Dr. Robert Holland Appointed to Lead NYMC Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Robert D. Holland, M.D., M.H.A., has been appointed as the Catherine and Vladislav P. Hinterbuchner Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) and director of rehabilitation medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, a major clinical affiliate of NYMC. Dr. Holland brings a wealth of invaluable clinical and visionary leadership experience. He will assume his new role on November 27.

“Dr. Holland will bring valuable expertise in rehabilitation medicine to his new role, and I am confident he will be an exemplary clinician, educator and administrator for students, residents, faculty and patients,” said Neil W. Schluger, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and professor of medicine.

With decades of experience, Dr. Holland most recently served as medical director of Mount Sinai’s Amsterdam Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in New York City. He also served as the medical director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program of the Rockland County Department of Social Services, in Pomona, New York. Prior to that, he held esteemed positions as chief medical officer of the Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York; senior medical director of OrthoNet, LLC, in White Plains, New York; and director of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and attending physician at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York. He has also been an attending physician at Westchester Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital. He previously held an academic appointment as assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation at Columbia University.

“We are excited to have Dr. Holland lead the physical medicine and rehabilitation program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan,” said Cristina Contreras, M.P.A., LMSW, FABC, chief executive officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. “His appointment underscores our commitment to enhancing our existing services and delivering the highest level of care to our patients. I’m confident the department will thrive under his leadership.”

In addition to his prolific medical career, Dr. Holland serves as a skilled flight surgeon with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard, 105th Medical Group. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, he also holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Columbia University in New York. He completed an internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Boston Medical Center.

The Hinterbuchner Chair was generously gifted in 2017 by the estate of Catherine Hinterbuchner, M.D., who had the distinction of being both the first female chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYMC and the College’s first residency program director in the specialty, as well as Metropolitan’s first chief of rehabilitation medicine.


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