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Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine Unit

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a comparatively new specialty, having achieved independent board status within the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1947. Shortly thereafter, in 1952, the NYMC Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s PM&R residency training program was established, making it one of the oldest and longest standing PM&R programs operating today.  Over the ensuing years, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has educated and trained countless numbers of students and residents. The following link is to the American Academy of PM&R’s 75th anniversary publication which details the origins and history of PM&R.


The specialty of PM&R offers a diverse array of clinical areas in which to subspecialize and/or focus one’s practice. Some PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat primarily acquired brain injury cases, while others practice mainly sports and spine medicine. Below is a list of areas where physiatrists may pursue advanced fellowship training or focus their areas of practice.

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Interventional Spine / Pain Management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Health

Our Mission

  1. We strive to provide skilled and compassionate rehabilitative care to all our patients, by recognizing their individual needs and goals, by working to overcome barriers, by helping them recover strength and function, and by providing them with the education and resources they need to achieve the best possible outcomes following an injury or debilitating illness.
  2. We seek to provide our students and residents with the knowledge and skills needed to be highly competent rehabilitation medicine specialists, prepare them for careers of lifelong learning, and demonstrate, through example, the importance of character and professionalism in the delivery of healthcare.
  3. We work to advance knowledge through translational and transdisciplinary research designed to develop effective rehabilitative strategies to enhance functional recovery and quality of life.