Kennedy named chair of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


David J. “D.J.” Kennedy, MD, clinical associate professor and residency program director in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedics, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Kennedy will join the faculty on April 1.  Reporter 01.11.18




Welcome from Interim Chair Dr. Jeff Johns

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the web site of our new Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Our new department was established on April 1, 2012. We are building a team that will place Vanderbilt on the national and international stage for PM&R, creating an environment that will provide our patients excellent care while our students and faculty are empowered to conduct outstanding research. We are concentrating on recruiting outstanding faculty, developing clinical centers of excellence, creating graduate and post-graduate educational programs, building research capacity, and establishing a clinical and translational research agenda. Vanderbilt University is a recognized and respected leader in education, research, and patient care. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build a new department in such a rich academic environment. I will be looking forward to collaborating with professional colleagues and advocates interested in the advancement of PM&R.

News Update: PM&R residency program enters its third year!

The residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has welcomed its third class of PGY1 physicians.  We are receiving applications from qualified medical students in the fall of 2017 for a starting date of July 1, 2018.

See the PM&R Residency Training page for more information and to apply.

Interim Chair

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Jeffery S. Johns, MD

Interim Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
Interim Medical Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital



The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is dedicated to excellence in rehabilitative care through advances in rehabilitation research, collaboration across health care disciplines, outstanding educational opportunities and strong patient advocacy.


In 2009 Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) created an internal task force to work with external consultants to evaluate the existing practice model for rehabilitation services at Vanderbilt and to study other practice models considered to be the “best of the best” in rehabilitation.

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