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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 17, 2024

Dr. Julie Silver is an associate professor and associate chairperson in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School

PART 1

Her presentation is a data-driven lecture for individuals who believe in science.  A big theme in her work is to focus on tipping points that will drive change faster. An important large study reported in the journal Lancet in 2018 attracted widespread attention. Researchers looked at clinical practice guidelines. They found that the representation of female authors was low, but even lower for female physicians. Looking at PM&R since then shows similar findings. Problems were not being solved because while medical societies indicated that they were not at fault, their journals expressed the same opinion. It became obvious that many organizations were working together in ways that were complicit. Not many women were included in the clinical practice guidelines. Compensation is an important issue that also was studied extensively. Dr. Silver provided an example of how men were compensated more than women for performing similar procedures. She discussed medical recognition awards that also reveal a considerable amount of disparity that favors men over women. The same holds true for minoritized groups as explained using the concept of inexorable zero. A promotion problem is involved in this situation, which can be fixed. Additionally, her lecture also focused on challenges pertaining to faculty retention. Women physicians are more likely to leave academia at all career stages.  A key issue is enabling individuals to feel that they belong.

PART 2

In Part 2, Dr. Silver began by indicating that thinking about belonging and social integration are super important. There are two bodies of literature--a retention literature and a belonging literature. Very few studies have looked at them together. One investigation that did so found that women who have fewer belonging components are more likely to leave their workplace and more likely to stay if they have more of these components. What can be done right now to improve the situation? Her answer is that individuals should be told that they belong. Inclusion is not a synonym of belonging. She provided examples of constructive steps that have been implemented at other academic institutions. Mentoring is a critically important model. She described how she works with individuals in helping them to feel that they belong and indicated five strategies that leaders can implement. Let’s not assume that progress happens. Instead, let’s believe the science and follow the data. When looking at the proportion of women on specialty boards, they found in a comparison study that six boards decreased and that two stayed the same. Progress does not just happen on its own. In PM&R, there was an increase, but it still is not really at the equitable level.  We must continue to focus on it. The same holds true when looking at race and ethnicity.

 

 

Jul 3, 2024

Nicole Lund is a registered dietitian at NYU Langone’s Sports Performance Center. A certified health and well-being coach and certified personal trainer, as a former dancer her love of movement led her into a career as a step aerobics instructor and personal trainer. Through her work, she recognized a need for a discussion about food and its impact on everything from performance to health. She sees medical nutrition therapy patients via insurance and self-pay sports. She is a clinician with the Running Lab and works with athletes on the USA Nordic team.

Her expertise is in sports and performance nutrition while her clinical interests include chronic inflammation, weight loss, migraines, and menopause. She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Hunter College.

Part 2

The discussion covered the following topics: complementary and alternative therapies; accuracy of patients' nutrition knowledge; influence of demographic factors on the adequacy of nutritional status; provision of nutritional health care care via telehealth; prevention of health problems related to participating in vigorous physical activities; and how improved dietary practices may help to prevent health problems.

 

 

Jun 19, 2024

Nicole Lund is a registered dietitian at NYU Langone’s Sports Performance Center. A certified health and well-being coach and certified personal trainer, as a former dancer her love of movement led her into a career as a step aerobics instructor and personal trainer. Through her work, she recognized a need for a discussion about food and its impact on everything from performance to health. She sees medical nutrition therapy patients via insurance and self-pay sports. She is a clinician with the Running Lab and works with athletes on the USA Nordic team.

Her expertise is in sports and performance nutrition while her clinical interests include chronic inflammation, weight loss, migraines, and menopause. She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Hunter College.

Part 1

The discussion covered the following topics: how and when she began to develop an interest in performance nutrition; types of patients she treats; the role that diet plays in improving problems involving overweight and obesity; and use of dietary supplements by patients. 

 

Jun 5, 2024

Dr. David Jevotovsky is in the second year of a residency program at the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute at NYU Langone Health. A former graduate of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he is keen on pursuing a fellowship in interventional pain medicine. Having experienced a traumatic brain injury during his medical training, he possesses a unique understanding of both the patient and provider perspectives of this condition.

