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About the AAP

The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) is an organization of physiatry professionals who are dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the specialty through research and education. Learn more about our history, mission, team and more below!


Our Leadership

Get to know the committed leaders in academic physiatry who are helping to move the AAP and the specialty forward!

Read President Adam Stein, MD's Message
Meet the Board of Trustees
Meet Our Committees

Our Mission & Strategic Plan

The AAP's mission is to create the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership and discovery.

Our strategic plan outlines goals and objectives in the areas of Research, Education, Membership, Advocacy, AJPM&R and Academic Development.

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What Is Physiatry?

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people disabled by disease, disorder or injury. It is one of the newer subspecialty areas of medicine that manages a diversity of conditions involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, and focuses on function, independence and quality of life.

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Our History

As Ernest W. Johnson, MD shares, "I wrote to 20 program directors about the need to develop an organization of teachers and researchers in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Almost spontaneously from the group came the name - unanimously accepted - Association of Academic Physiatrists."

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Our Staff

Discover the small team that's behind the AAP's operations, programs, events and communications.


Our Newsroom

The AAP is a resource on important news in physiatry, advancing education and research, and other developing activities relevant to the association and the specialty.

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