David S. Rosenblum, M.D., medical director of outpatient medical services at Gaylord Hospital, director of Gaylord’s spinal cord injury program and spinal cord injury research, and co-principal investigator of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (a Model SCI Center), has been named a 2016 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. The announcement, featured in the April issue of the magazine, marks the tenth year that Dr. Rosenblum has been lauded with the honor.
Since 1992, Dr. Rosenblum has treated patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with a spinal cord injury or other types of neurologic injury or disease. As a physiatrist board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine as well as additional board sub-specialization certification in brain injury medicine, Dr. Rosenblum continuously seeks out new ways to improve the present and future quality of life for his patients.
His innovation and leadership has propelled Gaylord Hospital to the national forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation. In the 1990s, Dr. Rosenblum was instrumental in creating and directing Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. At that time, he also brought intrathecal baclofen – a technologically advanced treatment for spasticity (a muscle control disorder in which muscles are continuously contracted) – to Gaylord and to Connecticut. Gaylord continues to have an active program in providing state-of-the-art care to people with spasticity.
Dr. Rosenblum also achieved his goal of helping Gaylord become an integral part of a Model Spinal Cord System. With only 14 model systems in the U.S. funded by NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research), the application process is rigorous and facilities must meet specific criteria. Dr. Rosenblum currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of this Model SCI System.
Dr. Rosenblum was also a key player in bringing exoskeletal robotic technology – a recent development in spinal cord injury therapy – to Gaylord. The wearable robot is used to help patients with spinal cord injury or lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Gaylord is one of the few facilities in the world to offer the Ekso bionic exoskeleton which was named a top-ten invention by CNN and Wired and one of the “Best Inventions” by Time.
“Dr. Rosenblum is extremely deserving of this honor,” explained George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “He is valued by patients and peers for his compassionate approach and forward-thinking vision. We are proud to have outstanding doctors like Dr. Rosenblum who help make Gaylord a national leader in rehabilitative health.”
The Woodbridge resident graduated summa cum laude and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Rosenblum is also an associate clinical professor at Yale Medical School.