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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a wide range of comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory services. The Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is Paul Pipia, MD. The other faculty in the Division include Sanjeev Agarwal, MD, Tsai Chao, MD, and Seung Park-Shin, MD.

Inpatient Services


University Hospital of Brooklyn has 18 dedicated rehabilitation beds for comprehensive rehabilitation. The types of patients admitted to the comprehensive inpatient unit come from Neurology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Renal Diseases, Orthopaedic Surgery and Internal Medicine. We treat patients suffering from cerebral vascular accidents, amputation, cardiac disorders, degenerative diseases, automobile accidents, cardiothoracic surgery, arterial bypass and post-surgical patients. Patients are treated by a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers, social workers, a psychologist and a speech pathologist as needed. Bedside therapy is provided to those inpatients whose medical/surgical condition prevents them from being transported to the gyms.

Combined with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Division for Rehabilitation Medicine provides a specialized program with trained multidisciplinary staff and specialized equipment designed to meet the needs of pre- and post-operative orthopaedic patients. The Rehabilitation Service also provides a Phase I inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to help support the Cardiovascular Surgery program.

Outpatient/Ambulatory Programs

Our physiatrists and physical therapy staff treat outpatients after strokes, amputations, cardiac disease, degenerative disorders, trauma, and other surgery. In conjunction with our occupational therapists we also provide expertise in the rehabilitation of the injured hand and upper extremity. Other available outpatient services include EMGs, speech therapy, and the treatment of swallowing disorders

We provide specialized outpatient clinics to best meet the patient's needs. All specialty clinics are staffed by licensed therapists and attending physicians. Clinics include:

  • Wheelchair and Seating Assessment
  • Brace/Orthotic Devices
  • Prosthetic Clinics