Professor, Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
CU Medicine Endowed Chair
We have discovered the next miracle in medicine -- and it is you. The fields of Rehabilitation believe in using your whole body to improve your human performance. The department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado
(which we affectionately call "CU PM&R") is at the forefront of using team science, regenerative medicine, and exercise treatments. It is uniquely situated in the state-of-the-art CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the first campus in the nation to be built from the ground up to bring research, education, and patient care into one visionary collaboration. Like the Rocky Mountains that provide a backdrop of our institutions, CU PM&R is on the rise! We combine the disciplines of rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, psychology, speech/language therapy, and rehabilitation sciences into a singular department. The following video stories reinforce the mission of the department: "Growing the Value of Rehab."
The stories of CU PM&R are countless, but here are a few. Joyce Olsezek, MD, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Children's Hospital Colorado, made an emotional appearance on the Dr. Oz Show describing medical miracles. She was part of the CHCO team that rehabilitated severely brain-injured high schoolers to later walk across the stage at his high school graduation. The miracle of rehabilitation was clearly evident in this story.
Five games into the 2021 World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland, and Team USA is positioned at the top of the team standings with a perfect 5-0 record. The Team of Matt Thums (Weston, Wis.), Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), David Samsa (Green Bay, Wis.), Pam Wilson (Denver, Colo.), and Bat-Oyun “Oyuna” Uranchimeg (Burnsville, Minn.), arrived in Finland last week to adhere to the health protocols from local and national health authorities. While acclimating to the time change, the Team began their Covid testing and underwent 72 hours of self-isolation before hitting the ice for pre-event practice.
Unfortunately, rehabilitation needs for most older adults are often overlooked. Notably, a recent study found that one-third of critically ill older adults who survive a stay in the ICU did not receive rehab services at home after hospital discharge.
It is no secret that health care workers are facing unprecedented pressure during the response to COVID-19. The University of Colorado Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is addressing this need with COVID-19 Narratives, an expressive writing program designed to support health care providers and staff who are experiencing distress from the COVID-19 pandemic response.