Overview

Overview

About Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation features an integrated academic practice model, linking the main campus with 9 acute care hospitals, 3 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, over 50 outpatient therapy venues, skilled nursing facilities, LTACs, and Cleveland Clinic's Center for Connected Care. This enterprise employs a fully operational disease-based rehabilitation care delivery system. All of the department's clinicians work side by side with the surgeons and medical specialists who share their subspecialty interests and expertise. Patients benefit from innovative rehabilitation strategies provided by a unified academic faculty, with access to the full range of specialty consultants, sophisticated laboratory and imaging resources, and Cleveland Clinic treatment protocols and carepaths.

Committed to the concept of teamwork, the department features an inclusive leadership structure that engages all of the therapy disciplines in meaningful roles. This collaboration has allowed us to be able to provide approximately 700,000 rehabilitation visits each year. Clinical, research and educational services are supported by the nation's premier information management platform that advances an efficient and value-based rehabilitation brand.

Model of Care

Frederick Frost, MD - Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Cleveland Clinic is structured as a group practice. The doctors on staff are salaried employees and are not in private practice. They pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient and the community.

In 2007, we restructured our practice to complement the group practice model. By combining specialties surrounding a specific organ or disease system into integrated practice units called institutes, we can better provide collaborative, patient-centered care.

Cleveland Clinic patients have access to the broadest possible range of medical care solutions from skilled, experienced doctors, nurses and therapists.

Rehabilitation Services

The department's commitment to helping patients maintain good health and improve function extends through outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and consultation in skilled nursing facilities. Physicians are required to maintain a general rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient practice, and they are expected to develop their careers in subspecialty areas. The clinical staff is charged with teaching the principles of rehabilitation care to over 1000 Cleveland Clinic residents and fellows, and to the medical students of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospitals (Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital, Avon, Euclid Hospital, Main Campus) share a common medical faculty, common electronic medical records, laboratory and radiology systems, and a commitment to use Cleveland Clinic's size and resources to create efficient and effective treatment protocols that will define the future delivery of rehabilitation services in the United States.

The rehabilitation research team partners with colleagues of many medical specialties and scientific fields to investigate novel treatments and therapies. This work elevates the level of care that is provided to patients, and sets the stage for development of Cleveland Clinic rehabilitation brand regionally, nationally and internationally, with new facilities in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.

Leadership

Outcomes

Measuring and understanding outcomes of medical treatments promotes quality improvement. Cleveland Clinic has created a series of Outcomes books for each of its clinical institutes. Designed for a physician audience, the Outcomes books contain a summary of many of our surgical and medical treatments, with a focus on outcomes data and a review of new technologies and innovations.

What We Treat

What We Treat

The Road to Recovery at Euclid Hospital; one of 28 outpatient locations.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation integrates main campus with 9 acute care hospitals, 3 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, over 50 outpatient therapy venues, skilled nursing facilities, LTACs, and Cleveland Clinic's Center for Connected Care.

Collaborative care is also communicated with our Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. Rehab and Sports Therapy consists of 650 specialty-trained therapists at more than 45 locations. Our highly trained physical, occupational and speech therapists provide more than 20 specialty rehabilitation and sports therapy services and programs to help patients improve function and recover from injury or surgery.

This enterprise employs a fully operational disease-based rehabilitation care delivery system. All of the department's clinicians work side by side with the surgeons and medical specialists who share their subspecialty interests and expertise. Patients benefit from innovative rehabilitation strategies provided by a unified academic faculty, with access to the full range of specialty consultants, sophisticated laboratory and imaging resources, and Cleveland Clinic treatment protocols and carepaths.

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Outpatient Services

If you have been hospitalized for stroke, a traumatic injury, major surgery or a severe illness, your doctor may refer you for acute inpatient rehabilitation before you go home.

At Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospitals, you will receive personalized care from an expertly trained medical staff, which provides a full spectrum of short-term adult rehabilitative services at multiple campuses conveniently located across our regional health system.

Our Outpatient Services include:

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Physician Clinical Services
  • Ultrasound guidance injection
  • Interventional pain management and spinal procedures
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal / Sports injury assessment and treatment
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Stroke and Spinal Cord outpatient clinic
  • Concussion Clinic
  • Pelvic floor EMG
  • Spasticity Clinic
  • Botox and Baclofen pump clinic
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Adjust to disability and counseling services
  • Cognitive rehabilitation

Cancer Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Cancer physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians provide ongoing evaluation, medicinal treatment and therapy for the causes of symptoms which impact a person’s function or ability to perform their usual daily activities such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, walking, doing household chores and working.

