About

The Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center at Mayo Clinic is a multidisciplinary research network organized around the goal of increasing the functional independence and quality of life of people with disabilities.

Physicians and scientists from more than a dozen departments and sections at Mayo Clinic's three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota work together through the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center to improve health care and restore function for people with a wide range of disabilities.

Watch a video about the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center.

The Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center is organized around three clinical research themes:

  • Medical rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation

Focus area research programs are applied across the three clinical research themes and include:

  • Assistive and restorative technology
  • Functional outcomes of rehabilitation
  • Regenerative rehabilitation

Each clinical research theme and program focus area is led by a physician or basic research scientist whose background and research expertise brings unique insight to the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center.

Each clinical research theme consists of several specific research groups that are disease-oriented groups (DOGs) or condition-oriented groups. Clinical researchers have access to and collaborate with dedicated researchers in the three program focus areas to answer questions and solve problems related to their patient population.

Leadership

See the organizational chart for the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, including the disease-oriented groups.

Director
The director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center is Christopher H. Evans, Ph.D. Dr. Evans' goal is to advance the science of rehabilitation medicine through research, education, translation and innovative clinical practice.

Dr. Evans collaborates with leaders of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center to discover, translate and apply best practices in rehabilitation medicine, which provides hope and improved quality of life to people with disabilities.

Co-director
Ralph E. Gay, M.D., is the co-director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center. In this role, Dr. Gay assists Dr. Evans in oversight of the center's activities and is the primary liaison between the center and clinical groups involved in rehabilitation research. His clinical interests and research focus areas are in spine disorders and upper extremity disability.

Research focus area directors
Assistive and restorative technology: Kristin D. Zhao, Ph.D.
Functional outcomes of rehabilitation: Andrea L. Cheville, M.D.
Medical rehabilitation: Nathan K. LeBrasseur, Ph.D.
Musculoskeletal rehabilitation: Christopher H. Evans, Ph.D.
Neurological rehabilitation: Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Regenerative rehabilitation: Jay Smith, M.D.

Vision

The vision of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center is to discover, translate and apply new knowledge in rehabilitation medicine and surgery, to provide hope and improved quality of life to all people with disabilities.

Mission

The mission of the center is to advance the science of rehabilitation medicine through research, education and innovative clinical practice.

Primary value

The primary value of the center is to serve the needs of patients.