Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Dr. Horn selected as vice chair of AAPMR's Program Planning Committee

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Lawrence Horn, M.D. M.R.M., professor and interim Chair of the Wayne State University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, was selected to serve as vice chairman of Neurological Rehabilitation for the Program Planning Committee of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by one’s peers, especially when we have so many excellent neuro-rehabilitation experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also gratifying to find that experience and a few gray hairs are still considered valuable,” Dr. Horn said. “When I was asked to serve in this capacity, I queried whether they might not want someone who was more mid-career for the position, but the academy was quite insistent that they wanted someone more ‘seasoned’ for this leadership role.”

The committee’s responsibility is to provide the educational content at the academy’s national meetings covering rehabilitation in traumatic brain injury, stroke, spasticity management, spinal cord injury and other neurological diseases. The committee also reviews submissions for paper presentations and symposia.

Dr. Horn’s term of office in the position is three years. He previously served on the Program Planning Committee, and chaired the academy’s special interest group for traumatic brain injury and its subcommittee for traumatic brain injury fellowship training. In 2010, he was appointed to the editorial board for the Knowledge NOW initiative, a peer-reviewed Wikipedia-style compendium of physiatric areas of practice. Just getting under way, Knowledge NOW will be available to academy members through its website.

As vice chairman of the committee, Dr. Horn said, he will oversee efforts to coordinate a theme for some of its sessions and orchestrate at least one “block-buster” presentation by nationally regarded experts from diverse fields.

DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), one of only 16 federally designated centers of excellence in the U.S. for the treatment of brain injuries, and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Pistons.