Training Leaders in PM&R

The University of Washington PM&R Residency Education Program trains physicians to be competent physiatrists to evaluate and manage persons with physical and/or cognitive impairment and disability. We are dedicated to excellence in graduate medical education and the development of future leaders in our field. We foster a collegial environment where residents can reach their professional goals. We value scholarship, professionalism, self-reflective practice, ethical conduct and interdisciplinary patient-centered care.



➤ Residency program administrator

Karen Ennes

PM&R Residency Program
University of Washington
Box 356490
Seattle, WA 98195-6490

Phone:(206) 685.0936
Fax: (206).616.3908

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program meets the General and Special requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has full accreditation.
Graduates of our department have achieved national recognition in academics, and as clinicians and leaders of professional organizations. The program has trained more department chairpersons than any other program in the country.

Program and GME Leadership

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Peter Esselman, MD, MPT

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Jennifer Zumsteg, MD

PM&R Residency Program Director
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Clinical care and research in TBI, stroke and trauma rehabilitation


Byron Joyner, MD, MPA

Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME)
University of Washington GME

Welcome from the 2019-2020 UW PM&R Chief Residents

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program. Since graduating our first physiatrists in 1963, we have been one of the preeminent PM&R residency programs in the nation. Our reputation has been built on our unwavering dedication to exceptional patient care, diversity, ingenuity, leadership in the field, and commitment to providing top-notch education and training to our residents.  

Consistently one of the country’s top-ranked programs for hospital-based rehabilitation, our residents, faculty, and staff serve an integral role in our regional healthcare system. As the only academic rehabilitation program across the WWAMI region, which extends across the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to Wyoming, we are privileged to serve a geographically, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse patient population. These experiences help our residents foster vitally important skills in patient advocacy and cultural competency.  

Our residents rotate at four major hospitals in the Seattle area: University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Residents provide care through a wide variety of clinical settings at each site including inpatient, outpatient and consultation services. Each site offers unique learning opportunities and provides residents with a diverse and robust educational experience, so that they will be well-equipped to care for ALL patients, no matter the age, background or level of medical complexity.  

Education extends well beyond our clinical opportunities. Our attending-led didactic curriculum is unique and carefully designed to match residents’ needs. From hands-on workshops to case-based learning, our education reinforces the core principles of rehabilitation medicine while introducing cutting-edge concepts in rehabilitation science. Our lecturers not only include faculty from within our department, but also from the departments of orthopedics, neurology, rheumatology, urology, endocrinology, respiratory therapy and radiology.  

Research and collaboration are greatly valued and encouraged within our program and hospital system. In addition to the Rehabilitation Medicine residency program, our department includes trainees in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Prosthetics & Orthotics with additional faculty in Rehabilitation Counseling and Speech and Language Pathology.  The medical complexity and variety of pathology in our patient population creates opportunities to work alongside and learn from various medical and surgical specialists. The University of Washington has consistently been ranked in the top 10 public research institutions globally, receiving more than $600 million in NIH research funding in 2018. Resident research is fostered through faculty mentorship and a host of opportunities including clinical research and quality improvement initiatives. Current residents are also engaged with local and national leadership and policy organizations, including the University of Washington Housestaff Association, Student National Medical Association, Washington State Medical Association, AAP, and AAPM&R.

Life in Seattle is a definite asset and allows for optimal work-life balance in our residents.  In fact, US News and World Report ranked Seattle at #9 in the list of 25 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2019. Seattle and the surrounding areas boast an array of gorgeous landscapes for outdoor activities, as well as an abundance of cultural, artistic and culinary offerings. We are also just a few hours away from Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC. And despite common belief, Seattle actually gets less rain annually than New York City, Boston and Philadelphia!  

Check out the rest of the website for more information about our residency program and learn more about the University of Washington (UW) Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at http://rehab.washington.edu.  
You can also check us out on Instagram at @uwpmr for current updates on residency activities.  

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Lina Mezei (linam3@uw.edu) and Ian Logan (ianlogan@uw.edu)  

2019-2020 UW PM&R Chief Residents 

Lina Mezei, MD and Ian Logan, MD

Lina Mezei, MD and Ian Logan, MD


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