North Haven, Conn. (Sept. 9, 2015)
- Dr. Robert Krug, president and CEO/medical director of Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, has been named the William and Barbara Weldon chair and director of the new Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine's Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and Center for U.S. Veterans Rehabilitation at Quinnipiac.
"The appointment of Dr. Robert Krug to the Weldon Chair provides our new Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and Center for U.S. Veterans Rehabilitation with remarkable leadership," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine. "Dr. Krug is a national leader in rehabilitation medicine and his contributions as a practitioner and researcher will help make the institute a center for innovation."
Krug, who also is chief physician for rehabilitation medicine at Saint Francis Hospital, medical director for PM&R Services at the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, as well as physician leader for the Saint Francis Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Line, said, "I'm honored to have been chosen to lead this rehabilitation institute.
"In a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion, we will build upon the strong academic and professional programs already established at Quinnipiac in developing novel and innovative approaches to delivering vital rehabilitation services to our Veterans and others in the community," said Krug, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. "Through education, clinical training and research, we will look to be a national leader in medical rehabilitation ensuring that during this unprecedented time of health care transformation our students are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in the new value based health-care environment."
Under Krug's leadership, the institute will launch the Center for U.S. Veterans' Rehabilitation, providing long-term, sustainable approaches to address the health care needs of veterans. By drawing upon the rich resources of Quinnipiac, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Connecticut's only free-standing acute rehabilitation hospital, and other clinical partners, the institute stands to become a nationally recognized center addressing the needs of veterans. Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital will be a principal affiliate for the new institute at Quinnipiac.
Since 2009, Quinnipiac has participated in the "Yellow Ribbon Program," a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that provides the cost of tuition and fees to qualified veterans and their children. "The Center for U.S. Veterans Rehabilitation will provide a much needed resource for veterans' seeking medical, psychological and quality of life help by offering and coordinating clinical and research support for a multitude of providers," said Jason Burke, a retired U.S. Navy captain who serves as director of veteran and military affairs at Quinnipiac.