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ACRM Annual Conference Special Symposium

Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care

Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Distinguished Lecturer AwardACRM SPECIAL SPEAKER: Michael D. Stubblefield Cancer Award Winner


The ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group is pleased to announce that the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care is Michael D. Stubblefield, MD.

This award recognizes the important contributions he has made to the advancement of oncology care. Dr. Stubblefield will present, The Past, Present, and Future of Cancer Rehabilitation, at the ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta on Thursday 26 October at 5:00 PM.

Vishwa Raj

Vishwa Raj

“Dr. Stubblefield has been a leader in the area of cancer rehabilitation for over a decade. His academic work and clinical growth has helped to place cancer rehabilitation at the forefront of care for both the rehabilitation and oncology communities.”

—Vishwa S. Raj, MD, Medical Director, Director of Oncology Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation

“The Past, Present, and Future of Cancer Rehabilitation”

THU 26 OCT // 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM


Michael D. Stubblefield, MD
Medical Director for Cancer Rehabilitation; National Medical Director for Cancer Rehabilitation
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation; Select Medical



Cancer Rehabilitation



More than half of the nearly 16 million adult cancer survivors will suffer physical impairment as a result of their disease and/or its treatment.  Cancer rehabilitation is a process that helps cancer survivor obtain and maintain the maximal possible physical, social, psychological, and vocational functioning within the limits created by cancer and its treatments.  This presentation will discuss the history of cancer rehabilitation, the current state of the art, and discuss trends that will guide the future of this important specialty.



  1. Understand the history of cancer rehabilitation
  2. Define the current state of the art of cancer rehabilitation
  3. Predict the future of cancer rehabilitation



Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield is the former Chief of Cancer Rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He now serves as Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and National Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at Select Medical Corporation. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Internal Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. His primary clinical expertise is in the identification, evaluation, and rehabilitation of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, pain, and functional disorders resulting from cancer and its treatment, particularly those caused by radiation and neurotoxic chemotherapy.

Dr. Stubblefield is an accomplished researcher who has published extensively, not only in the rehabilitation literature, but in oncology, pain management, palliative care, neurophysiology, and other journals. He has authored numerous review articles and book chapters in the field of cancer rehabilitation and is the senior editor of Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, the only comprehensive textbook in this emerging field. Dr. Stubblefield has served on the Board of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and as Chair of the Medical Council of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is on the editorial board of the journal Muscle and Nerve. Dr. Stubblefield is a fierce advocate for the development of cancer rehabilitation and survivorship programs and champions their role in restoring function and quality of life to cancer patients.


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