Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58Some things happen in life that you have no control over, Dr. Esquenazi says, but they can lead you to other opportunities. In the 30-plus years that he has practiced medicine, Dr. Esquenazi has cared for countless patients and taught many other doctors. He now supervises all the people who work in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Einstein Healthcare Network. He is also a co-inventor of a special suit—called ReWalk—that helps people walk again. He teamed up with a patient who suggested the idea. The patient was an experienced engineer, and Dr. Esquenazi is an expert in the science of how people walk. ReWalk is an exoskeleton. People wear it over their clothes. It has battery-operated motors that power the hips and knees to take steps. The system is designed for people who are unable to walk on their own but can use their arms to help stay balanced with crutches. About 200 people worldwide, including 20 in Pennsylvania, now use ReWalk. “It allows people to stand up and interact with the world, which is awesome,” Dr. Esquenazi says. “It allows people to break their limitations.” Alberto Esquenazi Reaching beyond limitations through care and invention 12 As a child growing up in Mexico, Dr. Alberto Esquenazi dreamed of becoming a surgeon. He was well on his way to reaching his goal when he lost his right arm in a laboratory accident during his medical studies. He wasn’t sure what he would do. “I was in a situation in which I had to make a decision,” he says. “Is this the time to go after medicine with what I had already learned or opt for a different career?” The doctor who treated him encouraged him to stick with medicine but to consider a specialty that didn’t require the use of two hands. He suggested the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine. In this specialty, doctors work with patients who have lost the use of their limbs because of an accident, stroke, or other health problem. Dr. Esquenazi followed his physician’s advice. Upon graduating from medical school in Mexico, he enrolled at Temple University/MossRehab to train as a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine.