Physicians & Leadership

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Mary Beth Walsh, M.D.

Executive Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer

Specialty Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1977 
Subspecialty Boards – Rheumatology, 1980  

Academic Appointments

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., is the executive medical director and CEO of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. She is also an associate dean and associate professor of clinical medicine at Burke’s academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medical College and an assistant attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, both in New York City.

Dr. Walsh is currently a member of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee for Process Improvement; treasurer of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association’s Executive Committee; and serves on the board of directors of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA). Dr. Walsh actively engages in health care discussions, regularly advocating in Washington D.C. for improved health care regulations.

Dr. Walsh is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. She is a past-president of the New York Rheumatism Association, former chair of the Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation Section of the AHA and was a delegate of the AHA’s Regional Policy Board. She was also a former member of the Review Committee for the Hoar Grant Program in Prevention & Treatment of Hip Fracture.

She has authored several medical journal articles and has received honors for her work including the Hudson Valley Branch Arthritis Foundation Founders’ Award, the Women’s Healthcare Network Founder’s Award, and the AMRPA’s INDE Award, which honors those Inspired, Notable, Dedicated Efforts (INDE) that have had a direct and positive impact on the medical rehabilitation field.


  • B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1969
  • M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1974

Postgraduate Training:

  • Medical Intern, The New York Hospital, New York, New York, 1974-1975
  • Junior Assistant Resident, The New York Hospital, New York, New York, 1975- 1976
  • Senior Assistant Resident, The New York Hospital, New York, New York, 1976-1977
  • Fellow in Rheumatic Diseases, The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, 1977-1979


Herbold, J., & Walsh, M.B. (2005). Outcome After Rehabilitation for Total Joint Replacement at IRF and SNF, A Case-Controlled Comparison. Am. J. Phy. Med. Rehabil, 85,1. 

Kagen, L.J., & Walsh, M.B. (1982).  Myoglobinemia in Severely Burned Patient: Correlations with Severity and Survival. J. Trauma, 22, 6-10.                  

Chuong, J.H., Inman, R.D., Kimberly, R.P., Kovacs, J.E., Reynolds, J.C., & Walsh, M.B. (1982).  Acute Pancreatitis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Report of Twenty Cases and A Review of the Literature. Medicine, 61,25.