Division of General and Neuro Rehabilitation

The Department of PM&R provides physician services at the Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy and its inpatient rehab facilities, and numerous outpatient clinics throughout western Pennsylvania.

Our physicians specialize in:

  • General rehabilitation
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury


The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute (RI) and PM&R work together to provide of high-quality rehabilitation medicine from admission to acute care through inpatient rehabilitation. PM&R physiatrists are experts in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, peripheral nerve disorders, stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. At the inpatient rehab level, the PM&R physician leads a truly comprehensive treatment team that includes a variety of specialties such as neurosurgery, orthopaedics, neuropsychological services, physical, occupational, speech therapies, robotics, etc. Our physicians work with patients undergoing treatments for conditions like cancer, after organ transplant or amputation, and to increase strength thereby improving the body’s healing process. The UPMC RI at Mercy is the primary location for rehabilitation medicine and care for people with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and other complex medical conditions. The specialty units cater to the unique medical needs after traumatic injuries and prepare patients for returning to the community with the abilities needed for a fully integrated life outside the rehab center.


Outpatient treatment focuses on increasing function and mobility while reducing the effects of injury and disease. Some of the PM&R physicians are also consultants for UPMC acute and rehabilitation inpatient facilities providing a smooth transition of care for those patients recently discharged from the hospital. Outpatient rehabilitation clinics provide the necessary long term care support of patients with chronic conditions or disability maximizing function and independence throughout a lifetime. Specialized treatment services at our outpatient facilities include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Pain management
  • Electromyography
  • Prosthetic rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic spinal injections
  • Spasticity management
  • Long term management of chronic disease/disability
  • Regenerative injection therapy

Our specialty outpatient clinics provide distinctive services for the rehabilitation community.

The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) strives to provide commercially available or customized assistive devices such as wheelchairs, seating and augmented communication tools. CAT also has an on-site machine shop where devices can be customized. CAT supports patients with conditions/diseases such as Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), amputation and Poliomyelitis.

The Adult Spina Bifida Treatment Center provides coordinated care across various specialties for adults with Spina Bifida and accepts all patients with Spina Bifida who are 18 years of age or older. It is the only center in Western Pennsylvania that specializes in servicing the unique medical needs of this community. The center communicates with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a smooth transition from pediatric to adult medical care. The center is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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