of physical therapists in treating it, how unique the condition is from a rehabilitation standpoint, possible long-term deficits, and research questions it would be useful to pursue through further study regarding this Syndrome.

May 31, 2017

Gianna Locascio is from the NYU Lutheran Department of Neurology where she is the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology. She holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine. For many years, Dr. Locascio has been actively involved in training neuropsychology externs, interns and post-doctoral fellows, as well as supervising and mentoring neuropsychologists through board certification. She has authored or co-authored several articles and chapters, and currently is editor of an upcoming book on cognitive rehabilitation in pediatric neurological disorders. She earned her doctorate in Psychology at Rutgers University. She completed an internship in Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & the Kennedy Krieger Institute. At Kennedy Krieger she served as a neuropsychologist and Director of the institute's American Psychological Association-approved Continuing Education Program.  She is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology and is a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist.

May 24, 2017

Marie Newkirk is a senior physical therapist practicing in acute care at NYU Langone Medical Center. She currently works in the Neurological ICU and the stroke step down unit. Prior to that she worked on the transplant and women's floor where she routinely saw patients after mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries. She also has experience working in the Women's Health outpatient physical therapy department where she would see patients post-mastectomy and reconstruction after they were discharged from the hospital. She has worked with the interdisciplinary team to create a presentation for nursing on Stroke Education Across a Continuum of Care and has given in-services to nursing on safe patient handling. She recently became named to the board for a non for profit organization called Keeping Us Abreast, an organization for women who have undergone or are considering reconstructive surgery. Her doctorate in physical therapy is from the University of Scranton. In this interview, Marie discusses: Roles a physical therapist plays in working with patients who experience a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery; treating patients who would benefit from reducing arm size resulting from lymphedema; for patients who will undergo breast surgery, how their preoperative level of activity can influence recovery after surgery; many other topics.

May 17, 2017

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.

May 10, 2017

This interview features a panel of guests from the Rusk Lumbar Spine Symposium. Four of the participants are from the NYU Langone Medical Center. They are: Dr. Michael D’Agati--Clinical Specialist of Physical Therapy, he is the current Chair of the NYU Rusk Physical Therapy Research Committee. Board Certified in Orthopedics, he is pursuing a second doctorate from Rutgers University. Dr. Mia Palazzo-- Program Manager, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Sport Performance Center, is Board Certified in Orthopedics. Her doctorate is from Temple University. Dr. James Koo-- Supervisor of Physical Therapy, also is Board Certified in Orthopedics. His doctorate is from New York University. Dr. William Oswald-- Supervisor of Physical Therapy, received a diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute International. Guest faculty Dr. Chad Cook-- Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University, is a recent winner of the top educator award for the American Physical Therapy Association. His doctorate is from Texas Tech University.

In Part 1 of this interview was on: why clinician's may not feel confident treating patients with back pain; and Dr. Mia Palazzo's comments on how clinical practice guidelines are being translated into improved patient outcomes.

Part 2 consisted of comments by Dr. Chad Cook on how medicine as an art and a science applies to the management of low back pain; comments by Dr. James Koo on how clinicians indicate that 90% of the diagnostic process is from the history; and comments by Dr. William Oswald on the important aspects of a low back pain examination and possible treatment strategies.

May 3, 2017

This interview features a panel of guests from the Rusk Lumbar Spine Symposium. Four of the participants are from the NYU Langone Medical Center. They are: Dr. Michael D’Agati--Clinical Specialist of Physical Therapy, he is the current Chair of the NYU Rusk Physical Therapy Research Committee. Board Certified in Orthopedics, he is pursuing a second doctorate from Rutgers University. Dr. Mia Palazzo-- Program Manager, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Sport Performance Center, is Board Certified in Orthopedics. Her doctorate is from Temple University. Dr. James Koo-- Supervisor of Physical Therapy, also is Board Certified in Orthopedics. His doctorate is from New York University. Dr. William Oswald-- Supervisor of Physical Therapy, received a diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute International. Guest faculty Dr. Chad Cook-- Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University, is a recent winner of the top educator award for the American Physical Therapy Association. His doctorate is from Texas Tech University.

In Part 1 of this interview was on: why clinician's may not feel confident treating patients with back pain; Dr. Michael D’Agati discussed how low back pain has become a medical disaster; and Dr. Mia Palazzo's comments on how clinical practice guidelines are being translated into improved patient outcomes.

Part 2 consisted of comments by Dr. Chad Cook on how medicine as an art and a science applies to the management of low back pain; comments by Dr. James Koo on how clinicians indicate that 90% of the diagnostic process is from the history; and comments by Dr. William Oswald on the important aspects of a low back pain examination and possible treatment strategies.

