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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Pilot Competition

5 October 2015

The Department of PM&R is accepting proposals for research pilot projects. The objective of this opportunity is to enhance the value and effectiveness of pilot research conducted within the Department to accomplish three objectives:

  • Improve the health outcomes of PM&R populations
  • Enhance the patient experience of care (including quality, access and reliability)
  • Provide departmental researchers the opportunity to collect quality data to leverage future funding

Proposals will be accepted from any PM&R faculty member (regular track or research series - including Senior Instructors).

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. MST

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Venu Akuthota, MD 2015 Recipient of AAPM&R PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

3 October 2015

The AAPM&R PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship was established in 2008 to preserve the legacy and namesake of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR), this award is meant to recognize an individual in mid career that has advanced musculoskeletal physiatry through clinical care, education, service or scholarship (research). This is grand achievement for Dr. Venu Akuthota

Dr. Akuthota will also in October be presenting the Shears Lectureship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We will catch up with Dr. Akuthota for an interview about these two events later in the month!

PM&R Faculty Katherine Payne, MD: Modeling Excellence

31 September 2015

In an article entitled Modeling Excellence: All of us Aspire to Provide the Best Experience for our Patients, PM&R Senior Instructor, Katherine Payne, MD is highlighted as a practioner demonstrating what it means to be a Servant Leader.

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PM&R Faculty up for ACRM: Poster Award Finalist

25 September

A poster to the 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference submitted by James Carollo, MD and Patricia Heyn, PhD and including PM&R faculty, Pam Wilson MD, Heather Baer MD, and Sruthi Thomas MD, has been named a finalist for the prestigous Poster Award. The poster is titled "Cerebral Palsy Adult Transition Study (CPAT): Early Results from the Prospective Health Screening Cohort" .

Stay tuned for the announcement of the award winner in late October.

Dr. Patricia Heyn is #1 on ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles!

20 September 2015

Dr. Heyn's article The effects of exercise training on elderly persons with cognitive impairment and dementia: A meta-analysis in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is #1 in the ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles. The article finds "Exercise training increases fitness, physical function, cognitive function, and positive behavior in people with dementia and related cognitive impairments."

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Dr. James Carollo Receives NIH Award

14 September 2015

Dr. James Carollo, Director for the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) at Children's Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor, in collaboration with APDM Wearable Technologies has been awarded an NIH grant entitled "Instrumented Movement Analysis to Quantify Gait in Cerebral Palsy."

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CU Sport Medicine and Performance Center Now Open!

10 September 2015

The CU Sport Medicine and Performance Center is dedicated to providing world class medicine and sports science to athletes and active people of all levels and ages. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, orthopedic surgeons, sports scientists, physical therapists and athletic trainers provides cutting-edge, evidence-based care to help patients and clients achieve their athletic goals.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilition Faculty Honored as Top Docs

7 August 2015

5280 magazine names the Top Docs for 2015. With 315 physicians in 95 medical specialties named, it is great to see PM&R place 6!

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Dr. Patricia Heyn Discusses Global Summit

29 July 2015

Dr. Heyn attended an international conference called "Global Summit on Innovations in Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities", sponsored by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and the Special Olympics World Games.

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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.


Venu Akuthota, MD, Published in Self Magazine

23 June 2015

The Surprising Way To Get Flatter Abs for Summer Self Magazine, June 2015
...building a strong core is important for more than looking good in a two-piece. “It’s essential for day-to-day activities like twisting and lifting, but it also improves coordination and can help prevent knee, spinal and running injuries,” says Venu Akuthota, MD, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Just doing crunches won’t cut it, either. “In real life,” Dr. Akuthota says, “you don’t use your transverse abs or obliques in isolation. You use them in combination with other muscles in your stomach, back and butt.”

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Coming Up

Meredith Mealer, RN, PhD: Keynote Speaker at the 34th Annual Conference NURSES AND RESEARCH IN PERSPECTIVE, Montreal, CA
PM&R Resident Seminar: Aliea Herbert MD
Grand Rounds with Iñigo San Milan, PhD, 6-7PM, Academic Office Bldg 1, RM 7000


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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Aurora, Colorado 80045
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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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12631 East 17th Avenue, Academic Office 1, Room 2513
Aurora, Colorado 80045

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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.