Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

In conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System, The Friedman Brain Institute offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries (SCI). Treatment starts immediately upon arrival: - a team of acute care physicians, including surgeons, therapists, and nurses, works to stabilize the initial injury and to minimize secondary damage to the brain and spinal cord. Once the acute trauma is stabilized, a multidisciplinary team initiates inpatient rehabilitation focused on the needs of each patient and his or her care providers. No two injuries - whether to the brain or to the spinal cord, or to both, are completely alike. Our individualized approach aims to maximize independence and to smooth the transition back to home. This involves management of cognitive effects, spasticity, mobility, hand skills, bowel and bladder function, sexual health, and and reintegration into the community. Our 360-degree care continues to address patients' physical, cognitive, and social needs after they have transitioned from the inpatient setting. Multiple innovative basic and clinical research programs at both Mount Sinai and the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center ensure that patients have the opportunity to benefit from the newest medical breakthroughs. Our overall goal is to enhance neurological recovery, maximize independence, and improve quality of life for all patients who have suffered TBI or SCI and their caregivers.

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Our Research

The Friedman Brain Institute-associated investigators have many active projects, spanning the laboratory to the clinic. Our investigators have earned prominent national funding awards to study all aspects of TBI and SCI mechanisms, their societal impact, and treatment. Find out more about the basic research into the cellular mechanisms of neural injury and repair we have underway.

Clinical Trials

Individuals who have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, either recently or long ago, may be eligible to participate in one of the many trials offered through The Friedman Brain Institute at either the Mount Sinai Health System or at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This is an opportunity for eligible patients to freely access therapies that may not yet be offered in general practice or covered by insurance.  Some of our ongoing studies include: