Welcome to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center! We’re excited about your interest. 

Our residents receive comprehensive rehabilitation education and training, rotate through all the major hospital systems in the Columbus metropolitan area and treat a diverse patient population in a mix of academic, private and government health care settings.

Our primary inpatient rotations take place at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, a stand-alone hospital established in 1964 located on the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center campus. Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital is part of the model systems program for both traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI). We’re CARF-accredited in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, cancer rehabilitation and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation. Our residents train as multidisciplinary team leaders on dedicated inpatient rotations in SCI, TBI, stroke, cancer rehabilitation and general rehabilitation.

Additionally, our residents have a robust inpatient and outpatient pediatric experience with the largest pediatric physiatry group in Ohio at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals and research institutes.

Our outpatient clinics continue to build on these fundamental physical medicine and rehabilitation principles. We train with nationally recognized leaders in electrodiagnostics, spasticity management, sports medicine and orthobiologics, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, pain management, interventional spine techniques, prosthetics and orthotics, assistive technology and osteoporosis and bone metabolism.

We hold monthly attending-led journal club sessions that teach residents to critically analyze published literature to maintain the most up-to-date practices. Additionally, our faculty educate residents through daily morning lectures divided into neurorehabilitation, general rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and ultrasound, neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic and prosthetics and orthotics courses. Our extensive clinical opportunities and formal didactics prepare our graduates to excel in board examinations, fellowships, job opportunities and leadership positions.

Columbus is an ideal place to live, as it continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., yet boasts a lower cost of living than many other large metropolitan areas. It offers recreation to both residents and their families. Columbus has one of the nation’s top children’s museums (COSI) and zoos (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), a great selection of outstanding restaurants and breweries and a variety of festivals, markets, museums, art exhibitions, concerts and theaters. 

Columbus is a great city for people who are active. There’s a fantastic metropark and multipurpose trail system. Other parks, like Highbanks Metro Park and Hocking Hills, have excellent hiking trails. And Columbus is an exciting place to be a sports fan, with the Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets and – of course! – The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Learn more about the amazing things that Columbus has to offer.

Thank you for your interest in Ohio State Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Go Buckeyes!

Daniela Iliescu, MD
Academic Chief Resident 
daniela.iliescu@osumc.edu

Karen Woods, MD
Clinical Chief Resident
karen.woods@osumc.edu

Jennifer Kalbus, MD
Recruitment Chief Resident
jennifer.kalbus@osumc.edu

Alexander Heck, MD
Wellness Chief Resident
alexander.heck@osumc.edu

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