As you go through cancer treatments, your body can be impacted by those treatments. It is best to have a full evaluation by a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist when you start your cancer treatments, so that you have someone who knows your baseline function and will help you with preventing disability, monitoring your body changes, and treating your symptoms as you receive treatment.

Cancer related impairments that can be helped with physical medicine and rehabilitation include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness (myopathy)
  • Muscle tightness (spasticity)
  • Tingling, burning, loss of feeling from nerve damage due to chemotherapy (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Lymphedema
  • Gait instability
  • Osteoporosis
  • Daily activities such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, walking, working & household chores
  • Decreased coordination
  • The loss of muscle tone and endurance (deconditioning)
  • Joint dysfunction such as stiffness, swelling, pain
  • Cognitive dysfunction such issues with learning, memory, perception, and problem solving
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Difficulty or unclear articulation (dysarthria)
  • Anxiety /Depression (indirect effect)

Scheduling Information

Call our Cancer Answer Line to request a consultation: 216.444.7923

Children's Rehabilitation

Our pediatric rehabilitation team at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation develops individualized treatment plans to help patients with physical and cognitive disabilities improve function, prevent progression of disability and disease complications and assist caregivers.

Our pediatric rehabilitation team at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation consists of board-certified pediatric physiatrists, case managers, nurses, therapists, psychologists and social workers, among other professionals.

This team evaluates each child’s needs and develops treatment plans based on individual goals. Our pediatric rehabilitation program serves patients with physical and cognitive disabilities — improving function, preventing progression of disability and disease complications, and assisting caregivers. Specialized pediatric therapy services include:

Programs & Services

Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Appointments

Appointments

Make an Appointment

For general questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 216.636.5860 or toll-free 866.588.2264.

Refer a Patient

If you would like to refer a patient, please call us at 216.445.7342 or toll-free at 800.223.7723 ext. 57342.

For specialized rehabilitation services referrals, please call one of the phone numbers listed by location below.

Research & Clinical Trials

Research & Clinical Trials

Bionic Skeleton Suit demonstration.

Bionic Skeleton Suit

Our patients benefit from the latest technology, training and rehabilitation research strategies. Click on the video to see the latest addition to our therapy training capabilities. Bionic skeleton suit technologies now allow paralyzed patients to attain an upright posture and take steps with assistance. These devices are licensed for use as rehabilitation training devices, but are not yet approved for private use in the United States.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are designed to identify treatments and therapies that are potentially more effective and/or have fewer side effects than standard treatment protocols. Patients in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have access to numerous studies, some designed by Cleveland Clinic physicians, others as a part of multi-center trials in partnership with organizations. These associations contribute to the exciting environment of clinical trial research and development, discussion and the sharing of data that is so important to the dynamic evolution of the therapeutic protocols of tomorrow's brain tumor treatments.

Current Open Protocols & IRB Studies

Musculoskeletal Biomedical Rehab Laboratory

Our research interest lies in musculoskeletal biomechanics, motor control and rehabilitation of the upper extremities, with a focus on the hand. Our research team currently focuses on carpal tunnel mechanics and hand sensorimotor function with a clinical focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. Relating to carpal tunnel mechanics, the research involves studying the material properties of the transverse carpal ligament, the structural properties of the carpal tunnel, and creating a computational model for the wrist complex. Relating to hand sensorimotor function, we examine pathokinematics and pathokinetics of the hand using state-of-the-art bioengineering methods such as motion analysis, imaging, electromyography, and robotics.

