Joel Stein, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Joel Stein, M.D.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine encompasses a broad range of activities. Through our close relationships with both the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College we have an outstanding physician staff and a growing research program. The field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has entered an exciting time of growth and development. In the clinical realm, physiatrists have increasingly incorporated the use of spine injections to complement traditional rehabilitation techniques, musculoskeletal ultrasound is being introduced into the office setting as an aid to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, and public awareness of the issues of traumatic brain injury has been expanded as a result of the rehabilitation needs of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.nbsp; 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 Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian 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.

The physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists within our department provide critical services to patients on our two inpatient rehabilitation units, patients hospitalized on other services within the two main hospital campuses (such as Medicine, Neurology, and Surgery), and at the Allen Pavilion and the Morgan Stanley Childrenrsquo;s Hospital of New York. We also offer a wide array of outpatient specialty programs for patients with neurologic, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, vestibular, pediatric and other disorders.nbsp; We serve as a clinical training site for students learning these fields in collaboration with multiple 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 NewYork-Presbyterianrsquo;s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at this exciting time, and 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
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


Dr. Stein obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Stein was a member of the medical staff at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for 16 years, where he served as Chief Medical Officer from 2000 onward, and was the medical director of the stroke rehabilitation program.  He also served as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

In September 2008, Dr. Stein was appointed Physiatrist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as Professor and Chief of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Stein’s clinical and research interests are in the area of stroke rehabilitation. He has had a particular focus on the use of exercise as a treatment, and on the use of robotic and other technologies to facilitate recovery of motor function after stroke. He has authored or coauthored two books on stroke recovery and rehabilitation for stroke survivors and their families, and edited a multi-authored medical textbook on this subject entitled “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation.”

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