Pioneering Rehabilitation

Senator Gillibrand Visits Burke Restorative Neurology Clinic

Published November 13, 2014

To commemorate Veterans Day this year, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured Burke Medical Research Institute’s Restorative Neurology Clinic, which provides individualized exercise programs using state-of-the-art robotic devices for people with neurological and motor impairments.  During her visit, the Senator met with veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II. 

Burke offers free robotic assisted therapy combined with non-invasive brain stimulation for veterans who suffer from neurological damage such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury.  According to the Department of Defense, over 300,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000.

While on campus, Senator Gillibrand, her staff, and members of the media also saw a demonstration of the EKSO Skeleton – a newly approved bionic device that helps patients with severe mobility issues to improve their gait.  Finally, the group toured Burke’s inpatient Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs.