VCU PM&R Welcomes New CERSE Executive Director

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Ronald Seel, PhD has been appointed the Executive Director of VCU’s Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE – The VCU’s CERSE brings together researchers, clinicians, engineers, rehabilitation specialists and academicians from the VCU schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Education, Engineering and Social Work to promote research and education to enhance understanding, scholarship and clinical care for America’s Veterans and Service Members, and all individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.  Dr. Seel’s distinguished record of research, program administration, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration will support CERSE’s ongoing mission of service to individuals with disabilities through scholarly activity and clinical innovation.

Seel completed his doctoral training in Counseling Psychology and a fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at VCU. He served as a Department of PM&R faculty member from 2001-2010, during which time, he served as Associate Director of Research for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC.  Since 2010, Seel has been the Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Research Program at the Shepherd Center’s Crawford Research Institute in Atlanta.  He is a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and chair of the Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group. Dr. Seel has been funded on federal and Foundational grants for nearly $30 million, including Principal Investigator on 5, and has published 57 peer-reviewed scientific articles across a range of rehabilitation areas, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, Parkinsons disease, sleep, PTSD and research methodology

We are excited to welcome him to the VCU community as the Executive Director or CERSE and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Seel began with VCU on November 13, 2017.

VCU Health System-Sheltering Arms Joint Venture receives Certificate of Public Need approval

The Joint Venture between VCU Health System and Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Institute has received Certificate of Public Need (COPN) approval to build a new 114-bed rehabilitation hospital. This new hospital will relocate the existing inpatient rehabilitation beds from the VCU Health System, Sheltering Arms Hospital in Hanover, and Sheltering Arms Hospital in Midlothian. For more information regarding the latest progressions of the Joint Venture, access the VCU News website through the following link: