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Janna Friedly, MD, appointed Chair of University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

July 2023 - The University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is proud to announce the appointment of its new department chair: Janna Friedly, MD, MPH. Read more

In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Fraser

May 2023 - It is with great sadness that we report that Robert “Bob” Fraser, PhD, MPA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 12. Dr. Fraser has been a valued faculty member of the UW School of Medicine Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Rehabilitation Medicine since 1977. He will be greatly missed. Read more

Stu Weinstein retires from Spine Service Line

April 2023 - Starting May 1, Dr. Weinstein will step down from leading the Spine Service Line. Read more

Kurt Johnson retires May 1

April 2023 - After 33 years with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kurt Johnson will retire May 1, but continues with some duties. Read more

Dr. Esselman to step down as chair, July 2023

December 2022 - After 17 years as chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Peter Esselman, MD, MPT, will be stepping down in July, 2023 . Read more

George Kraft, MD

In Memoriam: George Kraft, MD, 1936-2022

November 2022 - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. George Kraft on November 1, 2022. Dr. Kraft was a titan in the field of MS care, research, and education, an expert electro-diagnostician and a key member of our faculty for 51 years. Read more

Ann Yamane, MEd, CO/LO

Lifelong Husky Yamane retires after 39 years

June 2022 - After 39 years of distinguished service, Ann Yamane, MEd, CO/LO, is retiring at the end of June from her position as Director of the Division of Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) and Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington (UW). Read more

Image: Stuart Weinstein, MD

Weinstein retires, will continue working with Spine Service Line

April 2022 - Stuart “Stu” M. Weinstein, MD, Clinical Professor, retired on April 4, 2022, after 18 years with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. As of May 1, he will be returning in a limited capacity as the Medical Director for Non-Surgical Care for the UW Spine Service Line. In this role, Weinstein says, “I hope to leverage my expertise and experience to influence the development of a critical aspect of healthcare across the UW landscape.” Read more

2022 Spinal Cord Injury Wellness Summit will be May 14, 12-5 PM

April 2022:The 2022 SCI Wellness Summit will take place in South Campus Center, University of Washington (1601 NE Columbia Road, Seattle, WA 98195) on May 14, 2022, from 12-5 PM. This free educational symposium will center on a theme of “The Home” – bringing accessibility to every corner of the home. This event is free to the public, but registration is requested.

Announcing new Research Strategic Plan

April 2022: The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is proud to announce the launch of our new Research Strategic Plan. This plan, the culmination of months of work by faculty and staff, captures our approach to creatiing a diverse, collaborative, and innovative research culture that maximizes the greatest possible impact on the community we serve.

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