Lifestyle Medicine



Wellness in Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Lifestyle Medicine Programs for Outpatient Rehabilitation (474438)

Sunday, September 30
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Rosetta

This talk will include lectures and a panel discussion about using lifestyle medicine -- including exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management, group support, and substance cessation -- to improve neurological, musculoskeletal, and cancer rehabilitation. The session will include a review of the growing field of lifestyle medicine and the promising overlap with PM&R; the evidence for lifestyle changes to improve recovery and possibly prevent recurrence; and practical considerations for implementation based on the development of innovative outpatient rehabilitation programs at various institutions.

Learning Objectives:

Jonas Sokolof

Medical Director, Oncological Rehabilitation
New York University School of Medicine

I am a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation. After completing my residency training at Harvard Medical School, I subspecialized in musculoskeletal/sports medicine and interventional spine care. During this time, I acquired additional skills in the nonoperative treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, lower back and neck pain, coccygodynia, neuropathy, dystonia, and tendinitis.

As a physiatrist, my goal is to help my patients regain function through various nonoperative treatments, including rehabilitation, injections for spine and joint pain, and medication. Whenever possible, I try to avoid prescribing medications for long-term use and prefer a more holistic approach to patient care.

For instance, I have expertise in osteopathic manipulative medicine treatment (OMT), also known as manual medicine. OMT is “hands-on care”; I use my hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury, through stretching, applying gentle pressure, and using resistance. I often find this modality useful as a supplement to other treatments. If needed, I can also provide people with image-guided injections for the spine and peripheral joints. Additionally, I perform electrodiagnostic testing to diagnose and guide treatment of various neuromuscular disorders.

A major focus of mine is the rehabilitation needs of cancer patients and survivors. My goal is to help individuals, from diagnosis to cure, improve overall function and quality of life. I have expertise in diagnosing and treating a variety of cancer treatment–related side effects, such as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, radiation fibrosis, lymphedema, and post-mastectomy pain syndrome. As the need for physical rehabilitation grows in the field of oncology, I find it exciting and rewarding to help restore function in anyone who has experienced cancer. I’m also certified in sports medicine, so I’m experienced in treating sports-related injuries in cancer survivors and helping them return to sports and exercise routines.


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Jeffrey Krauss

Staff Physician
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Jeffrey Krauss, MD is a Staff Physician in the Rehabilitation Department, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated), Orthopedics Department, Stanford University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Krauss completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University, medical school training at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and undergraduate at Harvard University.

Dr. Krauss’ primary clinical and research interest is utilizing lifestyle interventions to improve rehabilitation following serious injury or illness. He has developed and implemented a comprehensive lifestyle medicine program at the VA Palo Alto called “Wellness in Rehabilitation,” which includes group-based exercise, cooking, mindfulness, peer support, and education. The program was started with post-stroke patients, and initial results show statistically significant improvements in blood pressure, aerobic fitness, and function compared with pre-program results. Dr. Krauss previously served as the project director for a study which evaluated the effects of healthy behaviors and stress on telomere activity over 12 months, and he co-authored various papers investigating the relationship between lifestyle and telomeres.

Prior to pursuing a medical career, Dr. Krauss worked as a senior product manager in the software industry for 8 years, including at eBay and Oracle Corporation, and in recent years has developed a strong interest in digital health. He has served as the Medical Advisor for the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic global investment fund, helping to evaluate digital health startup companies. He also recently authored a chapter on “Digital Health Technology for Behavior Change” to be published in the 3rd edition of the Lifestyle Medicine textbook.


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