Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD

Assistant Professor, Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine (Administration) and Medicine (Faculty)

Member of NYU Langone Medical Center Cardiac Rehab Associates

“In our cardiac and pulmonary rehab unit, the team of physicians, therapists, nurses, social workers and psychologists work with patients who have heart and lung disease to manage their conditions and help them function successfully day to day. Our patients’ personal goals and their quality of life are very, very important to us. Heart and lung diseases are chronic conditions that require ongoing care. We focus on helping patients transition from the hospital to an acute patient rehabilitation facility and finally to home care. Once a patient is back home, we continue to work closely with them, their family members, and visiting nurse services and other care providers to design an effective therapy program that transitions to the community and one that they’ll enjoy and sustain moving forward.”

Medical Expertise

Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation; Geriatric Rehabilitation; Special Rehabilitation Needs of Women; Neurorehabilitation; Musculoskeletal Disorders including Neck, Back Pain and Joint Pains (Arthritis)

Clinical Focus

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation medicine

Management of lymphedema—including swelling of the arm following breast surgery, swelling of the leg following pelvic surgery, and congenital lymphedema

Outpatient therapy for neck, back, shoulder and knee pain

About Dr. Whiteson

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson’s two main areas of focus involve directing Rusk’s inpatient rehab unit for people with acute, chronic heart and lung disease, and overseeing Rusk’s outpatient program for people with similar conditions—including many former Rusk inpatients. Whatever phase of rehabilitation a patient might be in, the primary focus of Dr. Whiteson and the unit’s team of therapists, nurses, social workers and psychologists is always on helping that patient achieve the best possible quality of life moving forward.

To accomplish this, Dr. Whiteson and the team work closely with each patient to develop a customized treatment and management plan based on his or her goals, desires and capabilities. For patients doing rehab work as an inpatient at Rusk this involves an in-depth evaluation, followed by intensive physical and occupational therapy, nursing care and education, as well as social work support and psychological counseling. When patients are ready to transition to home care, the team works with patients, their families, the patient’s other physicians and professional home-care providers to coordinate an effective home therapy program. Patients follow with Dr. Whiteson in his office a few weeks after discharge from Rusk, and at that time, he coordinates the transition to outpatient rehabilitation. This includes referring patients to an appropriate outpatient therapy program, often at the Rusk outpatient center. Once outpatient rehab is completed, Dr Whiteson works with each patient to design an enjoyable and sustainable wellness program of regular physical activity, healthy eating and other lifestyle modifications.

Dr. Whiteson’s commitment to his patients’ health and well-being remains ongoing. Rehabilitation patients typically return every 6 to 12 months for follow-up visits. “Based on their progress, we’ll work with the patient’s primary-care doctor, their cardiologist or pulmonologist, and their home caregivers to continue shaping their care,” explains Dr. Whiteson. “At Rusk, we look at things from a slightly different angle. We consider every aspect of a patient’s well-being: a ‘whole body’ approach to medical, functional and psychological wellbeing. Our goal is to help coordinate all aspects of heart and lung health, and educate our patients so that they can take their health into their own hands. An empowered patient is a healthy individual!” 

Dr. Whiteson is active in education, research and community outreach. He lectures to his peers as well as residents at local and National meetings and review courses. He heads the research division of the cardiac and pulmonary rehab unit and has published in peer reviewed journals as well as chapters in the fields leading text books. He is often quoted by the media, on TV, radio and papers, and presents a weekly medical radio program on Doctor Radio, Sirius 114 and XM 119.


Medical Education
University College Hospital London, 1989

Lenox Hill Hospital (Internal Medicine) 1995

Residency Training
Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center (Rehabilitation Medicine) 1996-1998

Clinical Fellowships
Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center (Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation) 1998-1999

Board Certifications
Rehabilitation Medicine


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