About Us

Our Mission is

To maximize the health, function and well-being of the people and populations we serve by providing the highest quality rehabilitative medical care, conducting highly relevant, cutting-edge research, and training the next generation of clinicians and researchers.

Vision

  • To lead the nation in rehabilitation and disability research, education, and care
  • To be the provider of choice for physiatric care
  • To be a leading advocate for people with disabilities and their families

Core Values

  • We are committed to providing the highest quality, evidence-based rehabilitation care
  • We hire and train dedicated, passionate, dynamic faculty focused on innovative patient- and family-centered care within optimized team-based delivery models
  • We maintain supportive and transparent academic and clinical environments
  • We foster teamwork, cultivate education, promote research, and encourage advocacy

Our physiatrists (physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation) are experts in the fields of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system, and many other conditions that affect function and mobility. We are invested in the principles of Personalized Medicine and develop individualized treatment for patients facing the many challenges of living with limited mobility due to a trauma, illness or disease.

The UPMC Rehabilitation Network is comprised of over 170 inpatient rehabilitation beds at eight locations including the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute (RI) at UPMC Mercy.

Research in neural engineering and neuro-prosthetics, brain imaging, the effects of neurotransmitters, the role of gender on recovery after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the effects of movement therapy for pain management are just a few studies occupying our research faculty. We are especially proud of our research collaborations with such well known institutions as Carnegie Mellon University, Safar Center for Resuscitation, and the VA Health Administration.

The residency program benefits from the expertise of PM&R physicians and scientists and exposure to the clinical and research sides of the department.


The Department of PM&R is proud to support the academic advancement of our faculty, whether clinical and research focused. Our Promotions and Tenure Committee, chaired by Dr. Amy Wagner, assists faculty with the promotions and tenure process put forth by the School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs. Information on the promotion process—including descriptions of the academic ranks and clinical and research pathways—is available on the OFA’s website.