As patients differ on the basis of age, gender, and racial/ethnic background,  whether they also tend to differ in how they express what it is like to experience a TBI and live with its aftermath; the role played by social media in the residency program; whether beneficial outcomes can result from having patients with a TBI participate in physical exercise activities; why it is hard for many patients, their loved ones, and even PM&R physicians to understand how a brain could be rewired; and different perspectives that patients and physicians may have regarding agitation/delirium, cognition, return to work, and support systems. 

 

 

May 29, 2024

This unique episode features course directors Dr. Salvador Portugal, Dr. Surein Theivakumar, Dr. Julia Iafrate, Dr. Jina Libby and Dr. Haruki Ishii for the course taking place 6/7-6/9.

The following link has more information, if you or anyone you know is interested in registering: https://www.pathlms.com/nyurusk/courses/66458.

May 22, 2024

Dr. Jina Libby completed her PM&R residency in Michigan. Her dedication to that profession and sports medicine extends beyond clinical practice as she serves on the executive committee for the International Rehab and Global Health Committee of AAPM&R. Her fervor for education is evident through her commitment to teaching physical medicine and rehabilitation, not only locally, but also by championing its integration on an international scale.

Beyond her current role as a fellow physician, Dr. Laurenie Louissaint's compassionate spirit leads her on frequent global impact trips, where she provides critical medical support to underserved communities, such as Haiti and Namibia. She also is an active member of the New York City cycling community while also providing medical care for injured cyclists and developing related research.

Part 1

The discussion in Part 1 included the following items: demographic aspects of Namibia, major health problems in that nation, how health care is financed, similarities with western allopathic health practices, use of traditional and alternative health care interventions, status of health professions educational institutions, and nature of the auspices sponsoring the visitation trip by U.S. clinicians to that country.

Part 2

The discussion in Part 2 included the following items: types of health professionals in the group visiting Namibia, kinds of Namibian practitioners interacted with during the visit, most evident aspects of health care in that nation where improvements would appear to be beneficial, possibly reversing the flow of clinicians to enable Namibians to spend time in U.S. clinical facilities, and health professional literature produced in that country.

May 8, 2024

Dr. Jina Libby completed her PM&R residency in Michigan. Her dedication to that profession and sports medicine extends beyond clinical practice as she serves on the executive committee for the International Rehab and Global Health Committee of AAPM&R. Her fervor for education is evident through her commitment to teaching physical medicine and rehabilitation, not only locally, but also by championing its integration on an international scale.

Beyond her current role as a fellow physician, Dr. Laurenie Louissaint's compassionate spirit leads her on frequent global impact trips, where she provides critical medical support to underserved communities, such as Haiti and Namibia. She also is an active member of the New York City cycling community while also providing medical care for injured cyclists and developing related research.

Part 1

The discussion in Part 1 included the following items: demographic aspects of Namibia, major health problems in that nation, how health care is financed, similarities with western allopathic health practices, use of traditional and alternative health care interventions, status of health professions educational institutions, and nature of the auspices sponsoring the visitation trip by U.S. clinicians to that country.

Part 2

The discussion in Part 2 included the following items: types of health professionals in the group visiting Namibia, kinds of Namibian practitioners interacted with during the visit, most evident aspects of health care in that nation where improvements would appear to be beneficial, possibly reversing the flow of clinicians to enable Namibians to spend time in U.S. clinical facilities, and health professional literature produced in that country.

Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski is a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Part 1

Her objectives in the presentation are to help listeners by learning about evidence-based treatment for patients with osteoarthritis (OA), to understand the process by which guidelines are developed that might help us figure out our evidence-based approach, to review the recommended treatments for OA, and to review some treatments that are not recommended for OA. Her basic evidence-based reference is a University of Pennsylvania guideline that was published in 2020. Numerous other guidelines are available, which she described. She discussed her work with a case involving a 55-year-old male patient. He arrived for routine follow-up care for immunosuppressive medication monitoring. He described pains that he was experiencing and was diagnosed with OA. She indicated the impacts OA has on patients. Clinicians find it a daunting challenge to provide satisfactory treatment. For example, for some clinicians, the guidelines do not appear to be clear and provide a roadmap. Also, they do not always believe in the recommendations contained in the guidelines. In this presentation, she wants to see if she can change some minds about guidelines. She provided an example based on investigations conducted at her institution. The outcome was a series of recommendations that she described.

