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The Department of PM&R is leading the way in meeting the 21st century needs of individuals with disabilities through compassionate care across a wide range of settings by training the next generation of professionals, serving as nationwide leaders and collaborators in innovative and actionable research and conducting inspired, imaginative leadership and advocacy that advances the rights and well-being for those we serve.

We are involved with clinical and academic work across the city and region through partnerships and affiliations with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Sheltering Arms Institute, Children's Hospital of Richmond, more than a dozen skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities and a range of other area programs.

Our dedicated team aims to make Richmond the Disability Capital of the World — the premiere site to receive care, live and work if you have a disability and to train and work as a professional in the field. www.pmr.vcu.edu


David X. Cifu, M.D.

Associate Dean of Innovation and System Integration

Herman J. Flax, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

TBI Model Systems

The VCU Model System of care provides comprehensive, coordinated inpatient and outpatient care for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The system includes emergency medical services; early intensive and acute medical care; comprehensive rehabilitation services; and long-term follow up.VCU's TBIMS Team Holiday Photo - 2019

The VCU grant supports scientific research. Our research programs focus on improving care and quality of life for people with brain injury and their families. The benefits of couple's support and education, the effectiveness of teaching resilience for survivors, understanding caregiver's resilience, and researching the long-term outcomes after brain injury are important focal points of study. VCU staff have published their work extensively in medical and rehabilitation journals.

In addition to our research, we produce a quarterly newsletter, TBI Today, distribute educational fact sheets, and participate in a variety of educational events related to brain injury rehabilitation and outcomes. We have an additional website, The National Resource Center for TBI, that highlights a number of resources for individuals with TBI, their families, and professionals.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation along with our colleagues in the VCU Health System are committed to working together to improve the lives of people with TBI. The collaboration and teamwork of our devoted staff have proven successful as indicated by our federal funding as a TBI Model System since 1987.

The VCU Model System is funded by Grant #90DPTB0005 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C.

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