Sarah Goodwin

Kathi Ovnic
Holly Korschun
April 07, 1999


Dale C. Strasser, M.D., has been named chairman of the department of rehabilitation medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

As department chair, Dr. Strasser will oversee some 40 school of medicine faculty members, including eight physicians. He also will manage several physical and occupational therapists, 25 staff members and 13 residents. Department faculty and staff treat in excess of 20,400 inpatients and outpatients each year.

Dr. Strasser came to Emory in 1990 and presently serves as a research health scientist with the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). He is on staff at Crawford Long Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital as well as VAMC. Recently, he was named to the steering committee of the Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and serves on several local and national professional committees.

"Dr. Strasser has distinguished himself at Emory as an outstanding teacher and administrator," says Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., dean, Emory University School of Medicine. "Under his direction, we anticipate even more growth in rehabilitation medicine's active clinical service and research base."

Treatment effectiveness and geriatric rehabilitation have been at the core of Dr. Strasser's research interests. He has published and lectured on topics ranging from team approaches to geriatric rehabilitation treatment, rehabilitation after stroke, the biology of aging, exercise programs designed for older adults to alternate settings for rehabilitating the elderly.

He serves on the editorial board of the journal Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Strasser received his M.D. in 1984 from Northwestern University, where he also completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a fellowship in geriatric medicine. In addition, he completed a fellowship in arthritis and orthopaedic rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

He resides in the Avondale Estates section of DeKalb County in Atlanta.

For more general information on The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, call Health Sciences Communication's Office at 404-727-5686, or send e-mail to

Copyright ©Emory University, 1999. All Rights Reserved.