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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation physicians (called physiatrists) are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. The physiatrist’s approach to patient care looks at the whole person, not just one symptom or condition, to help the patient participate in life as fully and independently as possible. Physiatrists do not perform surgery.

Consider seeing a physiatrist if:

  • You had an accident or you have an injury that has left you with pain or limited function
  • You have an illness or had treatment for an illness that has diminished your energy or ability to move easily
  • You're recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage
  • You have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury, or back problems
  • You have a chronic condition, nerve or muscle disorder that limits your function or causes pain

Making an appointment

A family physician or specialist must submit a referral to see a physiatrist. Patients must follow-up with their family physician or specialist regarding their appointment.

Referring a patient

Please fax the referral to general physiatry at 416-480-6885. We will contact the referring physician's office with the patient's appointment date and time.

For rehabilitation programs, please refer to St. John’s Rehab.

Patient Education

Location and contact

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation division

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4069


For referrals:

Fax: 416-480-6885
Email: queenie.jung

Dr. David Berbrayer
Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics

Dr. Larry Robinson
Division Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation