On July 1, 2021, the UF College of Medicine launched its first new clinical department in 30 years - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). The new department is home to 11 faculty members, four second-year residents, and four first-year residents.
L to R: Shammi Patel, MD, and Caroline Fryar, MD, residents; Heather Vincent, PhD, research director; Kevin Vincent, MD, PhD, chair; Aimee Madsen, M.D., resident; Parisa Zarreii, MD, faculty member; and Michael Brownstein, MD, resident
With the transition from a division within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine to a free-standing department, founding chair Dr. Kevin Vincent said they are better positioned to compete for federal grants and other research funding.
UF’s PM&R physicians also serve as supervising physicians for the UF Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a collaboration between Select Medical and UF Health and the primary site for the department’s residents during their second year of training. In September, the hospital was recognized as the Best Rehabilitation Center in Florida by Newsweek magazine in its first ranking of the country’s top facilities for rehabilitation care.