For Immediate Release
Contact: Derek Berry
Media Relations Manager
Washington, DC – April 19, 2010 – Five National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) doctors are being recognized for their achievements in Washingtonian magazine’s 2010 Top Doctors. Robert D. Bunning, MD, Sally Evans, MD Kathleen Fink, MD, John E. Toerge, DO and Curtis L. Whitehair, MD are featured in the March issue for their expertise in Rehabilitation or Rheumatology.
Dr. Bunning is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. As the director of the Arthritis Program at NRH since 1986, Dr. Bunning is an expert in treating arthritis and using exercise therapy. He also just conducted research into the use of bisphosphonates and the possibility that the medications – commonly used by osteoporosis sufferers – are causing bone breaks and fractures.
Dr. Evans is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics. She specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation and is the medical director of the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation at NRH, a joint program with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Fink runs her practice at NRH Regional Rehab in Bethesda. She is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as pain management. Dr. Fink specializes in musculoskeletal/sports medicine, fluoroscopic spine injection techniques, occupational medicine and performing arts.
Dr. Toerge is board certified with 30 years of experience in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He specializes in spinal cord injury management, pain management, sports, musculoskeletal and manual medicine. Dr. Toerge has been part of the NRH community since 1983 and has held clinical, leadership and administrative positions throughout the years.
Dr. Whitehair is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and specializes in musculoskeletal and occupational medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and oncology rehabilitation. As the Director of the Outpatient Center for Orthopedic Rehabilitation and the Oncology Rehabilitation program at NRH, Dr. Whitehair regularly sees patients at the Outpatient Physician Center in the hospital.
National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility located in Northwest Washington, D.C. NRH’s services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients annually, has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals in medical rehabilitation in America. NRH has the only CARF accredited specialty program for both Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke in the region. In addition, NRH’s Spinal Cord Injury Program has been designated one of only 14 Model SCI Systems of care in the country by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a part of the Department of Education. NRH is a proud member of MedStar Health.