Dr. Gerard Francisco receives the Sidney Licht Award from the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dr. Gerard Francisco receives the Sidney Licht Award from the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Gerard Francisco, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann, is the 2016 recipient of the Sidney Licht Award from the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM).

Unanimously selected for the prestigious honor, Francisco is just the fourth American to receive the award in the 34 years since it was originally established by the International Rehabilitation Medicine Association (the forerunner of the ISPRM) to “honor physiatrists who have made consistent contributions to the advancement of international physical and rehabilitation medicine.”

The award is named in honor of Licht, the organization’s founding father and a tireless advocate for the expansion of rehabilitation medicine.

Francisco received the honor and presented the award lecture, “A Vision for Global Academic Physiatry,” at the ISPRM’s 10th World Congress June 2.

Francisco is also director of the UTHealth Motor Recovery Lab and the NeuroRecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, where he served as chief resident.

ISPRM serves as the global agency for physical and rehabilitation medicine and aims to continuously improve physical and rehabilitation medicine practice and facilitate physical and rehabilitation medicine input in international health organizations with the goal to contribute to optimal functioning and quality of life of people experiencing disability.