Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. Then, they design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime. This information is adapted from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website.


  • Length of training: 4 years (including a broad-based preliminary year)
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Interim Department Chair: Whitney Luke, MD
  • Residency Director: Sam Colachis, MD
  • Education Director: Sarah Grove, DO
  • Residency/Education Coordinator: Mary Ann Sparks, 614-293-4295

Learn more about the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialty Champions

  • Dan Clinchot, MD
  • Sam Colachis, MD
  • Sarah Grove, DO
  • Whitney Luke, MD
  • W. Jerry Mysiw, MD
  • Bavishi Sheital, MD


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation