Medical Center Names Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Chief

Reorganization Aligns Rehabilitation With Orthopaedics

August 11, 2004

Longtime faculty member Kanakadurga R. Poduri, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) within the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  PM&R was recently restructured as a division of Orthopaedics, to join the strengths of both disciplines to improve education, research and patient care. 

Poduri is a graduate of Karnatak Medical College, Hubli, in India.  She completed internship and residency experience at St. Mary’s Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital. In addition to serving as chief resident in Rehabilitation Medicine at Strong, Poduri did a fellowship in geriatric rehabilitation at Monroe Community Hospital.  She joined the URMC faculty as a clinical instructor in 1981, and has risen through the ranks to associate professor of PM&R. She also serves as chief of Clinical Services for PM&R at Strong Memorial Hospital.

“Dr. Poduri is the best possible choice for this role,” said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  “She has earned the respect of her peers as an outstanding clinician and educator.  Working together with Orthopaedics, she now has the opportunity to bring the overall functioning of PM&R to a new level.” 

Poduri’s peers credit her for substantial improvements in the School’s PM&R residency by making the program more educationally robust, larger and more competitive.  Under her leadership, the residency has earned full accreditation as an integrated, 4-year program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Those achievements will serve as solid foundation for working with her orthopaedics colleagues.

“Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics are natural partners because we share so many patients as well as faculty,” said Randy Rosier, M.D., Orthopaedics chair.  “In bringing the two departments closer together, we can expand our research to include more clinical and outcomes research.  We can also pool services and share space in ways that enhance everyone’s efficiency.” 

According to Rosier, plans are underway to combine appointment-scheduling functions and to give residents from each discipline the opportunity to learn from cross-functional rotations.  This collaboration is made easier since both Orthopaedics and PM&R see outpatients in the same facility at Clinton Crossings.

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