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Meet the Physiatrists of

MedStar Health

Before surgery is contemplated, think physiatry.

A physiatrist (pronounced fizz-ee-at' trist) is a medical physician who specializes in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatry is a specialized non-surgical branch of medicine that addresses problems that touch upon all major systems in the body, using aggressive rehabilitation to promote the restoration of maximum function to people with problems ranging from simple physical mobility to complex cognitive functions.

Physiatry Services Available:
  • Evaluation and consultation
  • Non-operative treatment of the back, neck, knees, shoulder, and feet
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Fibromyalgia treatment
  • Pre-and post-surgical injury management
  • Independent medical exams (IME's) and Disability ratings
  • Electromyography (ENG's)
  • Fluoroscopic spinal injections-cervical and lumbar
  • Acupuncture

To schedule an appointment with the first available physician at the NRH Continuity Clinic: 202-877-1621
Irving Street, NW DC

Click on physician photos for more information:

NRH Physicians
Come meet us at the MWCEA Conference in Ocean City September 18th-21st!!!

Kathleen Fink, MD:                                           Judith Glaser, DO:
301-581-8030                                                 202-877-1621
Bethesda                                                         Irving Street, NW

Victor Ibrahim, MD:                                          Dennis Nutini, MD:
202-877-1621 Irving Street, NW DC                301-581-8030
301-986-4745 Friendship Heights                    Bethesda

Eric Wisotzky, MD:                                           Jason DeLuigi, DO:
202-877-1621                                                      202-877-1621
Irving Street, NW DC                      Irving Street, NW, Georgetown   

John R. Toerge, DO:

Union Memorial Hospital Physicians

Abraham Rasul, MD                                       Walter J. Roche, MD
410-554-2155                                                  410-554-2155
Baltimore, Lutherville, Westminster          Baltimore, Bel Air

Margarita Fliman, MD
Dorsey Hall, Westminster, Lutherville


Dr. Curtis Whitehair Named New Associate Medical Director for Regional Physiatry

In this role, Dr. Whitehair will lead the development of strategies for expansion of ambulatory physiatry practices; oversee the recruitment of new physicians for those practices; and work closely with the Director of Physician Operations to assure the efficient and effective conduct of the ambulatory physiatry programs.

He will work closely with John Brickley, Assistant Vice President, Ambulatory Care Services and Network Development, in overall expansion of outpatient services throughout the NRH Medical Rehabilitation Network and in providing rehabilitation services throughout the MedStar system.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Whitehair and providing him your full support in this important new role.

Meet Mary Bush....

Helping you work with your Catastrophic Cases In Baltimore

An R.N. since 1970, I worked mostly in the Operating Room for 30 years, part of which was at Union Memorial Hospital from 1976 through 1981, working with Dr. Raymond Curtis while he established the Curtis National Hand Center. Leaving the Operating Room in 2001, I have been an Admissions Liaison for 10 years, first 7 years with Lifebridge in Baltimore, the last 3 with NRH in DC, covering the entire Baltimore area as well as distant hospital cases. Evaluating patients on-site and distant, I coordinate with our physiatrists and Admissions Office staff to bring patients into our excellent acute rehabilitation facilities. I am happy to meet with workers comp case managers and patient families to help determine the best placement options.
Contact me at or 202-997-3728

For more information, contact our Admissions team at 202-877-1152
and fax 202-722-4432

AlterG treadmill now in NRH Locations!

 NRH and Harborview Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy are proud to announce our new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill®! The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses unique differential air pressure technology that provides accurate, safe and comfortable partial weight-bearing therapy while promoting normal gait patterns.

to find out more!

Summer Running Recap!

From L-R: Adam Hollmeyer: BDR, Justin Cooper: Harborview Clinic Coordinator, Jasmyne Smalls: Harborview Clinic Assistant, Barbara Scherr, White Marsh PT, Josh Billings and Family: Clinic Director Harborview, and John Roca: Wilken's Avenue Clinic Coordinator

NRH, MedStar Sports Health, and Harborview Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy were proud sponsors of the EC5K and the Duthe2 Duathlon!

NRH participated in and sponsored the EC5k early on July 30th. There was a great turnout and it proved to be a perfect day to race! The great thing about the 5k race was the diversity of runners. There were professional athletes who looked to improve their time, as well as novice runners who just wanted to be part of the fun! We even had groups that came to walk the 3.1 miles to help out the great cause!

