Dr. Hurvitz spent some time last week talking with Ann Arbor Inclusive about physical therapy for patients with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and the newest technology that the University of Michigan Health System offers.

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About the Show: "Ann Arbor Inclusive" is a talk show at The Ann Arbor Community Television Network (CTN) on behalf of The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues. The show explores topics of interest to persons with abilities of every level, with a focus on highlighting community members with outstanding achievements as well as touch on awareness and education.

About Dr. Hurvitz: Edward A. Hurvitz, MD is Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He has also served as chief of service for PM&R at the Ann Arbor VA hospital. Dr. Hurvitz has been involved in the diagnosis and management of children with disabilities for over 20 years. His focus has been on individuals with cerebral palsy and other brain-related syndromes that start in the childhood years. His work covers such areas as spasticity management, motor control, and health and fitness. He has received support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and from industry for these efforts. His current work focuses on body composition and fitness in children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as overall health and function in adults with cerebral palsy.

About PM&R at The University of Michigan: The University of Michigan Health System was among the first major institutions in the nation to organize and develop an independent Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The department was established in 1950 by James W. Rae, M.D., who saw a need for hospital-based research and education related to people with disabilities. The Department now has more than 50 faculty, including over 30 physiatrists. In addition, there are more than 20 faculty members who have Ph.D.s in rehabilitation psychology, engineering and rehabilitation sciences. The Department also employs more than 450 allied health professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, exercise physiologistsm, rehabilitation engineers, orthotists, prosthetists, nurses, physican assistants, trainees and other support staff.