Part 2

Dr. Kolasinski began Part 2 of her presentation by continuing to focus on the importance of having patients with OA engage in physical activity. She stated that “they are worn out and the implication is that a doctor is needed to fix them.” Perhaps a perspective should be taken of a more participatory discourse where we encourage physical therapy and emphasize that physical exercise is safe when you have arthritis and focus on what the patient can do, empowering them to exercise. A starting point is to give patients a physical therapy prescription. She discussed the extent to which physical therapy is useful, along with indicating how much and how frequently exercise is beneficial (e.g., for 20 minutes, three times a week). Losing weight is an effective way of reducing symptoms. Food choices can affect OA symptoms. Diet and exercise used together can produce effective results. References were made to several studies that involve the status of steroid injections on improving patient health status. Acupuncture also was mentioned. She indicated conditional recommendations on the use of pharmacological interventions. She concluded by describing how to treat the 55-year-old patient she mentioned in Part 1 of her presentation.

Apr 10, 2024

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski is a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Part 1

Her objectives in the presentation are to help listeners by learning about evidence-based treatment for patients with osteoarthritis (OA), to understand the process by which guidelines are developed that might help us figure out our evidence-based approach, to review the recommended treatments for OA, and to review some treatments that are not recommended for OA. Her basic evidence-based reference is a University of Pennsylvania guideline that was published in 2020. Numerous other guidelines are available, which she described. She discussed her work with a case involving a 55-year-old male patient. He arrived for routine follow-up care for immunosuppressive medication monitoring. He described pains that he was experiencing and was diagnosed with OA. She indicated the impacts OA has on patients. Clinicians find it a daunting challenge to provide satisfactory treatment. For example, for some clinicians, the guidelines do not appear to be clear and provide a roadmap. Also, they do not always believe in the recommendations contained in the guidelines. In this presentation, she wants to see if she can change some minds about guidelines. She provided an example based on investigations conducted at her institution. The outcome was a series of recommendations that she described.

Part 2

Dr. Kolasinski began Part 2 of her presentation by continuing to focus on the importance of having patients with OA engage in physical activity. She stated that “they are worn out and the implication is that a doctor is needed to fix them.” Perhaps a perspective should be taken of a more participatory discourse where we encourage physical therapy and emphasize that physical exercise is safe when you have arthritis and focus on what the patient can do, empowering them to exercise. A starting point is to give patients a physical therapy prescription. She discussed the extent to which physical therapy is useful, along with indicating how much and how frequently exercise is beneficial (e.g., for 20 minutes, three times a week). Losing weight is an effective way of reducing symptoms. Food choices can affect OA symptoms. Diet and exercise used together can produce effective results. References were made to several studies that involve the status of steroid injections on improving patient health status. Acupuncture also was mentioned. She indicated conditional recommendations on the use of pharmacological interventions. She concluded by describing how to treat the 55-year-old patient she mentioned in Part 1 of her presentation.

Mar 27, 2024

Dr. Natalie Azar is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine & Rheumatology at NYU Langone Health. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is a designated long Covid provider in rheumatology. Her practice locations are at the Langone orthopedic center and Washington Square, and she has been in private practice since 2001. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Azar’s medical degree is from Cornell University Medical College. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship at New York University. Her fellowship in rheumatology was at the Hospital For Joint Diseases. She has been a medical contributor to NBC News since 2014.

Part 1

The discussion in Part 1 included the following items: clinical definition of Long-COVID; predictability of developing Long-COVID; whether patients with existing rheumatic disease are more susceptible to developing Long-COVID; whether COVID-19 could trigger rheumatic disease; differences and similarities between Long-COVID and rheumatic disease; whether Long-COVID can occur following mild acute illness; risk factors associated with developing Long-COVID; presence of fatigue as a risk factor for developing Long-COVID; and major symptoms of Long-COVID.

Part 2

The discussion in Part 2 included the following items: organ systems and tissues most affected by Long-COVID; variations in symptoms and disease severity among patients; diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for Long-COVID; protective effects of vaccine; episodic aspects of Long-COVID; use of medications and non-pharmaceutical treatment interventions; and personal and NYU involvement in conducting Long-COVID studies.

