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One of the great things about being a physiatrist—a specialist in rehabilitation medicine—is having the chance to sit and talk with patients and their families. It gives me the opportunity to see the big picture and get to know my patients, their lifestyles, and the environment in which they live and work. This allows me to identify problems that may have been overlooked previously.

When a person comes into my office with musculoskeletal pain or neuropathic pain (nerve-related pain). I am able to dig a little deeper and get to the bottom of what’s really causing the problem. I find this method of problem solving quite inspiring.

I care for adults with general outpatient rehabilitation needs, including those who have chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, using the method of diagnosis and treatment pioneered by Dr. John E. Sarno, emeritus professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU School of Medicine. For the past 25 years, I have gained expertise in diagnosing and treating people with psychosomatic pain disorders—conditions involving pain that is related to psychological factors.

I have served as the chief of stroke rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation. I provide both inpatient and outpatient care to adults who have experienced a stroke. Stroke rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation is recognized as one of the nation’s leading programs.

I have been featured in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” series every year since 2012. I have also served as the study guide committee chair of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, leading a project that compiled information on advances in rehabilitation medicine for more than 10,000 physicians worldwide. This position placed me at the forefront of all aspects of rehabilitation medicine.