PM&R Department Description
The Department has expanded to include 23 faculty members. In April 2002, was recruited from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and joined the department as Chair. The department has extended its clinical and research base to include biomechanics, spine and sports rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, acupuncture and pain management. The 50-bed Adult Rehabilitation Center is housed in the UVA-HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, while outpatient services are located at the adjacent Musculoskeletal Center at Fontaine Research Park.
In 1989, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was established at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. nationally recognized for her clinical and research work in electrodiagnosis, was recruited from the Walter Reed Medical Center to serve as the first Chair. UVA proved to be well equipped to serve as a center of training for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists. Already in place were strong centers of excellence in spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation, and rehabilitation engineering. University Hospital, as a level I trauma center and tertiary care facility, insured a strong clinical base for residents in training. Young and energetic faculty with a variety of clinical and research interests were recruited, and a 14-position three- and four-year fully accredited residency training program was established.
The origins of
physiatry have been traced back as far as ancient times when
various physical agents were applied as therapeutic treatments. Yet
today’s specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation developed
predominately during the period following the second World War. An
increasing awareness of the need for physicians with specialized skills
in rehabilitation to provide care for disabled war veterans and other
individuals with disabling illnesses resulted, in 1947, with the
establishment of the American Board of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation. Currently, there are approximately 4940 board certified
physiatrists in practice.