About Us

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.  In partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Department encompasses a broad range of interdisciplinary academic activities in patient care, teaching, and research.  Our location in Washington DC provides us a unique relationship with national policymakers, scientists, and clinicians in matters related to rehabilitation and the post-acute continuum of care.

In our close relationship with the MedStar Health System, we provide excellent and innovative inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH).  The Network has over 35 outpatient therapy or physician sites throughout the Washington-Baltimore region.  We provide specialized clinical rehabilitation care for adults and children with neurologic disorders, orthopedic and sports injuries, pain, amputation, cancer, polio, and complex wounds.  Click here to learn more about MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Services.  The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) awarded a three-year accreditation to our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (Adults, Adolescents and Children), Brain Injury Program, Stroke Specialty Program, Amputee Program and Spinal Cord System of Care (Adults, Adolescents and Children). This accreditation is valid through November 2016. See the MedStar NRH website for more information.

The Department has a strong focus on education of clinicians.  We provide interdisciplinary clinical and educational programs for physician trainees through a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency program and Fellowships in Sports Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine and Cancer Rehabilitation.  There are a variety of affiliated advanced training programs for Physical Therapists, residencies in Neurology, Sports, and Women’s Health. These are described in more detail in this website.  We also provide briefer educational rotations for medical and therapy students from a variety of institutions. 

Interdisciplinary research is an integral part of the Department. We strive to advance knowledge that can be translated to the care of the patients we serve and as well as perform basic science research.  We conduct state of the art research in spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine, neuroplasticity, brain recovery, orthopedics, health disparities, biomechanics, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  The center of our clinical, research and training activities are at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and these also include investigators from the nearby Catholic University of America and the adjacent Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  Our affiliated research centers include the Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research, the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury, and the Stroke Capital Network for Research.  We have a federally funded postdoctoral fellowship program for clinicians training in rehabilitation research. 

We invite you click the links and learn more about the clinical, research, and training programs offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Alexander Dromerick, MD 
Professor and Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology

Michael Yochelson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology

Curtis Whitehair, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine