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CU Connections: Five Questions for Patricia Heyn

2 December 2016

It is great fun when one of our PM&R faculty members is highlighted in CU Connections answering 5 questions. This year we have had 5 questions asked of Iñigo San Millán and now Dr Patricia Heyn is in the spotlight.

What is interesting about this article, other than learning about Dr. Heyn's early career development and the work she is doing, is the way the article came about. After Dr. Heyn published two articles earlier this year she let us know about them for publication here. We then reached out to CU Connections to see if they would be interested in writing more about her work. We will also reach out to to make sure they are aware as a way to boost the attention scores for these articles. And we will tweet and post messages on Facebook.

All this is to say, we can help get the word out about the work you are doing if you will let us know what you are doing. This is part of breaking down silos within the department and increasing the collaboration with your peers.

Dr. Patricia Heyn Saluted at ACRM and Two Twitter Stories

28 November 2016

At the ACRM 2016 Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, the ACRM president Douglas Katz gave one of the fellow awards to CU PM&Rs Dr. Patricia Heyn.

The Fellow of ACRM designation recognizes active members with an outstanding record of professional service to ACRM, who have also made contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Fellows accomplishments are recognized by the "FACRM" designation, a professional credential used after their name, in recognition of their achievements. This year ACRM recognized four fellows at the 93rd ACRM Annual Conference at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois.

While at ACRM I was able to tweet about two presentations that Drs. Jeff Hebert, James Carollo and Patricia Heyn conducted. You can see the Twitter Stories I created for each: Mobile Technology and Gait and Brain Gaming.

Video: PM&R Grand Rounds - Battlefield to Ball Field The Science, Myth and Reality of Concussion by Dr. David Cifu

7 November 2016

The Dept of PM&R Grand Rounds - Battlefield to Ball Field: The Science, Myth and Reality of Concussion - presented by Dr. David Cifu, Professor and Chairman at VCU, Senior Traumatic Brain Injury Expert for the U.S. Department of Veterans Services, and Director of Sports Sciences for NHL Florida Panthers is now available on video.

View this PM&R Grand Rounds




Drs. Nazem and Forster Publish in Journal of Affective Disorders

31 October 2016

Drs. Sarra Nazem, PhD, an Instructor, and Jeri Forster, PhD, an Assistant Clinical Professor, here were two of the three authors on an article entitled "Painful and Provocative Events Scale and Fearlessness about Death among Veterans: Exploratory Factor Analysis". The third author is a new Psychology Fellow at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, Erin Poindexter, PhD.

The article, noting the interpersonal theory of suicide which suggests three necessary risk factors for suicide are perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capability, suggests that a current measure for acquired capability, the Painful and Provocative Events Scale (PPES), "lacks the psychometric properties necessary to reliably investigate painful and provocative factors." The authors offer recommendations for improvement.

Read more on the article

CU PM&R Grand Rounds Video Now Available

21 October 2016

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will tap Grand Rounds this academic year and make them available on the Education tab of our website. The first two grand rounds for the season have been posted. The Sepatember Grand Rounds features Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT with his presentation "Rehab and Mobility". The October video is from Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard titled "Physician Heal Thyself-The Importance of Nurturing Physician Resilience".

View the PM&R Grand Rounds




Dr. Meredith Mealer Records Podcast "PTSD and the ICU Nurse: Bolstering Resiliency in the Helping Professions"

7 October 2016

Meredith has done important work studying the high prevalence of PTSD in ICU nurses. Her work has found that ICU nurses suffer from PTSD at a rate comparable to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Mealer's research has also provided steps that nurses and ALL helping professionals can take that have proven to bolster resilience. The work is important for all in the helping field.

Click here to listen to her podcast as part of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Short Takes on Suicide Prevention

The podcast is approximately 21 minutes long.

You can subscribe to the RM Short Takes Podcast on iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcasts tool.

Drs. Anne Stratton and Wendy Pierce, Receive Awards for Exceptional Service

16 September 2016

Congrats to Dr. Anne Stratton and Dr. Wendy Pierce (Peds Rehab Colorado Springs), who received awards for exceptional service to patients and families at Children’s Hospital Colorado!





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:

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.



Coming Up

Dept of PM&R Grand Rounds - “Paralympic Sport and Classification” presented by: Kyle B. Nagle, MD MPH, Sports Medicine Center, Children's Hospital Colorado Orthopedics Institute, University of Colorado Orthopedics; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) 50th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico - Learn More
30th Annual Gersten Day - Rahabilitation Scientific Symposium, Anschutz Medical Campus


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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.