Physiatrist Email Lists:  Physicians who specialize in helping patients recover function after trauma such as a stroke or surgery are called physiatrists. A physiatrist leads a team of physical, occupational, recreational, speech, and nursing therapists, psychologists (for counseling), and social workers in treating these patients. It is important to note that physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), also referred to as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, seeks to restore functional ability and quality of life in patients with physical impairments affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons of critical organs. The other subspecialties of physiatrists include neuromuscular medicine, pain medications, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, spinal cord injury, sports medicine, brain injury (stroke), and palliative medicine.