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O'Keefe, Joseph F.

  • Physical Medicine

Essential Information

Address 365 Montauk Ave.
New London, CT

DR. JOSEPH O’KEEFE earned his medical degrees from Boston University School of Medicine. Because he didn’t think orthopedic surgery went far enough, he became a physiatrist after earning his qualifications as an orthopedic surgeon. He feels that physiatry can offer patients a more comprehensive approach.
Dr. O’Keefe works with patients who suffer from serious disabilities, including amputation, spinal cord injury and brain injury from stroke, trauma, anoxia or infection. He ran the pain center at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford before bringing modern rehab services to Eastern Connecticut in the early 1990s, when there were no advanced facilities. Now chairman of rehabilitation at Lawrence+Memorial Hospital and medical director at Day Kimball and William W. Backus hospitals, he has been asked to develop a program at Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island. “I have an overwhelming sense of optimism,” he says, “and I try to convey that to my patients, even when dealing with severe acute injury.”

Additional Information

Organizations: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Academic Physiatrists Association

Medical School: University School of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations: Day Kimball Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, William W. Backus Hospital

O'Keefe, Joseph F. - New London, CT

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