Funding Sources

  • Thumb kinematics and its implication to carpal tunnel syndrome. Funded by Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)
  • Biomechanical properties of the transverse carpal ligament. Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAMS)
  • The effect of alternative keyboards on discomfort and typing kinematics. Funded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH)
  • Clinically Applied Rehabilitation Engineering. Funded by Ohio Department of Development (ODD), Third Frontier Wright Projects Program

Collaborators

TBD

Lab Personnel

  • Zong-Ming Li, PhD, Associate Staff and Lab Director
  • Tracy Mondello, Research Engineer

Selected Publications

  • Li ZM, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (1998) Force sharing among fingers as a model of the redundancy problem. Experimental Brain Research 119(3): 276-286.
  • Li ZM (2002) The influence of wrist position on individual finger forces during forceful grip. Journal of Hand Surgery [Am] 27(5): 886-896.
  • Li ZM, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML, Bose NK (2002) Anatomically and experimentally based neural networks modeling force coordination in static multi-finger tasks. Neurocomputing 47(1-4): 259-275.
  • Li ZM, Harkness DA, Goitz RJ (2005) Thumb strength affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 441: 320-326.
  • Li ZM, Davis G, Gustafson NP, Goitz RJ (2006) A robot-assisted study of intrinsic muscle regulation on proximal interphalangeal joint stiffness by varying metacarpophalangeal joint position. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 24(3): 407-415.
  • Li ZM, Nimbarte AD (2006) Peripheral median nerve block impairs precision pinch movement. Clinical Neurophysiology 117: 1941–1948.
  • Li ZM (2006) Functional degrees of freedom (Point-of-View). Motor Control 10(4): 301-310.
  • Li ZM, Tang J (2007) Coordination of thumb joints during opposition. Journal of Biomechanics 40(3): 502-510.
  • Li ZM, Tang J, Chakan MC, Kaz R (2008) Complex, multi-dimensional thumb movements generated by individual extrinsic muscles. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 26(9): 1289-1295.
  • Li ZM, Tang J, Chakan M, Kaz R (2009) Carpal tunnel expansion by palmarly directed forces to the transverse carpal ligament. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 131: 081011-1-6 .

Neuro Control Laboratory

The primary focus of our research is to understand central nervous system and neuromuscular mechanisms underlying neurological disorders and processes of functional recovery resulting from medical rehabilitative interventions. Major research techniques performed in the laboratory are electrophysiology and functional imaging. Our laboratory also does research involving development of new technologies and therapies to aid patients with motor disabilities.

Current Projects and Funding

Motor recovery post stroke

Conventional motor rehabilitation post stroke is a process of usage-dependent motor skill relearning, during which patient actively repeats movements and daily activities under the help of the physical therapist to promote and reinforce neural reorganization and motor control. This approach focuses on interventions at the periphery of the body, specifically the upper and lower limbs, and requires patients having remaining movement ability post stroke or regaining some movement ability after spontaneous recovery or other surgical or pharmaceutical treatment. Conventional rehabilitation (except subacute passive exercise) might have the disadvantages that: 1) there might be a significant delay waiting for it to start, while early treatment is widely reported critical for stroke recovery; 2) it promotes the cortical reorganization through peripheral treatment and training, thus it might have a lower efficiency than the interventions that directly address CNS plasticity. This might partially explain why after being “rehabilitated” with conventional therapy, 30%-60% of stroke patients still suffer residual functional disability. Various methods related to direct cortical stimulation or training have been brought up to facilitate motor recovery and mobility post stroke, for example, mental-practice of motor tasks, direct cortical rTMS or TDCS stimulation, brain-computer interface, etc. These interventions not only directly train and guide CNS plasticity to improve motor function and mobility, but also can potentially be applied at an earlier stage for post-acute rehabilitation when a stroke patient with limited movement ability is clinically stable.

Management of chronic pain and relief of chronic fatigue

Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia experience debilitating fatigue lasting for at least six months that cannot be alleviated by bed rest, with concurrent occurrence of at least four of eight symptoms such as muscle and joint pain, headache, sleeping problems, abnormalities in memory and concentration, tender lymph nodes, sore throat, etc. The current body of research has suggested various treatments, such as immunological therapy (i.e., immunoglobulin, interferon), pharmacological therapy (hydrocortisone, antidepressants), psychological therapy, behavioral relaxation training, nutritional supplements, graded exercise therapy (GET), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). These treatments, however, address only a single symptom or a single possible cause (e.g., antidepressants for depression, interferon for immune dysfunction), with limited effect and sometimes even adverse side effects (i.e., adrenal suppression from hydrocortisone). The most promising interventions thus far, GET and CBT, address only the patient’s overall well-being and physical and cognitive functions instead of symptomatic relief. CFS is heterogeneous in origin and is associated with a wide range of symptoms. Directly relieving these somatic and psychological symptoms is critically important to improving quality of life and helping CFS patients build up a positive belief and attitude toward their condition.

