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


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, 2008
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010


  • 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


"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