Rusk Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

September 13, 2012 - 3:51pm

Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center (Rusk) will host a series of community events in recognition of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, September 16-22. Clinicians and researchers at Rusk are dedicated to providing world-class care as well as raising awareness of the benefits of physical medicine and rehabilitation therapy to help patients with chronic or disabling conditions achieve more productive, independent and fulfilling lives. Events include: 

Thursday, September 13 – “The Art of Ability” is the second annual pediatric art exhibit and auction presented in conjunction with Bear Givers and held at Taglialatella Galleries, 231 Tenth Avenue at 24th Street in New York City. Exhibit opens at 6:00PM and all proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork to benefit programs at Rusk.
Wednesday, September 19 – “Head Injury and Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know” is a panel discussion about the prevention, identification and treatment of concussions in youth who participate in sports. Coaches, trainers, teachers, parents and athletes will join Rusk’s Dr. Steven Flanagan and other experts from NYU Langone Medical Center’s Departments of Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurology and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Network beginning at 7:00PM at the Pelham Memorial High School Auditorium. To register, go to  
Wednesday, September 19 – “Second Annual Amputation Rehabilitation Educational Conference” will be held on the Circle Line and offer the amputee community the unique experience to learn what rehabilitation medicine offers and an opportunity to meet experts and other amputees. Jeffrey Heckman, MD, will be recognized for his dedication and his compassion for his patients and many contributions to the amputee community in New York City. The program begins at 5:30PM aboard the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Pier 83, West 42nd Street, NYC. For more information and to RSVP, contact Nora Hunt at or 646-521-7783.
“Rehabilitation medicine is an important component of care to improve physical and cognitive skills for people of all ages with disabling conditions caused by neurological injury, amputation, musculoskeletal problems and many other medical conditions,” said Steven R. Flanagan, MD, Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. 
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center was the world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine and has been voted the best rehabilitation hospital in New York and among the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the last 23 years. You can learn more at the Rusk Rehabilitation website. 
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