Apr 26, 2017

Dr. John Patrick Dorangricchia is a staff Physical Therapist at Rusk Rehabilitation. At NYU Langone Medical Center, he has practiced in the Tisch Hospital Acute Bedside Rehabilitation, Outpatient Adult Neurological and Outpatient Vestibular Rehabilitation, and currently works in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation. His main passion is vestibular therapy and prosthetic gait training. Currently, he is working on a national conference poster presentation BPPV Horizontal Canal Treatment, and sitting for a post-doctoral neurological certified specialist exam in 2018. His bachelor’s degree in Medical Informatics is from Stony Brook University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is from Long Island University.

Apr 19, 2017

This interview features both Dr. Mathilde Battsek and Dr. Clodagh Dack.

Dr. Mathilde Battsek works as a physical therapist at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center. She works in the inpatient rehabilitation department as a permanent staff member. Her experience includes serving in acute care on the cardiopulmonary floor, pediatrics floor, the neurology floor, general medicine floor, the ICU and the outpatient neurology department at the ambulatory care center. She has presented at two national physical therapy conferences to discuss NYU patient case studies. She is involved in the Brain Injury strategic plan and is working on a wellness program for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She received her Doctorate of physical therapy from Boston University.

Dr. Clodagh Dack is a Senior Physical Therapist currently working at Rusk. She began working at NYU Medical Center after emigrating from Dublin, Ireland in 2012. She started working in the outpatient Neurology department and has since moved through rotations in acute care, ICU care, and acute rehabilitation. In the acute care setting, she gained experience working specifically in cardiac, neurology, and general medicine units. Since coming to the U.S., she has been involved in treating adults with cystic fibrosis in the acute care and rehabilitation settings, plus the work she does with children. She has presented at poster sessions in 2014 and 2015 at the American Physical Therapy Association National Conference. Her doctorate in physical therapy is from Utica College.

This interview is a 2-part series. In Part 2, topics include dealing with changes in posture and skeletal structural alignment, patient resilience/willingness to participate actively in rehabilitation, and examples of necessary research, such as improving out-of-bed time for patients.

Apr 12, 2017

This interview features both Dr. Mathilde Battsek and Dr. Clodagh Dack.

Dr. Mathilde Battsek works as a physical therapist at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center. She works in the inpatient rehabilitation department as a permanent staff member. Her experience includes serving in acute care on the cardiopulmonary floor, pediatrics floor, the neurology floor, general medicine floor, the ICU and the outpatient neurology department at the ambulatory care center. She has presented at two national physical therapy conferences to discuss NYU patient case studies. She is involved in the Brain Injury strategic plan and is working on a wellness program for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She received her Doctorate of physical therapy from Boston University.

Dr. Clodagh Dack is a Senior Physical Therapist currently working at Rusk. She began working at NYU Medical Center after emigrating from Dublin, Ireland in 2012. She started working in the outpatient Neurology department and has since moved through rotations in acute care, ICU care, and acute rehabilitation. In the acute care setting, she gained experience working specifically in cardiac, neurology, and general medicine units. Since coming to the U.S., she has been involved in treating adults with cystic fibrosis in the acute care and rehabilitation settings, plus the work she does with children. She has presented at poster sessions in 2014 and 2015 at the American Physical Therapy Association National Conference. Her doctorate in physical therapy is from Utica College.

This interview is a 2-part series. In Part 1, the pair discussed the role of physical therapists in treating cystic fibrosis patients, the use of clinical assessment tools to improve patients' physical activity, and activities to enhance bone health.

Apr 5, 2017

This interview is with two individuals: Dr. Harry Pino is Senior Exercise Physiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center Musculoskeletal Care and Sports Performance Center and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Gauri Dhamnaskar is Senior Physical Therapist at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

Dr. Pino is a board certified exercise physiologist and a certified U.S. Track and Field Level 1 Coach. He has over 25 years of experience in performance testing and designing training programs for cyclists, runners, and triathletes. He has worked with Olympic athletes from Puerto Rico, the USA, and England and is well known for leadership in the field of Sports Science and for performance testing of teams, including the New York Jets, the NY Knickerbockers, the NY Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has lectured and published peer-reviewed articles, is on several national boards, and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists. He was inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame in Puerto Rico in December 2016.

Gauri Dhamnaskar has been a practicing Physical Therapist for eight years. She works with other colleagues at the 'Running Lab at NYULMC' where they analyze the biomechanics, strength and flexibility of runner clients and prepare comprehensive reports. She has worked with cricket and badminton players in India and since then in the United States where she specializes in athletes in sports, such as running, swimming, basketball. and soccer. Her master’s degree in musculoskeletal physical therapy is from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She has made presentations on common injuries in running and how to prevent them.

In this interview, the pair discuss the benefits and risks of strenuous exercise, the use of biomarkers to identify stresses and strains, and how to prevent and treat various kinds of injuries associated with lengthy periods of strenuous exercise, such as running in marathons. They also discuss current research activities.

