An employee of Penn State Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation works with a client at Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital in Hummelstown, PA, in early 2017. The client is seated and pointing at a digital screen with letters on it, and the employee is guiding him.

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to offer complete rehabilitation care through inpatient and outpatient services, excellence in PM and R research, and education and training of the future academic and community leaders in physical medicine.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was established in 2010.

Its administrative offices and outpatient clinics are in Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital in Hummelstown, PA.

The department has grown to include several physiatrists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants; additional recruitment is ongoing for clinical and research faculty.

The department also offers a four-year, ACGME-accredited residency.

Lori Grafton, MD, is Interim Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine. She is pictured in a blue dress shirt and white medical coat against a blue background.
Lori Grafton, MD, Interim Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lori Grafton, MD
Interim Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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More about Physical Medicine @ Penn State

Education in Physical Medicine

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a variety of education programs to future and current physical medicine and rehabilitation practitioners.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers many opportunities for growth and experience in the medical field. The program is a three-year advanced program for post-graduate years two though four and combines both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation medicine.

Fellowships in Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury offer a chance for continued, focused training.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship is an elective for third- and fourth-year medical students interested in gaining experience in the field of adult and pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.

A variety of continuing education opportunities are available in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and offer advanced training to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and others involved in the practice of PM and R.

Research in Physical Medicine

The 4,500-square-foot Penn State PM and R Research Laboratories include exercise, body composition, locomotor training and gait laboratories at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR).

Our research seeks to offer insight into the physiology and rehabilitation of patients with, but not limited to:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Amputation
  • Neurological disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Traumatic brain injury

A variety of exercise and body composition assessment equipment totaling well over $1 million is available. In addition, a $500,000 biomechanics gait laboratory is scheduled to be added.

Clinical Care in Physical Medicine

Our PM and R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) work with patients to treat pain, restore function and return them to a healthy lifestyle.

We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to our patients. Our focus is on providing high-quality care to people of all ages with all types of health conditions.

Penn State Health offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in central Pennsylvania. We provide intensive and acute care, as well as transitional care from the hospital and into a home or a nursing facility.

The Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities have both recognized Penn State's rehabilitation program as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for both adults and children.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory of Dr. David Gater is seen at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in October 2016. Various machines are pictured.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory of Dr. David Gater is seen at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in October 2016.

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Jobs in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.