Spring 2020 Newsletter

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.

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.


Dr. Benjamin Nguyen talking with two nurses.
Professor Benjamin Nguyen, M.D., speaks with nurses in the inpatient rehabilitation gym at Zale Lipshy Pavilion.

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. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation program is located at Zale Lipshy Pavilion – William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital..


2021 Bronze Winner in The Telly Awards