Welcome from the Chair

Welcome from the Chair

The Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at Mount Sinai continues to outdo itself each year, and 2023 likewise saw achievements in our clinical, research, and education programs.

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We are excited to announce the move of our inpatient unit to its new space at Mount Sinai Morningside this year. Not only will the bigger footprint and latest technologies improve our ability to deliver top-notch patient care, the new facility also improves our ability to conduct research and train the next generation of physicians.

Pushing the frontiers of research, we will be launching the Cohen Center for Recovery from Complex Chronic Illnesses (CoRE). This innovative facility will undoubtedly provide relief to patients suffering from “Long COVID” and many other conditions with chronic symptoms, and provide researchers a collaborative platform.

Our faculty have also published in big impact journals and secured national grants during the year. This includes a paper on the neuropathology of victims of intimate partner violence—a study conducted in partnership with New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner—and a grant from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research to validate a method to define traumatic brain injury. I welcome you to read about these developments in our report.

Additionally, the Department has grown its clinical, education, and research capabilities over the past year. We are proud to announce the further expansion of outpatient services at our locations in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Long Beach, Long Island. Our residency program has been approved to expand to a total of 40 residents (10 residents per year) from 32 residents (8 per year). Our research program has also attracted new faculty and more overall grant funding.

Through the relentless efforts of our faculty, staff, learners, and researchers, the Department continues to enjoy a stellar reputation. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 in Rehabilitation in the nation in 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report®, and is ranked No. 2 in New York State for inpatient rehabilitation care by Newsweek/Statista. Similarly, Mount Sinai Morningside is ranked No. 5 for inpatient rehabilitation by Newsweek/Statista. These top rankings would not be possible without your support and I hope you will consider supporting us again this year.

These achievements speak to our mission to advance health for our local communities and worldwide, and I look forward to the exciting and innovative directions our members at the Department will continue to lead in Rehabilitation Medicine.


Joseph E. Herrera, DO, FAAPMR

Joseph E. Herrera, DO, FAAPMR

System Chair, Rehabilitation and Human Performance; Lucy G. Moses Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine