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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program History

Over half a century ago, Charlotte Spastic Hospital was created to deliver care to the disabled and spastic population. By the 1990s, it had changed its name to become the nationally recognized Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation. With modernization and growth, the institution took its current name of Carolinas Rehabilitation in January of 2006. The residency program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) welcomed its first set of residents in July 1992. Today, the PM&R program continues to flourish, having received the maximum number of years allowable (five) of ACGME accreditation for the last three accreditation cycles.

Dr. Vu Nguyen assumed leadership of the residency from our inaugural residency director, Dr. William Bockenek, in January 2006. Our faculty includes practitioners in both academic and private practice settings. This balanced approach provides our residents with a comprehensive knowledge base and a broad set of skills applicable to all facets of PM&R practice.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art tertiary rehabilitation care and innovative research, the department is the primary source of physiatric education for the regional professional community. Today, our inpatient and outpatient programs treat adults and children from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and beyond.

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