phys·​iat·​rist ˌfi-zē-ˈa-trist How to pronounce physiatrist (audio)
: a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation

Examples of physiatrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, now, your physiatrist is recommending injections. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2023 An orthopedic surgeon is a reasonable choice, as is a physical medicine doctor (physiatrist). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2023 As a physiatrist, her practice centered on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disabilities related to the brain, nerves, bones and muscles. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2023 Additionally, Shane Davis, MD, physiatrist and non-operative sports medicine specialist with UCLA Health, explains that the heating pads should conform to the body. Madison Alcedo, Health, 25 Apr. 2023 Gary lives in Birmingham and works as a physiatrist at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center. al, 29 June 2021 In general, your care team may consist of health care professionals from different specialties, such as a neurologist, rheumatologist, physiatrist, physical therapist, physician assistant, nurse, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, neurosurgeon, or orthopedic surgeon. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 10 Feb. 2022 However, menstrual cycle tracking can be an opportunity to empower women to appreciate their own physiology, says Dr. Ellen Casey, associate attending physiatrist in the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Christine Yu, Outside Online, 6 Sep. 2020 The Clark County coroner concluded that the physiatrist had been beaten with an unidentified object in what police described as a unique pattern. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


physiatrics physical medicine, from Greek physis + International Scientific Vocabulary -iatrics

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of physiatrist was in 1946

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“Physiatrist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation

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