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VA Maryland Health Care System


VA Maryland Appoints New Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service

(BALTIMORE, Md) - Richard P. Hoppe, MD, has been appointed as the director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) for the VA Maryland Health Care System. Before joining the VA Maryland Health Care System in 2010 as a staff physiatrist, Hoppe trained at the East Orange and Lyons VA Medical Centers and at the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in New Jersey. During his service at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Hoppe has played a vital role in rehabilitation treatment and has served as the interim director of PM&R Service.

“Dr. Hoppe has provided excellent leadership and direction to PM&R Service in his role as interim director, and we trust that his leadership will continue to be an asset to the health care system as we prepare to see many new Veterans returning from deployments,” said Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.

As the Director of PM&RS, Hoppe will be developing new programs to serve the needs of Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and specialized services to support women Veterans initiatives. He also plans to encourage Veterans to embrace a more active lifestyle by participating in recreation and sporting activities, such as the VA Golden Age Games and other national VA programs that promote health and wellness. Since the VA Maryland Health Care System is home to the Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence, Dr. Hoppe will be collaborating with researchers to incorporate robotics technology with the rehabilitation treatment of movement impairments.

Hoppe earned his medical doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2006 and completed an internal medicine internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2010 at the same university. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed as the director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service for the VA Maryland Health Care System,” Hoppe said. “We often meet Veterans at some of the hardest times in their lives. Many are dealing with change and adjustment associated with returning home and new levels of activity and even recovery from limb loss, spinal cord injury or brain injury. Whether due to war, accident, or simply aging, we are responsible for helping Veterans to improve their functionality and to ultimately return to living independently by working with them and challenging them to take the appropriate steps to move forward together.”

Hoppe, who is a resident of Lutherville-Timonium, is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

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