Rehabilitation Medicine: Robert Haining, MD


Robert Haining, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation

Medical School: La Universidad del Noreste Tampico, Tamps, Mexico

Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Davis
Pediatrics, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Fellowship: Pediatric Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Language(s): Spanish



Robert Haining, MD, specializes in caring for children with physically disabling disorders such as spina bifida, brain injury, cerebral palsy and injuries with a sudden onset. He is an expert in prescribing and evaluating needs for pediatric therapy, and specializes in helping children recuperate from injury or illness. Dr. Haining is passionate about joining humanitarian efforts where he can use his expertise to care for children in third world countries.

Compelling Fact

Spina bifida is among the most common severe birth defects in the United States, affecting 1 in 1,500 babies born in the United States each year.

Source: March of Dimes and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Physical rehabilitation for children with acute and chronic disabling diseases and conditions such as:
    o Spina bifida
    o Brain injury
    o Cerebral palsy
    o Amputees
    o Muscle diseases
    o Arthrogryposis
    o Acute injuries

Spina Bifida
Spina bifida affects the backbone and, sometimes, the spinal cord. It results from incorrect development of the spinal cord. Surgery and physical therapy are used to treat severe forms of spina bifida.

Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe any disorder of movement and posture that results from an abnormality of an undeveloped brain. The brain may be damaged before birth, during delivery or immediately after birth due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral palsy can also occur in young children who sustain trauma resulting in injury to the brain. Cerebral palsy patients may have limited motor skills, speech difficulties, learning disabilities or other problems. It is a life-long condition that affects communication between the brain and the muscles, causing a permanent state of uncoordinated movement and posturing.

Arthrogryposis is a muscle disorder causing multiple joint contractures at birth. A contracture is a limitation in the range of motion of a joint.

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2007-2008 (nat'l survey)
  • Samaritan of the Year, 2004 – Flying Samaritans

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Member, Northern California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Member, Chapter I, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Appointment & Referral Information

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