Joseph J. Chen, MD

Medical Director, Department of Rehabilitation Therapies
Medical Director of Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services
Medical Director, UI Spine Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Medical Director, VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

Primary Office
0728J JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242


BSc, Sc.B. Engineering, (Concentration in Biomedical Engineering), Brown University
MD, Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine
Internship, Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certified, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine - American Board of Medical Specialties
Diplomate - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

Research Summary

Dr. Chen's research interests have focused on clinical outcomes for patients with chronic pain and identifying factors that best determine successful spine rehabilitation outcomes.


Jerath, N. U., Chen, J. J., Miller, B. & Reddy, C. (2014). Teaching Neuroimages: Intraneural ganglion cyst of the tibial nerve. Neurology, 82. PMID: 24843041.

Keedy, N. H., Keffala, V. J., Altmaier, E. M. & Chen, J. J. (2014). Health Locus of Control and Self-Efficacy Predict Back Pain Rehabilitation Outcomes. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal. PMID: 25328476.

Chen, J. J., Segal, N. A. (2013). Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Iowa. In J. A. Buckwalter (Eds.) 100 Years of Excellence: Iowa Orthopaedics 1913-2013. pp. 49-59.

Mitsunaga, M., Cifu, D., Akau, C. K., Okamoto, G. A., Chen, J. J. & Lew, H. L. (2012). Demographics, Clinical Practice Patterns, and Concerns of Physiatrists in the State of Hawaii: 2011. (Vols. 71). (4) Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health. PMID: 22737641.

Chen, J. J., Bingham, H., Wahls, T. L., Darling, W., Kaplan, D. & Shivapour, T. (2010). Rehabilitation with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Leads to Functional Gains in the Setting of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Report. Seattle, WA: AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

Kaitz, E., Chen, J. J. (2010). Working with Medical Students who have Mobility Impairments. In J. A. Hosterman (Eds.) Medical Students with Disabilities: Resources to Enhance Accessibility. pp. 66-80. Association of American Medical Colleges.

Chen, J. J., Yang, R. K. (2008). A Look Inside the Spine Center at an Academic Medical Center. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 28, 98-101. PMID: 19223960.

Chen, J. J. (2007). Functional Capacity Evaluation and Disability. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 27, 121-127. PMID: 17907444.

Chen, J. J. (2006). Outpatient Pain Rehabilitation Programs. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 26, 102-106. PMID: 16789457.

Chen, J. J. (2006). The State of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Iowa. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 26, 96-101. PMID: 16789456.

Rippentrop, A. E., Altmaier, E. M., Chen, J. J., Found, E. M. & Keffala, V. J. (2005). The relationship between religion/spirituality and physical health, mental health, and pain in a chronic pain population. Pain, 116(3), 311-321. PMID: 15979795.

Chen, J. J. (2005). A Future of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Spanning the Continuum of Care. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 25, 180-6. PMID: 16089094.

Bewyer, D., Chen, J. J. (2005). Gluteus Medius Tendon Rupture as a source for back, buttock and leg pain: A Case Report. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 25, 187-9. PMID: 16089095.

Sorenson, E. J., Chen, J. J. & Daube, J. R. (2002). Obturator Neuropathy: Causes and Outcome. Muscle & Nerve, 25(4), 605-607. PMID: 11932980.

Chen, J. J., Hanson, T. J. (1999). Spinal Injuries and Restraint Technologies in Automobile Collisions: A Case Report and Discussion. (Vols. 80). (9), pp. 1192. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Chen, J. J., Parziale, J. R. (1996). Fibromyalgia. Rhode Island Medicine, 795, 188-192. PMID: 8665433.