Joseph E. Hornyak, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Centers


Dr. Hornyak is Medical Director of Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.  He serves on the Evidence Based Practice Committee, and chairs the Evidence Committee, for the AAPM&R.  He is actively involved in medical education, serving on the steering committee of the UM Academy of Medical Educators.  His teaching has been recognized with departmental (Silver Crutch x 4), medical school (inaugural League of Educational Excellence) and university (Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize) awards. 

Dr. Hornyak taught the medical portion of the Team-Based Clinical Decision Making course, the first course offered at UM for Inter-professional Education.  He frequently serves on graduate student committees in the UM School of Kinesiology as well.  Clinically, Dr. Hornyak practices pediatric and adult PMR.  Since joining UM, he has been key in the development of multi-disciplinary care clinics for children and adults with neuromuscular diseases.  

Area of Practice

  • Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular diseases


Medical School or Training

Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo, 1991


Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo, Physical Med & Rehab, 1995


University of Michigan Health System, Physical Med & Rehab, 1997

Board Certifications

Physical Medicine & Rehab

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Interests

Exercise in people with disabilities and molecular aspects of exercise.