UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Optimizing health and function of individuals with disabilities through a patient-centered continuum of care
Building Stronger Communities

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Dear Friends,

Our department continues to exceed national and international standards in clinical care, education and research: we received recent CARF re-accreditations, five-year Residency Program re-accreditation, and currently rank number six in PM&R funding from the National Institutes of Health.

What's behind our achievements? We are committed to providing the highest standard of rehabilitation care.

We extend our continuum of care through various community partnerships. A wonderful example is our recent expansion of rehabilitation services along the "UNC Healthway" to the new UNC Hospitals Spine Center and to Timberhill. Stay tuned for more on these expansions.

In this issue, you'll get more glimpses of how faculty and patients alike are helping others, whether on the job or volunteering.

  • Faculty in our Program for Integrative Medicine received a major grant to provide comprehensive rehabilitation to our returning soldiers, as featured in a Health & Healing article. Two other faculty members, Heather Walker, MD, and James Hill, MD, MPH, have provided services to our veterans at the neighboring VA Hospital in Durham.

  • Our sub-acute facilities in neighboring Wake County provide flexible rehabilitation services. Read more >

  • Philip Austin volunteers full-time at our Outpatient Clinic in UNC Memorial Hospital, playing a critical role in helping patients receive ongoing care. Read more >

  • Our faculty and staff members volunteer regularly in our annual Run Walk & Roll, Friday Night Friends, donations of time and medical supplies to Medworld, participation in community health fairs, adopting a family during the holidays, and joining many other opportunities to raise awareness.
    Vera Moura, MD, left, consults with Shirley Lyons Oates, a staff member of CAARE, Inc. in Durham. Dr. Moura volunteers to teach courses in mind-body medicine to patients and staff of this non-profit organization.

  • Patricia Gregory, MD, expanded telerehabilitation to areas with a high incidence of stroke. Her colleagues are continuing the STAR program, following her unexpected passing last year. Our department has set up a memorial fund in Dr. Gregory's honor.

  • Private donations strengthen our mission, and are the key to our growing local and international involvement. As always, we appreciate your support.

—Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA
  Chair, UNC Physical Medicine
  & Rehabilitation

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