Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is one of the specialties of medicine whose sole purpose is to comprehensively address and meet the needs of the physically challenged population. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a specialty was formally established in the United States in 1938.


A Word from the Chair, Gerard E. Francisco, M.D.

In 1993 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation began as a division of the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas - Houston Medical School. In April of 1994 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was established as a department with Dr. William H. Donovan assuming the chairmanship.

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Mission Statement:

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is dedicated to providing excellent healthcare in the areas of spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal medicine, traumatic brain injury, and general rehabilitation for Houston and the surrounding community. Further, we are dedicated to the training, education, and research in these areas in cooperation with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Hermann-TMC and the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) County Hospital. Finally, we will continue to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge in these areas through lectures, articles and other publications.