Dr. Carl Eiben saluted for work with IRU

DR. Carl Eiben, the outgoing medical director at Inpatient Rehab Unit, is pictured.

After serving 37 years as Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director, Dr. Carl Eiben will concentrate solely on outpatient medicine (consults and EMGs).

“I’m excited about transitioning into outpatient medicine,” Dr. Eiben said. “I’ve been in this role for a long time. I’m proud of the body of work our team has accomplished.”

From 1985-97, Eiben served on the Executive Committee and as the Secretary and Treasurer for the medical staff at Marquette General Hospital. He also worked as the Vice President Medical Staff (1987-89) and the Chief of Medical Staff (1989-91) at MGH. He’s board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Management while also being a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

He has been a champion for multi-disciplinary care in many areas,” Dr. Craig Coccia said. “From the injured worker to traumatic brain injury to trauma patients and pain, he’s been tremendously supportive of all the services here. He’s really responsible for elevating our patients’ recoveries.”

Dr. Eiben began serving as the medical director for Upper Michigan Rehab services in 1981 and for the last 16 years, also served as the medical director for the UP Pain Evaluation and Treatment Network. During his time at MGHS, he served as the Attending Physician for numerous patients in the inpatient setting at the MGHS Marquette Rehab Unit. His duties included overseeing medical management and care of patients requiring rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational or speech therapy throughout the course of their treatment. He was also known for his involvement with children with cerebral palsy and other challenging motor impairments.

“He always did a nice job of relating to the kids,” Dr. Michael Nidiffer said about Dr. Eiben, “and he helped them to always look to make the most of their life, despite their disability, pushing them to a positive direction. Children through the Upper Peninsula have greatly benefitted from his unique expertise. It’s been a wonderful privilege to work with and learn from his colleagues at the specialty clinics.”

Dr. Eiben received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University before attending medical school at Temple University. He then did his residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital, where he also completed his fellowship as a chief resident.

With the increase of the practice, the UP Rehabilitation Medicine Associates will be growing with the addition of physicians and Advanced Practice Providers.