(May 2018) Venu Akuthota, MD, was named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation effective January 1.
has been on the School of Medicine faculty since 2002 and has served as
vice chair and professor of the department and medical director of the
Spine Center at the University of Colorado Hospital. He has also served
as the department’s residency program director.
“Venu brings exceptional talent and experience to this leadership role,” said School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, MD.
is author of more than 90 publications, author/editor of two textbooks,
and has spoken and chaired national and regional conferences. He is a
founding senior editor of the PM&R journal and has held leadership
positions in the North American Spine Society and Musculoskeletal
Council Chair for the American Academy of PM&R.
succeeds Dennis Matthews, MD, who became chair in December 1996 and who
has had a distinguished and pioneering career. Matthews is recognized as
a leader in care for patients with pediatric muscle disease and