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Divisions

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), or physiatry, is a branch of medicine dealing with functional restoration of a person affected by physical disability.

The Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within Providence Health Care is a relatively small division when compared to our larger siblings. We consist of three physiatrists, Dr. Michael Vondette, Dr. Herman Lau, and Dr. Elliott Weiss.

Contact Information
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-682-2344 ext. 68973
Email: wdance@providencehealth.bc.ca

Head
Dr. Elliot Weiss, Division Head & Clinical Instructor

Members
Dr. Michael Vondette, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Herman Lau, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Elliott Weiss, Clinical Instructor

Dr. Vondette's area of interest includes rehabilitation of individuals with hip and knee replacements. He also has a strong interest in rehabilitation and disability issues associated with closed head injuries.

Dr. Herman Lau's inpatient interest includes chronic pain and rehabilitation of our elders who suffer hip fractures as well as elective hip and knee replacements. He is a member of the Chronic Pain Service at St. Paul's Hospital and participates in in-patient and outpatient assessment of patients with chronic pain.

Dr. Elliott Weiss provides specialized rehabilitation services including young adults up to our elders. His in-patient areas of interest include neuro-rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He is involved in neuro-electrophysiological studies in the form of EMG and nerve conduction studies. His sub-specialized areas of interest include late effects of polio, lymphedema, and the delivery of rehabilitation services in an acute setting. At the present time, Dr. Weiss is involved in the early stages of a research study evaluating disability needs in rural aboriginal communities.

Teaching
The division continues to be involved in teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. This includes residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation who spend a two-month block participating in stroke and prosthetic/orthotic rehabilitation. Geriatric Medicine Fellows rotate through our program with a two-month block as part of their 24-month fellowship program. One to two month preceptorships are available for Family Practice physicians/fellows who are involved in a six month to one year Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Electives are available for medical students and out-of-province residents as well.

For more information on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaiton, please explore this useful website:

Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation www.capmr.ca