Acupuncture and Acupressure treatment in rehabilitation

Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes on balance and harmony. Although the underlying mechanisms are still unknown yet, some distinct effects have been widely observed and documented in evidence-based medicine. Among them, acupuncture has been reported to serve as an effective complement to standard care of postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, addiction, headache, myofascial pain, low-back pain, migraine, and stroke rehabilitation; and acupressure used to restore motor function and mobility at the chronic stage after injury and disability. Acupuncture stimulates anatomical points on the body by hair-thin needles (sometimes in combination with electrical stimulus or with heat). Acupressure is a noninvasive therapeutic massage during which anatomical points on the body are stimulated by fingers-pressing (sometimes in combination with massage along “meridians”). Both of them work on the same presumed network of energy channels in the body outlined in traditional Chinese medicine, which are not evidenced in Western medicine yet. Thus debate exists in the literature regarding their effectiveness and more rigorous clinical trials are needed before any convincing conclusion can be made.

Laboratory Collaborators

Lab Personnel

  • Wlodzimierz Siemionow, PhD (Project Scientist)
  • Ela Plow, PhD (Project Scientist)

Publications

  • Liu JZ, Brown RW, Yue GH. A dynamic model of muscle activation, fatigue and recovery. Biophysical Journal, 82: 2344-2359, 2002.
  • Liu JZ, Shan ZY, Zhang LD, Sahgal V. Brown RW, Yue GH. Human brain activation during sustained and intermittent submaximal fatigue muscle contractions: an fMRI study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 90: 300-12, 2003.
  • Ranganathan VK, Siemionow V, Liu JZ, Sahgal V, Yue GH. From mental power to muscle power – gaining strength by using the mind. Neuropsychologia 42: 944-56, 2004.
  • Zhang LD, Dean D, Liu JZ, Sahgal V, Yue GH. Quantifying degeneration of white matter in normal aging using fractal dimension. Neurobiology of Aging, 28: 1543-1555, 2007.
  • Liu JZ, Lewandowski B, Karakasis C, Yao B, Siemionow V, Sahgal V, Yue GH. Shifting of activation center in the brain during muscle fatigue: An explanation of minimal central fatigue? NeuroImage, 35: 299-307, 2007.
  • Fang Y, Daly JJ, Hrovat K, Sahgal V, Yue GH. Functional corticomuscular connection during reaching is weakened following stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120: 994-1002, 2009.
  • Yavuzsen T, Davis MP, Ranganathan VK, Siemionow V, Walsh TD, Khoshknabi DS, Kirkova J, Lagman R, LeGrand S, Yue GH. Cancer related fatigue, central or peripheral? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 38: 587-596, 2009.
  • Yang Q, Fang Y, Sun CK, Siemionow V, Ranganathan VK, Khoshknabi DS, Davis MP, Wash D, Sahgal V, Yue GH. Weakening of corticomuscular coupling during muscle fatigue. Brain Research, 1250: 101-112, 2009.
  • Kisiel-Sajewicz K, Fang Y, Yue GH, Siemionow V, Daly JJ. Weakening of synergist muscle coupling during reaching movement in stroke patients. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, in press.
  • Fang Y, Hansley J, Daly JJ, Sun J, Yang Q, Hvorat K, Fredrickson E, Yue GH. Contralesional brain activation is greater during planning than execution phases for reaching in chronic stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, in revision.

TBI/Nerve Regeneration Laboratory

Our laboratory studies the potential treatment of spinal cord injury using nerve regeneration strategies and neurorehabilitation approaches to restore functional recovery. Pathological changes at spinal cord injury site creates non-permissive environment for axonal regeneration. The key leads to regain functional recovery are to encourage more axons to cross the damaged site and have proper connection with target neurons. A major focus is using peripheral nerve transplantation with growth factors, artificial conduits, and also combining other cellular transplantation or rehabilitation methods to promote systematic recovery such as motor, sensory, skeletal muscles, and autonomic function after spinal cord injury. Another project area is focused on the problems of post traumatic stress disorder, hearing, and autonomic disorders after traumatic brain injury and the potential solutions for these problems.

Current projects and funding

The bladder recovery after spinal cord injury (NIH/NINDS R01 grant) Traumatic brain injury and autonomic disorders.

