Department Chairs Virtual Summit Series


AAPM&R’s Department Chairs Virtual Summit Series brings PM&R department chairs and equivalent PM&R division chiefs together to openly discuss the challenges they face and share strategies for success. We’d love for you to join the conversation!

This series will feature a curriculum of virtual events on targeted topics. All events in this series are invite-only and offered exclusively at no charge to PM&R department chairs and equivalent PM&R division chiefs who are AAPM&R members.

Please find our current Virtual Summit Series schedule below. This page will be updated with event information, so please check in for new details throughout the year!

Upcoming Summits

Our next event, Community & Connectivity in the time of COVID, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern/6:00 – 7:30 pm Central/4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific. 

All sessions of the Virtual Summit Series are invite-only and will be offered exclusively and at no charge to all Department Chairs or their equivalent PM&R Division Chiefs that report up through another department. 

Acknowledging the important issue of physician wellness and burnout, we are focusing this session on ways to foster departmental engagement and connectivity after two years of a pandemic. We’ll touch on issues such as the effect of health system mergers on departmental culture, and the role of faculty meetings and mentoring programs as a means of connection.   Panelists include:

  • Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH, FAAPMR – Montefiore Medical Center
  • D.J. Kennedy, MD, FAAPMR – Vanderbilt University
  • Susan McDowell, MD, FAAPMR – University of Kentucky
  • James Sliwa, DO, FAAPMR – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
  • David Steinberg, MD, MMM, FAAPMR – University of Utah  


Summit Directors

Steven Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR, New York University Langone Health

Steven Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR

President-Elect, AAPM&R Board of Governors

Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Langone Health

Rita Hamilton, DO, FAAPMR, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation

Rita Hamilton, DO, FAAPMR

Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas


Although this invite-only event is free of charge, registration will be required. Please check your inbox for the link to register.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to attend, please contact Meghan Strubel at

Past Summits

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

The Role of Physiatry in Subacute Rehabilitation

Competition and Collaboration within Institutions in MSK, Spine and Sports-Challenges and Strategies

Private Corporation Ownership of Rehabilitation Hospitals: Sharing Realities and Lessons Learned

Department Chairs Summit: Advancing Your Mission in the New COVID-19 Environment