Dr. Brian Im is the medical director for the NYU Rusk brain injury rehabilitation program and program director for the ACGME accredited brain injury medicine fellowship at NYU School of Medicine. He is heavily involved in program development and academic medicine. He has an active role in TBI research with a focus on studying health care disparities and differences that exist in traumatic brain injury care for different populations. In this interview, Dr. Im discusses some of the medical complexities associated with complex TBI. After completing medical school at SUNY, Syracuse, a rehabilitation residency at NYU School of Medicine/Rusk Rehabilitation, and a fellowship in brain injury medicine at UMDNJ/Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, his subsequent tenure at Bellevue Hospital focused upon an interest in improving brain injury rehabilitation for underserved populations.
In Part 1, we discussed: an October 20-21, 2018 program at Rusk on the topic of complex TBI rehabilitation, paths that patients take to arrive at Rusk for treatment, measures used to determine recovery, whether treatment plateaus are reached, and differences in how patients experience a TBI and living with its aftermath.