Overview

Our mission in the Department of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine (PM&R) is to optimize quality of life and function through excellence and innovation in patient care, research, and education.

Dr. Benjamin Nguyen talking with two nurses.
Professor Benjamin Nguyen, M.D., speaks with nurses on the rehabilitation floor of Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. We focus on non-surgical diagnosis and management of conditions affecting function and quality of life to improve our patients’ mobility and lessen difficulties in cognition and communication.

Physiatrists lead multi-disciplinary teams that include:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Nurses
  • Rehabilitation psychologists
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Social workers

Our outstanding faculty and staff are committed to training tomorrow’s physiatrists in clinical and basic science research on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disabilities in the areas of brain injury, pain, burn injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, and electrodiagnostic medicine.

The Department is dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitative care across the continuum, including acute hospital inpatient care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, clinic services, and telehealth.

We provide services at facilities across the UTSW Medical Center campus, including UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, Children’s Health℠, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as well as the VA North Texas Health Care System. Our affiliations include Texas Health Dallas and other post-acute care sites.

PM&R Events

19th Annual PM&R Scientific Day reminder
This program highlights scientific advances in the area of Women's Health Issues, and showcases research performed by residents in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern. View a PDF version of this image.