Dr. Alexander 2015




Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UNC, Associate Professor, Medical Director for the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, Director of The Spina Bifida Clinic at UNC, Director of the UNC Cerebral Palsy Clinic, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Director of TelAbility telehealth program


Medical School: Temple University, 1990
Residency: Combined Pediatrics/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas 1990-1995


American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Board of Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • rehabilitation and care of children with disabilities
  • cerebral palsy
  • spina bifida
  • brain injury
  • spasticity management
  • feeding difficulties
  • telerehabilitation
  • transition and self-management

Recent Honors

2017-2018 Best Doctors in America ® Award Recipient
2016 UNC Health Care and Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence
2012-2014 US News and World Report Top Doctor
2011-2016 Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2007-2011 America’s Top Pediatricians, Consumers’ Research Council of America
2007-2011; 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®
2010 Certificate of Appreciation, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for contributions to Pediatric Rehabilitation/Developmental Disabilities Council
2010 Associate Fellow, Academy of Educators, UNC School of Medicine

Current Projects

Using Telehealth to Improve Care for Children with Disabilities in Western NC – Supported by the Google Data Centers Grant Fund

Developing a Transition and Self-Management Clinic for People with Cerebral Palsy and Other Developmental Disabilities

Representative Lectures & Activities

“Don’t Lose Your Patients to the Cloud – Virtual Health: Opportunities and Threats.” Mark Del Beccaro, MD, FAAP, Joshua Alexander, MD, FAAP, Peter Antall, MD, Chelsea EF Bodnar, MD, MPhil, FAAP, James Marcin, MD, FAAP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcjHzk3HX6E&feature=youtu.be

“Optimizing Time Spent During a Follow-up Visit Using the Pyramid Approach to Care” October 4, 2013. Presented at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly, National Harbor, Maryland.

“Cerebral Palsy – What Every Caregiver Needs to Know”, May 28, 2013. Presented at the 1st Annual Haiti Pediatric Disability Summit. Zanmi Beni Orphanage, Port Au Prince, Haiti.

“Nutrition and Hydration for the High School Athlete,” March 26, 2012. Presented at Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC.

“Using Stickers to Facilitate the Pediatric Exam,” November 16, 2011. Presented at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly, Orlando, FL.

“Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehab,” Here’s to Your Health radio program on 1360 WCHL, November 30, 2008.

“Fueling the Fast Break: Nutrition and Hydration for Young Basketball Players,” HoopsCityU Basketball Training Academy, Durham, NC, October 1, 2008. The presentation emphasized the importance of eating and drinking the right things, in the right amounts, at the right times in order to optimize health and performance.

Current National Committees

Executive Committee Member and Membership Chair, Section on Telehealth Care, American Academy of Pediatrics

Member, Pediatric PM&R Advisory Committee, Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation