Chair of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Wayne State - Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Detroit, MI 48202
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Wayne State School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Wayne State University School of Medicine seeks applications and nominations for a distinguished physician leader to fill the position of Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Wayne State University. The Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reports to the Dean, School of Medicine.

This individual will be a dynamic, innovative, passionate and experienced physician leader with a proven track record of individual scholarship and patient outcomes research, collaborative clinical leadership and program development. They must embody educational excellence with a solid focus on faculty recruitment and community engagement and will be an entrepreneurial leader with the business skills required to expand the practice beyond metropolitan Detroit.  

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – RIM

For almost 50 years, the Department of PM&R has been educating medical students, medical residents, postdoctoral neuropsychologists and graduate students along with allied health professionals, patients, caregivers and the community, ranging from physical medicine and rehabilitation with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, to electromyography, to industrial, pain and musculoskeletal medicine, pediatric rehabilitation and sports medicine. It has a long history of working with other departments at the university in the development and application of advances in medical knowledge. It’s also one of the original federally designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) and remains a longitudinal data collection center for the TBIMS.  The staff are diverse and energetic educators that include not only "full time" faculty, but also leading community rehabilitation specialists as volunteer faculty. The faculty have received national and State of Michigan recognition for their contributions to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  We offer locations of service in Detroit, Troy and Novi for your physiatry needs. 

Specialties & Services Include:
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity
  • Amputee Services
  • General Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
  • EMGs
  • Fluoroscopy


The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has had an active program of research for over 40 years. Currently, the Department has active collaborations with other departments at WSU, including Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering. The Department of PM&R also has active research collaborations with many other academic medical centers around the United States.

PM&R Residency Program

Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program (PM&R) is an advanced program accepting Residents for the PGY-2 position, after an accredited internship year. Starting 2019/2020, the program will have a total of five residents per year (15 total).


Candidates must possess excellent leadership and negotiating skills, financial acumen and a strategic vision to provide future direction to this preeminent multi-faceted department. The successful applicant will hold an M.D., D.O., or M.D., Ph.D. or other degrees from an accredited institution and be board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also called physiatry. Candidates must qualify for unrestricted license in Michigan.  Candidates must also have had demonstrated leadership and programmatic development success within a previous academic medical center.

Wayne State University School of Medicine

For more than 150 years, the Wayne State School of Medicine has prepared students to be health care leaders and advocates who go on to change the world. Its dedication to urban clinical excellence and contribution to Detroit’s revitalization is unwavering. Through social responsiveness and a continuous focus on innovation in education, research and clinical care, the Wayne State School of Medicine will continue to graduate a diverse group of physicians and biomedical scientists who will transform the promise of equal health care for all into a reality.

Founded in 1868, the School of Medicine holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest classification in research and community engagement with more than $259 million in extramural research funding in 2018. The School of Medicine is also a two-time finalist of the AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service and is known for innovation including:
  • Birthplace of AZT, first FDA-approved drug to treat AIDS
  • First use of a mechanical heart pump in open-heart surgery
  • Discovery that chimpanzees and gorillas are more closely related to humans than to other apes
  • A novel technology, optogenetic strategy, for restoring vision
  • A cost-effective way to screen expectant mothers for potential risk of preterm birth
  • The WSU School of Medicine is ranked as the number-two medical research institution in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report and graduates rank fourth in the nation in Vitals Patients’ Choice Awards

There's no place on earth like Detroit, and there's no campus on earth like Wayne State University. We're located in Midtown, the city center and one of the country's fastest-growing neighborhoods. On campus, you'll find 200 acres of green space, walking paths and state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by renowned cultural institutions and industry-leading employers.  Every day, Wayne State students and faculty participate in the reinvention of a great American city as they live, learn, work and play in the heart of Detroit. 

Application, inquires and nominations

Interested applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that describes their interest in the role, including, but not limited to, relevant educational, teaching, research, and leadership backgrounds.  For questions or additional information regarding this opportunity or to provide recommendations for the position, please contact:

Wayne State University School of Medicine is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society.  
WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented minorities. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

About The Company

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