Dr. Imelda Cruz-Banting is a physiatrist. She treats a wide range of patients from those with sore shoulders to ones who suffered spinal cord injuries. The focus of her specialty is on restoring function to people. She sees patients with acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders and people with disabilities due to stroke, Parkinson's or other neurological diseases. Her patients may be a knitter who has carpal tunnel syndrome, a warehouse employee who lifts heavy objects at work and experiences back pain, an elderly person with a broken hip, someone in a bad car accident, or a football player who injured his knee and requires rehabilitation to play again. Dr. Cruz-Banting’s patients also include people with arthritis, tendonitis, any kind of back/neck pain, and work and sports-related injuries. As a physiatrist, she treats very serious disorders of the musculoskeletal system that result in severe functional limitations.
Having Physical Therapy as her premedical course, Dr. Cruz-Banting definitely has a vast experience in treating patients with rehabilitation needs. She had the opportunity to work as a licensed physical therapist in Florida before she started her residency training in New York. This gives her an edge in how to effectively help her patients recover from their diseases/injuries. She has full knowledge of the different treatment modalities used as well as the appropriate individualized therapeutic exercises prescribed to each patient.
In 2000, Dr. Cruz-Banting was board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She is also a "physician certified to practice acupuncture." At present she is affiliated with Montefiore North Hospital and St. Barnabas Hospital, both in Bronx, New York. She is also an instructor at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at New York Medical College, in Valhalla, New York. Dr. Cruz-Banting served as a Consulting Physiatrist for the Long Island Medical, PC and served as a full time Physiatrist at the Advance Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.C. She was also the Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Medical & Rehabilitation, P.C. from 2000-2009. Today, Dr. Imelda Cruz-Banting is President of Imelda Cruz-Banting, M.D., P.C. in New York.
Dr. Cruz-Banting is mother to two wonderful children. She regularly serves as a physician volunteer for a medical mission that provides medical assistance to the less fortunate people in the Philippines. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Society of the State of New York and Bronx Medical Society. Dr. Cruz-Banting is a member of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and dedicated to be a contributing and active member of her community.