The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consists of 9 physiatrists, 2 PhDs, 7 administrative assistants, one administrative officer, a residency program (currently at 5 residents and growing) and approximately 20 research assistants and research graduate students at any one time. We are responsible for 88 rehabilitation beds and are located at Parkwood Hospital, part of the St. Joseph’s Health Care London. The department is responsible for millions of dollars in grant funding at any one time. We are significantly involved in the musculoskeletal undergraduate medical program. Research is focused around stroke, spinal cord injury and neuromuscular research. There are also physiatrists practicing in the community or nearby centers who have adjunct appointments.
Our Mission and Values & Vision Statement
Our mission is to continue to develop expertise as an academic and clinical department; to provide exemplary patient care in physical medicine and rehabilitation throughout London and Southwestern Ontario region; to advocate with physically disabled persons and their families for their rights in society; to create a departmental environment that values the contribution of each member.
1. Excellence in clinical care, education and research on a local, provincial and
2. Strong physician advocacy of clinic excellence in rehab programs.
3. All members committed, with differing skills, to the departmental mandates of
research, teaching and service.
4. Fair and transparent distribution of department resources.
5. Respect for the professional and personal needs of department members.
1. We will strive for excellence in research and education.
2. We will develop internationally recognized research programs.
3. We will become an acclaimed leader within St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
4. We will provide excellence in clinical care and clinical leadership.
5. We will strive towards a united department where all members have a valued role.
The Department is located at the Parkwood Hospital site of St. Joseph's Health Care London within the Rehabilitation Institute. The Department maintains a presence (e.g. EMG laboratory, clinics) at St. Joseph's Health Care London Mount Hope and Grosvenor sites respectively.
The University of Western Ontario Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was originally started at a single site, Victoria Hospital. It later expanded to 3 sites in 1972 and a 4th site was added at Parkwood Hospital in 1984. The Department was consolidated to a single site at Parkwood Hospital in 2002.
Parkwood Hospital has just recently completed a new 15,000 Sq. Ft. renovation of research space within the hospital, the Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care Program within the Lawson Health Research Institute. The department initiated a residency training program in 2005. The program will eventually accommodate between 6-8 residents.
Catherine Nabudere - Administrative Officer
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
The University of Western Ontario
801 Commissioners Road East
Tel :. (519) 685-4000 Ext. 42950
Fax :. (519) 685-4098