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Howard A. Rusk, M.D. (1901-1989) Founder
Howard A. Rusk, M.D.

Dr. Rusk, founder of the Institute which bears his name, is considered the father of comprehensive rehabilitation medicine. His innovative techniques, developed to help injured Air Force personnel during World War II, became the basis for rehabilitation medicine as it is now practiced. After the war, Dr. Rusk joined the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine and formed what has become a world-renowned facility for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Rusk's philosophy of rehabilitation medicine emphasized treating the entire person - an individual with emotional, psychological, and social needs - not just the illness or disability. A compassionate and tireless advocate, he championed the idea that people with disabilities could contribute meaningfully to society.

Dr. Rusk enhanced the lives of countless men, women, and children by helping them achieve their maximum potential while helping change society's attitudes toward people with disabilities.