Skip to main content
Sign In


PM&R News


Giving Tuesday

Join @CUPhysMed, @CUAnschutz, and the global movement of giving and support the Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund.

The Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund was established to enhance our important work and to honor Dr. Dennis Matthews, who led the department for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Matthews, a 1975 CU School of Medicine alumnus, became the fifth chair of PM&R in 1997. A pioneer in the field of pediatric rehabilitation, he is internationally known for overseeing great transformation in the field. This fund supports PM&R scholarship through visiting professor lectures, workshops and national presentations inspired by the innovative work and visionary leadership of Dr. Matthews.

Make your gift​ to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund online or contact the CU Office of Advancement at 303-813-7935 for more information.

Donate here

Dr. Sue Apkon joins CU PM&R and Children's Hospital Colorado as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

CU PM&R is thrilled to announce the recruitment of Dr. Sue Apkon to serve as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as Vice Chair of PM&R at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Apkon will begin in January 2019 to oversee a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine program known across the world. She succeeds Dr. Dennis Matthews in one of his many leadership roles. Dr. Apkon returns after a tour de force at Seattle Children’s, where she served as Director of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Neuromuscular Program. Dr. Apkon attained the status of full Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine.


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”)

Read more...​

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.

For more PMR highlights and news, click here.​

For Resident Seminars please RSVP by email to For Craig Residents/Faculty: Presentation can be viewed live via Zoom link here:

Follow Us

Facebook Like CU SOM Twitter Like 



Contact Info

Phone: 303-724-1264
Fax: 303-724-0863

Physical Address:
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
12631 East 17th Avenue, Academic Office 1, Room 2513
Aurora, Colorado 80045
  (Please use the physical address for all mailings from carriers other than the United States Postal Service)

Mailing Address:
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mail Stop F-493
12631 East 17th Avenue, Academic Office 1, Room 2513
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Map to Our Location
UC Denver PMR Admin Offices