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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Faculty and Research Interests


Our faculty comprises a wide range of backgrounds and interests with many holding dual certifications or other advanced degrees.  In addition to providing hands-on, 24-hour department supervision and teaching, all faculty members share a commitment to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the advancement of our specialty.

Faculty members also participate in regional and national professional organizations and research endeavors.  Many also serve on national committees and organizations dedicated to the growth and development of the specialty.

George Forrest, M.D.
Professor and Chairman

Dr. Forrest received his MD degree from Virginia Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at SUNY Buffalo followed by a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Washington University Medical Center.  Dr. Forrest is Boarded in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. He also has expertise in treating patients with musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain. Most of his work is dedicated to Albany Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, treating patients with spinal cord injury, lower back pain, and those undergoing stroke rehabilitation. He has also written a number of publications and serves as a reviewer for three of the main journals in the specialty of rehabilitation medicine. 

Andrew Dubin, M.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director

Dr. Andrew Dubin is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has subspecialty Boards in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Dubin received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  Dr. Dubin is an expert in musculoskeletal medicine with an emphasis on electrodiagnostic medicine and the treatment of spasticity. Many of his patients are children with cerebral palsy. With 20 years of experience in treating musculoskeletal issues and disabled pediatric population, Dr. Dubin is well-trained to work with medications and treatments for spasticity and neuropathic pain. He is also expert in the use of EMG-guided nerve blocks for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Because of his advanced subspecialty training, Dr. Dubin often treats more complex conditions – including spasticity in children. He is the only physician in the region performing botulinium injections on small children.

Farag Aboelsaad, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Aboelsaad received his MD degree from the University of Cairo.  He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Albany Medical Center and a fellowship in Pain Management at the Pacific Pain Treatment Center in San Francisco.  Dr. Aboelsaad  board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and by the American Board of Pain Medicine.    Special interests include chronic pain management including back and neck pain, chronic headache, peripheral neuropathy and complex  regional pain syndromes.


Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital

VA Faculty

Barbara Bates, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Bates is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine. She received her MD degree from the University of Washington and completed residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation at Albany Medical Center.  She is the Director of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the VA Medical Center.

Frank LoRe, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. LoRe is Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He received his MD degree from Albany Medical College and completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the University of Minnesota. Dr. LoRe is the Clinical Director of the PMR residency program at the VA.