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NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn appoints new chief of rehabilitation medicine

August 29, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jeffrey S. Fine has been named chief the Department of Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn

Dr. Jeffrey S. Fine has been named chief of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn and vice chairman for network development for Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health throughout the borough, according to a release from the hospital. 

Rusk Rehabilitation oversees NYU Langone Health’s comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs throughout the New York metropolitan region to treat accident-related trauma including fractures and other types of injuries, arthritis, joint replacements, spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders including pain disorders and cardiac and pulmonary conditions. 

“Dr. Fine is an extremely accomplished clinician and administrator to lead our exemplary rehabilitation team in Brooklyn,” said Dr. Steven R. Flanagan, the Howard A. Rusk professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for NYU Langone Health.

“The department does a great job of restoring patients’ functional abilities, enabling them to have a good quality of life after their initial injury or illness,” added Flanagan.

Fine previously served as regional director for rehabilitation services at Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers, both part of NYC Health + Hospitals, and coordinated the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program as associate program director at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, states the release.

“As rehabilitation specialists, we assist patients and their families in setting realistic, individualized goals to help them achieve optimal physical capabilities,” said Fine.

“Designing a concrete plan with daily goals can go a long way in improving a patient’s quality of life.  I am actively involved in developing tools and smartphone applications that can help patients function more independently and adhere to recommended rehabilitation activity regimens at home.” 

According to Fine, it is also important to equip patients and their families with knowledge to prevent or lessen accidents like falls, which are a major cause of injury and admission to the hospital, especially in individuals 55 years and older. 

“Fear of falling and diminished physical activity have a significant negative impact on many of the body’s systems,” said Fine. “The goal of rehabilitation clinicians is to help people reconstitute and maintain their functional abilities as much as possible. Education and exercise are key ingredients.”