Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Medicine

Our primary objective is to restore function to patients afflicted with the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders.  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists (also  referred to as “physiatrists”) often diagnose and evaluate patients with back or joint pain, sports injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury and amputations.  The primary goal is to maximize function – often through focused physical therapies, medications, and non-operative interventions.

The Stanford rehabilitation professionals are amongst one of the largest networks on the west coast.  Our physicians are located at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Veterans Affairs Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco.

To learn more about patient services and referrals, please see Stanford Hospital & Clinics Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation



















Highlights & awards
  • Dr. David Kennedy was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Council Service Award from the Musculoskeletal Medicine Council.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Martin was appointed as resident member to the AAPM&R Quality, Practice, Policy & Research Committee
  • Dr. Giap was appointed to the Program Planning Committee of the AAPM&R
  • At the recent International Spine Intervention Society annual meeting, Dr. David Kennedy and Dr. Matthew Smuck were appointed to the society's Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Ming Kao, Dr. Nik Brar and Dr. Matthew Smuck were awarded The Spine Journal’s 2013 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical and Interventional Science at NASS

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