Welcome to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Welcome from PM&R Chair D.J. Kennedy, MD


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It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the web site of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Our department was established on April 1, 2012. Since that time, it has grown significantly and PM&R has become an integral specialty at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Our goal is simple, to be the top PM&R program.

To accomplish this goal, we are building an exceptional team that will provide our patients with world renown care, while simultaneously empowering our students and faculty to conduct outstanding research and to be thought leaders in the field. We are actively recruiting outstanding faculty, developing clinical centers of excellence, creating innovative 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. 


Interested in a PM&R Residency? Visit Our  PM&R Residency Training page for more information regarding the program and to how to apply.




Department of PM&R


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.  Learn More >>


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.

Physician Recruitment

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center PM&R is currently seeking board-certified/eligible physiatrists to participate and lead in the development of multiple areas, including general rehab, musculoskeletal/spine, and cancer rehabilitation.  See current recruitment information.