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Three Physiatrists Join Marianjoy Medical Group

Contact: Karen Tornberg, 630-909-7105 or or
Denise LeBloch, 630-909-7104 or

Wheaton, IL (July 11, 2007) Marianjoy Medical Group is pleased to announced that Abraham Barnabas, M.D., Natalie Boodin, M.D., and Rahul Sharma, M.D. have joined their physical medicine and rehabilitation practice, based at on the campus with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois.

Dr. Abraham Barnabas initially will be practicing at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Lexington Healthcare of Bloomingdale and will serve as a consultant at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. In addition to general physical medicine and rehabilitation, his areas of clinical interest include musculoskeletal rehabilitation and pain management. Dr. Barnabas graduated from medical school at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and completed his residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital where he was selected as chief resident during his final year. Dr. Barnabas’s avid interest in sports and fitness led him to volunteer as a team physician at St. Patrick’s High School in Chicago.

Dr. Natalie Boodin is treating patients at West Suburban Hospital and Marianjoy’s outpatient clinic at Oakbrook Terrace. In addition to general physical medicine and rehabilitation, her areas of clinical interest include neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and geriatric rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr. Boodin received her undergraduate education from the University of Michigan, and then attended medical school at Ohio State University. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Chicago. Dr. Boodin chose the specialty of rehabilitation medicine because of her commitment to maximizing functional independence through an ongoing, often lifelong connection with patients in her practice.

Dr. Rahul Sharma, a Glen Ellyn native, treats patients at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Lexington Healthcare of Elmhurst. In addition to general physical medicine and rehabilitation, his areas of clinical interest include musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pain management, electrodiagnostic medicine, and community wellness. Dr. Sharma completed medical school at the University of Bombay, India, and residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. By the end of 2007, Dr. Sharma also will be on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Glen Oaks Hospital, and Rush Copley Hospital. His medical practice, focusing on restoration of function and wellness, is a reflection of his commitment to the health and well-being of his community.

The Marianjoy Medical Group (MMG) consists of 21 physiatrists who manage over 200 acute rehab beds, eight outpatient clinics and 170 subacute rehab beds in the western Chicago suburbs. MMG physicians provide a variety of physical medicine and rehabilitation services to adults and children with disabilities and are on the medical staff at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital as well as 20 community hospitals and academic medical centers. To schedule an appointment with an MMG physician, please call (630) 909-7000.

Marianjoy recently opened its new $60 million, 120 all private room replacement hospital in Wheaton – a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. The new flagship facility features uniquely designed accessible gardens, a labyrinth, chapel, and a meditation room. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital was founded 35 years ago by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, and maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Dedicated to the delivery of physical rehabilitative medicine Marianjoy also provides programs for community re-entry including driver and vocational rehabilitation. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, which owns and operates more than 100 health and shelter service organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.