Newswise — Dr. Robert A. Werner has been named the 2019 American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Distinguished Physician for his outstanding work in the field of electrodiagnostic medicine, especially as it pertains to teaching and publications.

The AANEM is the premier nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, education, and technology in the fields of neuromuscular (NM), musculoskeletal (MSK), and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.

Dr. Werner, an AANEM member since 1985, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He completed a research fellowship sponsored through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in 1991. He credits his work in research as a key to his effectiveness as a physician, and the value AANEM brings to his career.

“AANEM has trained me in evidence-based medicine and fostered high quality evidence-based reviews of critical areas of NM medicine,” Dr. Werner said. “This is a unique contribution to our field of medicine and the organization has taken a leadership role by funding research in this area and continuing to demand high quality reviews. AANEM has set high standards, and it’s been great to be a small part of the movement to enrich the field.”

“I have also been involved in developing evidence-based guidelines for neuromuscular medicine, and feel strongly that we recognize the limitations of some research and need to strengthen the research done in our field so we can be more effective clinicians.”

His research spans more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and has secured grant funding from the likes of the NIH, CDC, NIOSH, UAW-GM Health and Safety and the U.S. Postal Service. His accolades for research writing include nods from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of PM&R and the American College Occupational and Environmental Medicine, along with a post on the Editorial Boards of Archives of PM&R, Muscle & Nerve, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

Dr. Werner currently serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He’s also an attending PMR physician in the university’s health system and an Associate Research Scientist for the Department of Industrial and Operational Engineering. His previous positions include Chief of the PMR service, Director of the EMG Laboratory and PMR staff physician at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. Dr. Werner still serves as a PMR staff physician there; he is also Co-Director of the Ann Arbor VA Chronic Pain Clinic and Pain Management Fellowship program.

“I have always been involved in resident education,” he said. “I enjoy helping shape the education of these talented medical students, residents and fellows that come through the University of Michigan. As Co-Director of the U of M Pain Management fellowship, it has been exciting to see the advances in the field and to participate in the training of these fellows, providing a framework for their understanding of the benefits and limitations of the various interventions available to treat patients.”

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About American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Based in Rochester, Minnesota, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is the premier nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular (NM), musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. The organization and its members work to improve the quality of patient care and advance the science of NM diseases and EDX medicine by serving physicians and allied health professionals who care for those with muscle and nerve disorders.

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