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 Dodd Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary

​​For a half century, the staff of Ohio State’s Dodd Hall have been helping people with physical disabilities improve their lives. The 60-bed facility, home to Ohio State’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, enjoys a long history of national recognition for its pioneering research, excellent patient care and leadership.

For the majority of its 50 years, Dodd Hall was led by Ernie Johnson, MD​, who created the department in the early 1960s. Johnson is considered one of the foremost authorities in the world and the top in the nation on electromyography (EMG), a diagnostic tool that measures electrical impulses in muscle.

During his career, Johnson instructed nearly 300 physiatry residents, instilling in them the patient-first philosophy that characterized his career. In fact, he encouraged young physicians to learn to do a wheelchair “wheelie” so they could understand their patients’ plight.

Today, Dodd Hall staff continue to focus on the restoration of health and function for people with a wide range of neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, spinal cord injury and stroke. 

As researchers and educators, staff advance scientific understanding and practices related to physical medicine and rehabilitation and also train healthcare providers in multiple specialty areas.

Were you or a loved one treated at Ohio State’s Dodd Hall? Or, want to share anniversary well-wishes with our staff? Share your story​!

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