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Medicine in the Mountains - "Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis" with Dr. Jeffrey Hebert and Host Ginny Dyche

25 March 2015

PM&R Assistant Professor, Jeff Hebert, PT, PhD was interviewed by Aspen public television about multiple sclerosis and exercise. The interview is available online at: Article passed on by Brooke Parsons, MPA | Director of Communications and Advancement, Physical Therapy Program.

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

Volunteers Needed for Adams 12 Five Star Schools Physicals (CAPS)

20 February 2015

It is that time of year again for Adams 12 Five Star Schools Physicals (CAPS), which will be held on Saturday, May 16th at Thornton High School, 9351 North Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80229 - MAP. We need your help to continue to provide this service to student athletes. Last year we saw just over 500 athletes.

Please let Jenny Van Meter ( know if you are available to volunteer for one or more of the following time slots:

  • 7:30a – 11a
  • 11a – 2:30p
  • 2:30p – 6p

Inclusion in the 2013 Year in Burns: An Article by Matthew Godleski, M.D.

6 February 2015

Dr. Steven E. Wolf included Matthew Godleski's Treating burn-associated joint contracture: results of an inpatient rehabilitation stretching protocol in the Burn journal's "2013 Year in Burns" under the rehabilitation section.

Dr William Niehaus' manuscript published in the journal PM&R

4 February 2015

The manuscript is entitled "Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident Utilization of iPad Mini Mobile Devices" was published online on 4 February 2015.

Drs. Brenner & Bahraini: DoD, VA research again finds hyperbaric oxygen ineffective at treating concussion-related injuries

15 January 2015

Drs. Lisa Brenner and Nazanin Bahraini participated in the study that again did not find the use of hyberparic oxygen effective for treating concussion related injuries. Drs. Brenner and Bahraini are both PM&R faculty and are with the VA as part of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in January 2015.  


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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 > >

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Newsletter

Also, please take a look at the quarterly newsletter from the CU PM&R Department called Range of Motion: