Rami Said, DPT, had just finished his master’s degree in biomechanical engineering when he realized he didn’t want to work as an engineer. He was more interested in helping people heal their bodies through physical therapy.
So instead of moving forward on his engineering path, Dr. Said entered Columbia University’s Doctoral Degree Program in Physical Therapy. He graduated in 2007, and just four years later came back to Columbia to work as a senior physical therapist at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, and as an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy School.
Dr. Said says that coming back to Columbia was an easy decision for him. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to practice physical therapy at The Spine Hospital, and to be able to give back to the school.
In the video he explains that he enjoys being able to use his engineering background to help his patients. “I wanted to take everything I learned in engineering about how forces are applied to the body and manipulate that through my own hands or through exercise to benefit my patients.”
Besides treating patients and teaching students, Dr. Said is committed to learning more about his profession and sharing what he learns with his colleagues. “One of my favorite things about physical therapy is that it’s a career where you never stop learning,” he says.
He recently had an interesting patient case and wrote an article about it, which was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. “Part of what we do is educate our colleagues about some of the things that are not so typical,” he says. By writing about unusual cases he can share what he learns with his colleagues worldwide.
Watch the video to get to know Dr. Said and learn more about how he uses his outstanding background to provide the best possible care to his patients at the Spine Hospital today.