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.

 As a condition of their service to the board, all ABPMR board directors (even those with non-time-limited certificates) are required to participate in all parts of the ABPMR Continuing Certification (CC) Program.

Current Board Directors

Sherilyn W. Driscoll, MD

Chair

Dr. Driscoll is a consultant in the Mayo Clinic Department of PM&R with joint appointment in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, associate professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, division director of pediatric PM&R, and medical director of the pediatric rehabilitation unit in Rochester, Minnesota. She serves as the program director of the pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship. Her clinical expertise is pediatric PM&R with special interests in brain injury and spina bifida, and she holds subspecialty certification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

Jeffery S. Johns, MD

Vice Chair

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.

Gerard E. Francisco, MD

Secretary

Dr. Francisco is professor and Wulfe Family Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 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, neuromodulation, and rehabilitation robotics. He holds subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine. Dr Francisco is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Diane W. Braza, MD

Treasurer

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 continuing certification since 1994.

Susan D. Apkon, MD

Susan Apkon, MD is a Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is the Fischahs Chair of Pediatric Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical expertise is in the care of children and young adults with neuromuscular conditions, and she is an investigator in numerous clinical trials for this population. Dr. Apkon holds subspecialty certification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

Daniel M. Clinchot, MD

Dr. Clinchot is the vice dean for education at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. He also serves as professor with tenure in The OSU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and as the Harry C. and Mary Elizabeth Powelson Professor of Medicine at OSU. In addition, Dr Clinchot is professor and chair of OSU’s Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy. He has published extensively on traumatic brain injury and innovation in medical education. In addition, he played a central role in developing OSU’s national reputation for curricular innovation.

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.

Susan V. Garstang, MD

Dr. Garstang is currently the Associate Chief of Staff for Academic Affiliations at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is also a staff physician in PM&R. Her focus is musculoskeletal medicine, spinal cord injury, stroke, and ALS. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of PM&R at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr Garstang holds subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine and brain injury medicine.

Carolyn C. Geis, MD

Dr. Geis is the service chief for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. She has an extensive background in private practice in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has served as medical director in both settings. Her clinical expertise is in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, spasticity management, and postacute continuum of care. She holds subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine.

R. Van Harrison, PhD

Public Member

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 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’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning, he is the quality liaison.

Keneshia M. Kirksey, MD

Dr. Kirksey is the Medical Director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County, Alabama, where her clinical expertise is in spinal cord injury medicine, stroke, and general rehabilitation. She is a professor and works part-time in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In past roles as a residency program and medical director and co-investigator for the UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System, she has a combined 20 years of experience. Passionate about volunteering, she serves on numerous national PM&R committees and societies and enjoys mentoring future physiatrists.

Kevin P. Murphy, MD

Dr. Murphy is the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation for Sanford Health Systems in Bismarck, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. He is also the CEO and chief medical officer for Northland Pediatric Rehabilitation LLC, a private practice consulting service for pediatric rehabilitation medicine. His clinical expertise includes rural specialty healthcare, pediatrics, adults with childhood-onset disability (lifespan care), musculoskeletal medicine/ultrasound, neuromuscular, and brain injury medicine. He holds subspecialty certification in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

Vu Q. C. Nguyen, MD

Dr. Nguyen is Professor and Chair of PM&R at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is the United States National Societies Representative to the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and former President of the Residency and Fellowship Directors Council of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. His 20-plus years career has been dedicated to the care of the disabled patient, specifically those with stroke and brain injury. Dr Nguyen enjoys broad research endeavors including neuromodulation of hemiplegic shoulder pain, botulinum toxin, and pedagogy.

David W. Pruitt, MD

Dr. Pruitt is Professor, Clinical Pediatrics & Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise in the field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine include overseeing the rehabilitation care of children with a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions that result in functional impairment and disability. Dr. Pruitt’s areas of focus include rehabilitation care in the acute inpatient setting, as well as outpatient care of children with cancer, acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.

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.