Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Our Mission:           
  • The mission of the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is to maximize the health, function and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic illness and disability in the local and global community throughout their life span.
  • Our vision is to provide leadership excellence in rehabilitation medicine through innovative research, education, advocacy and interdisciplinary clinical practice.
  • Our aims are the discovery, advancement, dissemination and provision of evidence-based treatment and interventions for individuals with acute and chronic illness and disability.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical management of the consequences of disease, injury and congenital disorders. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation also is referred to as physiatry (pronounced fizzy-at-ree).

Our goal is to help every individual maximize functional performance and achieve independence and community integration. Our methods involve an interdisciplinary team that works to increase function, decrease pain and disability, and maximize performance at work, in school, during recreation and in all other areas of life.

PM&R care is provided in inpatient settings and multiple outpatient facilities settings within the University of Michigan Health System. To learn more about our numerous Outpatient care facilities please visit our Patient Care page.


May 26, 2017
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James Rae Day 2017

8:00 AM


2017 James W. Rae Scientific Day and Lecture
The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation will host the 34th Annual James W. Rae Scientific Day and Lecture.

July 8, 2017
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Adapted Kayaking Clinic

9:00 AM

Gallup Park

Join us for a day of still water kayaking on July 8, 2017 from 9am-12pm at Gallup Park. Participants along with their families will be taught how to safely adapt the activity of kayaking in order to enjoy this incredibly freeing outdoor sport. This clinic is for families with children who have a special need that requires the use of adaptations in order to participate in recreation.



May 2, 2017

2017 Tom Lucas TRAIL Blazer Awards Announced

At the department-wide meeting on April 24th we awarded the Tom Lucas TRAIL Blazer Awards: one to recognize a faculty member, one to recognize a non-clinical staff member, and the other to recognize a clinical staff member. 

Dr. Robert Werner
April 26, 2017

Dr. Robert Werner Retiring From PM&R

Robert Werner, MD, Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and chief of the physical medicine and rehabilitation service at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center (AAVAMC), will be retiring May 1, 2017.