Joel Stein, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Internal Medicine (Board Certified)
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Dr. Stein's clinical and research interests are in the rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. He has had a particular focus on the use of exercise as a treatment, and on the use of robotic and other technologies to facilitate recovery of motor function after stroke. He has authored or coauthored two books on stroke recovery and rehabilitation for stroke survivors and their families, and edited a multi-authored medical textbook on this subject entitled "Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation."

Area of Expertise

Aetna [HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Essential (Exchange), Medicaid, Medicare]

CIGNA [Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, Child Health Plus, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]

Health First [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [ConnectiCare, EPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Health Plus - Amerigroup [Medicaid]

Local 1199



Oscar (Exchange)

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare]


UnitedHealthcare [HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare, POS, PPO]

VNSNY CHOICE [Select Health]


Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

BA, 1982 Columbia University, New York, NY

MD, 1986 Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Internship: Montefiore Medical Center

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Residency: Montefiore Medical Center


  • Stein J, Hughes R, D’Andrea S, Therrien B, Niemi J, Krebs K, Langone L, Harry J. Stochastic resonance stimulation for upper limb rehabilitation post-stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 89:697–705, 2010
  • Fasoli SE, Fragala-Pinkham M, Hughes R, Hogan N, Stein J, Krebs HI. Upper limb robot-assisted therapy: A new option for children with hemiplegia. Technology and Disability 22:193-198, 2010
  • Page S, Hermann VH, Levine PG, Lewis E, Stein J, Depeel J. Portable Neurorobotics for the Severely Affected Arm in Chronic Stroke: A Case Study. J Neurologic Physical Therapy 35:41-46, 2011
  • Stein J, Bishop L, Gillen G, Helbok R. Robot-assisted Exercise for Hand Weakness after Stroke: A Pilot Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 90:887-894, 2011.
  • Wong CW, Bishop L, Stein J. A wearable robotic knee orthosis for gait training: a case series of hemiparetic stroke survivors. Prosthetics and Orthotics International 36(1):119-126, 2012
  • DePietro L, Krebs HI, Volpe, Stein J, Bever C, Mernoff S, Fasoli S, Hogan N. Learning, Not Adaptation, Characterizes Stroke Motor Recovery. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 20:48-57, 2012
  • Krebs HI, DePietro L, Fasoli S, Fragala M, Hughes R, Stein J, Hogan N. Motor Learning Characterizes Habilitation of Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Neurorehab and Neural Repair DOI: 10.1177/1545968311433427, 26(7): 855-860, 2012.
  • Bishop L, Stein J, Wong CK. Robot-aided Gait Training after Spinal Cord Injury:  A Case Report. J of Neurologic Phys Therapy 36(3):138-143, 2012
  • Schneider JC, Trinh NT, Selleck E, Fregni F, Salles SS, Ryan CM. Stein J. The long-term impact of physical and emotional trauma: The Station nightclub fire. PLoS One 7(10):e47339, 2012.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047339
  • Stein J, Clancy C, Hillinger M. Sexuality After Stroke: Patient counseling preferences. Disability and Rehabilitation (in press)
  • Nguyen E, Stein J. Functional Outcomes of Adults with Left Ventricular Assist Devices Receiving Inpatient Rehabilitation. PM&R (in press)

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Simon Baruch Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College