Ira G. Rashbaum, MD

  • Specialties: Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-6477

About Me

One of the great things about being a physiatrist—a specialist in rehabilitation medicine—is having the chance to sit and talk with patients and their families. It gives me the opportunity to see the big picture and get to know my patients, their lifestyles, and the environment in which they live and work. This allows me to identify problems that may have been overlooked previously.

When a person comes into my office with musculoskeletal pain or neuropathic pain, which is caused by nerve damage, I am able to dig a little deeper and get to the bottom of what’s really causing the problem. I find this method of problem solving quite inspiring.

I serve as the chief of stroke rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation. I provide both inpatient and outpatient care to adults who have experienced a stroke, and I perform stroke rehabilitation research alongside my colleagues. Stroke rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation is recognized as one of the nation’s leading programs.

In addition, I care for adults with general outpatient rehabilitation needs, including those who have chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, using the method of diagnosis and treatment pioneered by Dr. John E. Sarno, emeritus professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU School of Medicine. For the past 25 years, I have gained expertise in diagnosing and treating people with psychosomatic pain disorders—conditions involving pain that is related to psychological factors.

I have been featured in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” series every year since 2012. I have also served as the study guide committee chair of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, leading a project that compiled information on advances in rehabilitation medicine for more than 9,000 physicians worldwide. This position placed me at the forefront of all aspects of rehabilitation medicine.

Conditions and Treatments

chronic pain, pain rehabilitation, hand injury, physical rehabilitation, musculoskeletal problem, rehabilitation therapy, stroke rehabilitation, stroke


  • Clinical Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Medical Director, Stroke Rehabilitation
Board Certifications
  • American Board of PM&R - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1994
Education and Training
  • Residency, NYU Rusk Institute, Physical Med/Rehab, 1993
  • MD from Suny - Upstate, 1989

Locations and Appointments

51 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Agewell
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Healthfirst
  • Healthfirst Essential
  • Humana Medicare
  • Independent Care System New York
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • NY Medicaid
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • PHP
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare Core and Charter
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Village Caremax
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
  • Workers Comp
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates

240 East 38th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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  • Motor planning poststroke: impairment in vector-coded reach plans

    Rizzo, John-Ross; Hudson, Todd E; Abdou, Andrew; Rashbaum, Ira G; George, Ajax E; Raghavan, Preeti; Landy, Michael S
    Physiological reports. 2015 Dec . 3 (12): ?-?

  • Stroke

    Eisenberg, Michal; Rashbaum, Ira
    IN: Medical aspects of disability : a handbook for the rehabilitation professional. New York : Springer, c2011. 4th ed. p.549-567. (5797)

  • Embolic cerebrovascular accident after carotid sinus massage of a previously endarterectomized carotid artery: A case report [Meeting Abstract]

    Gaitour L.; Rashbaum I.; Rizzo J.-R.
    PM&R. 2011. 3 (10 SUPPL 1): S344-S344

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