Mar 29, 2017

Dr. Barbara Siminovich-Blok is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rusk Rehabilitation. Her research interests include: integrative research in rehabilitation medicine, how traditional modalities and modern science collaborate to enhance patient outcomes, physiological stress markers to analyze the effectiveness of Integrative Modalities, and retrospective analysis of the effectiveness of integrative health therapies at NYU Langone. Dr. Siminovich-Blok appeared on a previous episode of the podcast on October 26, 2015.

Mar 22, 2017

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 a Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Mar 15, 2017

Tami Altschuler is a Clinical Specialist in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center. As part of the Rusk Rehabilitation team, her focus is on patient-provider communication. Her work was recognized in February 2016 in the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She also has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Tami has authored a grant proposal and was awarded funding to establish an inpatient augmentative and alternative communication program in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University – CW Post. In this interview, Tami discusses augmentative and alternative communication with patients, why such a unit was established in the pediatric intensive care unit, the kinds of patients who benefit from this form of intervention, factors that can impede communication between clinicians and patients, and the importance of the environment in which communication occurs.

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. Siobhan O’Donnell is the Physical Therapy Assistant Unit Supervisor for Pediatrics at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center and Dr. Daniella Klein is a Senior Physical Therapist in the pediatric acute care setting. Dr. O’Donnell currently is working with the pediatric rehabilitation team at Tisch on the Early Mobilization Project in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her prior experience includes being a physical therapist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC with specialties including care of burn and trauma patients and also working at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, NY. She has spoken nationally at the American Burn Association annual conference regarding burn survivor support in the pediatric population, and also in the United Arab Emirates. She obtained her ABPTS Board Certification in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2016. A graduate of Columbia University, her doctorate in physical therapy is from Northwestern University.
Dr. Klein has been working at NYU Langone Medical Center for the past seven-and-one-half years. She has spent her career working in all areas of the acute care setting with both adult and pediatric patients with her primary focus in pediatric intensive care. She has worked on multiple performance improvement projects and most recently has been involved in the early mobilization initiative in the pediatric ICU. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and has her certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
In this interview, Dr. Klein and O'Donnell discuss early mobilization in pediatric intensive care, services provided by physical therapists in that setting, reasons why some patients might be excluded from receiving this kind of intervention, the importance of working with parents of children in the ICU, and how children and adults compare in that setting.

Mar 1, 2017

Dr. Lauren Simon is a Senior Physical Therapist at Rusk Rehabilitation in Pediatric Acute Care.  She has worked at NYU Langone Medical Center for three-and-one-half years. Most of her experience as a physical therapist has been in intensive care units ranging from adult surgical to pediatric cardiothoracic.  She currently works as the primary physical therapist in the neonatal intensive care unit as part of a developmental care team consisting of medical and rehabilitation professionals who work together with families and caregivers to promote development of the infants on the unit. Recently she received ABPTS Board Certification in Neurological Rehabilitation. An honors graduate, she has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. In this interview, she discusses the nature of physical therapy interventions in the neonatal intensive care unit, neurobehavioral cues by infants that aid in determining the nature of treatment, working with parents of infants, and potential research questions to be addressed as a means of advancing the knowledge base.

Feb 22, 2017

Dr. William Oswald is a Physical Therapy Supervisor and faculty member at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2013, Dr. Oswald received a diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute International. He is an adjunct professor at Touro College Physical Therapy program and a Continuing Education Instructor. Dr. Oswald has co-authored studies on back pain in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and the Pain Journal. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 and received his doctoral degree in 2006.

Feb 15, 2017

Dr. Joseph Ricker is the Director of Psychology for Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Medical Center and a Professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, and Radiology at NYU. He has a program of research examining the correlates and outcomes of cognitive impairment, recovery, and rehabilitation following human traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis).  Beginning in the 1990s, he was among the first investigators in the world to apply functional imaging in the investigation of cognition after TBI in humans. Over the past 12 years, he has been the Principal Investigator of four NIH-funded projects that have examined human brain injury.  He is the author of 72 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 21 book chapters, editor or co-editor of 4 books, and has authored dozens of abstracts and other professional publications.  He serves or has served as a member of the editorial boards of 5 peer-reviewed journals. His PhD in Clinical Psychology is from Wayne State University in Detroit and he completed postdoctoral residency training in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

Feb 8, 2017

Dr. Steven Flanagan is a nationally renowned expert in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

He was formerly the Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he was a faculty member from 1992 to 2008. He was also the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program which encompassed the physical, cognitive and emotional aftermaths of brain injuries. Under Flanagan's leadership, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research designated the program a TBI Model System recognizing it as a national leader in brain injury medical research and patient care.

He holds a major TBI grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; is chairman of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R); and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Brain Trauma Foundation.

In 2008, the Brain Injury Association of New York State honored Flanagan with the "Champion of Hope Award" for his work in the field of traumatic brain injury.

He received his B.S. from Fairfield University in 1984 and his M.D. from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1988. He completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1992.

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