 

Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Natalie Azar is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine & Rheumatology at NYU Langone Health. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is a designated long Covid provider in rheumatology. Her practice locations are at the Langone orthopedic center and Washington Square, and she has been in private practice since 2001. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Azar’s medical degree is from Cornell University Medical College. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship at New York University. Her fellowship in rheumatology was at the Hospital For Joint Diseases. She has been a medical contributor to NBC News since 2014.

Part 1

The discussion in Part 1 included the following items: clinical definition of Long-COVID; predictability of developing Long-COVID; whether patients with existing rheumatic disease are more susceptible to developing Long-COVID; whether COVID-19 could trigger rheumatic disease; differences and similarities between Long-COVID and rheumatic disease; whether Long-COVID can occur following mild acute illness; risk factors associated with developing Long-COVID; presence of fatigue as a risk factor for developing Long-COVID; and major symptoms of Long-COVID.

Part 2

The discussion in Part 2 included the following items: organ systems and tissues most affected by Long-COVID; variations in symptoms and disease severity among patients; diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for Long-COVID; protective effects of vaccine; episodic aspects of Long-COVID; use of medications and non-pharmaceutical treatment interventions; and personal and NYU involvement in conducting Long-COVID studies.

 

Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Jacques Hacquebord is  Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He also serves as the co-chief of the Hand Surgery service at Bellevue Hospital (a Level 1 trauma and regional replant center) and co-chief of the Center for Amputation Reconstruction. He did his surgical residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington and the world-renowned trauma center Harborview Medical Center and did his fellowship in Hand/Microsurgery at the University of California at Irvine with Dr Neil Jones. He then completed two traveling fellowships in reconstructive microsurgery and brachial plexus surgery with the first in China and then the second at Ganga Hospital in India. His principal clinical interest and passion within hand and orthoplastic surgery is the primary management and secondary reconstruction of the traumatized upper extremity. This includes replantation surgery, reconstruction of bone and soft tissues deficits in the upper extremity, and complex nerve reconstruction surgery. 

The discussion in Part 2 included the following items: other types of clinicians who provide treatment for patients who need hand surgery; influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on hand surgery; complications that could arise during hand surgery and how to mitigate them; management of post-operative pain; dealing with pre-operative anxiety experienced by patients; quality of patient information on the Internet about hand health problems; advice on how to prevent health problems regarding the hands; personal lessons learned that have implications for improving patient care; and research involvement at NYU Langone Health.

 

Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Jacques Hacquebord is  Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He also serves as the co-chief of the Hand Surgery service at Bellevue Hospital (a Level 1 trauma and regional replant center) and co-chief of the Center for Amputation Reconstruction. He did his surgical residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington and the world-renowned trauma center Harborview Medical Center and did his fellowship in Hand/Microsurgery at the University of California at Irvine with Dr Neil Jones. He then completed two traveling fellowships in reconstructive microsurgery and brachial plexus surgery with the first in China and then the second at Ganga Hospital in India. His principal clinical interest and passion within hand and orthoplastic surgery is the primary management and secondary reconstruction of the traumatized upper extremity. This includes replantation surgery, reconstruction of bone and soft tissues deficits in the upper extremity, and complex nerve reconstruction surgery. 

The discussion in Part 1 included the following items: reason for deciding to practice in hand surgery; common health problems that result in patients undergoing hand surgery, influence of gender on the onset of health problems, kinds of health problems children experience, patient expectations of what will result from hand surgery, use of wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet surgery (WALANT), and patients’ level of cooperation in achieving positive surgical outcomes.

