Our mission at URNI is to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary care to patients who have experienced stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and peripheral nerve injury. The URNI focuses on post-acute and chronic care by offering state-of-the-art therapies that facilitate restoration of nervous system function.
We provide a broad range of clinical services at several UR Medicine locations. Our headquarters and research facility are on the second floor of Building D at Clinton Crossings. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty practice and multidisciplinary clinical care are located in Building H. In addition, procedures and specialized care provided by UR Medicine faculty and Accountable Health Partner (AHP) physicians include cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, mental health, neurology, orthopedics, pain, plastic surgery, pulmonary medicine, sleep, and urology. We are also creating programs in complementary medicine (acupuncture, hydrotherapy, massage, meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, and yoga), diet and nutrition, exercise, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech–language pathology.
Our faculty members are making great strides in multidisciplinary patient care and research efforts:
- Curt Benesch, M.D., M.P.H., is director of the UR Medicine Stroke Center and director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship program. His research includes acute stroke treatment, secondary stroke prevention, development of community-wide approaches to stroke care, and studies of cost-effective approaches to diagnosis, evaluate, and care for patients with stroke.
- John Markman, M.D., is director of the translational pain research program in UR Medicine Neurosurgery. He continues our goal to pursue a robust portfolio of clinical trials including the investigation of select drugs to improve time to decrease chronic pain. Dr. Markman’s recent study has found that tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic pain. This discovery is a major breakthrough in the global search to develop non-opioid treatments for chronic pain.
- Heather Ma, M.D., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and director of the TBI program at UR Medicine. As director, she oversees the new TBI acute inpatient care unit, located on 6-1200 at Strong Memorial Hospital. This unit provides the rapid, evidence-based interventions and therapies that improve patient recovery. Dr. Ma is currently researching how neuro-stimulants can accelerate the rate of recovery from traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.
URMC Clinical Services
URMC provides a comprehensive set of specialized clinical services for essentially every known neurological disorder. The URMC Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery are consistently ranked among the top clinical programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.