Alexander Receives Rizzo Professorship

Joshua Alexander, MD, was recently appointed as the Sidna Chockley Rizzo Distinguished Professor.

Joshua J. Alexander, MD, was recently appointed as the Sidna Chockley Rizzo Distinguished Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by UNC’s Board of Trustees. This professorship was created through a generous gift by the late Paul Rizzo and his family to honor his wife's memory.

Alexander began his career at UNC in the fall of 1995, shortly after the formation of UNC’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Alexander has aided the department to grow from a small inpatient program to a large and varied multidisciplinary team of specialists who practice in one of the department’s many care settings: The UNC Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, The Center for Rehabilitation Care, The UNC Hospitals Spine Center, and multiple sub-acute rehabilitation facilities across the Triangle. Alexander has served in several significant leadership roles in the department including Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Medical Director of Outpatient Clinics, Founder and Program Director of the TelAbility Telehealth Program, and Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Alexander greatly appreciates this recent honor and looks forward to utilizing funds from this professorship to help each member of the department’s faculty, staff and residency program discover and follow their professional passion.

Alexander completed medical school at Temple University in 1990 and his combined Physical Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1995. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation.


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