Alexander named Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Joshua Alexander, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He will officially begin his new role on March 1, subject to confirmation by the necessary UNC system entities. Since 2016, Alexander has served as the Department’s Vice Chair for Faculty Development.

Alexander named Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation click to enlarge Joshua Alexander, MD

Joshua Alexander, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He will officially begin his new role on March 1, subject to confirmation by the necessary UNC system entities. Since 2016, Alexander has served as the Department’s Vice Chair for Faculty Development.

Michael Lee, MD, MHA, the founding Chair of the department stepped down from the role in July of 2016 after 23 years of leadership. Edmund Campion, MD, has served as Interim Chair since that time.

In a letter to the department announcing Alexander’s appointment, Drs. Bill Roper and Wesley Burks thanked Campion for his service as interim chair and praised Alexander, who they called ‘a gifted clinician and outstanding individual.’

“We are confident that under Dr. Alexander’s leadership, the Department will continue to advance our clinical, research and educational missions,” Roper and Burks said.

Alexander joined the faculty as Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at UNC in 1995 and since that time has served in a number of leadership roles. He has led The Spina Bifida Clinic at UNC since 1995 and created the UNC Cerebral Palsy Clinic in 1996. He was Medical Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s outpatient clinics from 2007 – 2013 and has served as Medical Director for the Center for Rehabilitation Care since 2013.

While at UNC, Dr.  Alexander worked with colleagues from across the university to establish TelAbility, an interdisciplinary program that utilized videoconferencing and other technologies to provide care for children with disabilities across North Carolina as well as training and support for their caregivers. He currently shares his expertise in this area as Executive Committee Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Telehealth.

Alexander is well loved by his patients and has appeared over the years on several ‘Best Doctors’ lists.

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Alexander received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University before graduating from the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a combined Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

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