Timothy R. Dillingham, MD, MS, Reappointed Chair of the Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

October 4, 2017

To:Faculty, Students and Staff

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Ralph W. Muller
Peter Quinn, MD, DMD

Re: Reappointment of Timothy R. Dillingham, MD, MS, Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

We are pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Timothy R. Dillingham for a second six-year term as Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The reappointment follows a review process that included an extensive self-study, followed by an internal committee review and an external review by three leaders in the field.

Penn's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the oldest department of its kind in the nation and has played a pivotal role in shaping other rehabilitation programs across the country. The review affirmed the “energy, focus, discipline, creativity, communication and resources” that Dr. Dillingham has brought to the Department in his first term as Chair. Over the past five years, Dr. Dillingham has built strong collaborative partnerships with the Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience service lines. Significant growth of the clinical faculty under Dr. Dillingham’s leadership has contributed to the enhanced performance and reputation of the Department’s clinical service and rising patient satisfaction scores. 

The Department’s research and educational missions are also on a very positive trajectory. Dr. Dillingham has helped to establish a strong partnership with the Singh Nanotechnology Center and has successfully leveraged relationships with the VA. The review also affirmed the developing strengths of residency training, with a steady increase in the number of applicants to the program. The Department’s training programs also feature a successful and nationally regarded Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine fellowship. Plans are underway to develop a new fellowship in brain injury. The Department has also been an engaged collaborator in UME education, including a successful partnership between Emergency Medicine and PM&R to teach diagnostic ultrasonography.

The valuable feedback provided during this review will enable Dr. Dillingham and Penn Medicine leadership to continue to enhance the Department’s excellence in all missions. Dr. Dillingham’s highly effective leadership will continue to elevate the Department’s performance and reputation, bringing national attention to Penn Medicine and the University.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dillingham on his reappointment.