Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Overview

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as rehabilitation medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as neck and back pain, sports injuries, or other painful conditions affecting the limbs like carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, the disabilities may result from neurological trauma or disease such as spinal cord or head injury or stroke. A physician certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation is often called a physiatrist. The primary goals of physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation are to achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychological, social, and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation as well as effective pain management.1

1 The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty Advisors

Christopher Tarver, MD
Mary Kim, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

Co-Presidents: Garrett Lui and Richard Chyan

Vice President: Marilyn Chau

Treasurer: Richard Chyan

Outreach Coordinator: Stephen Tan

3rd Year Rep: Justin Dunn

2nd Year Rep: Eugene Looi and Peter Azzam

1st Year Rep:

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Christopher Tarver and Dr. Mary Kim

Download the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group Constitution