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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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.




2021 PM&R Graduates

Shout out to our AMAZING 2021 soon to be Graduates! Take a look at the impressive list below of where they are going next and when you see them … shout out your congrats (at a safe distance…) so all can hear!! Pictures are few these days… so here is a throw back in time from their first month with us – such an outstanding class – we are so proud!

Stanford PM&R Faculty and Trainees Contributions to the field of Spine Care

Check out the new NASS (North American Spine Society) Spine Care Landmark Reading List. Stanford PM&R Faculty and Program Graduates are prominently featured in this list which includes 19 surgical papers and 24 medical and interventional papers.

Stanford PM&R faculty authored 25% of the medical papers and another 4 papers are authored by recent graduates from our residency program and spine fellowship program, creating a Stanford PM&R presence in more than 40% of the papers in the NASS List! Congrats to Stanford Faculty Drs. Matthew Smuck, Josh Levin, and Lisa Huynh, as well as Stanford Program Graduates Drs. Patricia Zheng (now at UCSF) and Byron Schneider (now at Vanderbilt), and to all of those who helped them in their well-recognized work - we are so proud of their amazing contributions to the filed of Spine Intervention!

Michael Fredericson, MD

PM&R Professor, Fellowship Director

Dr. Michael Fredericson is a PM&R Professor, Fellowship Director, Researcher, and most importantly, an extraordinary human being. He continues to find new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat the multitude of sports injuries, both for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. We are so very honored to have access to his experience for both our Residency and Fellowship Programs. Dr. Fredericson has quite a few recently published articles and a news news report which speak to his expertise for both health challenges and sports injury - we invite you to take a look at some of them:

Dr. Jeremy Stanek

Founder of the Stanford Ortho/PM&R Performing Arts Medicine Program

Dr. Stanek has taken on the challenge of putting together a team of Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Sports Medicine and ENT physicians to address the treatments for injuries and conditions caused in the work of performing artists.  This innovative and collaborative program focuses on cutting-edge research and exceptional patient care to diagnose and effectively treat injuries for these patients.  This program is one of the first that focuses on this patient population.  We are so proud of Dr. Stanek and the team.

Digital Health at Stanford

Growth & Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery

What does digital healh mean to you?

I think of it broadly to mean any way of making healthcare better by leveraging digital technologies. Simply put, it’s the use of commonly available digital devices to make healthcare better.

Our very own Chief of PM&R Dr. Matthew Smuck has been recognized for his extraordinary and innovative research in the area of Digital Health.  Recently appointed a Stanford Professor Dr. Smuck’s remarkable leadership in this space is covered comprehensively in The Stanford Center for Digital Health Landscape Report.  Take a look in the Faculty Interviews sections where he is highlighted in the Center Outreach Initiative section of the report as key personnel in the recently launched NIH-funded Restore Center, and for his research lab, the Wearable Health Lab.  The Wearable Health Lab harnesses the power of wearable biosensor data to span the gap between a qualitative approach toward a quantitative approach in research, prevention, and treatment of orthopedic and neurological disease.  Congratulations to Dr. Smuck for his impressive research efforts and for his recent promotion!

Resident Application Information Now Available!

The Stanford Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program application deadline is October 30th, 2020.  All interviews will be held virtually.  For more information, please visit our residency application page. 


Stanford PM&R Residents Rising to the Challenge!

On March 26, 2020, Drs. John Chan, Anne Kuwabara, and Nitin Prabhakar, and three students from Yale (School of Medicine: Rachel Esparza BS, Maryam Ige BE; School of Public Health: Catherine Stratton BA) were selected as one of 230 international teams to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering, Innovation, and Design (CBID) COVID-19 Design Challenge. To tackle the challenge of a scarce N95 supply, they proposed a product called Mask-xtend, a disposable mask cover designed to prolong the life of N95s in current supply.

Celebrating Our Matches!

Stanford Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency program is proud to present the Class of 2024! Happy Match Day!

Newly Elected SIS President!

Dr. Matthew Smuck
Newly Elected SIS President!

Our very own, Chief of PM&R, Dr. Matthew Smuck was elected by his peers to be the next Spine Intervention Society President.  Dr. Smuck has been a pioneer in his field and is just an all-round wonderful physician and mentor.  We look forward to all the great things he will be doing for the Society and our field. 

November 14-17, 2019

Stanford at AAPM&R Annual Assembly

Our PM&R Residents and Attending Faculty had a huge showing at AAPM&R 2019!! 14 residents attended the conference - resident contributions included: 1 podium presentation, 2 PhyzTalks, 12 poster presentations, and 1 medical student panel discussion! Stanford PM&R Faculty were busy too! Dr. Smuck, Dr. Fredericson, and Dr. Roh were up front and center - sharing their expertise in multiple panels and talks.

Other big news: Drs. Giacomazzi, Lowe, Kuwabara and Prabhakar WON the Resident Quiz Bowl competing against 16 other programs and Anita Lowe, MD WON the PhyzTalk award! Talk about talent!

Additionally, we had a record number attend the Alumni Reception on Friday night. It was a good time to be had by all. Check out our pictures to see more!

June 4, 2019

Congratulations to Dr Ninad Karandikar, MD

Winner of the AAP's 2019 Innovation & Impact Award. He is Medical Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Associate Professor at Stanford University. He has played a vital role in developing new programs at the VA (the MSK Ultrasound and Regenerative Medicine Program) and Stanford University (an innovative didactic curriculum in prosthetics and orthotics).

October 26, 2018

PM&R Alumni Event at AAPMR - Orlando, FL

Dr. Smuck hosted the 2018 Alumni Social at the October 25-28 AAPM&R in Orlando, FL.  We had an excellent turn out, current Faculty and Residents were able to reconnect with many of our past grads.  A fun time was had by all.  Please, if you did not receive an invite send us your email so we can update our Alumni List and we can catch up with you at the next one. You can send your updated email to


February 6, 2018

Eugene Roh serving as Team USA physician in the Winter Olympics 2018

Dr Eugene Roh, a native of South Korea, he traveled to Seoul in 1988 to atend the Summer Olympics. Now a clinical assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the School of Medicine. Dr Roh is an expert in Sports Medicine and trears patients in the Stanford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Redwood City, as well as Stanford athletics at the Sports Medicine Center at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. He specializes in nonoperative diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries using ultrasound and regenerative medicine.

Writer Grace Hammerstrom asked Dr Roh some questions abour his interests in Olympics and working with athletes, see full article here >