Program & Goals

The department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers general, comprehensive rehabilitation care including weight management, geriatric rehabilitation for older adults, and cancer rehabilitation for issues resulting from treatment for various types of cancer, 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 during acute hospitalization at UNC Hospitals, at the UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center or our sub-acute rehabilitation at UNC-Rex.

We continue rehabilitation care, education, research and advocacy in the UNC PM&R Outpatient Clinic and through our community outreach programs.

Our faculty members provide a range of services depending on each patient’s needs, including spasticity management, nerve conduction studies, electromyography studies (EMGs), lymphedema prevention and management, as well as neuropsychological and psychological evaluation and treatment.

PM&R Faculty Sub-specializing in Cancer Rehabilitation and Geriatric Rehabilitation

Paul Thananopavarn, MD

PM&R Faculty Sub-specializing in Weight Management

Angela Lipscomb-Hudson, MD


Karla Thompson, PhD
Matthew Harris, PhD


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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Your gift will enable us to advance our mission of providing excellence in rehabilitation through patient care, state-of-the-art research and education. Your tax-deductible donation, whether large or small, makes a tremendous impact locally and globally.