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MossRehab Conversations

Welcome to our growing series of conversations with the people who are pioneering the future of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Episode 9: Caring for Rehab Patients During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic raised many questions for the rehabilitation community. Most notably, how do you provide for the rehabilitation needs of those who currently have or are recovering from such an easily transmitted disease, while keeping the rest of your patient population safe? Learning from the experiences of rehab experts from around the globe, Alberto Esquenazi, MD, Chief Medical Officer at MossRehab discusses the approach he took in creating the first of its kind COVID-19 rehabilitation unit.

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Episode 8: Robotics and Neurostimulation in Stroke Rehab

Research has shown that robotics and non-invasive brain stimulation both can improve recovery from central nervous system damage. Can that recovery be enhanced by combining the two techniques? In this MossRehab Conversation, Dylan Edwards, PhD, discusses his research into both areas and what he is learning from using them together. Dr. Edwards recently joined the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute as director. Previously, he worked at Burke Neurological Institute, where he was the director of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and director of the Restorative Neurology Clinic.

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Episode 7: A More Scientifically Rigorous Approach to Stroke Rehab

More rigorous scientific study, along with advanced technologies, has been transforming stroke rehab in recent years. In this MossRehab Conversation, Joel Stein, MD, discusses his exploration into some of the latest advances. Dr. Stein is Simon Baruch Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

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Episode 6: Advancing the Brain/Computer Connection

Can we, by reading electrical signals in the brain, control a robotic arm? That is the question that has driven cutting-edge research into advanced prosthetics by Michael Boninger, MD. Dr. Boninger is vice chair for research, physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh and senior medical director post acute care UPMC. He is the author of five U.S. patents, and is also recognized for extensive research on spinal cord injury, assistive technology and overuse injuries, particularly those associated with manually propelling a wheelchair. 

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Episode 5: Helping Stroke Patients Deal with Severe Spasticity

Is there an answer for stroke patients when conventional treatment for severe spasticity doesn't yield the desired results? In a recent article in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Michael Creamer, DO, and colleagues shared results from their research into intrathecal baclofen therapy in treating patients with severe, post-stroke spasticity. Dr. Creamer shared the findings and their implications for physiatrists in a conversation with Michael Saulino, MD, clinical director of intrathecal therapy services at MossRehab. Dr. Creamer is a spinal cord injury and pain specialist at Central Florida Pain Relief Centers and an assistant clinical professor at Florida State University involved in training medical students. 

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Episode 4: Translating Research into Physical Rehabilitation Treatment

In this second part of a MossRehab Conversation with John Whyte, MD, PhD, Dr. Whyte talks about his work mentoring future researchers and his vision for translating theoretical research into treatment. Dr. Whyte is retiring as director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute later this year. 

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Episode 3: Defining and Measuring Progress in Physical Rehabilitation

In this first of a two-part MossRehab Conversation, John Whyte, MD, PhD, discusses his body of research, including seminal work on disorders of consciousness and more recent exploration into how to define and measure progress in rehabilitation more effectively. Dr. Whyte is retiring as director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute later this year.

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Episode 2: Dealing with the 'Fitness Crisis' Among People with Disabilities

Clinicians and therapist don't often focus on promoting fitness and wellness among people with disabilities after they are discharged into the community. James Rimmer, PhD, talks about his research and the need for a new approach. Dr. Rimmer is the inaugural Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the Lakeshore Foundation/University of Alabama Birmingham Collaborative. He has been developing and directing physical activity and health promotion programs for people with disabilities for the past 30 years.

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Episode 1: An Advanced Approach to Attaching Prosthetics

Joseph B. Webster, MD, discusses advances in care for people who have had amputations, including his groundbreaking work with osseointegration - bonding the connectors for prosthetics directly to a patient's bone rather than using the more traditional socket. Dr. Webster is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs, primarily in Richmond, Va. He is also national medical director for VA's Amputation System of Care.


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