Reception to be held for new Penn State Hershey department chairman

A special reception will be held to welcome Dr. David R. Gater Jr., the inaugural Rocco Ortenzio Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Penn State College of Medicine, on Thursday, Sept. 12. It will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the rear of the Rotunda Café on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine. Remarks will be at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Gater joined Penn State Hershey on Aug. 1 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he was professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program. He also served as chief of Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders for the Department of Veterans Affairs Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center, also in Richmond. Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006, Gater held faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan, along with clinical appointments at their associated hospitals.

Gater earned his bachelor of science degree in general biology, master of science in exercise and sports sciences, doctorate in physiology and medical doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and the subspecialty of spinal cord injury medicine.

Gater’s research, which has been supported by numerous funding sources including NIH and the Department of Veterans Affairs, focuses on the effects of exercise on glucose and lipid metabolism, obesity and body composition, cardiovascular fitness, neuroplasticity and functional outcomes in spinal cord injury. Gater has served on numerous review panels, including a special study section for the NIH, and is a manuscript reviewer for multiple journals, including the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. His publications include nearly 40 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and six book chapters. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Paralyzed Veterans of America.


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Last Updated August 28, 2013