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Emory University School of Medicine names interim leadership for Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
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Emory University School of Medicine is pleased to announce an interim leadership team for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, effective January 19, 2024. 

The new interim leadership team is led by George Fulk, PT, PhD, who assumes the role of interim chair, bringing more than 25 years of experience in physical therapy and a strong background in neurological health conditions. Fulk joined Emory in 2022 as professor and director of the Division of Physical Therapy and director of the Center for Physical Therapy and Movement Science. He previously served as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

Fulk’s clinical practice, teaching, and research focus on physical therapy for individuals with neurological health conditions, specifically the recovery and measurement of locomotor function and activity in people with stroke. His recent work explores the interplay between sleep and recovery after stroke.   

Joining Fulk is S. Byron Milton, III, MD, appointed as the interim service chief for Emory Healthcare and Emory Clinic. An assistant professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Milton has 32 years of experience as a practicing physiatrist. He specializes in neurorehabilitation, particularly in stroke and brain injury cases.

Continuing in his role as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Grady Health System is Mark Hinrichs, MD.

The interim leadership announcement comes after news earlier this month that David T. Burke, MD, MA, stepped down as chair after 17 years at Emory. Burke is embarking on a sabbatical focused on advancing global health initiatives.

A search for a permanent department chair will begin in the coming months.

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