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Montefiore Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

The residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center was established in 1955 and has a long history of leadership in the field of PM&R. It offers comprehensive training that prepares physicians to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a physiatrist. The department is committed to providing excellent didactic and clinical education in a large and diverse demographic and multi-institutional setting. This commitment has resulted in a comprehensive program that exceeds both ACGME and American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPM&R) requirements. The Program has consistently received full accreditation from the ACGME and the next accreditation site visit is anticipated in 2016.

Residents will be assigned an attending physician as a mentor to guide your residency and encourage you to actively explore innovation in our field. Outside of this more formal relationship, Montefiore thrives on a collegial, multidisciplinary culture that champions collaboration on many levels.

With that in mind, all of our attending physicians are eager to work with you so that you can optimize your potential, pursue your unique interests and build a wide portfolio of compassionate expertise.


The PM&R training program includes more than 30 full-time physiatrists who are committed to resident education, yielding a very favorable faculty to resident ratio. The faculty includes many prominent physicians with expertise across a comprehensive range of PM&R and physiatric subspecialties. Physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and exercise physiologists also contribute to the teaching effort. Residents also interact with, and learn from, a full interdisciplinary complement of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and PhD staff in a very large university hospital setting.

Dr. Matthew Bartels is the University Chairman of the Department. The Program Director is Dr. Mark Thomas. The directors include Drs.: Stanley Wainapel (Moses Division), Jeffrey Nissinoff (Einstein Division), Gary Inwald (Wakefield division) and Anna Lasak (Montefiore Medical Park and Women’s PM&R).

All faculty are ABPMR certified. Pediatric rehabilitation medicine faculty members are ABPRM certified. All faculty training residents in Electrodiagnosis are ABNEM board certified and several are also Neuromuscular board certified. The Pain Medicine faculty are ACGME board certified in Pain Medicine. The Sports Medicine faculty are board certified in Sports Medicine. Faculty training residents in Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation are also board certified in Internal Medicine.
The affiliated Clinical Chair is Dr. Michelle Stern (North Central Bronx Healthcare System –Jacobi and North Central Bronx hospitals).

Training Sites

The clinical training sites include the Moses, Einstein and Wakefield divisions of Montefiore Medical Center, the North Bronx Healthcare Network (Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital), Beth Abraham Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Center.

Notable Benchmarks of Distinction

Over the years, our program has excelled in many compelling ways. Below is a sampling of the recognition that we have received:

  • We are recognized nationally as leaders in providing training for advanced procedures.
  • At PM&R national conferences, there are often more Montefiore residents speaking or giving presentations than from any other PMR residency program.

Explore the Many Opportunities Here

We are proud of the fact that our residents have gone on to extremely successful and fulfilling careers in our field. We like to attribute this success, at least in part, to the well-rounded, in-depth education that you can receive here, and the fact that ours is a dynamic, exciting department committed to the highest level of teaching and patient care.

We invite you to explore this site and learn more about our residency program, as well as the many therapies and services that we offer our patients