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REHAB Hospital of the Pacific Healthcare hero returns home to give back to Hawaii community

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After 6 years in Loma Linda, California, for post-doctoral training, Dr. Daniel Burdick always knew he wanted to return home to Hawaii to practice medicine. While going away to the mainland helped provide him the training and skills to be a physician, he felt a strong desire to serve his Hawaii community and REHAB Hospital of the Pacific helped bring him back home to do what he loves.

REHAB Hospital provides the perfect environment for Dr. Burdick to balance giving back to his community while still giving him time to play a big role in his kids’ lives. And he’s dedicated to rebuilding the lives of patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, including neurological injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries and chronic pain.

Dr. Burdick is a local boy who grew up in Halawa. Family has always been an important part of his life, even thousands of miles away in the Hawaiian islands. After he finished his fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center, he moved back to Hawaii with his wife and two sons. He knew that he wanted his kids to grow up in the same environment he did.

Dr. Burdick¬† is very familiar with REHAB Hospital of the Pacific. As a medical school student, he did his first clinical rotation at REHAB under the guidance of Dr. Jason Chang, REHAB’s chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs. It was his first exposure to the world of physical medicine and rehabilitation and he knew it was where he wanted to be.

While Dr. Burdick was away continuing his post-doctoral training in California, Dr. Chang stayed in touch. He informed Dr. Burdick that REHAB was continuing to grow and that the facility had a position for him to utilize his interests in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Burdick works at REHAB in both the inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital. On the inpatient side, he focuses on physical medicine and rehabilitation. He treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Some of the conditions he treats are a result of neurological, spinal cord, and orthopedic injuries and impairments. In outpatient, he works in REHAB’s Comprehensive Pain Management program to help patients that are dealing with chronic pain improve their quality of life.

About REHAB Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB)
For 65 years, REHAB Hospital of the Pacific has been dedicated to rebuilding lives.  As the only comprehensive medical rehabilitation hospital in Hawaii, REHAB has been providing exemplary care to those with physical and cognitive disabilities, such as stroke and spinal cord injuries, empowering patients to reach optimal health and independence.

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