Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

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Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
NYU Langone Medical Center
Location 4 campuses across New York City, United States
Coordinates 40°44′35″N 73°58′23″W / 40.742969°N 73.973168°W / 40.742969; -73.973168Coordinates: 40°44′35″N 73°58′23″W / 40.742969°N 73.973168°W / 40.742969; -73.973168
Hospital type Specialist, Teaching
Affiliated university NYU School of Medicine
Beds 174
Founded 1948

The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine is the world's first and largest university-affiliated center devoted entirely to inpatient/outpatient care, research and training in rehabilitation medicine. Both adult and pediatric patients are accepted. It is part of the NYU Langone Medical Center and operated under the auspices of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the New York University School of Medicine. The Rusk Institute is named in honor of its founder, Howard A. Rusk.

The Rusk Institute has been voted the best rehabilitation hospital in New York and among the top ten in the country since 1989, when U.S. News & World Report introduced its annual "Best Hospitals" rankings.

Steven Flanagan is the current Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director of The Rusk Institute.[1]


Dr. Howard A. Rusk founded the Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in 1948. His experience treating wounded soldiers during World War II led him to develop the Institute around the philosophy that the patients are to be cared for as an entire person, not only the physical disability or illness. In 1984, the Institute was renamed so in his honor.[2]


Rusk provides rehabilitation services at four locations:

  • NYU Langone Main Campus (530 First Avenue - 9th Floor) - inpatient adult rehab
  • 17th Street (301 East 17th Street, in the Hospital for Joint Diseases) – inpatient adult rehab and inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehab
  • Ambulatory Care Center (240 East 38th Street) – outpatient adult rehab
  • The Center for Musculoskeletal Care (333 East 38th Street) – outpatient adult orthopedic/musculoskeletal rehab

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