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Dr. David Gater Joins Penn State Hershey as Chair of New PM&R Department

Wednesday, May 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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Dr. David R. Gater, Jr. has been appointed the inaugural Rocco Ortenzio Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, effective August 1.

Dr. Gater has been a member of the AAP since 1997 and is a graduate of the AAP Program for Academic Leadership (PAL).

Dr. Gater joins Penn State Hershey from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia, where he is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program. He also serves as chief of Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders for the Department of Veterans Affairs Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center, also in Richmond. Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006, Gater held faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan, along with clinical appointments at their associated hospitals.

The chair position is supported by an endowment established by the Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation.

"Enhancing and restoring functional ability for others has been a life-long passion of mine,” said Rocco A. Ortenzio, co-founder of Select Medical and a physical therapist by training. "Filling a chair devoted to physical medicine and rehabilitation with someone of Dr. Gater’s stature culminates more than 50 years of the work that I love. In that time my family became very proud of what Penn State Hershey has come to mean to the biomedical sciences. We are truly honored to partner with Penn State Hershey to bring Dr. Gater to central Pennsylvania.”

"The recruitment of Dr. Gater to this endowed chair illustrates the power of philanthropy to advance our mission,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine. "Dr. Gater brings to Penn State Hershey tremendous expertise as a researcher, clinician and educator, and he will be in a position to lead his department to national prominence. We are grateful to the Ortenzio family for their philanthropic vision in making this recruitment possible.”