Professor Emeritus, Chair Emeritus
Thomas Jefferson University
John L. Melvin, MD, MMSc is Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. From 1998-2016, he was Michie Professor and Chair of this department. He was Vice President-Medical Affairs of MossRehab and Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia from 1991-2002.
Doctor Melvin as an academic physician physician has actively contributed to the development of programs for individuals with physical disabilities for many years. He has done this through organizational leadership, advocacy, teaching, research and clinical services.
His early research in collaboration with Ernest W. Johnson, MD led to the development of diagnostic techniques (sensory nerve conduction studies) that continue to be basic in the assessment of arm and leg nerve function. In the 1980s he and colleagues demonstrated that function is a better predictor of rehabilitation outcomes and costs than medical diagnoses. This observation underlies the prospective payment system for rehabilitation hospital services implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in 2002.
He has held many leadership positions in professional organizations dedicated to the improvement, development and expansion of rehabilitation services. These include being the President or Chair of twelve major national and international organizations. Among these organizations are those emphasizing academics, physician practice, facility development, teaching program accreditation, physician specialist certification, research and the advancement of PM&R.
During the 1970s, Doctor Melvin provided leadership in the development of the guidelines that define when Medicare patients are eligible to receive needed rehabilitation hospital services. These guidelines continue to be influential after more than 40 years, and have significantly contributed to the increased availability of rehabilitation services.
As Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee from 1973-1991, Dr. Melvin expanded the number of PM&R specialists the department trained and recruited. Through the influence of this department, the number of PM&R specialists per capita in Wisconsin became among the highest in the nation.
From 1994-1999 Dr. Melvin chaired the joint International Task Force of the International Federation of PM&R and the International Rehabilitation Medical Association. This activity led to the merger of these two organizations into the International Society of Phyusical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) in 1999. Dr. Melvin served as the first ISPRM President from 1999-2002. He continues to advise the ISPRM President's Cabinet as the Founding Past-President and serves as the Chair of the Statutes Committee.
Dr. Melvin has served as a member of more than 55 national and international expert advisory committees since 1971, including three of the Institute of Medicine and one of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Two of these were Technical Expert Panels formed by the RAND Corporation for advice in its research on the development of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System.
He has presented more than 455 invited lectures throughout the world and published more than 240 papers, chapter, monographs, books, editorials and abstracts.
Monday, March 9, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM