Welcome From The New Chair
We have discovered the next miracle in medicine -- and it is you. The fields of Rehabilitation believe in using your whole body to improve your human performance. The department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado (which we affectionately call "CU PM&R") is at the forefront of using team science, regenerative medicine, and exercise treatments. It is uniquely situated in the state-of-the-art CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the first campus in the nation to be built from ground up to bring research, education, and patient care into one visionary collaboration. Like the Rocky Mountains that provide backdrop of our institutions, CU PM&R is on the rise! We combine the disciplines of rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, psychology, speech/language therapy, and rehabilitation sciences into a singular department. The following video stories reinforce the mission of the department: "Growing the Value of Rehab."
The stories of CU PM&R are countless, but here are a few. Joyce Olsezek, MD, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Children's Hospital Colorado, made an emontional appearance on the Dr. Oz Show describing medical miracles. She was part of the CHCO team that rehabilitated severely brain injured high schooler to later walk across the state at his high school graduation. The miracle of rehabilitation was clearly evident with this story.
Congratulations to our PM&R Research Core pilot awards
Please join us as we congratulate the 2018 awardees:
- Michael Bade, PT, PhD ("Multimodal Edema Management Program Post TKA")
- Mark M. Manago, DPT, PhD (“Instrumented motion analysis of hip and trunk movement compensations for people with multiple sclerosis”)
- Maryam Tahmasbi Sohi, MD (“Short term Effects of Intraarticular Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection on Serum Testosterone, LH and FSH Levels in Cohort of Male Veterans with Osteoarthritic Glenohumeral Joint”)
Should a 13-year-old play youth football?
16 July 2018
"It is not medically reasonable to disqualify him based on the available literature and the current standard for disqualification," writes Scott Laker of the University of Colorado in a corresponding article.
Annual Gersten Day
The Department celebrated its 31st Annual Gersten Day Rehabilitation Symposium on June 15, 2018. The graduating PM&R Residents presented their work on a wide-range of topics including overuse injuries in high school athletes, pelvic pain and hypermobility, and mindfulness and its implications on pain. Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD, one of our combined Pediatrics/PM&R residents, won the Annual Resident Research Award for her presentation, “Cerebral Palsy All Grown Up 2.0: What Adult Outcomes Can Teach Us About Pediatric Management.” The symposium also highlighted the research of our Pain Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury Fellows as well as Jean Marie Berliner, PT, DPT, NCS, and PhD Candidate with the Rehab Sciences program. Dr. Berliner’s presentation was titled, “Visual, Vestibular, and Oculomotor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease: Are they related to Fatigue.” The day concluded with two outstanding lectures from faculty. Sarra Nazem, PhD presented on the importance of assessing sleep in clinical research populations, and Michael Zuscik, PhD presented on Bifidobacteria and role it can plan in the development of osteoarthritis. Dr. Zuscik is coming into the Department of Orthopedics as the Mack Clayton (Endowed Chair) Visiting Professor and will be the Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center.
Join us in Avon for a Conference on Physician Burnout
CU PM&R faculty member Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard is hosting a conference on clinician burnout at the Westin Riverfront Resort May 10-11. This conference will feature Kathy Gibney PhD, Christine Sinsky MD, Matthew Wynia MD. CME credits are available. Register today
Dr. San Millàn featured in Washington Post article on Metabolic Inflexibility
30 April 2018
Dr. Iñigo San Millàn, director of the Sports Performance Program at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine Center in Boulder spoke with the Washington Post about metabolic efficiency in athletes. According to Dr. San Millàn, metabolic efficiency is the body's ability to switch between fat and carbohydrates to fuel exercise.
Read more about Dr. San Millàn's work
Dr. Aaron Powell Named Provider of the Month at Childrens Hospital
28 March 2018
This Childrens Hospital initiative celebrates members of our Faculty Medical Staff each month for their accomplishments. Dr. Aaron Powell, A CU PM&R faculty member, "is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in the Rehab Team, improving team dynamics through his open communication and professionalism. These skills combined with his ability to consider others’ perspectives make him a valued and appreciated mentor, garnering excitement for his guidance for years to come!" Dr. Dennis Matthews adds, "Aaron got a well-deserved recognition. He has been a great new leader of the in-patient team."
Dr. Akuthota Helps Patient Rise Above the Pain:
27 March 2018
Dr. Akuthota, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was part of team of specialists who assisted Patrick Gaines recover and thrive despite chronic pain. While Akuthota couldn’t offer a miracle cure for the nerve damage Patrick had suffered, he did ask a critical question. “He said, ‘I know you’re in pain. Tell me about your life before this happened.’” Patrick uses intense physical activity to overcome his pain.
Read more about Patrick's story
Patricia Heyn Given First Ever ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award!
20 March 2018
Earlier this week American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine named Dr. Patricia Heyn the first ever, ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award. This award was created in 2018 and is given to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist in the rehabilitation science. The award presentation, where she will receive the prestigious award, will be made during the ACRM 95th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) ACRM Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
Congratulations for wonderful acheivement Dr. Heyn!
Conference - Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders
26 February 2018
May 10 - 11, 2018
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon, CO
Presented by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.
This conference is directed towards physicians and allied health professionals who are interested in the complex subject matter of physician burnout. The objective of this conference is to focus on the root of physician burnout as well as provide tools and resources for mitigating burnout and achieving a holistic approach to physician wellness. This conference will provide extensive educational content over the course of two days while also incorporating a number of wellness activities throughout the program.
Learn more and register
Dr. Lisa Brenner, the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award Recipient!
26 February 2018
The American Psychology Association Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology awarded Dr. Lisa Brenner with the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award. This annual award is conferred upon an individual who is judged to have made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development or both. The award was announced at the Rehabilitation Psychology Mid-Winter Meeting during the Awards Ceremony.
Drs. Carollo and Heyn are ACRM Rock Stars!
11 February 2018
ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) announced their "Rock Star" faculty for the 95th Annual Conference in Dallas, 30 September - 3 October. Drs. Carollo and Heyn will be presenting at the Special Symposium: Neurodegenerative Disease. Dr Heyn will also be presenting at Special Symposium: Cross-Cutting as part of the 2nd Annual Women in Rehabilitation Science Symposium.
For more about this conference please visit https://acrm.org/meetings/2018-annual-conference/
9News wants to Know about Altitudes Effect on Athletes - They Ask Inigo!
6 February 2018
Denver's Channel9News program Verify posed this question after the Super Bowl (spoiler alert: the Eagles won!) Sunday "Does Denver's mile high altitude really affect the outcome of sports games?" When it comes to sports know-how there is one go to guy - CU PM&Rs Dr. Inigo San Millan, Director of the sports performance program at the University of Colorado’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder.
Watch the video
CU PM&R and RSVP Colorado
29 January 2018
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is proud to partner with Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) Colorado, a nonprofit volunteer run rehabilitation clinic.
Per the RSVP website: Recognizing that uninsured individuals with disabilities in our Colorado community lacked access to rehabilitation services, a group of rehabilitation professionals joined together in early 2015 with the hope to create a clinic where they could volunteer their time and skills to provide care to these patients.
The vision of Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) is a community in which people with disabilities lead lives of maximum independence, inclusion, and meaning. Recognizing that rehabilitation can contribute to this outcome, our mission is to provide outpatient services and medical equipment to people who lack access to these services.
After obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and receiving an angel donation from the Lanig Family Fund, the clinic opened its doors on April 2, 2016.
Visit their web page to learn more about their story, ways to get involved, or schedule a visit https://coloradorsvpclinic.org/
Drs. Hoffmire and Mohatt Receives Funding for a Suicide Prevention Collaborative
2 January 2018
Congratulations to PM&R Drs. Claire Hoffmire and Nate Mohatt, who along with Dr. Monteith (also from the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention) are part of a team led by Drs. DeBeer (VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence) and Benzer (Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA) who received notice of funding for a Patient Safety Center of Inquiry VA Suicide Prevention Collaborative (PSCI-VASPC). “The overarching mission of the PSCI-VASPC [will be] to develop, implement, and evaluate practical solutions to reduce suicide among Veterans who are not receiving VA care.”
CU PM&R Announces the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund
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: www.cufund.org/MatthewsExcellenceFund
You may also contact the CU Foundation Office at 303-813-7935.
Video: Aspen Ideas Festival | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
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.
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.