Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Joseph J. Chen, MD


Medical Director, VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Medical Director, UI Spine Center
Medical Director of Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services
Medical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Therapies
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

Primary Office: 0728J JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-6027



BSc, Sc.B. Engineering, (Concentration in Biomedical Engineering), Brown University
MD, Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine , Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Medical License
Board Certified, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

Research Summary

Dr. Chen's research interests have focused on clinical outcomes for patients with chronic pain and identifying factors that best determine successful spine rehabilitation outcomes.

Selected Publications

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Jerath N, Chen J, Miller B, Reddy C.  Teaching Neuroimages: Intraneural ganglion cyst of the tibial nerve.  Neurology.  2014 May 20. 82.

Keedy N, Keffala V, Altmaier E, Chen J.  Health Locus of Control and Self-Efficacy Predict Back Pain Rehabilitation Outcomes.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  2014. 

Chen J, Segal N.  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Iowa.  2013 October 10. 

Chen J, Yang R.  A Look Inside the Spine Center at an Academic Medical Center.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  2008. 28:98-101.

Chen J.  Functional Capacity Evaluation and Disability.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  2007. 27:121-127.

Chen J.  Outpatient Pain Rehabilitation Programs.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  2006. 26:102-106.

Chen J.  The State of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Iowa.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.  2006. 26:96-101.

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