James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Center

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center(VAMC) is a 620 bed federally owned, general medical and surgical hospital. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is under the direction of Adrian Cristian, M.D., who is recognized as an innovate and outstanding teacher at the bedside, in the clinics and as a lecturer. Dr. Cristian supervises and is actively involved in the training of the PM&R residents at VAMC. The department has unique programs for evaluation and management of acute and chronic pain of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and a variety of musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Residents also receive extensive training in electrodiagnostic medicine, injection techniques, and acupuncture. Four PM&R residents are assigned to VAMC.

The VAMC operates an 80 bed spinal cord injury (SCI) unit serving the veteran population of New York City and the surrounding areas. This unit averages 131 inpatient admissions and 2,175 outpatient visits annually. The SCI unit also receives patients with acute SCI and traumatic BI, who were injured while on active military duty. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine provides consultation services to the patients on the SCI Unit.

A multi-disciplinary team provides inpatient services and consists of Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Rehabilitation and Recreation Therapists and Dieticians.


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Ana M. Pena
Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
Tel: 212-824-8361
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One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1240
New York, NY 10029