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Janna Friedly

Three faculty members among Seattle Met's Top Doctors 2017

August 2017 - Our department contains three of the four rehabilitation medicine doctors selected in the 2017 Seattle Met magazine's 2017 Top Doctors issue: Drs. Sue Apkon, Stan Herring, and Janna Friedly. Seattle Met surveyed health care practitioners throughout King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties who nominated doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners based on experience, competency, patient satisfaction, and rapport across specialties to deliver the best patient care.

Image: The relationship of dosage to survival in canine studies of gene therapy for a muscle-wasting disorder

UW researchers lead multi-institutional study on treating previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease in dogs

February 2017 - Labs led by Casey Childers, DO, PhD and David Mack, PhD collaborated with institutions from France and across the US on a treatment for myotubular myopathy, a fatal muscle wasting disease which occurs in dogs and in human boys. The researchers found a way to safely replace the disease-causing MTM gene with a healthy gene throughout the entire musculature of affected dogs. The method may translate to human applications.Read the full article...

US News & World

US News & World Report Ranks University of Washington #4 in the nation for rehabilitation care

August 2016 - University of Washington continues to hold the #4 spot nationally for rehabilitation care according to the most recent US News & World Report rankings; the best on this side of the Rockies. We also again ranked #1 in Washington State. Scoring is based on a national survey of physicians who are board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Further information about the US News & World Report rankings can be obtained at their website:

Dr. Shelley Wiechman

At Harborview, Pokémon Go is more than a game

July 2016 - Doctors and researchers with the UW Medicine Burn Center at Harborview are testing the use of Pokémon Go to help patients tune out pain while staying mobile. The Seattle Times interviewed Dr. Shelley Wiechman, rehabilitation psychologist on the pediatric burn service, about the uses of virtual reality and games in physical therapy. Read the full article...

Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium

"Anti-gravity" treadmill uses air pressure to lift recovering athletes for rehabilitation

July 2016 - Dr. Mark Harrast discusses the use of the AlterG treadmill for runner rehabilitation. The machine uses air pressure to lift the patient slightly, reducing their body weight by up to 80%. This allows a doctor to adjust how much load is placed on the injured area while the patient works on returning to running. Read more about the process here...

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Occupational Therapy students present their graduate projects

June 2016 - UW Master of Occupational Therapy students presented their capstone graduate projects June 8th at a Community Symposium at the Center for Urban Horticulture with close to 200 community clinicians, faculty, students, family, and friends in attendance. Each group of 4 students presented the program development work they had completed over the past year in response to a need identified by a community clinic or facility. The symposium was followed by a graduation ceremony as the students transition to 6 months of internships (Fieldwork IIs). Graduation speakers included Janet Powell, PhD, OTR/L, OT Division Head; Jeannette Murphy, OTR/L, 2016 OT Division Alumna of the Year, Regional Manager Injury Prevention and Ergonomics Providence Health & Services; and student speakers Katie Gallagher and Stephanie Kiracofe. Posters with more details about each of the projects can be seen here.


2016 SCI Wellness Summit: Spotlight on Technology

May 2016 - Learn about the wonderful world of assistive technology (AT) for making life easier and increasing independence for individuals with SCI at this half-day educational symposium for individuals with SCI, family members, caregivers and health professionals. AT topics range from DIY projects to brain-computer interfaces. The fifth annual Summit will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is presented by the UW's Northwest Regional SCI System and the SCI Transitions and Wellness Program and is free to the public. Learn more...

Seattle Magazine Feb 2016

UW faculty and former residents sweep Seattle magazine's 2016 Top PM&R Doctors spots

February 2016 - Four of the eight doctors who were named by Seattle magazine as Seattle's top PM&R docs are current faculty. Congratulations to Drs. Sue Apkon, Stanley Herring, Teresa Massagli and Maria Reyes! The remaining four spots went to former UW PM&R residents. Congratulations also to Dr. Brian Krabak, named as one of the city's top Sports Medicine doctors. Seattle compiled their 16th annual peer recommended roster of doctors through the 15,422 surveys they received earlier this year from local physicians. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would recommend to loved ones, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affilitation.

Rehab and Beyond manual

Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling receive UWMC Service League grants

February 2016 - Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling were recipients of grants from the UWMC Service League. OT's grant enabled them to print copies of their 'Rehab and Beyond' manual to educate patients and their families about the inpatient process, and also have the manual translated into Spanish. OT also received an iPad which has been a useful occupational therapy tool. Rehab Counseling received several iPads through the grant, which have significantly impacted patients’ quality of life, education, and advocacy. To read more, visit page 3 of the UWMC Volunteer Voice.

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