Joel Stein, <span>MD</span>

Joel Stein, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Internal Medicine (Board Certified)
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Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Physiatrist-in-Chief and Chairman

Dr. Stein obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Stein was a member of the medical staff at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for 16 years, where he served as Chief Medical Officer from 2000 onward, and was the medical director of the stroke rehabilitation program.  He also served as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

In September 2008, Dr. Stein was appointed Physiatrist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Stein’s clinical and research interests are in the area of stroke rehabilitation. 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.”

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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 35:1842-1847, 2013
  • Nguyen E, Stein J. Functional Outcomes of Adults with Left Ventricular Assist Devices Receiving Inpatient Rehabilitation. PM&R 5:99-103, 2013
  • Stein J, Bishop L, Stein DJ, Wong CK. Gait Training with a Robotic Leg Brace after Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 93:987-994, 2014. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000119
  • Stein J, Prvu Bettger J, Sicklick A, Hedeman R, Magdon-Ismail Z,  Schwamm LH. Use of a Standardized Assessment to Predict Rehabilitation Care after Acute Stroke. Archives of PM&R 2015 Feb;96(2):210-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.07.403. Epub 2014 Aug 4.
  • Kim GJ, Rivera L, Stein J. A Combined Clinic-Home Approach for Upper Limb Robotic Therapy after Stroke: A Pilot Study. Archives of PM&R 2015. 96(12):2243-2248.
  • Magdon-Ismail Z, Sicklick A, Hedeman R, Bettger JP, Stein J. Selection of Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Facilities: A Survey of Discharge Planners from the Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) Region. Medicine (in press)

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Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

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