UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Optimizing health and function of individuals with disabilities through a patient-centered continuum of care
Looking Back and Forward in 2010

Photo by Brian Strickland

Dear Friends,

This has been an exciting year for us, with many milestones in our clinical, research, educational and outreach initiatives. One of the ways you can stay tuned with our activities and events is to bookmark our home page and our online news column.

In this issue, we also go "way back" to the 1970s (in our featured article, at right), when rehabilitation services began to be coordinated at UNC: Do you recognize anyone?

We have certainly come a long way since I established the department in 1993. Here's a glance at recent activities:


  • Our UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center continues to meet and exceed national standards. Check out our new inpatient services page and brochure.

  • Our main outpatient clinic made UNC Health Care's top five, based on Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores. Additionally, we received a Komen grant for our lymphedema program. Meanwhile, our acupuncture program is helping patients find relief from an array of symptoms: view our video!

  • Faculty secured a number of research grants to provide screening and consultations to underserved populations in North Carolina, including remote rural areas.

  • Drs. Alexander, Gregory and Lee made the competitive list of Best Doctors in America among others.

  • Our residency program continues to grow and succeed. Last year, we extended our residency program beyond borders with our Global Partnership in Rehabilitation Medicine.
    Dr. Michael Lee (front row, left) welcomes a medical rehabilitation delegation from Korea.

  • We also continue to welcome colleagues from other parts of the world. For example, I recently welcomed a medical rehabilitation delegation from Korea (pictured on right). Read about this and other news & events in our news column.

  • Private donations, which support our research activities and outreach to remote areas, are the key to our growing local and international involvement. As always, we appreciate your support.

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



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