Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D., to chair the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez MD

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D.

The Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) appointed Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D., as chairwoman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, effective April 1. She succeeds Nicolas E. Walsh, M.D., who served as chairman for three decades and will continue in an emeritus role and as a part-time clinician.

Robert A. Hromas, M.D., FACP, dean of the Long School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at UT Health San Antonio, announced the appointment.

Dr. Gutierrez is an accomplished academic physiatrist from the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, where she is the vice chair of quality, compliance and patient safety in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and program director of the brain injury medicine fellowship. She is also the medical director of the brain injury and stroke program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, rated the fourth-best hospital for rehabilitation in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Gutierrez grew up in South Texas, then moved to Houston where she earned her undergraduate degree at Rice University and her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her PM&R residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine-UTHealth Rehabilitation Alliance. Her clinical expertise encompasses:

  • the care of patients with traumatic brain injury
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • interventional spasticity management.

At the McGovern Medical School, Dr. Gutierrez was elected chair of the Faculty Senate, where her work focused on developing wellness initiatives for faculty. She has won multiple awards for medical student and resident teaching and has had several administrative roles in the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.

Dr. Gutierrez is a passionate advocate for physiatry and for underrepresented groups in medicine via social media channels. She is the social media editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Inspired by her upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley, she is dedicated to giving back to her community by mentoring students, trainees and young faculty from diverse backgrounds, and providing top-level clinical care for the underserved.

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