For Immediate Release
Contact: Derek T. Berry
Media Relations Manager
Washington, D.C. – July 20, 2011 - Michael R. Yochelson, M.D., MBA, has been named the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director of National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH). Dr. Yochelson is board certified in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Yochelson has been on the NRH medical staff since 2006, where he served in several roles, including Associate Medical Director of the Neurological Programs. He is also the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program and Program Director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Training Program at NRH and will continue to serve in these roles in addition to his new duties.
Dr. Yochelson graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then transferred to the National Capital Consortium, where he completed his residency training. Prior to coming to NRH, he was a staff physician with the U.S. Navy, where he worked with soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Yochelson attended Duke University as an undergraduate and earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
He has received a number of awards, notably the Outstanding Educator Award in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, from Georgetown University/NRH in 2008, and the Edward A. Eckenhoff (NRH Founder) Leadership Award from NRH in 2009. He has also been selected as one of the area's "Top-Rated Doctors" by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2010 and "Top Doctors" by Virginia Living Magazine in 2011.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Dr. Yochelson holds an adjunct staff position with the RAND Corporation and also serves on an FDA Scientific Advisory Board related to the Orphan Products Grant Program. Additionally, Dr. Yochelson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University.
“I look forward to the challenge of leading the outstanding medical staff we have at NRH,” said Dr. Yochelson. “I believe we have the best physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians in the Washington, D.C. region, for patients who have had a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, require orthopedic rehab and more. We will continue to serve our patients with the very best rehabilitative care every day, while preparing for the future in an ever-changing health care environment.”
National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility with 137 beds 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. Annually, NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients and provides nearly 350,000 ambulatory visits at 34 NRH Regional Rehab outpatient sites located in Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. We treat patients from the age of 6 and up and our pediatric unit — the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation at NRH — is a joint service of NRH and Children’s National Medical Center.
NRH has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S.News & World Report for 17 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals for medical rehabilitation in America. NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). NRH has CARF accredited specialty programs for Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. 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., parent company to Franklin Square Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and the Visiting Nurses Association. For more on NRH, log on to nrhrehab.org.