About U.S. Physiatry

We are a national organization of affiliated physiatry practices.  Our affiliated practices are comprised of board certified physiatrists who have a passion for helping patients in a facility-based team environment, and driving the outcomes that will make a difference in today's and tomorrow's healthcare system.

What is Physiatry?

Phys•iat•ry (noun): a medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of disabling diseases, disorders, and injuries typically of a musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, or neurological nature by physical means-from Greek "physikos" (physical) and "iatreia" (art of healing).

Physiatry is a medical specialty involving a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, medical management and rehabilitation of disabilities resulting from injury or disease.  Physiatrists are focused on maximizing a patient's functional performance and independence.  Physiatrists facilitate and coordinate care by working in teams that include physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, orthotists and prosthetists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. They work in many settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient centers.

With the advancing age of our "baby boomer" population, physiatry has become a vital component of care.  The increasing elderly population will continue to present a challenge that will require skilled team work and efficiency in delivering quality patient care. U.S. Physiatry is ready.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Mike de Cardenas, M.D.
Gary Anderson
David S. Chernow
Robert A. Ortenzio
Tom Scott
Jose L. Vargas, M.D.


Management Team

Jose L. Vargas, M.D.
Charlotte H. Smith, M.D.
Joe Stork
Matthew T. Racer

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