A Message From the Chair

The field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has entered an exciting time of growth and development.

In the clinical realm, physiatrists have incorporated the use of spine injections to complement traditional rehabilitation techniques, and musculoskeletal ultrasound is routinely used in the office setting as an aid to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Public awareness of the issues of traumatic brain injury has been expanded as a result of the rehabilitation needs of returning soldiers, as well as increased awareness of sports-related concussions.

Moreover, the team-oriented approach that is at the core of rehabilitation medicine has resulted in enhanced collaboration with multiple other specialties within the hospital. The Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University is active in these areas of clinical care, and is helping lead the way in advancing our specialty.

Educationally, our residency program competes effectively for the most qualified applicants and provides a breadth and depth of training that is exceptional. Many of our graduating residents have chosen to continue their education through fellowships and have been accepted to competitive programs throughout the country. Our alumni are active in all areas of physiatric practice and are well-represented among leaders in our field.

Our clinical research program has grown substantially, with a particular focus on stroke, cerebral palsy, and musculoskeletal disorders. Combined with our translational research program in the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, we are working to develop new regenerative therapies as the next phase in rehabilitative care.

The physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists within our department provide critical services to patients on our inpatient rehabilitation unit. We also serve patients hospitalized on other services within NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, such as Medicine, Neurology and Surgery and the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York. We offer a wide array of outpatient specialty programs for patients with neurologic, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, vestibular, pediatric and other disorders. We serve as a clinical training site for students participating in different training programs around the country. The Programs in Physical and Occupational Therapy at Columbia University are housed within the Columbia Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and are closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian.

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Columbia’s Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at this exciting time and am committed to continuing and expanding its reputation for excellence in all aspects of our mission. Feel free to contact us for more information about our department.

Joel Stein, MD
Simon Baruch Professor and Chair
Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons