Welcome to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
We are proud of our past accomplishments and a promising future in PM&R at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As a leading clinical division in a nationally ranked medical center, opportunities abound for clinical care, research, and teaching. Our department enjoys excellent collaborations with various clinical departments in the University Medical Center. In collaboration with the departments of neurology and neurosurgery, we participate in a mandatory neurosciences curriculum in the junior year of the medical school curriculum. Our anatomy curriculum reinforces functional anatomy and we have involved therapists and neurology residents with this program. Our faculty are now block directors for Musculoskeletal in the newly formatted University of Cincinnati College of Medicine first and second year curricula.
We also boast perhaps the finest cadre of clinical sites in the country. This impressive list includes:
- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at The Drake Center, with multiple components of post-acute care, 60 bed inpatient rehab facility (IRF), operated through HealthSouth, 100 bed medical LTAC with focus on ventilator weaning, wound care, 100 bed skilled nursing beds, 100 bed assisted living, outpatient therapies and physician offices.
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), consistently ranked as one of the Top 3 children's hospitals in the country, where our pediatric rehabilitation faculty practice, perform research, and teach. The Department of Pediatrics at CCHMC, of which our pediatric rehabilitation physiatrists are members, is consistently ranked in the Top 10.
- The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a 350 bed hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, with access to the latest technological procedures and clinical trial medications. This tradition of excellence consistently places it among the nation's best in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals."
- University Pointe, a clinical site operated by UC Physicians on the north side of Cincinnati that opened in 2003.
- The Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CVAMC), at which several of our faculty practice, provides comprehensive outpatient PM&R clinical care, inpatient PM&R consultative care, clinical research, and training. The Rehabilitation Care Line has a staff of more than 80 and provide care in PM&R (including Electrodiagnostic Medicine), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Recreational Therapy, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, and Yoga). There are multidisciplinary clinics in Amputee Care, Pain Management (including Interventional Spine Care), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Care, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Polytrauma Care. Care is rendered at the CVAMC campus, Ft. Thomas VA Facility, Community-based Outpatient Clinics, Home-based Primary Care, and via Telehealth. Clinical research involves TBI/Polytrauma Speech training at home via Telehealth, Prevention of re-hospitalization in persons with SCI, and pilot studies related to VA-sponsored initiatives. The UC PM&R residency, National PT-accredited residency in Geriatric Medicine, National Speech Pathology and Audiology accredited Fellowship programs, and regional PT/OT/Speech and Audiology training affiliations comprise the bulk of the training on site.
- Christ Hospital, renowned cardiac hospital which houses 30-bed community rehab experience.
Our faculty are innovators in their field and are active in cutting edge research that improves function and quality of life of people with disabilities. Examples of studies conducted here include: management of spasticity with Intrathecal Baclofen and Botulinum Toxin; neurolytic blocks for dystonia; intradiscal electrotherapy; studies on forced use therapies, such as modified constraint induced therapy; and studies of family and patient factors and their effects on patient outcomes. Our faculty have published chapters in leading medicine and physical medicine textbooks, edited special issues of leading journals, and regularly publish in rehabilitation medicine journals.
Above all, we focus on enhancing the functional abilities of individuals with various injuries or diseases. Our physiatrists work very closely in concert with primary care physicians and neuroscientists in the University of Cincinnati Neurosciences Institute as well as a team of rehabilitation specialists including physical, occupational and speech therapy, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, prosthetists, orthotists, etc. to accomplish individual goals.
Our faculty is very motivated to accomplish our mission. We have two distinct training programs including a categorical physical medicine and rehabilitation training program (with an integrated internship year within the University of Cincinnati Department of Internal Medicine) as well as a double-boarded Pediatric/PM&R Residency Training Program in close collaboration with the highly renowned Children’s Hospital Medical Center Training Program.
- Spasticity management
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Geriatric rehab
- Musculoskeletal medicine