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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


UCHealth Broomfield 

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, Professor and Research Director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, Professor and Research Director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the Senior Editor of the recently released Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, Third Edition, published by the American Psychological Association. The handbook, a seminal work on the study and application of psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions, has been updated to emphasize health outcomes and understanding multiple determinants of health. Dr. Brenner who also serves as Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, is one of the country’s leading experts on mental health and physical rehabilitation. Read more...

UCHealth Broomfield 

New inpatient rehabilitation unit opens today at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital

UCHealth and Boulder Community Health (BCH) today opened a new, 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital offering comprehensive, individualized services for patients recovering from such conditions as stroke, neurological disorders, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputation, trauma injuries and complex orthopedic casesRead more...


Your Healthy Family: Muscular dystrophy explained by pediatric rehab doctor

Wendy Pierce with Children's Hospital Colorado [and CU School of Medicine], specializing in pediatric rehabilitation medicine works with muscular dystrophy patients. "It's a genetic disorder that affects various levels of the muscles...Muscle Dystrophy is a set of disorders that can affect any specific protein within the muscle, and that's why there is such a broad range of muscular dystrophy and how it presents in individuals." Read more...


Dr. Michael Harris-Love Selected as the new Program Director of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program

The University of Colorado (CU) is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Michael Harris-Love to serve as Professor and Program Director of the Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Harris-Love will also serve CU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) as the Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Education and continue his role as a Veterans Affairs (VA) investigator through his affiliation with the Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. He will begin his CU and VA roles at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in August 2019. Read more...


Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, MPT, PhD

Congratulations to @CUPhysTher and CUPhysMed faculty Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, MPT, PhD recipient of the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy as part of the 2019 APTA Honors and Awards Program.