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Restore - A Look Back

Restore Winter 2015

A Look Back

Date: January 8, 2015


Jeffrey Palmer
Jeffrey Palmer

As I step down from my position as department director, I have been reflecting on our accomplishments over the past 10 years. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation research and education programs have grown remarkably. Nine faculty members have external research funding. Teaching programs include 18 residents, 10 postdoctoral fellows and eight therapists in specialty training programs. And we participate in the education of every Johns Hopkins medical student.

Our inpatient programs encompass more than 100 adult and pediatric rehabilitation beds at four hospitals. Our outpatient clinics serve patients with stroke, spinal and musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spasticity, swallowing disorders, cerebral palsy, cancer, limb loss and other conditions.

Our stellar leadership team includes vice chairs Ken Silver (clinical affairs), Sam Mayer (education) and Pablo Celnik (research); division directors Steve Wegener (rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology) and Frank Pidcock (pediatric rehabilitation); and Rich Zorowitz (department director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center). , our administrator, oversees management and finances. The dedicated leaders of rehabilitation nursing and therapies are fundamental to our success, as are so many others.

Providing mentorship to faculty members and trainees in achieving their career goals has been most rewarding. Special recognition for our faculty includes the AAPM&R Distinguished Clinician Award, Fulbright fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award and APA Roger G. Barker award for lifetime contributions. In 2015, we will receive the AAP Distinguished Academician Award and the ISPRM Haim Ring Award for International Collaboration. Three alumni are current medical school department directors.

I look forward to the recruitment of a great new leader for the department and thank Pablo Celnik for serving as interim director. I plan to remain active in departmental research, teaching and program development while advancing my long-term interest in swallowing disorders.

I thank my colleagues, my family and my friends for helping to make my tenure as director a phenomenal experience.

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