 

 

Jan 31, 2024

A special two-part Grand Rounds presentation by Dr. Carlo Pardo, who is a clinical neurologist/pathologist and professor of neurology and pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Part One

He began by stating that the main objective of this presentation is understanding the concept of myelopathies versus myelitis. He wants to present a diagnostic approach for the evaluation of a patient with an acute case of myelopathy and vascular myelopathy, and review the current concepts of vascular myelopathies, something that probably will be encountered very often in rehabilitation clinical practice. It is truly important that after this lecture to stop using the term myelitis and instead use a more precise etiological diagnosis of myelopathy. He disclosed where his research funding comes from. He presented a historical concept of myelitis and myelopathies. In the past several years, the major revolution in neurology has been the discovery of many biomarkers that are identified myelopathies. Etiological diagnosis should dominate the evaluation of patients with acute myelopathies because once we identify the etiological factor, we are able to help those patients in a better way. A lack of proper characterization may lead to mistreatment. A major difficulty in assessment of non-inflammatory myelopathy is at this moment, we do not have clear criteria to diagnose some of them. So keep in mind that the temporal assessment of the lesion by MRI is also important and you need to think about the timing of the MRI when you are preparing to give an interpretation to decide what is a potential etiological diagnosis.

Part Two

Getting the clinical information, the temporal profile of the patient, along with MRI findings and spinal fluid analysis is important during the analysis of patients presenting with myelopathic syndromes. MRI is one important tool and a very good way to establish the magnitude and localization of spinal cord lesions. One thing he likes to emphasize also is that the presence of myelopathies are not following the classical territories that we know. One thing that is important is that in addition to the blood supply is the blood drainage. The blood drainage of the spinal cord once again is very complex and there is a good and complex pattern of drainage at every segment of the spinal cord. He emphasized for individuals working in rehabilitation that there are other areas of the blood supply that may be affected. Some examples were provided of what he meant. He discussed experiences in their analysis of some cases at his institution where they analyzed 125 patients, attempting to classify the topographic distribution of the lesion.

Jan 17, 2024

A special two-part Grand Rounds presentation by Dr. Carlo Pardo, who is a clinical neurologist/pathologist and professor of neurology and pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Part One

He began by stating that the main objective of this presentation is understanding the concept of myelopathies versus myelitis. He wants to present a diagnostic approach for the evaluation of a patient with an acute case of myelopathy and vascular myelopathy, and review the current concepts of vascular myelopathies, something that probably will be encountered very often in rehabilitation clinical practice. It is truly important that after this lecture to stop using the term myelitis and instead use a more precise etiological diagnosis of myelopathy. He disclosed where his research funding comes from. He presented a historical concept of myelitis and myelopathies. In the past several years, the major revolution in neurology has been the discovery of many biomarkers that are identified myelopathies. Etiological diagnosis should dominate the evaluation of patients with acute myelopathies because once we identify the etiological factor, we are able to help those patients in a better way. A lack of proper characterization may lead to mistreatment. A major difficulty in assessment of non-inflammatory myelopathy is at this moment, we do not have clear criteria to diagnose some of them. So keep in mind that the temporal assessment of the lesion by MRI is also important and you need to think about the timing of the MRI when you are preparing to give an interpretation to decide what is a potential etiological diagnosis.

Part Two

Getting the clinical information, the temporal profile of the patient, along with MRI findings and spinal fluid analysis is important during the analysis of patients presenting with myelopathic syndromes. MRI is one important tool and a very good way to establish the magnitude and localization of spinal cord lesions. One thing he likes to emphasize also is that the presence of myelopathies are not following the classical territories that we know. One thing that is important is that in addition to the blood supply is the blood drainage. The blood drainage of the spinal cord once again is very complex and there is a good and complex pattern of drainage at every segment of the spinal cord. He emphasized for individuals working in rehabilitation that there are other areas of the blood supply that may be affected. Some examples were provided of what he meant. He discussed experiences in their analysis of some cases at his institution where they analyzed 125 patients, attempting to classify the topographic distribution of the lesion.

Jan 3, 2024

In this episode, the two discuss how and when they began to develop an interest in performing arts medicine; health screening of performers prior to participation in these activities; failure to admit the existence of a health problem because of a fear of being replaced by a healthier performer; types of clinicians involved in treating performing artists; and approaches to preventing health problems in performing artists.

Dr. Tracy McKay is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  She specializes in Integrative Sports and Spine Medicine with a special interest in Performing Arts Medicine. Dr. McKay is Chairperson of the Performing Arts Medicine Community of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and served as consulting medical director for the Broadway show, Here Lies Love. She is a staff physician at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and provides care to professional dance companies that include Complexions, Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, and AIM. 

Dr. Rosa Pasculli is a non-operative Sports Medicine physician at Emory Orthopedics at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Her primary clinical area of interest is performing arts medicine. She serves as a consulting physician for the Atlanta Ballet, the Georgia Ballet, and she is a faculty member of the Female Athlete Program. She also serves as a team physician for Emory University, the College Park Skyhawks, and several Atlanta high schools. Dr. Pasculli completed medical school at New York University School of Medicine and her residency was in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NYU. She also had a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Emory University.

Dec 20, 2023

We should begin with every patient by validating that their pain is real. He discussed the role played by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It is referenced most often because it has the best evidence, but we do not really know how to break that down for patients. He described three basic stages. It is important to recognize that CBT is not the best and only treatment. Exercise is important in a lot of musculoskeletal conditions, but it should be tailored to benefit that window between benefit and symptom aggravation. Next, is the question of what must be done with all the information he has provided in this presentation thus far. There seems to be evidence of some advantage to participating in athletics or being fit. Also, not everyone who is fit is having a good time and not everyone with a chronic condition can jump into fitness in the right way. So, we need to figure out how to meld that. Patients come to us because they are suffering. We need a team approach to close the performance gap they experience. A psychological battle must be dealt with at the same time as physical problems. He described strategies he would use. Find out what exercise they do now and for how many minutes, and their amount of sleep. Determine what they enjoyed doing in the past. It is important to focus on one of their problems and aim to achieve success in treating it. He described some available resources that are useful.

 

A Question & Answer period followed.

Dec 6, 2023

PART 1

Dr. Vasudevan began by discussing how pain is experienced by athletes and non-athletes, how to identify components of multidisciplinary care for both those groups, and incorporate some reasonable strategies that might help with exercise prescriptions and lifestyle modifications for those with chronic pain. He provided some definitions for various terms, such as pain medicine, sports medicine, and pain. The latter is in the brain, which is the summation of all inputs. As physiatrists, we look at what the pain is keeping you from doing what you want to perform. He addressed the question of whether there are gender differences in the perception of pain. The short answer is no. Strength and endurance matter more. Endurance athletes can tolerate pain better. He discussed some consequences of the overtraining syndrome. If an athlete cannot perform at a desired level, there is a higher mental risk. Insufficient sleep is a risk factor. A pertinent concern is how to improve mental health in athletes. He indicated what they do at Penn to address this matter. Non-pharmacological interventions are preferred for treating injuries, e.g., massage modalities. The use of topical medications can be effective from a systemic perspective. The discussion then switched to chronic pain. 

Nov 27, 2023

Holly Cohen is the program manager of assistive technology and the driving rehabilitation program at NYU Langone Health. She is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience. She also is an adjunct professor at New York University where she teaches occupational therapy and engineering students on the importance of accessibility and adaptability in everyday technology.  Additionally, she has lectured both nationally and internationally on the importance of assistive technology to improve function and quality of life for users.

The following items were discussed in Part 1: Determining the ability of patients to use various forms of assistive technology; examples of the kinds of assistive technology employed in providing care to patients; kinds of patients treated; treatment offered in the clinical setting and by telehealth; if patients ever abandon using assistive devices; whether patients influence the kinds of assistive technology used; use of a patient group-based treatment approach; emerging technology; and key lessons learned in improving patient care. 

 

Nov 8, 2023

This is an exciting year for RUSK, celebrating our 75th anniversary! As part of our celebration, we are hosting a number of events including our Research Symposium, podcasts, and interviews. Our content continues to cover a wide range of topics within PM&R, and this particular segment includes special Rusk 75th Anniversary episodes featuring Rusk leadership, faculty, and residents.

This is the third of three special episodes...

Dr. Lindsey Gurin specializes in Dementia & Alzheimer's, Neuropsychiatry and is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine ,and an Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine She is also Director of both the  Neurology/Psychiatry Residency Program and Behavioral Neurology, NYU Langone Orthopedics Hospital.

Dr. Prin Amorapanth is an Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine . He completed his residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Rehab Medicine and his fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center, Brain Injury Medicine. 

Dr. Jessica Rivetz is currently a resident physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabiitation at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and will be applying for her fellowship in brain injury medicine. 

