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Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP to Speak at Department of Veterans Affairs Traumatic Brain Injury State of the Art Conference

24-25 August 2015

Dr. Lisa Brenner will be giving a presentation titled: Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury: Key Findings and Necessary Next Steps to Inform Research, Practice, and Policy.

Check back after the conference for an interview with Dr. Brenner as she relates the important take aways from this timely conference.

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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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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Humans of Denver Site Started by PT Student, Carolyn Bremer

25 March 2015

Carolyn Bremer, a second year physical therapy student, started a website called “Humans of Denver” inspired by the "Humans of New York” photoblog. 9News recently interviewed Bremer about the project. You can view the video here: and see the website at: Article passed on by Brooke Parsons, MPA | Director of Communications and Advancement, Physical Therapy Program.

Joyce Oleszek, MD In the News

4 March 2015

This article first appeared September 2014. Dr. Joyce Oleszek, a pediatric rehabilitation specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado

and an Associate Professor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department was recently in the news discussing a mysterious illness effecting children in Colorado. Read more


Coming Up

Department of PM&R Grand Rounds: “Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation“ presented by Nazanin Bahraini, PhD


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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
12631 East 17th Avenue, Academic Office 1, Room 2513
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 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. The Department of PM&R collaborates with:

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

Learn More about The Spine Center > >

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.
  Learn More about the CU Physical Therapy Program > >

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.
Learn More about CU Sports Medicine > >