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Assistant Professor (WOT), Physiatrist with Spinal Cord Injury Focus, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Rehabilitation Medicine

Title: Assistant Professor (WOT), Physiatrist with Spinal Cord Injury Focus, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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Position Description

The University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is offering an outstanding opportunity for a Physiatrist specializing in Spinal Cord Injury to join our faculty. This will be a full-time academic appointment with an annual service period of 12 months (July 1 – June 30), appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (without tenure due to source of funding, which is typical of ranked faculty appointments within the department). Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023, but other dates may be considered.

This position is paid directly by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) and receives no UW compensation. Please refer to the VAPSHCS for information about compensation for this position.

We offer a collaborative and multidisciplinary academic environment. Opportunities will be available for building a career that includes clinical, research, and teaching.

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the clinical care, teaching and academic programs of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). The successful candidate will function independently as a member of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) medical staff, with full clinical privileges and will be required to engage in direct patient care. The clinical duties include providing initial SCI rehabilitation, inpatient medical care, and outpatient primary and specialty care to Veteran patients in a multidisciplinary environment within the SCI Service at the VAPSHCS, Seattle, WA.  The successful candidate also will participate in the teaching of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation trainees and medical students, primarily through clinical supervision of their activities and informal didactic sessions. The successful candidate may also have opportunity to collaborate with existing research teams and to develop their own research portfolio.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. 


The UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is nationally recognized for outstanding research, clinical care and education and has a long history as a regional center. ranked #5 in US News & World Report, The Department has an exceptional record of successful extramural research funding and interprofessional collaboration and offers rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning.

  • As one of the largest recipients of rehabilitation research funding in the country, research is a key focus of our department. Key research focus areas include limb loss, pain, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and disability. Our faculty collaborate extensively with other departments within the School of Medicine, as well as with outside institutions. In fiscal year 2021, our department received more than $11 million in awards from government and private sources. The federal government is our largest sponsor at $6.2 million, and our department is among the top recipients or funds from the National Institutes of Health for rehabilitation research.
  • The department has four clinical divisions: General Physiatry, Sports & Spine Physiatry, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology. Faculty provide clinical services across four UW Medicine campuses: Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center-Montlake, University of Washington Medical Center-Northwest, and UW Eastside Specialty Center. More than 25 of our faculty are based at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, both of which are UW Medicine-affiliated organizations.  
  • We offer nationally recognized training in rehabilitation therapies and rehabilitation research through four degree programs: PhD in Rehabilitation Science, Master in Occupational Therapy, Master in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is committed to continually building an inclusive culture; has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and believes that diversity fosters excellence.

Seattle is one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States. 


  • MD, DO, or foreign equivalent
  • Must hold or be eligible for a medical license in any state or United States territory
  • Completed fellowship training in spinal cord injury and/or holds subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.
  • Knowledge, skill, and experience in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
  • Veterans Health Administration requirements include: you must be a US citizen to apply for this job; subject to a background/suitability investigation; designated and/or random drug testing may be required.  


Please upload the following required documents via this link:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Diversity statement that reflects your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced broadly in such areas as course content, hiring practice involvement, community service, etc.
  • Names and addresses of four professional references who may be contacted by the committee for inquiries 

Applications will be accepted for a minimum of 30 days and thereafter until the position is filled. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. 

For questions about the position, contact email, Attention: SCI Physiatrist at VAPSHCS - RMI 20220701-05.

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