The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine became an autonomous department in 1952. From the beginning, our mission has been to provide high-quality patient care, education, and research in rehabilitation. 

Our Department is comprised of three divisions:  Adult Neuropsychology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Physical Therapy.


A physiatrist is a physician who creatively employs physical agents and other medical therapeutics to help in the healing and rehabilitation of a patient. With a focus on restoring function to people, physiatrists treat a wide range of problems, from sore muscles to spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.

Physiatry educational opportunities through the University of Minnesota, including medical student clerkships, a residency program, and pain and pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowships.


Physical therapists help people of any age live healthier, decrease the risk of injury or disease, and regain their lives after being impaired or disabled. Physical therapy offers countless professional opportunities in clinical practice, education and research.

Established in 1941, the Division of Physical Therapy offers a top-ranked doctoral degree in physical therapy and a geriatric clinic residency. PhD and MS degrees in Rehabilitation Science are also offered.


Neuropsychology examines the brain and applies the science of the brain’s structure and function to address a variety of complex conditions, both physical and emotional/thought-based processes.

While the Division of Adult Neuropsychology does not offer its own educational programming, division faculty actively teach courses in other Departments and Programs and are engaged in research. The Division of Adult Neuropsychology also has an active clinical practice within the M Health Fairview system.