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Welcome to the next best thing in rehabilitation medicine. Virginia Commonwealth University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is where it’s all happening, and you’re just a click or two away from whatever you need. Whether you’re a practicing physiatrist, a resident physician, a medical student, an educated consumer, or a Web surfer lost on an Internet wave, you’ll find things of interest on our site…so explore away.

David X. Cifu, M.D.
Herman J. Flax, MD Professor and Department Chairman

The roots of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at VCU are more than 100 years older than the field of PM&R itself. We go back to the 1870s, with a direct linkage to the pioneering Confederate army surgeon, Simon Baruch (an 1862 Medical College of Virginia graduate). During the Civil War, Dr. Baruch performed surgery here in the very same Egyptian Building from which I write this. VCU PM&R was organized in 1947 and then became a formal department in 1952 that established the first rehabilitation unit in Virginia at MCV Hospital — we settled into the very same Egyptian Building! To add to all of these coincidences, the Baruch family’s connections to PM&R goes even deeper. The department was initially funded, and the Egyptian Building was later renovated, using funds from the philanthropist Bernard M. Baruch, in honor of his father, Simon Baruch.

The department currently provides medical directorship to two adult inpatient rehabilitation units, one adult subacute rehabilitation unit and two pediatric rehabilitation units, outpatient care (including sports medicine and interventional spine care) at five locations, electrodiagnostic services at four outpatient locations, consultations at three Richmond hospitals, and four nursing homes. We are proud to provide PM&R leadership to the nation’s premier Veterans Affairs programs in polytrauma, TBI, SCI, amputation, assistive technology, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy care and interventional pain/spine care at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. We consistently train some of the strongest residents and fellows in the nation and have alumni throughout the academic and private sector.