Cory Wernimont, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Associate Residency Program Director


Dr. Cory Wernimont is currently the Associate Residency Program Director and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine Health. He specializes in the management of spasticity, multiple sclerosis, and wound care, particularly as it relates to pressure injuries.

Dr. Wernimont obtained his Master of Science in physical therapy at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 2000. He worked as a physical therapist specializing in neurorehabilitation and adaptive wheelchair seating in Denver and Chicago before moving to Ann Arbor in 2005, where he joined the University of Michigan as a rehabilitation technology supplier. After working closely with the physical medicine and rehabilitation team for six years, he attended Wayne State University and received his medical degree in 2015. He completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Michigan in 2019, where he served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at the University of Michigan in 2020.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Wernimont spends much of his time with his wife and their two daughters. As a group, they love to spend time outside snowboarding, mountain biking, running, and participating in various sports such as basketball, softball, baseball, and soccer.  He is an avid sports fan, particularly of the Cubs, Packers, and his alma mater, Marquette. 


Medical School or Training

Wayne State University, 2015


University of Michigan, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2019


University of Michigan, Spinal Cord Injury, 2020

Board Certifications

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


  • Exploring adaptive mobility use within the population of patients with impairments related to multiple sclerosis. Specifically we are investigating factors that influence patient transitions from various levels of devices such as walkers/canes, manual wheelchair, scooters, and power wheelchairs. We are also looking at functional and satisfaction outcomes with use of these devices.
  • Investigation of blood pressure dysregulation in the spinal cord injury population.
  • Investigation of intrathecal baclofen provider practice patterns as it relates to who is referred for intrathecal baclofen pumps and if/how providers utilize trials in their determination of who eventually proceeds with implantation of these pumps.
  • Exploring whether there are clinical, demographic, or social factors that impact successful intrathecal baclofen pump trials.
  • Adaptive gaming within the SCI community, while also developing virtual reality software that provides real-time objective data to drive therapeutic sessions in SCI by means of the IMProving Access to Rehabilitation Technologies (IMPART) grant, with support from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.