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Laura B. Kezar, M.D.

Professor

Assistant Residency Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehab

Associate Dean, Medical Student Services

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  • Hospital Affiliation

    UAB Hospital

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Credentials

Education and Training
  • Medical School
    • Emory University
    • 1985
  • Internship
    • Portsmith Naval Hospital
    • 1985 - 1986
  • Residency
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • 1992 - 1994
Certifications
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1996
  • Recertification 2005
Memberships
  • MASA
  • Jefferson County Board of Health
  • Jefferson County Medical Society Executive Boards
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Academy of PM&R

Clinic Information

Locations and Directions
Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233 Office Phone: 2059349999

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

In 20 years of practice, I have seen patients with a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal disorders which impact patients' ability to function and their quality of life. I focus on helping patients find ways to help themselves, through exercise, adaptive equipment, lifestyle changes, medications, injections, and a supportive team environment. I place high value on my patients' goals and support them through education, advocacy, and an honest doctor-patient relationship.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation intersects with every other specialty of medicine. The elegance of these connections lies within the strong communication between members of the health care team, where the patient and family are at the center of the team, not on the periphery. It is rare that we find a cure for a patient who comes to the PM&R clinic seeking help for a problem which interferes with their life; but it is even more rare that we see a patient whom we cannot help in some way. Patients often tell us that we are the first to listen to their stories and ask what is important to them. Sometimes they tell us we are the first to touch their painful body parts, rather than looking at their XRAY's or MRI films. Frequently we are the first to talk to them honestly about trying to come to terms with a chronic health condition that needs to be managed more effectively through changes that only they can make in their lives. Education and exercise are the mainstays of our treatment.


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