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Here is How to Choose a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Facility

Shepherd Center medical director advises healthcare consumers on questions to ask.

It's important to be confident about the quality of care you or a loved one will receive when entering a rehabilitation program for brain or spinal cord injury. There are certain things to look for and questions to ask when narrowing down your list of options.

A specialized rehabilitation facility like Shepherd Center offers distinct advantages for people who need rehabilitation for a spinal cord or brain injury, says Medical Director Donald P. Leslie, M.D. Advantages include staff expertise, a comprehensive continuum of care, a younger patient population and ongoing research.

In this 10-minute podcast, Dr. Leslie advises healthcare consumers about rehabilitation care and discusses the rehabilitation programs available at Shepherd Center. This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.

Dr. Leslie has been the medical director at Shepherd Center for the past 11 years and will soon celebrate his 32nd year at the hospital. Prior to this appointment, he served for 10 years as associate medical director of Shepherd Center and medical director for brain injury services.


About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.