Chairman’s Welcome

Chairman’s Welcome

Our department has a first class faculty that is dedicated to teaching and providing excellent patient care. Our services include inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient clinics. Our inpatient units are at several hospitals: The Christine Lynn Rehabilitation Center for the Miami Projects to Cure Paralysis and Encompass Health. We also have voluntary faculty who have services at the Bruce W. Carter VAMC. Jackson Memorial Hospital is a large county hospital with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Complex Care Rehabilitation. Jackson Health has a large Level I Trauma Center and is the major teaching hospital for our residents along with the VA. Our faculty also has clinics that range from Deerfield and Plantation, Kendall as well as, Coral Gables. Additionally, we have a large outpatient practice also on the Medical Campus, located at UMHC and perform a large number of procedures for pain each year.

Our trainees include 24 PM&R residents and 2 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Medicine fellows, a Brain Injury Fellow and Cancer Rehabilitation Fellow. The faculty is heavily involved with teaching them as well as medical students and observers. Each year, our trainees give research presentations and posters at our annual Research Day. We also invite nationally recognized researchers to present at our Research Day and at our department Grand Rounds.

In 2011 and again in 2016, we were successful in being funded by NIDRR as an SCI Model System (www.scimiami.med.miami.edu) with Dr. Elizabeth Roy Felix as Principal Investigator (PI), who oversees the administration of the research projects and data collection along with the assistance of co-PIs, Dr. David Gater and Dr. Mark Nash. We also conduct research with the University of Pittsburgh in an SCI Collaborative grant on wheelchair training/mechanics. Other studies include the Miami Project’s Schwann Cell Transplantation safety trial and an NIH ROI Trial for Home-Based Spinal Cord Injury Exercise and Nutrition: Conceptual Engagement (SCIENCE) While we continue to strive for excellence, we also aim to have fun in all we do! I hope you enjoy reading about our faculty and their achievements. Thank you for your interest in our department.

David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine