There is no better place than West Florida hospital in Pensacola to start your training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program. Indeed, we are a new program but be assured that we offer great experiences in clinical care with tremendous variety and complexity of patient care settings that will prepare you for independent practice as well as connect you to the largest healthcare organization in the United States. We will train you in such enriched environment that you would like to stay in our communities and practice with us for years to come.
I have been a PM&R residency Program Director for two decades in Rochester, NY and came to Pensacola to start this new program. I have worked diligently with the faculty and facility leadership who collectively are committed to make this a topnotch program in the region. With my experience coupled with outstanding faculty in the program, we are embarking on a mission to train exceptional PM&R residents. We are inviting enthusiastic and committed residents who want to work with us to make this one of the best PM&R training programs in the region and country.
As a resident in our program you will be provided with a balanced clinical experience covering the broadest possible range of the field that provides you the knowledge and skills necessary to practice the specialty. Our robust didactic and clinical curriculum with outstanding faculty from WFH, Clearway Pain solutions and Nemours Children’s specialty care center are the training sites you would not want to miss. The variety, complexity and volumes in each of these beautiful training sites with well-trained faculty is conducive to learning. Your rotations at these sites will prepare you well with all the aspects of PM&R including procedural skills and EMGs. The foundation of our program is providing you quality clinical training that emphasizes clinical excellence, teamwork, leadership, and career development.
In addition to an incredible training environment, you will have access to one of the largest patient data warehouses and research faculty to train and support you in your basic clinical research as well as learn how to practice evidence-based medicine. As a graduate of our program, you will be capable of independently caring for all age groups, managing complex medical conditions, and performing common office procedures.
Our program is part of the HCA UCF Graduate Medical Education Consortium that supports over 23 residency programs and 5 fellowships. West Florida Hospital is Pensacola’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence as well as the first hospital in the state of Florida to have earned Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services Accreditation. Our hospital is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and offers specialized Emergency Department services tailored specifically to the needs of seniors as well as a Kids' ER dedicated to serving the emergency medical needs of children.
The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the acute care hospital, the areas only comprehensive, CARF-accredited physical rehabilitation hospital, and a behavioral health facility. Affiliated with HCA, the nation's leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare meets the community's healthcare needs in major services such as cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, oncology, orthopedics, robotic-assisted surgery, critical care, neurology/neurosurgery, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.
We recognize that PM&R is not just a career, it is an attitude. For this reason, we believe that a residency program must not only provide a solid educational experience, but it must also remain supportive of family and personal life as well. Wellness of residents speaks for the wellness of the program. In Pensacola you have sandy white beaches and gorgeous sunsets.
I want to personally invite you to explore our program via our program page located here. You have many choices to make in selecting a program but let me emphasize that you will be a proud graduate if you choose to train with us and we will be honored to train you.
Thank you for considering us and I look forward to meeting you and sharing the opportunities we have to offer as you explore the next phase of your medical training.
Kanakadurga R Poduri, MD, FAAPMR
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The West Florida Hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.
List of leadership and faculty
Kanakadurga Rao Poduri, MD
Dr. Kanakadurga. Rao Poduri is the PMR Residency Program Director at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, FL with over 20 years’ experience in GME leadership. She graduated from Karnatak Medical College in Hubli, India and completed her residency training in PM&R as well as a fellowship in Geriatric Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital.
She is Board-certified in PM&R, Pain Medicine and in the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Poduri established the Academic department of PMR at the University of Rochester in 2008 and has been the Chair since July 2018. She is the Chair Emerita and Professor of PM&R and Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. Currently, Dr. Poduri is faculty at University of Central Florida as a Professor of PM&R.
She is a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) for more than 20 years and served on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Education committee and currently a member of the Curriculum and CME committees. She was also a member of the Academy of Spinal Cord injury professionals (ASCIP), the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (IPSRM) and American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA).
She is active at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a member for more than 25 years and served on various committees. Currently, she serves on the Clinical Practice guidelines committee and the Chair of Geriatric Rehabilitation community at the AAPMR. She published extensively in peer- reviewed journals in addition to book chapters and edited books in Geriatric rehabilitation. She serves on several editorial Boards nationally and internationally and a peer reviewer for PM&R journals and Journal of Neurology.
Susan Griffee, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Susan Griffee has extensive training in interventional pain/physical medicine, which includes three years of training and completion of her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Following her residency, Dr. Griffee completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center and subsequently an Advanced Spine Interventional Fellowship in Tyler, Texas at the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital.
Prior to completing her residency at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Griffee received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed an internship in Transitional Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to medical school, Dr. Griffee was a Division I basketball and tennis player at the University of New Orleans where she earned her undergraduate (BS-biology) and graduate degrees (Med-Sports Management). Memberships/Societies: Escambia County Medical Society (Board Member), Spine Intervention Society, Association of Academic Physiatrist
In her spare time, Dr. Griffee is an enthusiastic competitor, having finished the Ironman Triathlon and Boston Marathon.
- Himat Gill, DO, Michigan State University
- Sean O’Leary, MD, Wayne State University
- Steven Tran, MD, Chicago Medical School
- Zeeshan Haque, MD, Wayne State University