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Multidisciplinary Care Team Expanding at Hospital for Special Care’s Autism Center

February 8, 2018

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Feb. 8, 2018) – The Hospital for Special Care (HFSC)  has expanded the multidisciplinary care team at  the Autism Center at to respond to growing community need for services as the center marks five years of service to children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. “We are pleased to continue to develop our highly specialized, multidisciplinary team,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, president and CEO of HFSC. “The need for these services continues to grow across Connecticut and our integrated team approach integrates a range of specialties to address the unique needs and strengths of each child and family.”

The Autism Center at HFSC, the only patient-centered specialty practice for autism in the country, currently includes an eight-bed inpatient unit and an outpatient center providing more than 6,000 visits annually. The multidisciplinary clinical team has recently expanded to accommodate the center’s continued growth. Dr. Hassan Minhas, M.D. has been appointed Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Sabooh Mubbashar, M.D. has been appointed Medical Director of the Autism Inpatient Unit, Naomi Libby, M.D. joins as a psychiatrist and Concepcion Cortes, RN, APRN, MPH, BC-FNP, BC-PMHNP, joins as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the outpatient Autism Center.


Hassan Minhas

Hassan Minhas completed his medical degree at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the Department of Law and Psychiatry at Yale University. He holds a specialty certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Sabooh Mubbashar

Sabooh Mubbashar completed his medical degree at Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan. He completed fellowships for clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuro-pharmacology and neurosciences at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed residencies for adult psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center, Yale University. He is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry.


Naomi Libby

Naomi Libby completed her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed residency and fellowship at Yale School of Medicine in the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Libby is Board Certified in Psychiatry.


Concepcion Cortes

Concepcion Cortes completed her Master’s Degree for Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s Degree for Science in Nursing at Carlow University. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.


About Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the nation serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) provides a variety of diagnostic, assessment, and therapy services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Center’s multidisciplinary approach includes psychology, developmental pediatrics, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and child and Adolescent psychiatry.  

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org , and follow us on Facebook @HospitalforSpecialCare.


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