 

 

 

 

Oct 24, 2023

This is an exciting year for RUSK, celebrating our 75th anniversary! As part of our celebration, we are hosting a number of events including our Research Symposium, podcasts, and interviews. Our content continues to cover a wide range of topics within PM&R, and this particular segment includes special Rusk 75th Anniversary episodes featuring Rusk leadership, faculty, and residents.

This is the second of three special episodes...

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson is Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Medical Director of Rusk Outreach and Growth; and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. His research interests include: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation coping strategies during cardiac rehabilitation following cardiac surgery, pulmonary rehabilitation of individuals exposed to world trade center dust, and recognizing encephalopathy and delirium in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. He is also part of the Senior Leadership team of Rusk Institute and Medical Director of the Rusk Institute Outpatient program.

Oct 11, 2023

This is an exciting year for RUSK, celebrating our 75th anniversary! As part of our celebration, we are hosting a number of events including our Research Symposium, podcasts, and interviews. Our content continues to cover a wide range of topics within PM&R, and this particular segment includes special Rusk 75th Anniversary episodes featuring Rusk leadership, faculty, and residents.

This is the first of three special episodes...

Steven Flanagan, MD is professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center. Dr. Flanagan has served on medical advisory boards of many national and international committees and has presented at scientific meetings both nationally and internationally, most notably on topics pertaining to brain injury rehabilitation. He has authored numerous chapters and publications and has participated in both federally and industry sponsored research, funded by such organization as the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson is Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Medical Director of Rusk Outreach and Growth; and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. His research interests include: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation coping strategies during cardiac rehabilitation following cardiac surgery, pulmonary rehabilitation of individuals exposed to world trade center dust, and recognizing encephalopathy and delirium in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. He is also part of the Senior Leadership team of Rusk Institute and Medical Director of the Rusk Institute Outpatient program.

 

Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Weiss is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine. She previously was the Chairman and Director of Residency Training for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center. She also was the Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Chair of the Ethics committee. She is Board Certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and in November 2018 was among the first group of professionals to become Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified. Dr. Weiss has published numerous articles, book chapters, and authored 10 books. She is active in professional organizations on a national level. Her professional interests include electrodiagnostic medicine, ethics, and women in medicine.

The following items were discussed in Part 2: 

Differences between monopolar and concentric needles; possible role of contaminants leading to diagnostic misinterpretation; training or certification required to become eligible to engage in EMG testing; kinds of clinical personnel who conduct EMG tests; size of the workforce engaged in EMG testing; the role of EMG wearables by patients; future studies of EMG testing; and personal current research involvement.

 

Sep 13, 2023

Dr. Weiss is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine. She previously was the Chairman and Director of Residency Training for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center. She also was the Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Chair of the Ethics committee. She is Board Certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and in November 2018 was among the first group of professionals to become Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified. Dr. Weiss has published numerous articles, book chapters, and authored 10 books. She is active in professional organizations on a national level. Her professional interests include electrodiagnostic medicine, ethics, and women in medicine.

The following items were discussed in Part 1: 

Reason for deciding to practice in PM&R; some indications for electrodiagnostic testing; difference between nerve conduction studies and EMG; most common health problems that govern EMG testing; kinds of musculature tested; how electrodiagnostic testing differs from MRIs and x-rays; if patient age affects EMG tests; diagnostic information furnished by needle insertion and placement of electrodes over the skin surface; and patient characteristics to take into account when inserting needles.

Aug 30, 2023

Dr. Tan participated in a Dual Residency Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Pediatrics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She has received Fellowship Grants and Support from the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the  Medtronics/Allergan: Spasticity Management Workshop, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. She served as Founder of the Philippine Chinese-American Medical Association and became President of that organization in 2014. Dr. Tan obtained her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

The following items were discussed in Part 2: role played by family in providing care; outcomes produced when treating with botox; implementation of alcohol blocks in treatment; what serial casting in treatment entails; use of oral medications; role played by complementary and alternative modalities; whether symptoms change with age; the transition from pediatric to adult care; potential of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in treating patients with cerebral palsy; and her research interests in cerebral palsy and plans to be involved in any upcoming investigations.

 

 

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