Message from the Chair: Steven R. Flanagan, MD

Welcome to the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. From a clinical perspective, I believe there’s no better rehabilitation facility in the world. In addition to our tremendously talented physicians and nurses, we have a terrific group of therapists, social workers, and support staff, and our individual programs are all among the national leaders in their areas.

To give you just a few examples, our inpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and acute inpatient pediatric rehabilitation programs are the only ones of their kind in the New York metropolitan area, the latter providing a seamless continuum of care for children with multiple disabilities, from inpatient to outpatient. Our vestibular rehabilitation program for balance disorders was the first and remains the largest in the region, and we have Manhattan’s only driver evaluation program, where people with neurological disabilities can get assessed to see if they’re ready to drive a car. Cognitive therapy for people with brain injuries and speech-language therapy for those who have lost their ability to speak were both pioneered here. It’s for these—and many other—reasons that Rusk has been rated the number-one rehabilitation facility in New York State and one of the ten best in the nation for the past 21 consecutive years.

At Rusk, we maintain a lifelong connection with our patients. Beginning with a comprehensive diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, our doctors and therapists work closely with every patient to maximize their functional abilities as well as their emotional and psychological well-being. Our cutting-edge rehabilitation treatments and support services are all designed with one goal in mind: to help each patient return home and live a rich, productive life.

This is an important and exciting time at Rusk. We’re in the process of expanding and strengthening a number of our existing services, including neuro-rehabilitation, limb deficiency, women’s health, pain management, and acupuncture. We’re also expanding our research capabilities—a process that has us collaborating more than ever with our colleagues in other departments of NYU Langone Medical Center. Finally, in an historic shift, we’re preparing to move from the original Rusk Institute building on Manhattan’s East 34th Street and relocate our rehabilitation services in new, custom-designed facilities throughout the Medical Center campus.

Thanks to the commitment and dedication of everyone at Rusk, we currently provide the best rehabilitation care in the world. Soon, these treatments will be delivered in the world’s most modern, state-of-the-art environment, as well—enabling us to elevate Rusk’s already extraordinary patient care to an even higher level.

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