Our Board of Directors
Nationally Recognized Leaders in PM&R
The ABPMR board of directors is a group of distinguished leaders in the field of PM&R and its subspecialties. Directors are selected after a thorough nomination and election process, and diversity of perspective is always a priority so the board includes physiatrists from private practice and academic medical centers, from pediatric rehabilitation to sports medicine specialists; from Texas to Minnesota, and from locations across the United States.
In collaboration with the ABMS, our specialty societies, and board staff, the board of directors is shaping the future of physiatry education, certification, and ongoing demonstration of competency.
Current Board Directors
Anthony E Chiodo MD MBA
Dr Chiodo is a clinical professor and associate chair for clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His clinical expertise includes spinal cord injury medicine, pain medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, and electrodiagnosis. He holds subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine and pain medicine and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member at large of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties and is the secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Carolyn C Geis MD
Dr Geis is a medical director at the Halifax Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her clinical expertise is in neurologic rehabilitation, spasticity management, stroke rehabilitation, and brain injury rehabilitation. She holds subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine. Dr Geis is a clinical assistant professor at the Florida State College of Medicine in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mary A McMahon MD
Dr McMahon is a professor of pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Aaron W Perlman Chair for the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Her clinical expertise includes pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, neuromuscular disorders, and spina bifida. She holds subcertification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and brain injury medicine.
James McDeavitt MD
Dr McDeavitt is senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he also serves as professor and chair of PM&R. In addition, he serves as chief clinical integration officer for CHI St Luke’s Health System, a 17-hospital delivery system in East Texas. His clinical expertise is in brain injury medicine with additional experience in academic practice management and population health. Dr McDeavitt holds subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Diane W Braza MD
Dr Braza is professor and chair of PM&R at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She served as the co-developer and clinical director of SpineCare, a multidisciplinary spine program in greater Milwaukee. She continues to see patients at SpineCare. Her clinical expertise includes spine and musculoskeletal medicine and electrodiagnosis. She holds subspecialty certification in pain medicine. Dr Braza has been participating in maintenance of certification since 1994.
Gary S Clark MD MMM CPE
Dr Clark is professor and founding chair of the Department of PM&R at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is also assistant dean for student activities. He is residency program director as well as director of amputee rehabilitation for the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio. Dr Clark also serves as associate chief medical officer/education for the MetroHealth System. His clinical interests include amputation, stroke, and geriatric rehabilitation.
Sherilyn W Driscoll MD
Dr Driscoll is a consultant at the Mayo Clinic Department of PM&R, division director of Pediatric PM&R, and assistant professor at the Mayo School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She initiated the PRM Fellowship Program at Mayo and has served as the program director since 2007. She also initiated the CARF accreditation for pediatric programs and serves on the CARF Committee. Her clinical expertise is pediatric PM&R and she holds subcertification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.
Gerard E Francisco MD
Dr Francisco is professor and chair of PM&R at the University of Texas Health Science Center McGovern Medical School and the chief medical officer and director of the NeuroRecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. His clinical expertise and areas of practice focus include brain injury medicine, stroke rehabilitation, and rehabilitation robotics. He holds subcertification in brain injury medicine. He is currently the president of the Association of Academic Physiatrists and chair of the ACGME Review Committee for PM&R.
Christopher J Garrison MD MBA
Dr Garrison serves as the chief of PM&R for the Seton Healthcare Family and residency program director of The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. He also serves as the medical director for Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr Garrison’s career includes 20 years of experience in complex neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. As a member of the faculty of the Dell Medical School, he enjoys training the next generation of physicians and exchanging ideas with other leaders to improve patient care.
R Van Harrison PhD
Dr Harrison is a professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. Within the Quality Department of Michigan Medicine Dr Harrison leads the ABMS-approved Multi-Specialty Maintenance of Certification Portfolio Program, is the process lead for the development of ambulatory clinical care guidelines, and helps oversee the development and alignment of training in quality and safety across all levels of medical education. Within the University of Michigan Medical School he is assistant director of Continuous Professional Development.
Jeffery Johns MD
Dr Johns is the medical director at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves as the medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and the interim medical director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Vanderbilt Stallworth, as well as associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His clinical expertise includes spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury medicine, spasticity management, and amputation rehabilitation. Dr Johns holds subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine. He currently serves as the president of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), as well as president of the American Paraplegia Society Section of ASCIP.
Kevin P Murphy MD
Dr Murphy is the medical director of Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care, Northern Minnesota Clinics, Duluth, Minnesota. He is also the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation, Sanford Health Systems, Bismarck, North Dakota. His clinical expertise includes pediatrics, lifespan care for adults with childhood-onset disability, sports medicine, musculoskeletal/ultrasound, neuromuscular medicine, and brain injury medicine. He holds subspecialty certification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. Dr Murphy is chair of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Subspecialty Group for the Foundation of PM&R with oversite of the Dr Gabriella E Molnar Pediatric Research and Education Fund.
Lawrence R Robinson MD
Dr Robinson is the director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Toronto and program chief for rehabilitation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario. He moved there from the University of Washington in 2014. His clinical expertise includes electrodiagnosis and neuromuscular medicine. He holds subspecialty certification in neuromuscular medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Sunil Sabharwal MD
Dr Sabharwal is the chief of spinal cord injury at the VA Boston Healthcare system and the spinal cord injury fellowship director at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016, he served as the acting national executive director for the VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders System of Care. His clinical expertise includes spinal cord injury medicine. He holds subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine.
James A Sliwa DO
Dr Sliwa is a professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Education at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. He is also the chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His clinical expertise includes musculoskeletal medicine, neuromuscular medicine, and medically complex patients.