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Concussion Center

Our expert team provides the medical and rehabilitation support you need to recover from a head injury.

At NYU Langone’s Concussion Center, we know that this form of traumatic brain injury may lead to long-term consequences if not treated properly. Concussions can happen anytime: when a teen takes a tough hit during a football game, an older adult falls and hits his or her head, or a driver gets whiplash during a car accident. If you’ve experienced a concussion, getting the right treatment can help you recover quickly and more completely.

The care team at our Concussion Center guides you through every step of the treatment process. Your journey may start with our emergency room experts or during your initial meeting with our medical leaders in neurology, sports medicine, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.

We conduct a thorough examination to check your balance, coordination, and vision. We also perform cognitive testing to determine if your memory, concentration, or language skills have been affected. Depending on the severity of the injury, our doctors may recommend imaging, such as an MRI or CT scan, the results of which are thoroughly reviewed by our neuroradiologists.

Following this medical assessment, we develop a treatment plan that may include connecting you with the specialists who can best help with your recovery. We are committed to delivering the most advanced medical treatment to our patients while also providing the support you need to achieve a full recovery.

Concussion Rehabilitation Services

Many rehabilitation services are available at the 4,000-square-foot Concussion Center, a unique space in New York City that brings together multiple specialists to ensure you receive comprehensive care for your injury. Our space was designed for people who’ve had concussions: Lighting is dim, colors are tranquil, and there are no televisions or other distractions that could be uncomfortable for someone recovering from a concussion.

Dr. Laura Balcer, Dr. Steven Flanagan, Dr. Dennis Cardone, Dina Pagnotta, and Mara Sproul

The Concussion Center is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists who specialize in concussion treatment. We provide vision rehabilitation to improve visual, perceptual, and motor skills, such as reading, writing, computer use, and other work- and school-related activities.

We also offer general orthopaedic physical therapy for musculoskeletal injuries related to concussion, vestibular rehabilitation to maximize the body’s natural ability to compensate for symptoms of dizziness and balance disorders, and an exertional therapy program to help you return to sports and activity.

Problems with understanding or producing written and verbal language are addressed as well. Our speech-language pathologists provide therapies that maximize memory and attention skills and aid in the understanding of language. The goal is to help patients reclaim their independence by teaching strategies that can be used at home, work, and in school.

In addition, we offer neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services, including cognitive and psychological assessment, cognitive remediation, and individual and group psychological interventions.

Coordination of Your Concussion Care

To help coordinate your care, we have a program manager and program coordinator dedicated to helping you make appointments and access services in a timely manner. If you need to see a neurosurgeon, otolaryngologist, psychiatrist, or sleep medicine expert, or if you require psychological services from experts at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation or the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, we can facilitate this care.

And because we want you to be fully educated about your injury and treatment plan, our program manager and program coordinator answer any questions you or your family have about your care.

Concussion Research

We are at the forefront of concussion research. Current research focuses on rapid sideline screening, the impact of a concussion on vision and brain processing, group therapy treatments, and better ways to use imaging to understand the pathology of concussion. Our researchers are working to establish a standardized approach to treating children and adults with head injuries that is firmly grounded in evidence-based research.

For information about current research studies on concussion or to participate in our clinical trials, please contact us at nyuconcussion@nyumc.org.


More About Our Concussion Center

Our Team

Our experts in neurology, physiatry, and sports medicine work together to create personalized care plans for our patients.

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Our Leadership

  • Laura J. Balcer, MD
    Co-Director | Neurology

    Dr. Balcer is professor and vice chair of the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone. She has advanced training in neuro-ophthalmology and a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been published in dozens of medical journals, including Neurology, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry.

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  • Dennis A. Cardone, DO
    Co-Director | Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

    Dr. Cardone is associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine. He is a fellowship-trained and board certified specialist in pediatric and adult sports medicine. He is chief medical officer for the Public Schools Athletic League, which manages sports competition for the New York City Department of Education. He is also head team physician for the New York University and Long Island University athletic programs.

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  • Steven R. Flanagan, MD
    Co-Director | Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation

    Dr. Flanagan joined NYU Langone in 2008 as the Howard A. Rusk Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine and medical director of Rusk Rehabilitation. He has received the Brain Injury Association of New York State’s Champion of Hope Award for his outstanding dedication to patient care and rehabilitation from the effects of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Flanagan serves on numerous medical advisory boards, including those of the Brain Trauma Foundation and the Brain Injury Association of New York State.

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  • Dina Pagnotta at Concussion Center

    Dina Pagnotta, MPT, MPH
    Director, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Network and Programming

    Ms. Pagnotta is responsible for daily operations at the Concussion Center, including policy development and implementation, educational endeavors, marketing, research, and center expansion. Ms. Pagnotta is director of the NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Network and Programming and supports the development of strategic initiatives within NYU Langone's Rusk Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She received a master of physical therapy from Hahnemann University (which has since merged into Drexel University) and a master of public health from Columbia University.

  • Mara Sproul at Concussion Center

    Mara F. Sproul, MPA, RN-BC, CRRN
    Program Manager

    Ms. Sproul is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in pediatric, geriatric, and cardiac rehabilitation and nursing administration. She has a Master’s degree in public administration from New York University and is certified in rehabilitation nursing and geriatric nursing. In her role, she is responsible for day-to-day interactions with patients and facilitates various aspects of their clinical care, as well as helps with the overall development of the Concussion Center.

  • VJ

    Victoria Juanito, RN
    Program Coordinator

    Ms. Juanito is a registered nurse with more than 17 years of clinical and managerial experience, including as a training officer in a military hospital. She has worked as a school nurse, in a facility for adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and, most recently, in several neurology clinics in an academic hospital. She is responsible for day-to-day patient interaction and assists in various aspects of their clinical care.

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Our Location

Concussion Center

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

Contact

Phone: 855-698-2220

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