Paul Thananopavarn, MD

Dr. Than 2015


Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine; Medical Director of Subacute Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Apex; Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Center


Medical School: Univerisity of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 1999-2003
Residency: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, 2003-2008
Medical Acupuncture: UCLA/Helms Medical Acupuncture for Physicians, 2006-2007


American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • rehabilitation of medically complex patients
  • cancer rehabilitation
  • geriatric rehabilitation
  • internal medicine
  • primary care of patients with disabilities
  • medical acupuncture
  • wound care
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • joint injections
  • botulinum toxin injections

Recent Honors

Reynolds Foundation Specialty Faculty Scholar in Geriatrics, 2011-present
PM&R Teaching Excellence Award, 2014
PM&R Educational Module of the Year Award, 2010
ECU Academic Achievement Award in PM&R, 2008


Lipscomb-Hudson A, Thananopavarn P, Zinner T. “Rehabilitation in the Elderly” in Reichel's Care of the Elderly, 7th edition, Chapter 44. (In Press.)

Thananopavarn P, Huang W, Griffths P. Caregiver issues for older adults. PM&R Knowledge Now. July 2014.


"Geriatric Rehabilitation." Presented at the Regional AHEC Conference for Internal Medicine, Greensboro, NC, September, 2011. Also presented at the University of North Carolina, PM&R, August 2011.

Thananopavarn, P, Carrion-Jones M, Nunez A, Slayton S Wong D, "Inpatient Rehabilitation Trends in the Morbidly Obese Population." Presented at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boston, MA, September 2007. Second Place Award: ECU Resident Research Day, June 2008.

"Rehabilitation of the Individual with HIV." East Carolina University, Regional Rehabilitation Center, Greenville, NC, January 2007 and UNC PM&R, November 2007.

Current Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American College of Physicians