Rusk Provides Gender-Tailored Care at Centers for Men’s and Women’s Health

Reflecting a growing understanding of the different medical issues and sensibilities that men and women bring to the table, NYU Langone Medical Center has now established its second gender-specific clinical facility. Several years after launching the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health, a thriving multispecialty practice on Manhattan’s East 84th Street, the Medical Center recently opened the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, a 15,000-square-foot facility at Madison Avenue and 55th Street.

With over 20 physicians, including several full-time internists and numerous specialists, as well as sophisticated testing and imaging facilities, the new center is rapidly becoming a go-to location for men living or working in New York City.

With a location ideal for workday drop-ins, the center draws a mix of office workers and neighborhood residents. Elements such as state-of-the-art cardiovascular testing and orthopaedists trained in sports medicine make it especially well-suited to address the health of the middle-aged workforce.

The center’s clinical care is keenly attuned to the needs of the male population, with expertise in areas such as men’s urologic conditions and orthopaedic sports medicine, sophisticated cardiovascular stress test capabilities, and scanning capabilities that include a full X-ray suite and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

This male-oriented focus extends to the clinic’s state-of-the-art physical therapy gym, staffed by two full-time Rusk PTs trained in both general and sports therapy. “In our first few months we’ve already treated quite a few painful backs, knees, and hips,” says Kenny Ho, one of the PTs. “We’re also seeing lots of weekend-warrior-type injuries-shoulder problems from playing golf, and tennis-related ankle sprains.” The center’s PT program will soon be augmented by the addition of a Rusk physiatrist trained in sports rehabilitation.

This concept of a physiatrist/therapist team with gender-specific skills mirrors the formula of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health, where the PTs have specialized training in pelvic floor therapy, a key to treating pelvic pain and incontinence in women. The women’s center is also preparing to welcome a new physiatrist-Kimberly Sackheim, MD, an expert in treating chronic abdominal and pelvic pain, and medical director of Rusk’s Women’s Health Rehabilitation program as of this July.

“While I can’t always ‘cure’ patients with chronic pain, I can frequently establish a treatment plan that enables them to cope with their ailments successfully,” notes Dr. Sackheim. “The supportive atmosphere of the Center for Women’s Health is ideally suited to this treatment approach.”

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