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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Visiting Scholars:
Dongseok Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, South Korea.
Interests: Brain Rehabiliation, Spine Rehabilitation and Pain Control
Example of article in PubMed
Additional article in PubMed
Yong-Soon Yoon, MD, PhD
Chairman, Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine, Presbyterian (Jesus) Medical Center, Jeonju, South Korea; Director of Clinical Trial Center for Medical Devices, Presbyterian (Jesus) Medical Center, Jeonju, South Korea; Associate Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine, Seonam Medical University, Namwon, South Korea
Interests: Neurorehabilitation, orthosis and prosthesis, foot and ankle, pediatric rehabilitation
2016 Visiting Scholars:
Sanghyun Kim, MD, PhD
Young Eun Moon, MD, PhD
For more information about the PM&R International Visiting Scholars Program, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services webpage.