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  Department of Rehabilitation Medicine 
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Welcome to
Rehabilitation Medicine

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Thank you for visiting the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Website. Since 1957, our dedicated faculty and staff have provided the highest quality patient care, education and research in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The prestigious US News & World Report currently ranks our program #4 in the United States, and has ranked our department in the top five rehabilitation programs nation-wide since the late 90's.

We provide inpatient rehabilitation care at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s, and the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. In addition, we have several outpatient clinics located throughout the Seattle region.

Our highly regarded education and training programs include a residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, medical student clerkships, and fellowship training in several areas. In addition, we have degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prosthetics and orthotics, as well as a PhD graduate program in Rehabilitation Science.

Research is a major focus of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. We are among the nation's leading recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CIDC), and other federal and state research funding. Our efforts make the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine a leader in the field, and contribute to a better understanding of the rehabilitation process.

Thank you again for visiting our website. Please contact us at rehab @ with any comments or questions.

Peter C. Esselman, M.D., M.P.T.
Professor and Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

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