NRH was also present at the Duthe2 Duathlon on August 7th! It proved to be a humid morning, but the race was a huge success. Athletes from all over the DMV area showed up to compete in Howard County’s first Duathlon. The race consisted of three phases - a 2 mile run, followed by a 25 miles of cycling, and finishing strong with a 4 mile run. Harborview Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy was present to show the new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill © to injured or recovering athletes. For more information about the AlterG, check out our website by clicking
here, or visiting

All proceeds for the EC5K and the Duthe2 Duathlon went to Adventures For The Cure and Back On My Feet.

NRH will also participate with Union Memorial Hospital as official sponsors of the Baltimore Running Festival, half marathon, on October 15th.  Visit the Marathon's website for more detail:

Looking for a way to contact us or our physicians within MedStar?  Click Here to access our MedStar Worker's Compensation Resource Contact List!!!

Upcoming Events


September 18th-21st
MWCEA Conference in Ocean City
Come meet the MedStar Physiatrists at our MedStar booths!!!!

October 27th, 2011

"An Overview of Brain Injury:
25 Years of Experience"

Lunch to be Provided

National Rehabilitation Hospital Auditorium

102 Irving Street, NW 20010

*Free parking with shuttle service to NRH located at:
Giant Riggs Plaza
5815 Eastern Ave, NE
Hyattsville, MD 20782
*Parking is limited in on-campus garages. You will be obligated to pay full price if you choose to park there*
For METRO information,
click HERE

Presenters & Topics:

Keynote: Dr. Michael Yochelson- "Brain Injury Update 2011"

Joanne Finnegan, MS, CTRS-"Serious Play: The Importance of a Meaningful Life After a Catastrophic Injury"

William Garmoe, PhD- "Concussion"

Scott Peters, MS. ORT/L- "The Agitated Client and More: Managing Neurobehavorial Issues in Clients with Brain injury"

Panel Discussion: "Along the Contiuum in Brain Injury Rehabilitation"
Cathy Ellis, PT- Identifying the Needs of an individual with Brain Injuru=y Following Acute Hospitalization

Ellen Walton Ramsay, Brain Injury Association of DC- After Rehabilitation

Mary Pat Murphy, M.S.N., CRRN- Aging with a Brain Injury

To RSVP, Click Here

5 MDWCC, CCMC, & CRC CEU Credits Pending

$20 Registration Fee to be paid at the door.

For a printable flyer,
Click HERE

Save the Dates!!!!!

November 8th, 2011
Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists Educational Series
Lutherville, MD

Dr. Murphy, Dr. Forthman,
& Dr. Means

Details to follow

March 22nd, 2012
NRH Annual Symposium
Martins Crosswind's
Greenbelt, MD
Details to follow


Congratulations to
Mary Wolf from Genex Services, Inc. for winning Project 15!

She attended all 5 Project 15 events and will be joining us at the MWCEA conference this September!

Make sure to stop and visit us at the MedStar booths!!!


Hospital Based Services:

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Curtis National Hand Center

Curtis Work Rehab Services

Physician Services:

UMH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

National Hand Specialists

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Georgetown University Hospital

Harbor Hospital

Specialty Services:

Medstar Affiliates:
Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists

Sleep Services of America

Other Resources:

Double D Sports, Inc.
1010 Prince Frederick Blvd.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Catherine Kuegler, PT- Store Owner
Michael Kuegler, PT

Worksite Health & Safety Consultants
Providing on-site consultation for ergonomics, wellness, & safety training


NRH Groups

NRH Vocational Rehabilitation Group

Brain Injury Support Group


For questions about any of our sites or services, please visit

Recruitment Corner

Current Nurse Positions:
Traumatic Brain Injury



To view current job openings in the NRH network or apply,
please visit


Meet the Editor:

Jeannine McNelly

I have been a part of  MedStar Health since 1999 and have worked as a clinic assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist at our outpatient site in Lutherville, MD.  Currently, I have been a part of the Business Development & Recruitment Team at NRH since 2004 and I am also the current Insurance Liaison.

Feel free to contact me at
or 202-877-1914 with any questions or if you would like one of our physicians to present at your location.

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