Dale Strasser, MD
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University Medical School

Dale C. Strasser, MD

Professsor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University Medical School



Training and Education
Vanderbilt University BA (1976)
Northwestern University Medical School MD (1984); PM&R residency (1988)
Fellowship Arthritis Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (1998) (Rowland Chang, MD, MPH Mentor)
Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School (1990). (James
Webster, MD Director)

Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. (2014 to Present)
(Former) Department Chair or Rehabilitation Medicine (1999 – 2005) and Residency Program Director
Multiple administration positions, Atlanta VA Medical Center (1991- 2007) including Inaugural Atlanta Site Director and core
investigator at the Birmingham / Atlanta GRECC.
Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital
Rehabilitation Medicine Director of the Emory Muscular Dystrophy and Post Polio Clinics. (2001 to Present)

Dr, Strasser has remained active in clinical services for his entire career with an emphasis on inpatient rehabilitation. He has
served on numerous national committees including for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and as
the AAPM&R representative on several committees with the American Geriatrics Society, the American Association of
Neurology / American Psychiatric Association (quality indicators for dementia care) and currently with the American College of
Surgeons (geriatric trauma). He has served on editorial boards and as a manuscript reviewer for numerous peer review journals in
rehabilitation, geriatrics and physical therapy.

Research Activities
Dr. Strasser studies rehabilitation teams with a secondary focus on geriatric rehabilitation. Over a twenty five year period, he and
his collaborators have developed and tested the Treatment Effectiveness Model (TEM) in multisite investigations using diverse
methods including correlational, prospective observational and a national cluster randomized clinical trial in process
improvement. His 10 year Veterans Administration Merit Review sponsored research, known as the “VA Rehabilitation Teams
Project”, is considered landmark work linking rehabilitation team functioning to patient outcomes. In recent work, he is using the
TEM and direct provider insights in an iterative manner to improve team functioning and care coordination to achieve improved
patient outcomes. Within Geriatric Rehabilitation, he has done research and QI projects on polypharmacy and the distinctive
rehabilitation needs of the older adult, and developed learning modules on the principles of geriatric medicine. He has authored
33 peer-review manuscripts and review articles, 11 book chapters, and done numerous national and international presentations
and workshops.