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 Welcome From the 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 emotional 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. ​

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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.

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".

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


PM&R News

 

Students Talking During Orientation​​


Rachel Brakke Holman, MD- Medical Director appointment

We are pleased to announce that Rachel Brakke Holman, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named Medical Director for the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado. Read more...

Students Talking During Orientation​​


Jaclyn Arends, MD - Medical Director appointment

We are pleased to announce that Jaclyn Arends, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named Medical Director of the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital, a joint venture between Boulder Community Health and UCHealth. This unique 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit is slated to open July 1, 2019. Read more...

Students Talking During Orientation​​


PM&R Faculty Awarded Rymer Grants

Congratulations to PM&R faculty Dana Judd, PT, DPT, PhD and Amy Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc who were each awarded the CU School of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators Rymer Grant.


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Contact Info

Phone: 303-724-1264
Email: CU.PMR@ucdenver.edu

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