Dr. Joan Gold is a clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health. Her medical degree is from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the NYU Medical Center and her residency in pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is board certified in the following three areas: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and also in Pediatrics. Her area of specialization includes the pediatric disorders cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
In this interview, Dr. Gold discusses the medically complex nature of pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and spina bifida; transition from care in the pediatric setting to adult health care; adequacy of transition guidelines; preparation of patients and their parents at Rusk to achieve a successful transition; and the role of medical homes in the transition process.