Local & Global Outreach

The department partners with professional colleagues to increase both our local and global outreach. Below are highlights from our growing effort to expand the benefits of rehabilitation medicine and education. With your support, we can help many others experience better quality of life. We also continue to volunteer and participate in various local programs.

Community Outreach

Our outreach to the community benefits patients at different milestones on the journey to recovery.

Community Support Groups

Brain Injury Support Group

The UNC Brain Injury Support Group's mission is to provide support, education and advocacy for survivors of brain injury as well as for their families, friends and caregivers. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Meeting Place and Time: Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC), 1:00-2:00 PM

For more information, call Dr. Judy Schmidt at 919-966-5980.

Stroke Support Group

This group hosts speakers to address various topics in stroke recovery for survivors, family, friends, and caregivers. For more information, call Dr. Judy Schmidt at 919-966-5980.

Peer Mentors

In addition, our department benefits from Peer Mentors. These volunteers motivate patients during their healing process in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. Read more about these resources.

Aphasia Support Group

Do you or a loved one have speech or language problems resulting from a stroke or other brain injury? This group offers conversation and companionship, meeting at the Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC). For more information, call 984.974.9747.

Statewide Outreach

The department launched two telemedicine programs.


TelAbility provides telemedicine consultation to patients across North Carolina, in their own communities. The program, which uses internet-based video conferencing, enhances communication, care coordination and professional education for parents and care providers of young children with special needs. Joshua Alexander, MD, directs this program. The program is seeking funding to continue services for 2014.

STAR Project

The STAR Project, for which Patricia Gregory, MD, served as the primary investigator (PI), was created with generous support from the Duke Endowment Fund.

The STAR Project piloted a stroke telemedicine video-conferencing consult service with a rural community hospital in Robeson County. This part of the state has the highest stroke prevalence, but limited stroke recovery services.

National Presentations & Honors

Our faculty regularly present at national conferences, and have been recognized with national awards and fellowships. We encourage you to browse our faculty pages as well as news and features columns for highlights.

International Outreach

Global Partnership in Medical Rehabilitation

Our Global Partnerships in Medical Rehabilitation include ongoing outreach in Haiti, as well as Peru and Brazil in years past.

International Visiting Scholars Program

The department hosts visiting faculty from around the world. In past years we have hosted visiting faculty from Slovenia, Colombia, Brazil, Japan and Korea. If you are interested in this program, please download our application and carefully read our visiting scholar policy.

Current Visiting Scholars:

JaeMin Kim, MD, PhD

HoJun Lee, MD, PhD

YounJoo Kang, MD, PhD

Jong Hwa Lee, MD, PhD

For more information about the PM&R International Visiting Scholars Program, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services webpage