Yaser Albataineh MD is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist focused on optimizing patient mobility and function.
Dr. Albataineh is a fellow local and grew up in Bergen County. He completed high school at the Academies@Englewood, his undergraduate studies at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his medical education at Rutgers Robertwood Johnson Medical School. He went on to complete his intern year in Internal Medicine and specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albany Medical Center.
Dr. Albataineh is a physiatrist, or rehabilitation specialist, who focuses on the use of exercises, modalities, medications, prescription equipment and in office procedures to help patients remain as active as possible regardless of diagnosis and when possible, avoid surgery. He sees patients for muscle, nerve or tendon problems which may be long-standing or new injuries. He also can aid in the rehabilitation needs of patients with amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, neurologic disease and cerebral palsy. When these processes cause tight muscles, called spasticity, he can treat spasticity with injections of botulinum toxin into the muscles under ultrasound or e-stim guidance.
In his spare time Dr. Albataineh enjoys spending time with his family and two children, traveling, and playing sports
Graduate Medical Education
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY - Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (July 2019 - June 2022
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY - Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine (July 2018 - June 2019)
Doctor of Medicine - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ (August 2014- June 2018)
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology - Double Major - New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ (August 2010- June 2014)
Co-Investigator - Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of PM&R, Schenectady, NJ (2019-Present) Completed case series on implementation of high intensity gait training program in the acute rehabilitation setting. Participated in IRB approval for randomized control trial to implement high intensity gait training on a stroke unit in the acute inpatient rehabilitation setting.
Co-Investigator - Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of PM&R, Schenectady, NJ (2019-Present) Quality improvement and patient safety report that evaluated the impact of scheduled activity outside of therapy hours by nursing staff on a stroke and spinal cord injury unit.
Co-Investigator - Albany Medical Center, Department of PM&R, Albany NY (2019-Present) Under mentorship of Dr. George Forrest MD, currently examining substance use/abuse habits of patients in a primary care clinic in Albany, NY. Examining the long-term trajectories of substance abuse progression in a large longitudinal data set of patients to further examine determinants and predictors of factors leading to substance use/abuse.
Clinical Researcher - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ (2015-2017) Case Series investigating the association of audiology processing as a potential non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s Disease.
Clinical Researcher - Emergency Medicine - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ (May 2015-Sept 2015) Retrospectively reviewed advanced life support (ALS) patient care reports in patients who were revived by first responder intranasal Narcan and attempted to identify patient care characteristics predictive of required re-dosing by ALS.
Albataineh Y, Albert K, Valenza P, Harmon E, Provost D, Sonagere M: Implementing a High Intensity Gait Training (HIGT) Program for Stroke Patients in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit: A Case Series Presented at AAPM&R (NOV 2020)
Albert K, Albataineh Y, Sonagere M: Impact of Adding Physiatry Residents to Care Team on Patient and Staff Satisfaction Scores on an Acute Rehabilitation Unit Presented at AAPM&R (NOV 2020)
Regenerative Treatments to Enhance Orthopedic Surgical Outcomes Grand Rounds Speaker, Department of PM&R, Albany Medical Center 2021
Updates in Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Grand Rounds Speaker, Department of PM&R, Albany Medical Center 2020
Approach to Management of Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder Grand Rounds Speaker, Department of PM&R, Albany Medical Center 2019
Clinical & Volunteering Activities
PM&R Residency Admissions Committee, Albany NY 2020-Present • Reviewed candidate applications, interviewed applicants, and assisted with final match day list.
SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTOR, ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE, ALBANY NY 2021-PRESENT • Small group instructor. Neuro Science II Course. Facilitated discussion of clinical cases amongst second year medical students on topics of Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and weakness.
MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSICAL EXAM WORKSHOP, ALBANY, NY 2020-PRESENT • Preceptor, Albany Medical College
PHYSIATRIST IN TRAINING COUNCIL (PHIT), ALBANY, NY 2020 • Served as liaison between the Albany Medical Center PM&R residency program and the AAPM&R
USA BOXING, ALBANY NY 2019 • Participated in pre-season screening/physical exam clinic for local underserved youth in the USA Boxing League.
Albataineh Y, Forrest G - Substance Use: How my patients started In progress - Manuscript submitted to Substance Use and Misuse.
Albany Medical Center - Department of Internal Medicine 2020-Present Moonlighting Physician Recruited by Department of Internal Medicine to moonlight and manage all primary medicalneeds of patients admitted to Albany Medical Center’s acute inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Veiled Collection, Albany, NY 2016 – Present Founding Partner Co-founded an online, direct-to-consumer, women’s fashion company and led all operations in company’s early days while my partner led all design efforts. Recruited an accomplished executive team to scale the company while allowing me to step back from my role and focuson medicine.
YAFA Group LLC - DBA: Salam Medical Transport, Clifton, NJ 2012 – 2015 Founding Partner Established and operated a non-emergency medical transportation service serving the greaterNorthern NJ area. Managed 6 NJ licensed non emergency transport ambulances, 20 NJ licensed EMTs and over 80 patients with medical transportation needs.
Honors & Awards
Chief Resident, Department of PM&R, Albany Medical Center 2021-2022
Intern of the Year Award, Department of Internal Medicine, Albany Medical Center 2019
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Languages: Proficient in English and ArabicAmerican Academy of ical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Interests: Entrepreneurship, Travel, Basketball, Ping pong, Formula 1 racing