Program & Goals

The department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers comprehensive care to individuals with an acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the goal of maximizing function and quality of life.

Integrated Care Model

Our physiatrists develop and oversee an individualized care plan for each patient which is implemented by our team of rehabilitation professionals. Our services are available to patients with acquired and traumatic brain injury during acute hospitalization at UNC Hospitals, at the UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center or our sub-acute rehabilitation at UNC-Rex.

After discharge from the hospital, we continue rehabilitation care, education, research and advocacy in the UNC PM&R Outpatient Clinic and through our community outreach programs.

Our faculty members directly provide spasticity management, botulinum toxin and joint injections, nerve conduction studies, electromyography studies (EMGs), as well as neuropsychological and psychological evaluation and treatment.

PM&R Faculty Sub-specializing in Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury


William Filer, MD
Tanya Zinner, MD (UNC-Rex in Wake County)


Peter Duquette, PhD
Karla Thompson, PhD
Matthew Harris, PhD, ABPP(CN)


For more about our TBI services and stories from patients, view our TBI Issue of the Rehabilitation Reader. We also facilitate a brain injury support group in the community.

In addition, we recommend the A-Z index of general health topics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to learn more about specific conditions and treatments.

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