Planned projects

Magnetic stimulation and Seizure

Laboratory Collaborators

Publications

  • Lee, Y-S., H. Ian and V. Lin. Peripheral nerve graft and aFGF restore partial hindlimb function in adult paraplegic rats. J. Neurotrauma. 19, 1203-1216, 2002.
  • Cheng, H. and Lee, Y.-S. Spinal cord repair strategies. pp 801-816. (2003) V. W. Lin. Spinal cord medicine: principles and practice. Demos Medical Publishing, Inc. New York, N.Y.
  • Vaziri, N. D., Y.-S. Lee, C.-Y. Lin, V. W. Lin and R. K. Sindhu. NAD(P)H oxidase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase and nitric oxide synthase expression in subacute spinal cord injury. Brain Research. 995: 76-83, 2004.
  • Lee, Y.-S., C.-Y. Lin, R. T. Robertson, I. Hsiao and V. W. Lin. Motor recovery and anatomical evidence of axonal re-growth in spinal cord repaired adult rats. J. Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 63: 233-245, 2004.
  • Lee, Y.-S., R. K. Sindhu, C.-Y. Lin, V. W. Lin and N. D. Varziri. Effect of nerve graft on nitric oxide synthetase, NAD(P)H oxidase, and antioxidant enzyme in chronic spinal cord injury. Free Radical Biology and Medicine 36: 330-339, 2004.
  • Lin, V.W., I. Hsiao, X. Deng, Y.-S. Lee, S. Sasse. Functional magnetic ventilation in dogs. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 85: 1493-1498, 2004.
  • Lee, Y.-S., C.-Y. Lin, R. T. Robertson, J. Yu, X.M. Deng, I. Hsiao and V. W. Lin. Re-growth of catecholaminergic fibers and protection of cholinergic spinal cord neurons in spinal repaired rats. European Journal of Neuroscience 23: 693-702, 2006.
  • Lee, Y.-S., C.-Y. Lin, V.J. Caiozzo, Richard T. Robertson, and V.W. Lin. Repair of spinal cord transection and its effects on muscle mass and myosin heavy chain isoform phenotype. Journal of Applied Physiolog, 103: 1808-1814, 2007.
  • Lin, V.W., X. Deng, Y.-S. Lee, I. Hsiao. Stimulation of the expiratory muscles using microstimulators. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 16: 416-420, 2008.
  • Lee, Y.-S., S. Zdunowski, V.R. Edgerton, R. Roy, H. Zhong, I. Hsiao, and V.W. Lin. Improvement of gait patterns in step-trained, complete spinal cord transected rats treated with peripheral nerve graft and acidic fibroblast growth factor. Experimental Neurology 224(2): 429-437, 2010.

Rehabilitation Outcomes Laboratory

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is major participant in the Knowledge Program©, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute. In addition, discreet and searchable outcomes data is collected on patients in our acute hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals through a branching logic platform which is seamlessly integrated into the medical record. Since 2011, active collaborations with Boston University’s Rehabilitation Outcomes Center and the University of Vermont Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science have promoted refinement and academic study of several rehabilitation outcomes tools. The “6-click” Inpatient Short Forms derived from Boston University’s Activity Measure for Post Acute Care are the subject of ongoing study that encompasses more than 200,000 patient encounters.

The patient reported outcomes (PRO) process currently employs conventional test theory, with validated measures of health, function and quality of life. The Knowledge Program©'s Query Tool software allows research access to nearly 1.5 million patient encounters. Selected outcomes measurement is a part of every patient encounter. These outcomes are logged into the database adjacent to a wide array of discrete clinical and descriptive data (demographics, medications, radiology testing, site of care, etc).

Data collection is carried out through the pre-appointment delivery of PRO packages, completed by the patient or their surrogate, either in the waiting room (via tablet computer) or at home via a secure internet link. Over 30 different outcome measurement tools are utilized.

Our current efforts aim to:

  • Demonstrate the acceptance and utility of a pre-visit digital outcomes measurement system in a rehabilitation clinic that serves patients who are disabled from a wide range of medical conditions.
  • Determine whether subgroups in the rehabilitation clinic have different profiles with respect to existing, validated measures of quality of life and depression.
  • Promote the widespread acceptance of patient reported outcomes measures in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Promote the use of Computer Adapted Testing and Item Response Theory strategies for use in rehabilitation research, allowing greater precision in measurement and reduced burden for the respondent.
  • Integrate the discreet data in our health system-wide rehabilitation electronic medical record with the Knowledge Program©.

