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Venu Akuthota, MD

Professor, Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
CU Medicine Endowed Chair

University of Colorado


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 Oleszek, 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. ​

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Upcoming Events

PM&R News

Recent News

Pioneering Study Reveals Injury-Spared Spinal Cord Tissue Bridges as Powerful Predictors of Recovery in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

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The findings of the longitudinal study titled ‘Prognostic value of tissue bridges in cervical spinal cord injury: a longitudinal, multicenter, retrospective cohort study’ that are described in this article have the potential to change clinical practice and were just published in The Lancet Neurology which is the world-leading Clinical Neurology journal.

CU Anschutz Hosts the First Annual PACT Act Research Symposium for Veteran Health

PACT Act Symposium
On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, the US Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Health Administration Eastern Colorado Health Care System and the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention launched the first annual PACT Act Research Symposium for Veteran Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA healthcare and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances.

2022-2023 Grand Rounds Schedule:


 Date Presenter Topic
Wednesday, September 6, 2023Kathleen Bechtold, PhDHead Injury Versus Traumatic Brain Injury: Post-Injury Symptom Trajectories and Outcomes
Wednesday, October 4, 2023Amy Bonomi, PhDNavigating Difficult Conversations: Guidance for
Clinicians, Staff, and Trainees
Wednesday, November 1, 2023Nazanin Bahraini, PhD &
Vik Bebarta, MD
Veteran Mental Health Research
Wednesday, December 6, 2023Vineet Chopra, MDMentor/Mentee Relationships
Wednesday, January 3, 2024Lotte Dyrbye, MDProvider Wellbeing
Wednesday, February 7, 2024Yoni Ashar, PhDPain Reprocessing Theory
Wednesday, March 6, 2024Andrew Park, MDSCI Medicine
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Michelle Gittler, MD

8th Annual Dennis J. Matthews Lectureship
Wednesday, May 1, 2024Mark Manago, PhDNeurorehab
Wednesday, June 5, 2024Pam Wilson, MD &
Stephanie Tow, MD
Paralympic Sport Classification

Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.

Anschutz Medical Campus | Academic Office Building 1 - Room 7000 | 12631 E. 17th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045. In-person attendance encouraged.

Livestream here.

Important Recognition Months and Days


 Date Recognition
MarchBrain Injury Awareness Month
MarchCerebral Palsy Awareness Month
March 8thInternational Women's Day
March 30thNational Doctors' Day
MayNational Stroke Awareness Month
May 27thPsychology Day
SeptemberNational Pain Awareness Month
SeptemberNational Rehabilitation Awareness Month
SeptemberNational Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
September 4-10Suicide Prevention Week
September 7thWorld Duchenne Awareness Day
OctoberNational Physical Therapy Month
November 11thVeteran's Day



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