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Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Achieves Department Status

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The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah School of Medicine will now be named the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. To meet the requirements for full department status, the division surpassed stringent metrics in education, research, and clinical care.

“To become recognized as a full department in the School of Medicine is an incredibly meaningful milestone for us,” says David P. Steinberg, M.D., chair of the Department of Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation and Executive Medical Director of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital. “This achievement will certainly energize our program and support recruitment of the most qualified trainees and faculty, while offering new research opportunities, resources, and post-training opportunities for our students.,” he said.

The change will also lead to new and enhanced collaborations with other groups at the University, including the College of Health, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the Departments of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Neurology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, and Surgery.  It will also support the pursuit of competitive, extramural funding opportunities, strengthen recruitment, and reinforce standing as a national leader in the field of PM&R.

“We are grateful to all those who have helped us get here. I’m proud of our faculty and staff who give so much every day to contribute to our program and our patients,” said Steinberg.


The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Utah is a rapidly growing academic program. Our department enjoys a collaborative and integrated work environment through close association with prominent orthopaedic, neurosurgery, and radiology departments. We also have a strong tradition of clinical excellence and close alignment with the university’s mission. Accordingly, physicians have the opportunity to develop a rewarding professional career while balancing such with an active, outdoor lifestyle that Salt Lake City offers. Located at the foot of the spectacular Wasatch Mountains and being the state capital, Salt Lake City offers a rich array of culture, sports, and educational opportunities.