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Welcome to Medical Rehab Matters, AMRPA’s new podcast about inpatient medical rehabilitation.

Medical Rehab Matters discusses some of the conditions treated and therapies used in inpatient medical rehab hospitals and units while addressing some of the legislative and regulatory issues that impact patients and their families and caregivers.

Episodes of #MedicalRehabMatters are hosted by AMRPA leadership, Patricia Sullivan and Dr. Bob Krug, and feature a wide range of inpatient rehabilitation patients, physicians and professionals with a personal interest in the field.

Join us for weekly episodes of Medical Rehabilitation Matters on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Episode 1: Stroke

With Joel Stein, MD, Physiatrist-in-Chief and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University, and Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College; Argye Elizabeth Hillis, MD, Director, Center of Excellence in Stroke Detection and Diagnosis, Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute; Jaclyn Barcikowski, MD, Associate Program Director of the Residency Training Program, MossRehab; and patient Brian Reid. Cohosted by Robert Krug, MD, AMRPA Immediate Past Board Chair and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, and Patricia Sullivan, AMRPA Communications Director.

Stroke impacts approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. each year and more than two-thirds of them receive inpatient rehabilitation services after they’re released from the hospital. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death. About one quarter of inpatient medical rehabilitation patients are there because of a stroke. 

Episode 2: Cancer 

This week's guests are Vishwa Raj, MD, a cancer rehab specialist at Carolinas Rehab, Sarah Mullan, MS, OT, an occupational therapist and Manager of Cancer Rehabilitation at the Levine Cancer Institute, and Michael Stubblefield, MD, Director of Cancer Rehab at Kessler.  Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

In this episode of Medical Rehab Matters, we talk about cancer and inpatient medical rehabilitation. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1.9 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year. Many of them will benefit from inpatient medical rehab at different points during and after their cancer treatment.

AMRPA thanks Merz Therapeutics for its sponsorship of Medical Rehab Matters.