Paul Thananopavarn, MD
Dr. Than is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is the Medical Director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at UNC Memorial Hospital and the Medical Director of UNC-Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Apex. He is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive rehabilitation and medical care to those with disabling or complex medical conditions.
Dr. Than completed medical school at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, in 2003. He completed his dual residency at East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He also completed his Medical Acupuncture Certification at UCLA/Helms Medical Acupuncture for Physicians.
One of the most rewarding aspects of rehabilitation medicine for Dr. Than is the potential to establish true continuity of care with patients. From inpatient rehab, he follows most patients in his outpatient practice, helping them adjust to their disabilities and illnesses. He focuses on the goals of improving function by finding ways to enhance mobility and self-care skills and by providing guidance to caregivers so that his patients are able to live and participate in life to the fullest. Using his internal medicine skills, he provides primary care to patients with disabilities and performs general medical evaluations as part of UNC’s Brain, Body and Health program for retired NFL players who may have suffered traumatic brain injuries. To help with pain and other debilitating conditions, he employs his acupuncture skills to restore health and balance without the use of additional narcotic medications. His ongoing projects and future goals are aimed at making UNC a leader in post-acute care and rehabilitation in the region.
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine
Medical Director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, UNC Memorial Hospital Medical
Director of UNC-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
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- rehabilitation of medically complex patients
- cancer rehabilitation
- geriatric rehabilitation
- primary care of patients with disabilities
- medical acupuncture
- musculoskeletal disorders
Elected Member, Academy of Educators, UNC School of Medicine, 2016-2021
Reynolds Foundation Specialty Faculty Scholar in Geriatrics, 2011
PM&R Teaching Excellence Award, 2014
PM&R Educational Module of the Year Award, 2010
ECU Academic Achievement Award in PM&R, 2008
Thananopavarn P, Hill J. Rehabilitation of the Complex Burn Patient with Multiple Injuries or Comorbidities. Clinics in Plastic Surgery, Burn Care Part II: Reconstruction, Rehabiliation, and Recovery. 2017; 44:695-701.
Thananopavarn P, Lipscomb-Hudson A, Zinner T. Rehabilitation in the Elderly, Reichel’s Care of the Elderly, 7th edition, Chapter 44. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Thananopavarn P, Huang W, Griffths P. Caregiver issues for older adults. PM&R Knowledge Now. http:now.aapmr.org. July 2014.
Downs J, Thananopavarn P. Coordinated cancer rehabilitation for a patient with lumbosacral radiculoplexopathy due of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: A Case Report. PM&R. 2013;5(9): S176.
“Hip Fracture Rehabilitation.” UNC-Chapel Hill 42nd Internal Medicine Conference, March 8, 2018.
“Subacute Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care.” PM&R Grand Rounds, UNC-Chapel Hill, July 2017.
“Acupuncture for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” Workshop Director (with Liu G, Wu H, Yang W, Lee YT): American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly; Boston, MA, Oct. 1-4, 2015.
“Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy to Cancer Treatment.” Advanced Acupuncture Workshop (with Lee M, Liu G, Wu H, Yang W, Wang D): American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly; Boston, MA, Oct. 1-4, 2015.
“The Basics of Medicare and Post-Acute Care.” Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Geriatric Scholar’s Retreat: Pinehurst NC, May 2012.
“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.
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American College of Physicians