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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Overview of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California, Davis was founded in 1968 by Dr. William M. Fowler, Jr., Professor Emeritus, former Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and past--President of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Dr. Robert G. Taylor, Professor, co-chairman, now deceased. In 1981 the chair was assumed by Dr. James S. Lieberman, Professor, who left the University in April 1991. Dr. Ernest Ralph Johnson, on the faculty since 1987, was appointed chairman in February 1994.

The Department currently has nine full-time physiatrists. There are also nine volunteer faculty from the Sacramento area and one from Los Angeles Shriners and the Childhood Amputee and Prosthetics Project (CAPP) program. The Department maintains eleven residency positions. All outpatient clinics, inpatients, and multidisciplinary services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological-social-vocational, orthotics), clinical nurse specialist, and medical social worker are located at the UC, Davis Medical Center. All therapy services within UC Davis Medical Center are under the direction of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation research laboratory, located on the Davis campus, was established in 1968. The laboratory provides a facility where faculty, residents, and fellows in PM&R as well as medical students, graduate, and undergraduate students can conduct research. Also located at the laboratory is an administrative and clerical staff. Our research projects are primarily grant funded. We have an affiliations with the Sacramento VA outpatient clinic, Kaiser Hospital Foundation, Mercy Hospital Network, and Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento.

Health-care team

Physical medicine and rehabilitation at UC Davis uses a creative team-oriented approach that may include the cooperative efforts of physical therapists, occupational therapists, hand therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, orthotists, social workers and nurses. The rehabilitation doctor is trained to diagnose disability in all forms: physical, mental, social and vocational. The physician sees patients daily and manages their medical problems to improve and maintain optimal health while participating in intensive therapy.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Time Line