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Lawrence Horn, MD, MRM, has been appointed chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine

Monday, July 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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Lawrence Horn, M.D., M.R.M., has been appointed chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Detroit Medical Center - Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, announced the appointment June 12. The appointment is effective immediately.

Dr. Horn has been an AAP member since 1987 and has been an active member of the AAP Chair Council, serving as interim chair of the Wayne State University department of PM&R since mid-2010.

"While serving as interim chair, Dr. Horn has proven to be a strong leader, and due to his outstanding performance and leadership, the faculty of the department unanimously elected to forgo a national search and recommended that he be appointed chair. The school’s executive committee of the faculty senate and the university administration also supported this decision,” Dean Parisi said. "I, too, am convinced Dr. Horn is the appropriate person to lead the department as we continue building the future of our School of Medicine.”

A professor with the department since 2005, Dr. Horn previously served 12 years as professor and the Coughlin Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Ohio, which is now the University of Toledo School of Medicine.

"It is an honor to continue the rejuvenation of the reputation of the department to national prominence once again,” said Dr. Horn, a resident of Monroe, Mich. "We are fortunate to have the support of the dean and the administration of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in this endeavor.”

One of his immediate goals, he said, is to recruit mid-career physiatrist-scientists to the department.

Dr. Horn’s specialty interests include traumatic brain injury and spasticity. He received a bachelor’s degree in medicine from Northwestern University, and a medical degree from the same university in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in rehabilitative medicine from the University of Washington in 1981. His post-graduate experience includes a combined internship and residency at University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and a fellowship in rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford affiliate. He is subspecialty certified in spinal cord injury medicine.

He has served as the WSU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program director since 2006, and is the service chief for physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and medical director of the Neuroscience Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. In addition, he is an advisory board member for the WSU Department of Bioengineering and previously served as vice chair for the Neurological Rehabilitation Program Planning Committee of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Twice a winner of the Frank M. Blumenthal Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Wayne State University- Detroit Medical Center Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Horn has continuously been named to the Bester Doctors in America list.

Dr. Horn will also be the recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Outstanding Council Service Award – Central Nervous System Rehabilitation Council.The Awards Committee Chair, notified Dr. Horn on behalf of the AAPM&R that he will be given the award at this year’s AAPM&R Annual meeting on October 5, 2013.

The Awards Committee and Board of Governors, with the support of Member Council leaders, established this awards in order to recognize service/ volunteerism of Council members who contribute to the success of the Academy and who serve its membership in ways not limited to research, education, and product development.