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Dr. Meredith Mealer Records Podcast "PTSD and the ICU Nurse: Bolstering Resiliency in the Helping Professions"

7 October 2016

Meredith has done important work studying the high prevalence of PTSD in ICU nurses. Her work has found that ICU nurses suffer from PTSD at a rate comparable to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Mealer's research has also provided steps that nurses and ALL helping professionals can take that have proven to bolster resilience. The work is important for all in the helping field.

Click here to listen to her podcast as part of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Short Takes on Suicide Prevention

The podcast is approximately 21 minutes long.

You can subscribe to the RM Short Takes Podcast on iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcasts tool.

Drs. Anne Stratton and Wendy Pierce, Receive Awards for Exceptional Service

16 September 2016

Congrats to Dr. Anne Stratton and Dr. Wendy Pierce (Peds Rehab Colorado Springs), who received awards for exceptional service to patients and families at Children’s Hospital Colorado!





Congratulations 2016 ACRM Fellows Designation for Dr. Patricia Heyn!

8 August 2016

The Fellow of ACRM designation recognizes active members with an outstanding record of professional service to ACRM, who have also made contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Fellows accomplishments are recognized by the "FACRM" designation, a professional credential used after their name, in recognition of their achievements. This year ACRM will recognize four fellows and award presentations will be made during the 93rd ACRM Annual Conference at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday evening, November 3rd, at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, where each fellow will be presented with the 2016 ACRM Fellowship Plaque.

Be sure to follow all the action at the 93rd ACRM Annual Conference via Twitter from @CUPhysMed.

CUConnections has 5 Questions for Iñigo San Millán, and He Nails Them

11 August 2016

CUConnections continues it's series 5 Questions, this time with CU PM&R Assistant Professor and Director of the Excercise Physiology Lab. And how could we resist this image from CUConnections, perhaps the first PM&R faculty being chased by bulls and not students!

Reveals from the article include his professional soccer experience with Real Madrid (where he played six years) and his time as a professional cyclist. Also, find out which sport(s) is the toughest to excel in.

Read the article at CUConnections.




Lisa Brenner, PhD, is the new APA Division 22 President

8 August 2016

Dr. Lisa Brenner, CU PM&R Director of Research and Director of Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, was named the American Psychological Association Division 22 President. From the APA Division 22 website "Rehabilitation Psychology is a specialty area within psychology that focuses on the study and application of psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to maximize health and welfare, independence and choice, functional abilities, and social role participation across the lifespan."


Two Publications from Dr. Patricia Heyn on Engaging the Aging Brain

31 July 2016

Dr. Patricia Heyn scored a brace with two articles in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation June and August 2016. The first article is titled "Brain Gaming: A User's Product Guide for the Clinician." This article looks at brain gaming or brain training as it is also known. While there is limited research on the efficacy of brain games the article serves as clinician's user guide to brain gaming technologies. The full text is available online.

The second article continues the theme of providing clinician/patient resources for the againg brain: "Physical Activity Recommendations for the Aging Brain: A Clinician-Patient Guide." The article in cludes an educational page that "is designed to guide the health care professional in providing physical activity recommendations for the older adult patient during the office visit." For the full article online please follow this link.

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CU PM&R Announces the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund

27 April 2016

This fund, established in the 19th year of Dr. Matthews’ leadership in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will provide support of PM&R Scholarship through visiting professor lectures, workshops, and national presentations. This year also inaugurates the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Lectureship featuring Visiting Professor Michael Boninger, M.D., Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Dennis J. Matthews, M.D., a living legend of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, attended medical school at the University of Colorado and went on to train in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Frederic Kottke, one of the founding fathers of the field. In 1997, Dr. Matthews was recruited back to Denver by Dr. Jerome Gersten to be the 4th Chair of the Department.

Dr. Matthews’ work with pediatric muscle disease, cerebral palsy, and rehabilitation is internationally known and has identified him as a pioneer in his field. Dr. Matthews’ remarkable work with pediatric rehabilitation and practice development has laid the foundation for pediatric subspecialties and the advancement of major medical associations in the field of rehabilitation.

Dr. Matthews is Department Chair and Professor of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine as well as PPAARDI-in-Chief and Fischahs Chair Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

For information on how to donate to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund, please go to:

You may also contact the CU Foundation Office at 303-813-7935.

Video: Aspen Ideas Festival | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

13 July 2015

Here at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, ideas flow freely between curious minds, skilled practitioners, collaborative data geeks and groundbreaking researchers. The result? Future-changing advances in personalized medicine, chronic disease and patient-centered care. Welcome to the New West. Here, the good guys wear the masks. Watch the video on YouTube.



Coming Up

Special Guest! Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty Meeting on November 2, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Academic Office 1, Conference Room 7000 for a guest presentation: CU Anschutz Innovations Director, Kimberly Muller
Dept of PM&R Grand Rounds - Paralympic Sport and Classification - presented by Kyle B. Nagle MD, MPH, Sports Medicine Center, Children's Hospital Colorado Orthopedics Institute, University of Colorado Orthopedics; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Dept of PM&R Resident Seminar - TBD - presented by Stephanie Cowherd; ; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) 50th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico - Learn More
30th Annual Gersten Day - Rahabilitation Scientific Symposium, Anschutz Medical Campus


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The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital

The Spine Center at the University of Colorado Hospital specializes in treating people with lower back and neck pain using proven therapies and cutting-edge technology.

Patient's services include physical therapy, medication, spinal injections or surgery, or any combination of these treatments. A collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach among orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical/occupational therapists, psychologists, integrative medicine, and anesthesiologists fits within the model first espoused by Dr. Gersten.

As the sole academic medical center in the region, the Spine Center is the only provider in the Front Range to take such a comprehensive approach to spine and neck care. In fact, because of our high levels of experience, we are regularly asked to evaluate cases as a second opinion.

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Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine

The mission of the Physical Therapy Program is To provide Colorado and the nation with programs of excellence in education, clinical care, research & scholarship, and community service.

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CU Sports Medicine

Competitive and recreational athletes of all types and ages receive comprehensive care for sports and related injuries at CU Sports Medicine. Covering the full range of sports injuries throughout the Front Range, we encompass care for hip & knee, hand, foot & ankle, elbow & shoulder, and spine.

At CU Sports Medicine, patients can have​ diagnostic tests and a physician's evaluation on the same day in the same location. Our multidisciplinary team has two goals: a timely and accurate diagnosis, and the fastest recovery possible.

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History of the CU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PM&R)

Founded in 1946, The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is one of the oldest departments of PM&R in the United States. The first chairman was Dr. Harold Dinken, who was also the first physiatrist in Colorado. He quickly expanded the department and accepted Dr. George Twombly as the first resident in PM&R in 1947. That same year, Dr. Carl Hoffman was recruited as the first Director of PM&R at the Denver VA Hospital. Dr Dinken went on to establish the Rehabilitation program at General Rose Hospital.

Having joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1949, Dr. Jerome W. Gersten became Chairman in 1957. Under Dr. Gersten's leadership, the Department expanded tremendously in clinical service, education and research. Dr. Gersten was one of the first, true "academic physiatrists".

He conducted basic science research on the use and effects of physical agents; muscle and nerve function; effects of stress on muscle function; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; electromyography; and the delivery of rehabilitation health services. The Department was a nationally recognized Research and Training Center in cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Gersten was a visionary expanding the concept of the Rehabilitation Team.

Today, the CU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has three primary focuses: Education, Research and Clinical Care.