Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Welcome to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) . PM&RS, also referred as physiatry (fiz eye’ a tree), is a medical specialty concerned with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with limited function as a consequence of disease, injury, impairment, and/or activity limitation. Emphasis is placed on maximal restoration of the physical, psychological, social, and vocational functions of the person, on the maintenance of health and the prevention of secondary complications to activity limitation and on the alleviation of pain. PM&RS, a national VA Program of Excellence, provides comprehensive rehabilitation services along a continuum of care from ambulatory and acute to long term care.

PM&RS provides inpatient (25 beds at WLA) and outpatient services and has served in excess of 10,000 patients per fiscal year. Our rehabilitation teams also serve inpatients in the following services: general medicine, neurology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, geriatrics, and psychiatry. The PM&R Service line is composed of physiatrists, therapists (kinesio, occupational, physical, recreational, vocational) exercise physiologists, biomechanist, nurses and support staff. The practice of PM&R is based on the concept of collaborative medicine and operates within an inter-disciplinary team model. Our interdisciplinary treatment teams may include physiatrists, nurses, therapists, psychologist, social workers, speech pathologists, dietitians, chaplains, pharmacists and prosthetists.

WLA Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Vocational Rehabilitation section is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Commission, and by JCAHO, the Joint Commision of Healthcare Organizations.


Our mission is to maximize the health and functional independence of veterans with disabilities through excellence in patient care, education, and research.

Our Programs/Clinics

  • Adaptive Golf Program
  • Amputee Clinic
  • Back School Program
  • Brace Clinic
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit – CARF Accredited
  • Falls Clinic
  • Hand Therapy
  • Lumbar Stabilization Program
  • Nursing Home Care Unit
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pain Clinic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – CARF Accredited
  • Wellness Center
  • Wheelchair Clinic
  • Winter Sports Clinic

Additional Resources

PM&RS Staff

Includes doctors specializing in physical medicine & rehabilitation, physical therapists, occupational therapists, hand therapists, kinesiotherapists, exercise physiologists, recreation therapists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, biomechanists, manual arts therapists, vocational therapist.

PM&R Residency Training Program

We have a multicampus training program comprised of a family of affiliated hospitals in the Los Angeles areas (Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (West LA and Sepulveda), UCLA Medical Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Centinela Freeman Memorial Hospital, Long Beach VA Healthcare System, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center).  We offer a well balanced curriculum evenly divided between outpatient and inpatient rotations.


West Los Angeles Healthcare Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd. Mail Code 117
Los Angeles, CA 90073
Building 500 Room 1415
Tel: (310) 268-3337
Fax: (310) 268-4935

Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
16111 Plummer Street
Sepulveda, CA 91343
Tel: (800) 516-4567

Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center
351 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (213) 253-2677

Bakersfield Ambulatory Care Center
1801 Westwind Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Tel: (805) 632-1801

Santa Barbara Ambulatory Care Center
4440 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Tel: (805) 683-1491