Department Chairs & Chiefs

Welcome!

The AAP's Chair Council is a group of Department Chairs and Division Chiefs of an ACGME-approved PM&R program. All AAP members that meet the qualifications are automatic members of this community. Our mission is to work with the AAP to create the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership and discovery. The council offers opportunities for Chairs and Chiefs to communicate important information, generate ideas, alert the appropriate people to critical issues and provide collegial support. We hope you'll get active in our community!

Every year at the AAP's Annual Meeting, Department Chairs and Division Chiefs come together to learn, share best practices, grow their network and set their departments up for success. Here's a look at the sessions in which they learned and shared at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Session Highlights

Joint Chair Council & Administrative Directors Session & Reception
Implementing Innovative Curricula for Medical Students & Residents
Responding to the Opioid Crisis with a Rehabilitation-Based Approach
Tough Conversations: Delivering Effective Feedback
Rehabilitation & New Technologies: Education & Relationships for Professionals
Underrepresented Minorities in PM&R in the United States
Navigating Global Health Opportunities in Physiatry Education
Leaving No One Behind: A Meaningful UN & ISPRM Partnership
Medical Leadership: Insights from the Vanguard of Systems-Based Practice
Building an Interdisciplinary Team to Advance Rehabilitation Care & Research
Rehabilitation 2030: Is the Field Ready to be the 21st Century Health Strategy?
Maximizing the Role of Physiatry in U.S. Academic Health Systems
Using Telemedicine to Increase Accessible & Affordable Rehabilitation Medicine

Resources for Chairs

Chair Podcasts: The AAP’s Chair Council periodically creates podcast that support the efforts and growth of PM&R Department Chairs and Division Chiefs. Our first podcast is an interview with Lyn Weiss, MD and Andrea Cheville, MD on Leveraging Electronic Health Records for Research Purposes. In our most recent podcast, Diane Braza, MD interviewed James McDeavitt, MD on Managing People: The Most Difficult Part of Your Job.

Physiatric Research Consulting: The AAP is proud to offer a Physiatric Research Consulting Program that provides customized assistance and recommendations for developing a physiatric research program for institutions currently seeking to expand or develop one. Learn more and get started!

PM&R Residency Expansion and Development Initiative (READI): The AAP's READI program aims to assist institutions in creating novel PM&R residency programs or improving the effectiveness of their existing program. If you are interested in having your residency program evaluated or establishing a new one, click here.

Connect & Collaborate

Active AAP members who are Chairs and Chiefs can share best practices, ask questions and and stay connected via the AAP's Chair listserv. Email the AAP if you would like to be added to the Google Group or are have problems receiving or sending messages.

Your Chair Council Leadership

Sara Cuccurullo, MD

Chair

Lyn Weiss, MD

Vice Chair

David Steinberg, MD

Secretary/ Program Director

Diane Braza, MD

Past Chair

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Sara Cuccurullo, MD

AAP Member Since 1999

Sara is Chair, Clinical Professor and Residency Program Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/JFK Medical Center. She also serves as the Medical Director and VP of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

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Lyn Weiss, MD

AAP Member Since 1995

Lyn is Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at NYU Winthrop Hospital and Clinical Professor at NYU Langone Health.

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David Steinberg, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

David is Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Utah and the Executive Medical Director of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Diane Braza, MD

AAP Member Since 1991

Diane is Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.