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St. Luke's Physician Discovers Hidden Talent to Benefit Children's Pavilion

Dr. Jacob Neufeld
By Celeste Keller, Health and Wellness
February 3, 2015

Jacob A. Neufeld, aka “Dr. J,” is Idaho’s first and only pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. As the director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, he treats children with a wide range of problems including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and chronic pediatric disabilities. His goal, along with the rehabilitation team, is to improve the functional capabilities of all of his patients.

Dr. Neufeld is the editor-in-chief and founder of The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM): An Interdisciplinary Approach. JPRM is an international journal designed to parallel the multi-disciplinary team approach of caring for children with acute or chronic, complex diseases. He has served on the faculty at New York University and Virginia Commonwealth.

In early December, Dr. Neufeld found that he had an undiscovered talent – that of artist. The contemporary abstract work displayed is an example of the art Dr. Neufeld has painted in just a few short weeks.

With passion for his work at St. Luke’s Children’s, and his artistic talent, Dr. Neufeld is donating all the sales of his paintings to benefit the proposed St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion project for pediatric specialists.

Proposed New St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion

St. Luke’s Children’s is renowned for excellence in patient care and the region’s leader in children’s healthcare for over 40 years.  Idaho’s only Children’s Hospital – this beating heart of a network has provided decades of groundbreaking, specialized medical advances to children and their families. The new St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion will be an outpatient clinical area that will be the home to more than 50 pediatric subspecialists allowing them to work in close proximity to each other and to the hospital and allow for enhanced communication and ease of access for families. St. Luke’s is committed to high quality, cost-effective clinical care, prevention, advocacy for children and families, education and research.

About The Author

Celeste Keller was formerly the director of major and planned gifts at St. Luke's Health Foundation.