Dr. David Rosania is a board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California- Berkeley and his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in PM&R and then proceeded to work at Stanford’s Sports Medicine Clinic as well as working as an associate chief at Santa Clara Valley’s Spinal Cord Unit.
Dr. Rosania’s vast experience in spinal cord medicine has helped treat patients with symptoms ranging from movement disorders to spasticity management. Moreover, his experience in the musculoskeletal arena in treating sports athletes and weekend warriors has helped outpatient clinic patients recover faster and prepare them for return to work, sports, and living activities.
He oversaw outpatient Physical therapy for Presence St Joseph Hospital for many years as well as holding the position of Director of Pain Services in which he brought pain services in the hospital under the umbrella of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to focus on improving patient functioning.
Dr. Rosania also has vast experience in the outpatient regenerative medicine space with talents in joint and muscle treatment and preservation with hyaluronic, PRP, and amniotic fluid injections. He also performs electromyogram/nerve conduction studies (EMG’s) for both diagnostic and injection guidance, including chemodenervation procedures (botox injections).
He has lectured throughout the United States regarding pain management and treatments.
He was named by Chicago Magazine as an outstanding PM&R physician in 2018.
Q& A with Dr. Rosania
How does your style of treating patients differ than other providers?
I have always stressed the importance of the patient experience wherever I have treated patients. I know that nobody wants to be sick or in pain, so when I see a patient I always try and empathize with them so I can relate with them and make them feel more comfortable. I think it is important for patients to feel that the physician is their advocate in their treatment pathway and not simply the provider.
Why did you choose to work in the field of rehabilitation medicine?
Since my early years in medical school, I realized that my passion for treating patients was a multi-disciplinary philosophy rather than an individualized approach. Medicine has changed and has become more specialized—so why not take advantage of bringing multiple talents to the treatment pathway to help a patient progress? The impact of bringing a team approach focus to patients’ treatment program reflects a distinct and satisfying model that has significant functional outcome benefits.
What do you consider to be exciting in the field of PM&R?
I enjoy seeing the benefits of Botox injections on patients with chronic migraine and spasticity. Using visual guidance or even sound guidance to pinpoint exact locations for injections is remarkable. We are learning about the rather untapped benefits of PRP and stem cell injections to the field of musculoskeletal medicine as alternatives to the previous steroids based model of outpatient joint care. This is an exciting time to offer new and safe treatment options to patients with chronic joint.
What are your feelings on the “opioid epidemic”?
Like many things in life, a few people can ruin things for the many. Patients in chronic pain who legitimally seek help from a trained physician and who follow guidance and allow for appropriate safety monitoring are not part of any epidemic or crisis. These are patients who are in pain and who have a physiological need for appropriate medication to allow for the performance of their daily life activities. Such patients are different from those individuals who seek pain medication illegally for ulterior motives and therefore should not be grouped together.
Share something unique people don’t know about you.
I love sports and still play competitive baseball. I tried a career once in baseball but had trouble with the slider. I guess it will always be a passion of mine but medicine remains a calling.