Laboratory Personnel:

Laboratory Collaborators:

For Medical Professionals

For Medical Professionals

Educational Opportunities

Fellowships

Our department sponsors one ACGME-accredited fellowship position in Sports Medicine. Our fellow joins three surgical and three family practice colleagues in Orthopaedic Sports Health for an intense, one year experience that includes collaboration with world-renowned faculty, and extensive sideline experience.

Also, in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio Spinal Cord Injury System/MetroHealth, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) hosts 1-2 ACGME Spinal Cord Injury fellows each year for three month subspecialty rotations in Neurosurgical Spine Traumatology, Neurourology and Spasticity Clinic.

Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship

This non-ACGME accredited position within in the multidisciplinary Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at Cleveland Clinic's main campus is seeking candidates primarily from PM&R training programs, as well as highly motivated graduates from primary care programs and Rheumatology.

Interested candidates should contact Colleen Vahcic at vahcicc@ccf.org or 216.444.0332.

Medical Students

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hosts medical students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University Medical School as part of required rotations in the care of persons with disabilities. Our faculty is also active in didactic medical student teaching and administrative committees in the Lerner College. Medical student rotations and externships are also tailored to meet the interest and needs of first through fourth year medical students. Opportunities for research and clinical training are available in areas related to disability and the therapy disciplines, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spine rehabilitation, pain management, and electrodiagnosis. Most rotations are four weeks in duration. The broad scope of training available at Cleveland Clinic brings students from around the world to our campus.

Resident Education

The summer and fall will mark our inaugural year for the new residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic. Working through the National Resident Matching Program, we will welcome our first class of PG2 trainees in July of 2016.

Residents will benefit from an innovative curriculum, superb faculty mentors, and the magnificent clinical, educational and research resources supplied by Cleveland Clinic.

Our department is also a popular choice for visiting residents choosing elective rotations in sports, pain management, and neurological rehabilitation. Training rotations are also made available to visiting graduate medical education trainees appropriate to the level of their training licensure, and malpractice coverage.

Visiting Physicians

Visitors from countries around the world are welcomed to our Department throughout the year to observe our practices and techniques of treatment.

Continuing Medical Education

Formal educational offerings include: Accredited Monthly PM&R Grand Rounds series, Resident journal club, chairman's teaching rounds, and special endowed lectures (e.g. the Noll Lectureship) are sponsored throughout the year.

Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) Education

The OT and PT Education Coordinators host a variety of professional courses that enhance the quality of education available to the physical and occupational therapy staff. Courses are offered to therapists employed by Cleveland Clinic, as well as therapists in the community.

Other educational activities include weekly OT and PT staff in-services, including lectures by staff members, therapy specialists and guest speakers. Physical and Occupational Therapy also provides a broad range of student experiences through identified educational contracts with universities.

Rehabilitation Technology

The members of Rehabilitation Technology section place high priority to provide training and education to students in medicine and rehabilitation technology. Lectures and presentations are given to resident physicians, engineering students, nurses and therapists at the Foundation, Cleveland State University and the R.B. Trumbull School of Enterostomal Therapy.

The graduate level Human Factors Engineering/Industrial Ergonomics course at the Cleveland State University continues to be offered through the instructorial contribution of M. Tom Adams enhancing the engineering students’ knowledge of the ergonomic principles of work site design.

Professional Careers

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is committed to:

  • Helping our patients maintain good health and improve their function.
  • Learning from our colleagues and partnering with them in our research efforts.
  • Teaching rehabilitation principles to 1,000 residents and fellows, and to our medical students in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
  • Recording useful data, and gaining knowledge from each of our 600,000 patient encounters each year.
  • Developing our rehabilitation brand regionally, nationally and internationally, starting with our newest facilities in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.
  • Using our size and resources to create efficient and effective care paths that will define the future delivery of rehabilitation services in the United States.

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The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is committed to delivering world-class rehabilitation services. This entails providing superior physician and therapy services to our patients and their families, and pursuing innovations in our research studies.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is part of the Neurological Institute, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic that group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. The department offers full cross-disciplinary rehabilitation for patients with physical, psychosocial, cognitive and vocational impairments. Patients receive coordinated care across a continuum that spans inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and outpatient therapy at Cleveland Clinic facilities throughout the region.

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