February 23, 2022 - Board Director News

Welcome, Dr. Pruitt!

The ABPMR is pleased to announce the addition of David Pruitt, MD, to its board of directors. Dr. Pruitt was elected to the board at the ABPMR Winter Board Meeting in January.

Dr. Pruitt serves as medical director of the Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit and director of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has a faculty appointment as professor in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in PM&R and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Pruitt is board-certified in PM&R with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM). With the ABPMR, Dr. Pruitt has been involved in initial and subspecialty certification volunteer work since 2008. For the PRM Examination, Dr. Pruitt served as an item writer for a decade, participated on the standard setting committee in 2016, volunteers on the practice analysis committee, and has served as associate director on the PRM Committee since 2021. He has also served as an oral examiner since 2009.

On national committees and boards, Dr. Pruitt has served as member at large on the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, committee member and chair of the PM&R Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and chair of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Directors Group. Locally, he is involved in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Committees including the Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Dr. Pruitt participates in research in the areas of education/training in PRM and functional outcomes of children following rehabilitation interventions, especially the needs of pediatric cancer patients. He has published extensively on PRM topics and has presented in these areas locally and regionally. Throughout his career, he has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

“I am grateful to be selected as a board director of the ABPMR and look forward to the opportunity of working collaboratively with this board to optimize our certification processes, both from an initial and continuous certification standpoint. In particular, I look forward to assisting in the transition of our subspecialty certifications— following in the pathway of core certification— in utilizing longitudinal assessments for continuous certification,” said Dr. Pruitt.

Physician board directors of the ABPMR serve up to two five-year terms, and Dr. Pruitt begins his first term in August 2022. Welcome, Dr. Pruitt!