Dr. Asad Siddiqi, a leading rehabilitation medicine physician who specializes in the comprehensive management of acute and chronic sports injuries, has been named chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Siddiqi is also an assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and adjunct assistant professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In his new role, Dr. Siddiqi will continue to expand the department’s broad and multifaceted offerings of physical medicine and rehabilitation services and raise awareness of the world-class program at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Siddiqi previously served as the hospital’s medical director of rehabilitation sports medicine.
“Dr. Siddiqi is an exceptional leader who is dedicated to helping his patients restore function and improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Joel Stein, physiatrist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian and chair of the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine. “He is committed to improving health literacy among his patients and the community by giving people the tools they need to better manage their health. I’m excited to continue working with Dr. Siddiqi as he grows the physical medicine and rehabilitation program in Brooklyn.”
“NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is delighted to have Dr. Siddiqi lead our physical medicine and rehabilitation program,” said Robert Guimento, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. “As a longtime resident of Brooklyn, Dr. Siddiqi knows our community well and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care to our patients. I’m confident the department will thrive under his leadership.”
Dr. Siddiqi will focus on growing the program in Brooklyn by further developing existing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in brain injury, stroke, orthopedics, sports medicine, spine care, and pain management. He aims to increase the collaboration with surgical and non-surgical experts at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian, and work with medical specialties to foster complex medical rehabilitation programs in areas such as cardiopulmonary disease and cancer. He also plans to expand the department’s presence at the hospital’s Center for Community Health and increase health outreach efforts, empowering people to take ownership of their health.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital expand the physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Brooklyn,” said Dr. Siddiqi. “Our interdisciplinary team works with almost every specialty in the hospital in service of a single goal: to increase patient function and independence. As a key part of a patient’s continuum of care, our goal is to work closely with clinicians across specialties to get patients up and moving so they can continue to be strong, independent members of our community.”
Dr. Siddiqi received his medical degree from A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health’s Rusk Rehabilitation and his fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas program at the University of South Carolina – Greenville School of Medicine. He serves as team physician for the City College of New York, the United Nations International School and a number of youth sports and performing arts organizations, and has special interests in youth athlete development, injury prevention, and adaptive wheelchair sports. Dr. Siddiqi maintains active memberships in several professional societies, including the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.
“Physical medicine and rehabilitation isn’t limited to a certain part of the body or a certain condition. We take the next step to look at how a patient’s condition or impairment impacts how they interact with their environment. It touches many different areas of healthcare,” says Dr. Siddiqi. “This department is like the hub of a wheel, where multiple specialties interconnect to help a person get back to the life they want to lead. I’m excited to bring together all of this experience for such a dynamic and diverse community.”