Steven Bratman, MD, MPH
For more than ten years, I have been practicing, lecturing and teaching in the field of occupational medicine. As a board-certified occupational medicine physician, I have particularly specialized in preventing and managing delayed recovery issues. I strongly believe that a close three-part relationship between employer, injured employee and physician can reduce lost from regular duty and facilitate early recovery. In addition, I engage in close management of cases, including maintaining active communication with adjustors, so as to provide efficient, streamlined and effective care.
When working with patients, I believe compassion, sympathetic connection and interpersonal warmth are the magic key to helping employees recover from their work injuries as well as to recognize the limits of recovery when such exist. Education in the unique nature of injury care under the workers compensation system is also essential. I am a strong believer in the use of active physical therapy methods, including a vigorous home exercise program, in order to most rapidly achieve the best possible outcome. When surgical approaches are necessary, I work closely with highly qualified orthopedic specialists who understand the specific issues of work injury care.
I have had the mixed fortune of experiencing a number of injuries myself. Not only has this given me greater compassion for those who are injured, it has also taught me a great deal about the psychology of recovery: One must work hard, sometimes very hard, to improve function, while at the same time adopt a mindset that is willing to come to terms with the realities of physical imperfection.
Outside of work, I love hiking and am a serious amateur landscape photographer with a bit of commercial success.
Medical Degree, UC Davis Medical School, Davis, CA
Master of Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Occupational Medicine Residency University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Board Certified in Occupational Medicine
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- American College of Preventative Medicine
- American Medical Association