Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence in Patient Care

Mount Sinai’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine sponsored a day of scientific presentations to commemorate 100 years of patient care.

New York, NY
 – December 20, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine commemorated 100 years of patient care with a full day of scientific presentations made by the brightest minds in research and clinical care. The symposium, which took place on Friday, November 19, featured talks from distinguished faculty and alumni, and special lecture from Leighton Chan, MD, MPH, Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

On December 5, 1910, the Department of Physical Therapy was established at The Mount Sinai Hospital and since that time has evolved into a comprehensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation center named the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The Department is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States, and the only federally designated Model System of Care in New York State for spinal cord injury as well as traumatic brain injury.

Between the morning session, which focused on spinal cord injury, and the afternoon session focusing on traumatic brain injury, Dr. Chan delivered a talk titled "The Future of Rehabilitation Medicine: Clinical Care and Research." Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center also addressed the audience, speaking about academic growth at Mount Sinai.

"Mount Sinai has led the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine for a century now, helping to make significant advances in understanding and treating spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries," said Dr. Charney. "This symposium is a great opportunity to bring renowned researchers and clinicians together to celebrate Mount Sinai’s accomplishments over the last 100 years and discuss what the necessary tools are to improve treatment for individuals with these conditions."

The speakers presented sessions on a variety of hot topics in rehabilitation medicine, including pain and quality of life issues in people with spinal cord injuries and medical management and clinical challenges in treating people with traumatic brain injury. Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD, Lucy G. Moses Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, kicked off the program with a talk about how the field has progressed over the last century.

"During the last 50 years, rehabilitation medicine has led the development of an interdisciplinary team approach to treating people with physical disabilities. Mount Sinai epitomizes this treatment approach, and has become an internationally known center of excellence in providing comprehensive rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, limb amputations, multiple traumas, and joint replacement surgery," said Dr. Ragnarsson. "I am proud to lead a team so dedicated to restoring function and improving the quality of life of these individuals, and honored to speak alongside some of the world’s leading experts in this field."

The interdisciplinary team includes physicians, primary rehabilitation nurses, nurse practitioners, and professional staff in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, therapeutic recreation, and vocational counseling. This approach takes advantage of each discipline's expertise in providing quality care and cutting-edge treatments.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation's best hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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