Physician Detail

Maria Tsarouhas, DO


Hartford Hospital


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Physician Quicklink



Tsarouhas, Maria, DO

Call for Appointment



Office Locations

Hospitals and Organizations


A follow up to an interview that we first brought to you in September…where we were live at the grand opening of the Hartford HealthCare Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Hartford Hospital.

Since the opening, dozens of lives have been changed by this new, 26-bed unit that specializes in physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients who have suffered a major illness or injury.

Joining us is Dr. Maria Tsarouhas of the Hartford Hospital In-Patient Rehabilitation Unit…

Good Evening, Dr. Tsarouhas…

Good evening!

Q. Tell us what has happened since the opening and the patients you have helped thus far...

A. Since fully opening in October, we have served high quality, personalized, and coordinated care to over 150 patients so they can improve their functional independence in their day to day activities so they can enjoy the best possible quality of life when they return home. We have excellent outcomes to support this!

Compared to other similar acute rehab facilities in the New England region, we scored a higher percentage in transitions to home and with greater functional independence.

Patients are coming to the Inpatient Rehab Unit to get better! These are patients who have lost some level of independence due to injuries or illness. They may have difficulty with their speech and communication, thinking or processing, difficulty swallowing, difficulty with washing or dressing, toileting, balance and coordination, walking, or climbing stairs.

Patients who may experience some or all of these difficulties may be those injured as a result of trauma, accidents on the road or patients who have been hospitalized due to stroke, brain tumor, brain injury, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart surgery, amputation, and such.

Q. Tell us about the unit and some of the state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive treatments that you use to help those with serious injuries/illnesses to re-acclimate them back to their normal lives…

A. There is a wide variety of technology that can benefit patients in regaining functional independence. Equipment such as the Biodex Balance and NxStep Unweighting System to help with balance and walking, Bioness Electrical Stimulation for the upper and lower extremities for patients recovering from a neurological injury affecting the brain or spinal cord, Bioness BITS which is an interactive touch screen that challenges many aspects of a patient’s visual perception and thought processing, IOPI and Synchrony which provide real time feedback to strengthen muscles in voicing and swallow, and MOTOMed arm and leg bikes.

In addition to the “hands on” therapy and use of technology, patients also benefit from Recreational therapy, group sessions, and support from nursing staff carryover recommendations for their rehab and recovery.

Q. During a stay on the unit…what can patients expect?

A. The experienced team includes physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, registered dieticians, pharmacists and specialists – all committed to the personalized care each patient needs.

During a stay on the unit, patients can expect:

•100% all private rooms for comfort and privacy.

•Close medical monitoring from specialized rehabilitation doctors and nurses.

•A customized treatment plan focused on the skills needed to function safely at home.

•A minimum of three hours of therapy per day, at least 5-6 days a week.

•A state-of-the-art “skills” apartment where patients practice activities of daily living.

•Family and caregiver support and training throughout treatment.

•Convenient access to a full range of hospital services, if needed.

•The coordination of follow-up services to monitor and extend progress at home.

Q. Does the inpatient unit at the hospital help patients to go home quicker?

A. Yes. Most patients spend about 12-13 days on our unit and are discharged home faster and healthier compared to other levels of care. Patients who receive care in a hospital-based rehab unit are also less likely to be readmitted to the hospital after discharge.

Thank you, Dr. Tsarouhas, for joining us again, and sharing how this new unit has impacted so many lives. If you would like to learn more about the new inpatient rehabilitation unit at Hartford Hospital call 1-855-HHC-HERE.



Medical School

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine DO


  • Metrohealth Medical Center, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.