Dr. Rashbaum is the Chief of Stroke Rehabilitation at Rusk, and he cares for adult stroke inpatients and outpatients. Rusk's Stroke Rehabilitation Program is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in this area. In 2006, it became one of the first programs nationwide to receive designation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
"Inpatient stroke rehabilitation is extremely important in terms of recovery," Dr. Rashbaum explains. "Stroke patients often need many different types of therapy, and, as inpatients, they're able to get all of these therapies at one time." Each patient's treatment team includes a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a nutritionist, nursing staff, a social worker, and a psychologist. The team meets regularly with each patient to evaluate his/her progress and fine-tune the treatment approach. "At Rusk, we continue to adjust the treatment plan according to our patients' individual needs. For example, if someone in our swallowing program appears to be improving, we can order a test in the morning, get the results that afternoon, and serve them a new type of dinner that evening," says Dr. Rashbaum. Rusk also provides state-of-the-art stroke education for patients and their families, and supervises the transition of inpatients as they return home and begin outpatient stroke rehabilitation. "We offer seamless continuity of care at every stage," says Dr. Rashbaum. "It?s important that our stroke patients and their families know that their needs will be met for months and years afterward."
Dr. Rashbaum also cares for adults with general outpatient rehabilitation needs including chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders. In particular, he has an expertise in diagnosing and treating psychosomatic pain disorders in the same manner as Dr. John Sarno, one of his mentors when undergoing residency training at Rusk in the early 1990s.
"One of the great things about being a rehabilitation physician is that I have a chance to sit and talk with patients and their families," says Dr. Rashbaum. "It also gives me an opportunity to see the big picture and, perhaps, identify problems that other doctors may have overlooked. When a patient comes in with musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, or some other condition, I'm able to drill a little deeper and ask, 'what's causing the problem?' I find that very inspiring."
Dr. Rashbaum has served as chair of the Study Guide Committee of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a position that placed him at the cutting edge of all aspects of rehabilitation medicine.
Dr. Rashbaum was selected as a Top Doctor in the 16th edition of Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area" in 2013.
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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -
Eisenberg, Michal; Rashbaum, Ira
Medical aspects of disability : a handbook for the rehabilitation professional New York : Springer, c2011,
— id: 5797, year: 2011, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,
Embolic cerebrovascular accident after carotid sinus massage of a previously endarterectomized carotid artery: A case report
Gaitour L.; Rashbaum I.; Rizzo J.-R.
2011 ;3(10 SUPPL 1):S344-S344, PM&R
— id: 147766, year: 2011, vol: 3, page: S344, stat: Journal Article,
Refractory venous thrombus propagation in the setting of therapeutic anticoagulation
Traeger, Zahava Tzila; Rizzo, John-Ross; Rashbaum, Ira
2011 Oct;90(10):873-874, American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation
— id: 137072, year: 2011, vol: 90, page: 873, stat: Journal Article,
Length of stay in rehabilitation is associated with admission neurologic deficit and discharge destination
Elwood, Douglas; Rashbaum, Ira; Bonder, Jaclyn; Pantel, Austin; Berliner, Jeffrey; Yoon, Steve; Purvin, Mike; Ben-Roohi, Moshe; Bansal, Amit
2009 Feb;1(2):147-151, PM&R
— id: 111640, year: 2009, vol: 1, page: 147, stat: Journal Article,
The Sixth Edition: Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program (SDPEP) 2009
Rashbaum, Ira G
2009 Mar;1(3 Suppl):S1-S2, PM&R
— id: 942782, year: 2009, vol: 1, page: S1, stat: Journal Article,
The Sixth Edition: Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program (SDPEP) 2008
Rashbaum, Ira G
2008 Mar;89(3 Suppl 1):S1-S1, Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation
— id: 94368, year: 2008, vol: 89, page: S1, stat: Journal Article,
Neuromuscular rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis. 4. Pediatric issues
Kim, Chong-Tae; Strommen, Jeffrey A; Johns, Jeffery S; Weiss, Jay M; Weiss, Lyn D; Williams, Faren H; Rashbaum, Ira G
2005 Mar;86(3 Suppl 1):S28-S32, Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation
— id: 94369, year: 2005, vol: 86, page: S28, stat: Journal Article,