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Program & Goals

The department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers comprehensive care to individuals recovering from a stroke 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 who have suffered a stroke 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 also provide spasticity management, nerve conduction studies, electromyography studies (EMGs), as well as neuropsychological and psychological evaluation and treatment.

PM&R Faculty Sub-specializing in Stroke Rehabilitation


John Michael Baratta, MD, MBA

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


For more about our stroke rehabilitation services and stories from patients, view our Stroke Issue of the Rehabilitation Reader and extended articles. We also facilitate a brain injury support group and a stroke 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.