Dr. Pasquina with prosthetic leg

The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) was established in 2011 to respond to the rising number of service members returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring rehabilitative care. As of December 2015, nearly 1,700 service members have experienced major limb loss, often accompanied by neurological and psychological injury. A significant portion of these injuries involves musculoskeletal damage, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

It is the mission of CRSR to promote the advancement of rehabilitative care for these injured servicemen and women. Over the past four years, we have made significant strides toward our goals to support synergistic research projects and optimize treatment strategies to promote the successful return to duty and community reintegration of injured service members. We have also supported the advancement of prosthetic and orthotic technologies, developed novel strategies of rehabilitative care for orthopedic trauma and limb loss, and contributed to numerous innovations in military medicine. 

Headquartered at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, CRSR has formed partnerships with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. CRSR has created an expansive interdisciplinary team with whom we have initiated more than 50 clinical research studies. Our combined focus on academics, research, education and clinical care provides a unique platform for fostering innovative research with the military science community. 

To date, CRSR has successfully received $36 million in extramural grant funding, co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications, presented 120+ abstracts, written 15+ book chapters, co-hosted 17 symposiums (more than 50 CME/CEU), was featured in 20 press releases, and issued more than 50 academic appointments. Reflecting on these achievements, I am proud of our team members’ many accomplishments and ability to serve wounded warriors. 

As we move forward with our research, our dedicated staff looks forward to furthering research innovation, building new partnerships, providing excellent patient care and sharing our results and resources with the military healthcare community. 

Dr. Pasquina Signature

Paul F. Pasquina, M.D. 
Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps (Retired) 
Chair and Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center



CRSR is headquartered at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. The mission of USU is to support the readiness of America's Warfighter and the health and well-being of the beneficiary community by educating and developing uniformed health professionals, scientists and leaders; by conducting cutting-edge, military-relevant research; by leading the MHS in key functional and intellectual areas; and by providing operational support to units around the world.



General Inquiries

Stacey Harcum
Senior Operations Manager
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) employee
collaborating with The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR)
Assisstant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
(301) 550-0495

Media Inquiries

Sharon K. Holland
Deputy Vice President for External Affairs
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences