FSPMR - Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
FSPMR - Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
FSPMR - Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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For Highlights of FSPMR’s 2016 Annual Meeting
August 12 – 14, Waldorf-Astoria Orlando...

Watch for the coming September Issue of FSPMR’s Newsletter!

View these Presentations from our state’s PM&R Residency Programs which were given at Annual Meeting.

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital’s PM&R Residency
“A Five Year Longitudinal Intervention for Improving Medical Student Exposure to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation”
Katherine Lin, MD, and Kimberly Ross, MD

Nova Southeastern/Larkin Hospital PM&R Residency Program:
“A Rare Case of a 27 Year Old Male with Late Onset of Tethered Cord Syndrome”
Emmanuel Sakla, DO, PGY-3, and Thiago Quieroz, DO, PGY-2

“The University of South Florida PM&R Residency Program”
Morgan Pyne, DO, PGY-2


The International Brain Injury Association’s World Congress on Brain Injury is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury. The next World Congress will take place March 29 – April 1, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. IBIA welcomes the submission of abstracts on pediatric and adult brain injury for possible presentation at the Congress.

The abstract submission deadline is November 7, 2016.

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FSPMR to Meet with the American Osteopathic College of PM&R

May 4 – 7, 2017, Hollywood, FL

To be held at The Margaritaville Hotel, Hollywood, FL. FSPMR is helping to develop the Physician Track (yes, there will be CMEs for the MDs also). We are pleased to be able to meet with some of the South Florida Physiatry Community!

Stay tuned for details…


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March 2, 2016

To Florida Patient Stability Coalition Members:

SB 1142 Non-Medical Switching Update

I’m sorry to say that SB 1142 was NOT placed on tomorrow’s Appropriations Committee agenda, which means the end of the committee road for this bill. With just two weeks left in the Legislative Session, the Senate’s focus is now on bills that are moving in both the House and the Senate. (HB 915 hasn’t been heard.) Our legislative counsel will seek any and all opportunities to amend the SB 1142 language on to other bills, but the prospects are slim.

We’re very pleased that the Senate bill passed two Senate committees and we have a very good base of support to pursue the Coalition’s objectives in the 2017 Session.

Now would be a great time to ...

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FSPMR is putting out a call for authors to submit pertinent educational and informational articles which can be posted online. Articles will be posted in our quarterly newsletter and/or web site.

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President's Message


Thank you for electing me to be FSPMR’s next President. I am honored. First, I would like to thank Dr. Michael Creamer for his leadership over the last two years. He has helped our state society by increasing our ability to communicate with each other through the website, and the board of directors through teleconferences. He did a fantastic job.

It still amazes me that I have been in practice for 25 years. I was a rookie coming from The Ohio State University and Dr. Ernie Johnson’s mentorship, to join an orthopedic group in Orlando. My wife, Jane, and I brought our three young children and now they’re as old as some the residents I met at this year’s meeting.

In 1991, there were no computers and very few cell phones. Now your cell phone is a computer. There was no internet. Now there is too much internet. Musculoskeletal medicine for physiatry was just starting and now there is a sports medicine fellowship. Injection therapy was just starting and now there is a fellowship in pain medicine. In Orlando, there were about 8 physiatrists and now there are over 50. FSPMR had about 15 people and now there are over 120. There were about 4000 physiatrists in the country and now there are about 10,000. There were fewer than 10% female physiatrists and now that is up to about 50%. No one could pronounce physiatrist then and no one can pronounce physiatrist now. Well, some things never change.

I would like to recognize Dr. Justine Vaughen for her continued support of FSPMR. She and Dr. Dorothea Glass were truly PM&R pioneers in Florida. I would like to thank our past presidents for their leadership, especially the ones who were able to attend this year’s meeting: Drs. Anthony Dorto, Robert Dehgan, Oscar De Paz, Mitchell Freed and Michael Creamer.

I would like to introduce the new FSPMR Board of Directors and thank them all for their willingness to serve with me on the Board: Dr. Craig Lichtblau (North Palm Beach) is now Vice President, Dr. Jesse Lipnick (Gainesville) is Secretary, Dr. Mark Rubenstein (Jupiter) is Treasurer, Dr. Michael Creamer (Orlando) is, of course, Immediate Past President, and our Members-at-Large are Dr. Mitchell Freed (Orlando), Dr. Andrew Sherman (Miami), Dr. Bao Pham (Jacksonville), and Dr. Diana Hussain (Orlando). FSPMR’s Appointed Positions are Dr. Nicholas Henderson (Orlando), CAC Representative, Dr. Lindsay Shroyer (Sarasota), FMA delegate, and Dr. Kavita Sharma (Ormond Beach) is developing our Facebook page. The three Florida PM&R Residency Programs have Liaisons to FSPMR: Dr. Benjamin Mendelsohn, University of Miami, Dr. Patricia Goodwin, Nova Southeastern/Larkin Hospital, and Dr. Morgan Pyne, University of South Florida.

I would like to give special thanks to Lorry Davis our Executive Director. She has been a constant for FSPMR since I have been in Florida. I look forward to working with her. She is a wealth of knowledge and is kind in her approach to helping us know what issues need to be addressed.

I look forward to working with everyone, especially YOU. I want to continue FSPMR’s excellence and continue working toward the goal of physiatrists being the primary care docs for rehabilitation and musculoskeletal medicine.

If you ever have any questions or concerns please email us, imfeld@imfeldmd.com, or let Lorry know and she can pass them along for discussion. Our first board meeting will be in mid-October. If you would like to write an article for the website and/or newsletter, please let us know as well.

We will be having a joint social event with the Louisiana Society of PMR on Thursday, October 20, 7:30 P.M., at AAPMR’s Annual Assembly in New Orleans. All are invited, please RSVP to Lorry, lorry4@earthlink.net. We thank Medtronic for its sponsorship of this FSPMR/LSPMR event .

I look forward to working with you all over the next two years. I also look forward to strengthening the friendships I’ve made over the last 25 years and making new ones with the new physiatrists in the state. Please help us keep growing and striving to make PM&R and its crazy nickname, physiatrist, a household word.

As always,
Matthew D Imfeld MD