February 16, 2024

Nitin B. Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S.P.H., has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to share that Nitin B. Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S.P.H., has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Medical School, effective February 12, 2024. The provost provided interim approval of this appointment, and it will be reported at the February Board of Regents meeting.

Dr. Jain is the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, and a tenured professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Jain also serves as a vice chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has institutional roles as co-director of the overall Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine program and director of the Musculoskeletal and Sports Research Program.

Dr. Jain earned his medical degree at the Baroda Medical College of Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. Following a research fellowship in sports medicine and orthopaedics at Duke University, and a research fellowship in epidemiology and outcomes at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He also completed a non-operative shoulder fellowship at the Harvard Shoulder Service. Additionally, Dr. Jain holds a master’s degree in public health (health policy and administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A sports medicine and shoulder specialist, Dr. Jain’s clinical and research interests include clinical trials and genetics of shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears, knee pain, regenerative medicine therapies, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. He has received substantial research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other granting entities in support of his work. Education and mentoring also represent an important element of Dr. Jain’s past impact that he looks forward to continuing at Michigan Medicine.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jain to Michigan Medicine. We also offer our deepest gratitude to Edward A. Hurvitz, M.D., for his tremendous leadership as chair of PM&R since 2006.



Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
CEO, Michigan Medicine


Debra F. Weinstein, M.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, U-M Medical School
Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Medicine
Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine